Louie is one busy mancat, juggling his Awesome Louie blog, his Awesome Louie Twitter account, and earning badges for good deeds as Awesome Louie at Cat Scouts. Pull up a cushion on the patio and enjoy Louie’s life story.
Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and family, including your human.
Louie: I live with nine other kitties – Creamsicle, Mabel, Otis, Garfield, Bob, Skippy, Puffball, Byron, Bingo – and for the most part we get along. Most of us are rescues. I came to my new family starving and freezing cold in the middle of the winter. Thankfully my new family welcomed me in to their nice, warm house. I was called “The Bathroom Cat” for several months because I didn’t want to ever come out of the bathroom. If I had known that there were toys and catnip waiting for me, I probably would have explored the rest of the house sooner!
Today I rule the roost, and have an entire porch to myself (okay, sometimes I allow Creamsicle to join me if he behaves himself and doesn’t pounce on me). Creamsicle is the newest member of our crew. He showed up one day in the hayfield across from our house. He doesn’t remember how he ended up there, but we told him that we’re glad he has joined us. My mom is a full-time writer and spends a lot of time at the computer. When she isn’t writing she is holding me or adding more plants to my porch. I guess you could say I’m one spoiled kitty. She dotes on all of us, but I demand more attention. I can’t help it – I love being held.
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you come to live together?
Louie: Of the rescues, we’ve all just showed up at different times of the year to this farm. Some of us were kittens, others were full-grown kitties. The oldest kitty, Byron, is 19 years old. He was rescued as a kitten from the Ohio Historical Society in downtown Columbus after surviving a trip under a pickup truck on the highway! The two Siamese kitties in our crew came from a neighbor who had too many kittens to care for.
Funny Farmer Felines: Tell us a little about the area where you live.
Louie: I live on a big farm in upstate New York. My backyard has lots of apple and pear trees, a huge back yard, and lots of catnip growing in the garden. I stay away from the road because you never can tell when a milk truck or an Amish buggy may go zipping by!
Funny Farmer Felines: What kind of mischief do you like to get into?
Louie: I LOVE catnip toys and playing with Creamsicle and my other buddy Mabel. We like to chase each other around in the back yard and climb a huge old apple tree. Sometimes I climb out on a limb that is too small and I fall out of the tree! I never give up though, and climb right back up that tree. In the winter months I like to set off the litter robot so it cleans itself when it doesn’t have to. I know it is wrong to do that, but it is fun to watch anyway.
Funny Farmer Felines: We are in process of enjoying a read-through of your first book and we understand you are currently writing a second one. What prompted you to write books?
Louie: I was the inspiration behind “A Cat Taught me That”, a book that was written to help raise money for our local pet shelter in Hornell, NY. They just built a new surgery and are currently building a new dog walking park. I support both kitties and doggies who are in need, and this particular shelter is a no-kill shelter. I also wanted to inspire people of all ages with things that I have learned in my life. Some of the subjects I touch upon include “Don’t be a Doormat”, “Catnap Often”, and “Love One Another”. My next book is going to be a memoir with lots of new photos, as well as some advice for other rescues. I want it to be inspirational as well as humorous.
Funny Farmer Felines: What inspires you most about the Cat Scouts?
Louie: I love the service projects! I’ve sent out cards and gifts to other kitties and their owners. I’ve received lovely notes from the recipients, which makes me feel good right to the ends of my whiskers. My good friend Jessica (she illustrated my book) is helping Creamsicle and Mabel to join Cat Scouts this month. I’ll be sure to post a note about them on my blog once they’re official members.
Funny Farmer Felines: What kind of badges and activities are you most involved with in the scouts?
Louie: Gracie just finished my uniform with all of my new badges. The two I am most proud of are the Friendship Badge and the Do a Good Purr Daily Badge. I just joined the group Service Projects, so I’ll probably be busy helping out there from now on. My favorite activities are the virtual tours all over the world. My most recent trip was to Paris, and we’re planning another trip in August to the Grand Canyon. I can’t wait to go white water rafting!
Funny Farmer Felines: You opened a blog in November 2014. Did you have any special reason for leaping into blogging?
Louie: I was having a little trouble limiting my thoughts to 144 characters on my Twitter account (@Awesome_Louie) and I also wanted to post larger pictures than those allowed on some social networking sites. A blog seemed like a good fit for me, and I have my very own domain name too – AwesomeLouie.com. How awesome is that?
Funny Farmer Felines: How did the Mewsings column on your blog begin?
Louie: I began receiving notes from other kitties asking for my advice on social networking, as well as after my book came out. Since then my mom and I have been writing the “Mewsings” columns in an effort to help out my fellow fur pals. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Funny Farmer Felines: If your mom were to describe what makes you special, what do you think she would say?
Louie: I think she would say that she loves me for the way I like to cuddle, and for the way I like to follow her around all day. I’m always ready to be picked up and to give a few good nuzzles under her chin. I’ve heard her say that I may be a rescue, but that I’ve rescued her right back whenever she is feeling down. I seem to be very good at cheering people up!