Our guest today is The Honorable Madison D. Cat, Mayor of Blogville, a.k.a. “Madi, the Diva Mayor Cougar Khat” from the blog Madi & Mom. We are sure you will enjoy learning more about her. She’s quite the character. She has become Cyndi’s heroine, a dispenser of off-the-cuff Diva advice.
Grab a tuna patty to nibble as you read, sit back and prepare to learn such tidbits as how Madi became a Diva, how she became a real-life Mayor, why she asked the handsome woofie Mr. Pip to the Valentine’s Day Dance, and which mancat makes her bat her lovely lashes.
Funny Farmer Felines: Would you introduce yourself and your mom to everyone?
Madi: First of all I would like to thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I am Madison D. Cat. Mom is Mom, but Dad doesn’t call her Mom, he calls her Ceal. Mom doesn’t call Dad Dad; she calls him B. Peeps are very strange creatures.
Funny Farmer Felines: What nicknames does your mom have for you?
Madi: Mads, Poodle face, sweet cakes, sweet girl (boy, do I have her fooled), baby girl. Sometimes she tells Dad, your Daughter did thus and so. BUT she doesn’t do this in front of my human sister.
Funny Farmer Felines: We understand you are a Diva. Can you tell us what a Diva is and how one becomes one? (Cyndi is thinking about applying.)
Madi: Yes I’m the 2nd Diva of Hedgemoor Manor. My human sis was the first Diva. She left me lots of smell mail on just how to be a Diva. Sometimes when she and her hubby come home, I have to hiss at her to make sure she remember just how the diva really is. Mr. Webster says a Diva is a Prima Donna and a prima donna is the principal female opera singer and fussy. (The next question addresses my beautiful melodic operetta voice.) Tell Cyndi being a diva is easy. You just get in everyone’s face, tell them what you expect, find a soft warm spot and watch them with laser eyes.
Funny Farmer Felines: Your first month in your new home, you meowed more than The One Who Came Before (Milky Way) did in 14 1/2 years. What in the world did you have to say? And are you still talking so much or have you said it all now that you’re 10 years old?
Madi: When I arrived here at two and a half months old, this house had been cat-less for nearly two years. I parked my 3 lb body at their feet, looked them in the eye and said, “I’m here, things have to change PRONTO!!” I’m still training them and still doling out demerits daily. A diva’s work is never done. YES, I still talk all the time. Dad calls it something else but since this is a family magazine, I won’t say it!! MOL, Dad loves me; he tells me so every day.
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you come to live with your mom and dad?
Madi: My peeps and my Uncle were both looking for new furbabes. My uncle heard about a litter with several kitties in it. He, Mom and Dad went to look at the litter on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in May 2002. Mom had decided she wanted a gray kitty. Since they had a male cat before she thought they would get another male. But she said as soon as she heard my melodic precious sweet MEOW and saw the freckle on my pink nose, she knew I was meant for her. HOWEVER, it wasn’t long after I got home that she came to realize my melodious meow did not have an off button. Good thing I was cute, right? Over the years, Mom has become quite a good meower too; sometimes we have long conversations.
Funny Farmer Felines: Is there a special mancat in your life or are you playing the field?
Madi: MOL, MOL, MOL. Well, I took the proverbial bull by the horn by inviting my little buddy, Mr. Pip the K9, to the Valentine’s Ball. Mr. Pip is nearly 13. He has some health issues and is currently ticking things off his Bucket List. I just knew dancing with a Mayor had to be at the top of his list. Prancer Pie is the man CAT who makes my itty bitty kitty heart go pitter patter.
Funny Farmer Felines: What is your favorite color …. treat …. toy … day of the week? (Some have a favorite day of the week cause something special happens that day.)
Madi: My favorite color is gray, my favorite treat is A N Y T H I N G in a pouch, and my favorite toy is anything with catnip. Caturday is my favorite day of the week because Mom and Dad eat a leisurely breakfast and read the paper. Even though they are retired, M-F they get up early, eat quickly and leave for an hour walk.
Funny Farmer Felines: Every kitty likes to get into mischief.. What kind of mischief do you get into?
Madi: Much to Mom and Dad’s delight, my mischievous nature has been calmed with age. The most trouble I ever got into was after I had been living here a few months, when I developed a love for all places H I G H!! After many hours of calculations, I figured out how to jump from between the stair wells onto the top of the grandfather clock. That in itself would have been ok but I also found that I loved wood. I was caught chowing down on the finial. The peeps could not move the clock, so they wrapped it in a thick quilt, then wrapped it in duct tape. It looked like a mummy. I was pretty proud of that.
