Being the owner of two cats really inspired me to learn more about them. When I heard about the Alexa Skills Kit, I immediately jumped on it and thought this would be the perfect way to blend my knowledge of nodejs, cats, and more. The skill uses a Cat API which is super simple to interface with.
I decided to stick with what I was comfortable with, which is using Nodejs with express. By creating an express server, the skill was able to interact with my program. I deployed the app on Heroku, but you could use any cloud service (AWS, Bluemix, etc).