Cats, butter, conversations lead to book by Campbell man

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At one time, Facebook was a novel way to connect with family and friends. For a Campbell man, Facebook became a novel inspiration. Nicolette Pizzuto of The News Outlet tells us more.

Tony Vavlas Jr. of Campbell (left) shared conversations with his father Tony Sr. on Facebook. The humorous tidbits gained a following, enough so that he collected them for a book, “You Can’t Feed Butter to a Cat: And Other Conversations I’ve Had With My Dad.” Nicolette Pizzuto/TheNewsOutlet.org

Tony Vavlas Jr. of Campbell (left) shared conversations with his father Tony Sr. on Facebook. The humorous tidbits gained a following, enough so that he collected them for a book, “You Can’t Feed Butter to a Cat: And Other Conversations I’ve Had With My Dad.” Nicolette Pizzuto/TheNewsOutlet.org

NICOLETTE PIZZUTO: After his mother died, Tony Vavlas started worrying about his dad, Tony Senior. He’d call and ask odd questions. Tony Junior turned to Facebook for help.

TONY VAVLAS: The conversation started out as Facebook posts and really what I was looking for was some encouragement from people that they were going through kind of the same things with their parents that I was going through with my dad.

PIZZUTO: It worked – kind of.

VAVLAS: Instead of getting that encouragement, it seemed like people just started to just find the stories funny. And, I started getting messages from people asking me to post more and from there, it turned into a collection.

PIZZUTO: That collection turned into a book, “You Can’t Feed Butter to a Cat: And Other Conversations I’ve Had With My Dad.”

VAVLAS: In sharing these stories, I’ve come to find out that my dad is very relatable.

PIZZUTO: The title comes from a conversation where his dad asks, “How much butter is safe to give a cat?”

VAVLAS: And what’s the answer to that? You really shouldn’t give any butter to a cat. That would have been filtered through my mom.

PIZZUTO: Tony’s answer: ‘No butter for the cat.’ They hang up. Dad calls back. “Well, can I give my cat margarine?” For The News Outlet, I’m Nicolette Pizzuto.

Editor’s note: Tony Vavlas’ book, “You Can’t Feed Butter to a Cat: And Other Conversations I’ve Had With My Dad“ is available from Amazon, http://amzn.to/1ENPdjM.