The Opinionated Pussycat began on New Year's Day, 2010, but Nikita had been blogging for years before that, bringing that experience to this new venture.
In the fall of 2010 his protégé, Elvira Mistress of Felinity, a new addition to the family just that summer, joined him in blogging.
The cats & their human moved to Houston, TX, in Sept. 2012.
Nikita went to Rainbow Bridge in October 2013 and a Tuxedo lady kitten was rescued off the street by Daddy Kiril soon after and taken under her paw by Elvira.
In January 2014 Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo joined her in blogging.
Here is what more reviewers, the world over, are and have been, saying over the years....
Last updated = 2/7/17
Christiane AmanPurr Says - "Professor Nikita takes journalism really seriously because he knows the force that it is and can be. He believes that good Journalism can make our world a better place. He knows that If we the storytellers don`t do this then the bad people will win."
Glenn Bobtail says - "Common sense journalism and opinion!"
Hugo Chausie says - "I'm convinced that the path to a new, better, & possible world is thru reading this blog!"
Sean Hannilayan says - "For the sake of the nation, I think everyone should read this blog. There’s no reason not to!”
Larry Kingalow says - "It doesn't matter, indoors, or street, you've got to read Elvira!"
Michelle Meowkin says - "Professor Nikita makes news, and waves, with a unique combo of investigative journalism, Incisive commentary, and cutting edge humor that drives those who don't understand him absolutely nuts."
Bill O'Ocicat says - "Bold & Fresh!"
Sarah Pixie says - "I'm like, OK, Ceiling Cat, if you say check Elvira out, then, you Betcha!"
Glenn Rextasy (AKA Instapurrit!) says - "You can nap, and snooze, the hours away, and ignore what's going on in the world, you can sit in the window and hiss at the passing scene, which is no great solution, or you can read the blogging of Professor Nikita."
Roger Siamese - PussycatMedia (PCM & PCTV) says - "Head bumps to The Elvira Factor for setting an example for the rest of the world! No-one else has the balls to do it the way she
BBC Feline says - "Great for cats with a passion for interesting reading, and humans with a passion for Cats."
Cathouse says - "Fresh, intelligent reporting!"
Catler (UK) says - "Not just a blog, it's an event!"
Cat Aficionado says - "The good life blog for Mancats!"
Cat and Stroller says - "Intelligent, independent, and irreverent!"
Clairemont Review of Cat Blogs: A Journal of and about Felinity Assembled Online says - "Mr. Nikita may be gone, but Miss Elvira, his protege, and HER protégé, Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo slowly, but surely, are making him proud."
Consumer Re-Purr says - "It's 1am...you're wide awake and your human is either not home or dead to the world...our suggestion? The Opinionated Pussycat!"
Der Pussycat (Germany) says - "Renowned for its aggressive, vigorous, and well written posts. Muckraking journalism at its best!"
Feline History Revealed says - "Think the Texian Tuxedo is just a myth? Think again! Thank you The Opinionated Pussycat blog, its human and the 9th Texian Tuxedo (Yes, you read right)!"
Fox Mews says - "They report, you decide!"
Glamourpuss says - "Love that Elvira! Meow, wow, wow!"
Going Nuts? says - "Learn, laugh, and relieve your stress with this blog!"
Gourmet says - "Tasty, and delicious! Um, reading, yes, reading!"
Harvard Feline Review says - "3 Cats and a human...Collaborative Overload? Not THIS cat blog! Well worth giving up a few naps and snoozes to explore."
LA, and OC Weekly Meowlers say - "Radical!"
Madammeowselle says - "Hot & studly! Too bad, ladies, that he's fixed!"
Mancat's Health says - "Tons of useful stuff on the special pages!"
Martha Singapuras Feline Living says - "One of the most useful cat blogs in the world."
Meow Francaise (France) says - "Both inspirational, and aspirational."
Meowsweek says - "Nikita, & Elvira put the "ow" in Meow! And whiskers in your whiskey! (or 'Nip Tea, if that's your drink!)
Mews of the World (UK) says - "The exposes, by Daddy Cam, blow the lid off a side of America few humans are aware of."
Mother Cat says - "Smart, fearless journalism!"
National Feline Association says - "Explosive! A blast! Takes on all comers, catorical guns blazing!"
National Meow says - "Shows elements of R. Crumb, and Kliban Cats."
New Feline Review (UK) says - "The Benny Hill of cat blogs! Not for the humorless!"
New Statescat (UK) says - "Pythonesque! What discriminating felines read during ('Nip) Tea Time!"
New York Feline says - "Nikita & Elvira report all the news that's fit to meow about!"
New Yowler says - "Sophisticated, and topical!"
'Nip Times says - "We had an, um, high old time exploring the Meowsings blog!"
Outdoor Cat Life says - "Vivid images of life on the street!"
Oxford American Feline: A Magazine of Southern Pussy says - "Think you know all there is to know about the legend that is the Texian Tuxedo? Think again! Sneakers, 9th in the line, first female and first with a Forever Home, and her human are more than happy to educate and enlighten you."