The clock stayed wrapped for about 3 months. While the clock was wrapped, I figured out that I could jump onto a chair by the fireplace, hop onto the mantel, walk across the mantel, and then it was just a hop, skip, and a jump up to the top of the 8′ Cherry secretary…which also had a finial on it. MOL, MOL. They could not move the secretary but they did move the chair to the middle of the room where it sat for about 2 months.
Mom read an article about cats either being bush dwellers or tree dwellers, meaning they like low or high places. She decided I was a tree dweller so she FINALLY bought me a cat tree. Problem solved. All of this happened before I was a year old. Mom says this was the start of my life as a Diva. I knew what I wanted and I got it eventually.
Funny Farmer Felines: You are the new Mayor of Blogville. You must be very popular (we’re sure there was no vote tampering) to have been voted into office after the crazy …. um, dashing Frankie Furter finished his term. What type of mayor are you – do you micromanage or delegate to your Cabinet? Have you set any special goals for your term in office?
Madi: Yes, I was sworn in as the first female and the first FELINE mayor of Blogville on January 12. Frankie needed a little breather after his 2 year term, so he asked me to step in. I was honored and humbled by his trust in me. I was happy to do that for him. He is my consultant and mentor.
I have surrounded myself with good furiends with expertise in many aspects of politics and public relations and other talents. My cabinet is like one big loving family. My goals are to unite all beings under one fun, friendly, loving group. No matter their species, age, sex, fur color, eye color, whether the are vertically challenged, etc. We are just one big family who have each other’s back at all times in happy, sad, glad and bad times.
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you belong to any clubs or groups? And does your mom help you participate in any of the blogging events, such as Talk like a pirate day, LiveStrong, Box Day, etc?
Madi: I pawtcipated in Talk like a pirate and Box Day. In July 2012, I was hostess to the Gymnastic event at the Blogville Olympics. We had close to 80 puppies, cats, hamsters, crabs and a donkey in our event. I taught Napping 101 in Frankie’s Fall 2012 Back to School Bash.
In January 2013, I participated in Pip’s Bucket List Tour by hosting his visit to NC. (Puddles was the designated driver. She has been forbidden to drive in NC.) We pawticipated in Sarge’s Sledding Day on Feb. 2. Mr. Pip and I recently attended the Valentine Ball across the Pond at Mollie and Alfie’s. And on Feb 15 and 16 I was hostess to the Contortionist Tent for the First Annual Blogville Circus.
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any special plans for the future of your blog?
Madi: Have fun, poke fun at myself and Mom, and MOST OF ALL remember each and every day to be thankful.
Funny Farmer Felines: What do you like and dislike about blogging?
Madi: I like meeting new friends all over the planet and learning about their homes. I do not like it when my furiends get sick and I cannot help them. But I always keep them in my purrs.
Funny Farmer Felines: What advice would you give to anyone just starting a blog?
Madi: I’m not supposed to tell this but my assistant was a blog stalker for nearly 6 months before she decided to JUST DO IT. My assistant wasn’t sure she would have anything to talk about but here we are nearly 4 years later and she is still talking. Must be where I got my gift of gab from?! My assistant loves to take pictures and write so once she got the hang of it she never looked back. At first she did not have many pictures of me…gasp….so she had to snap, snap, snap. We knew Ms. Kit at Dog Daze a year before we started blogging. Through her blog, we met Jack and TG at Daily Dose of Jack. Ms. Kit and TG were very helpful. We had been blogging about 6 months when, lo and behold, mom found out that CATS BLOG TOO!! MOL
My advice is to be yourself, talk about your interests. Never be afraid to ask for help. I have met the nicest people by mentioning I could not do this or that, only to find help was right there waiting.
Funny Farmer Felines: Thank you, Madi. We appreciate you taking the time to sit down with us. We know you have mayoral duties that need attending.
Madi is never too busy to accept a compliment and she would love for you to come visit her blog, Madi & Mom Down Home in NC.
About the Author (Author Profile)Funny Farmer Felines -- Cyndi, Percy, Rusty & Micah -- are veteran tickle-your-funny-bone bloggers for Jan's Funny Farm. They provide in-depth interviews of cat bloggers for Mousebreath. Percy thinks he is the lead spokescat. Visit them at http://jansfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/
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