So let’s introduce Echo Hime and Dakumeow to the readers!
Meet Echo AKA Bastet, A 23yo kitten living in Japan! She’s also a proud owner of a rescue kitty named Luna (for all those sailor moon fans you can fangirl now!), Has a secret admiration for Egyptian culture and is EXCITED to be collabing with Daku! Daku is a 34yo Australian kitten who adores Japan & Korean styles, Dj’s in her spare time and has a unique obsession with alpacas! And cannot believe she is collabing with one of her kitten idols, Echo!
Thank you! Now let’s get into the real meaty stuff! THE QUESTIONS!
1. Can you tell us why you became a kitten or what made you realise you had kitten qualities?
Echo: For me, it started when I was in high school and there was this really cool guy I was talking to. We would hang out and he would give me head pats and chin scratches. Next thing you know, I’m purring and nuzzling his hand. I thought it was weird at first, but I later realised that I wasn’t the only one. I, even, had close friends who were kittens too. Now here I am a good 5 years later!
Dakumeow: I was always in admiration of kittens and cats (even though I am allergic!) but I always felt I had a tie to them that went above and beyond their cute ways. I went to an event called Neko Nation here in Australia & that is where I found my true inner Catgirl. Let’s not forget my obsession with tuna!
2. What kind of kitten would you describe yourself as? (breed, qualities such as playful etc.)
Echo: That’s a toughie, I would say I’m more of an Egyptian Mau (hence the nickname, tattoos, and somewhat spoiled life) but I also feel like a mix of the fantastic Cheshire with the playful, mysterious, sly behaviours.
Dakumeow: Mmmm I would say I would be part Persian kitty. I have ridiculously pale skin and blue/ green eyes, I like to slink around but also highly affectionate
3. What inspired you to release your inner kitten to the world?
4. You’re both a part of Neko palace, CONGRATS! With so many kitten places, what made you choose the Neko Palace as your home?
5. What do you love the most about being a Palace Pet?
Echo: I like that we can vote and control our content. There is a lot of teamwork and effort that goes into the palace and the Queens here are very understanding with people especially those of us who get bust because of work or other circumstances. It helps a lot! Also, the gorgeous kittens here too!
Dakumeow: Pretty much what Echo said hahah!
6. You both have such gorgeous and cute styles, how did that come about and what inspires you both to dress so amazingly?
Echo: Thank you very much! Well, I don’t really think I have much of just one style. It’s all a fusion of different styles like Pinup, Lolita, pastel goth and so on. I go with what I am feeling and what the occasion calls for.
Dakumeow: aww thanks!! I took a lot of inspiration from japan and Harajuku style. I just adore bright shinies and making myself feel pretty! I also love seeing people smile when they see my pics or out in public! Its great to make someone happy for such a small reason!
7. What is your favourite outfit that you own and why?
Echo: I’m absolutely in love with my black velvet dress and Ancient Egyptian theme corset with my Bettie Paige heels. I’ve never felt so beautiful in my life. It enhances my curves and it’s so comfortable to wear too.
Dakumeow: My cloud dress from a company called the decora factory. It is the darn cutest thing and soooooo comfy! Plus I can dress it up in many ways too!
8. Tell us about your kitten collection! What kitten gear do you have?
Echo: I have a medium size collection from various shops that are all amazing! I mostly have beautiful collars and soft fluffy ears and tail sets! My favourite set I have so far is my Cheshire ears and tail in red and black! Playful, dark and cute !!
Dakumeow: I own about 20+ sets of ears from clipped to headband, Lolita style, black, PVC as well as about 2 tails and appx 10 collars. Depending on what style I do would depend on what color I choose on the day!
9. Tell us a day in the life of a catgirl (you!)
Echo: My day starts of with waking up at 5 am with Luna staring at me begging for food and pets. I get up and head to work for 8 hours. After work I try to hit the gym and get some delicious ramen. I get home around 8pm, change into something comfortable and take a whole bunch of selfies in my favourite pieces of kitten gear. Makes me feel fabulous ^,^! I’ll play with Luna and listen to some music until about midnight and finally sleep.
Dakumeow: I get up for work , make sure lunches are packed and head to work for 8 hours or so. Then I get to come home and cat around while dinner cooks, sometimes I watch my fave shows like buffy or gossip girl depending on what I am in the mood for, have dinner and then head to my big floofy bed with all my plushes! Sometimes there is some tuna thrown in as well as some silly photos!
10. What food do you eat that resonates with your inner kitten? (can you resist the fatty tuna?)
Echo: Yaku Niku… It’s a Japanese take on Korean BBQ with all you can eat and drink for as long as you want! Fatty tuna is too good to resist!
Dakumeow: TUNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I am lactose intolerant though so no milk for this cat ☹
11. We hear you are both into anime! That’s amazing that two cuties like yourselves can have something in common! What would be your favourite anime and why?
Echo: NANA for sure! This is one of those animes that are so much deeper than they appear, and I feel like everyone can connect to each character in some way. I fell in love with Nana Osaki and how much I felt everything she was feeling in that series and if you haven’t watched it, I would. One of the first animes I’ve ever cried whie watching. Plus the soundtrack is perfect!
Dakumeow: My fave anime (&GAME!) is hyperdimension neptunia! It’s a great anime about girls based on the gaming consoles of the world! Its really in depth but so freaking cute!
12. What is it like having a close friend in the palace like each other? We hear you have created quite the kitten-ship! (we ship that!)
Echo: It feels good, we are all family here, so everyone is so sweet, protective and kind to each other! Daku is an absolute doll with so much energy and love! She’s the kinda kitten you want in your life!
Dakumeow: It is great just when you need to chat to someone! Echo has been such an incredible inspurration to me since before I joined the palace. While we don’t get a chance to talk all the time I feel we can be honest with each other and that is rare in people today! But that is another great thing about the palace! We are all in it together! I owe a lot to Echo for all they have done for me! =^_^=
13. What advice can you give to those thinking of joining the Neko Palace?
Echo: Make sure you can make time for palace related things. I’m not exactly the best myself but I try! But don’t be afraid to sign up and don’t think that you need to be a certain aesthetic to fit in. NP is a great home for all kittens and we encourage everyone to be themselves!
Dakumeow: Be free to be yourself , make sure you put time in for articles, the forum and photos. Holding to guidelines is paramount and always keep in check with the group and the leaders! Most of all: HAVE FUN!
14. What is it like being part of an exclusive lifestyle as a catgirl? Any tips for those just recognising themselves or wanting guidance?
Echo: It’s, honestly, relaxing and relieving. I can escape my work or stress related thoughts and be treated so lovingly! It’s a confidence booster too! When you look adorable and take your pics, you can look back and think of your good times My advice for the living the lifestyle is to enjoy it and feel good. Don’t worry about others or what someone else wants to say. Being kitten is fun and if you feel comfortable doing so, do you booboo!
Dakumeow: I think its an amazing thing to be honest ! it’s all about yourself and how you feel inside. As echo said : BE FREE TO BE YOU!
15. Besides catgirl-ing and being generally awesome, do either of you have any special skills or hobbies you would like to share with us?
Echo: I cosplay/cosplay model! I get lazy sometimes and don’t wanna make things lol!
Dakumeow: I too cosplay, DJ and help my partner run events! I also sloth a lot hahaha!