Poet & Pussycat says - "Funny, thoughtful, entirely original in their thinking!"
Popular Photograkitty says - "Their human captures great images with his flashy box!"
Pussycat of London says - "A fine American blog that's hard to fit in any box, litter, or otherwise."
Stray (Underground magazine helping outdoor felines "make the most of life on the street and even get off it and into a Forever Home") says - "The Opinionated Pussycat, its human and Sneakers, the 9th Texian Tuxedo, do a great service by sharing the history of the legendary Texian Tuxedo."
The Felinist says - "A blog of critical inquiry, and social concern!"
The Idling Feline (UK) says - "Radical, and thought-provoking, extremely funny, and hard to dismiss, or poo poo."
The Purrgressive says - "May give some hissy fits, while others will purrrrrrr...."
The Saturday Evening Purr says - " The Opinionated Pussycat celebration of cats on the street reaches 100; A majestic collection of feline photography!
SINCE JANUARY 2016:
Sir Winnie Burmillahill (Agnes Repplier Award and Soseki Natsume Prize, winning feline writer) - In a Boxing Day 2016 Interview with the BFBC (British Feline Broadcasting Corporation) he was asked about the feline creative scene in America and replied...
"I am easily satisfied with the very best and, personal difficulties of their human notwithstanding, The Opinionated Pussycats, in America, are among the very best.
These cats, beginning with the much missed Mr. Nikita and continuing with the fine ladies now behind the keyboard, have enemies and that is good. That means that they have stood up for something, several somethings, actually.
They have been and continue to be a prime example, for the writers among us, of the belief that one should never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to your creative meowse when it strikes you."
Felinity Magazine - "Opinionated Pussycat, despite tough times for its writers and their human, remains a fine repository of many things feline worth mentioning."
The National Recorder of Feline Literature and Science - "The journalism, poetry and storytelling of The Opinionated Pussycat are innovative and ground-breaking. The stories of Aubry and Houston Hairy are 2 series that only serve to whet the appetite of the curious for more."
Old Felinity Assembled's Almanac - "The Opinionated Pussycat is a family blog, though not what many fans of the pet blog genre are used to. It is outspoken on the issues, devoted to good cat/human relations, but edgy and unique in its poetry, humor, storytelling and photography. It covers foreign and domestic news, commercial interests, feral felinity, rescues, science, art and more in a style all its own."
Praise for Aubrey = A 30 pt. 100 Word Cat Story (w/1 of 200 Words) by Nikita
The Animal Writing School: A Literary Magazine says (In its July 2013 edition) - " "Aubrey" is a master class in how to write 100 and 200 Word Cat Stories by the creator of the genre. MUST reading!"
9 Lives: An Adventurous Magazine for the Creative Feline says (In its July/August 2013 edition) - "Want proof cats have more than 9 lives? Aubrey, the month long short story told as a series of micro tales by the creator of the 100 and 200 Word Cat Story, Mr. Nikita, The Opinionated Pussycat, will give you all the proof you can handle. Masterful!"
The Cat Writer: Imagine, Write, Publish says (In its August 2013 edition) - "It took the imagination of a creative, old, Maine Coon, to invent the 100 Word Cat Story. That same cat took his concept to the next level with "Aubrey" a month long story told with 30 such, connected, tales and topped off with the invention of the 200 Word Cat Story as its conclusion. Simply stunning! I am jealous of those who read it as each story came out...MEOW!"
The American Pussycat Review says (In it's Fall 2013 edition) - Feline short story writing is hard to come by....Novels, non-fiction and history, books for human children, healthcare, home decor tomes and more have been around for decades...but an opinionated, 15 yr. old, Maine Coon in Texas, has taken it upon himself to give new life to the form by creating 2 new genres....100 and 200 Word Cat Stories...and to show how it is done with a month long tale called "Aubrey". Purrfectly delightful, suspenseful and moving!
London Review of Felinity Assembled says (In its End of Year Review Issue) - " "AUBREY: A 30 pt. 100 Word Cat Story (w/1 of 200 Words)" by Mr. Nikita, The Opinionated Pussycat, in October at the age of 15 an American Maine Coon, in Texas, who went to Rainbow Bridge in October at age 15, is not only the best short story of 2013, but the best in a decade."
The New York Review of Felinity Assembled says (In its Best of 2013 year end edition) - " "AUBREY: A 30 pt. 100 Word Cat Story (w/1 of 200 Words)" by Mr. Nikita, The Opinionated Pussycat, a Maine Coon in Texas, who went to Rainbow Bridge in October at age 15, is not just the best short story out of the South this year, but the best in the nation as a whole. You have not read anything even remotely like it, we guarantee it; Powerful, suspenseful, touching. A MUST read."
Houston Felinodist Veterinary Hospital says - "The Opinionated Pussycats don't just send purrs and purrayers for your health and happiness, they have cool resource pages that will help you achieve it!"