The fun part of doing interviews is we get to make new friends and introduce them on Mousebreath. Hermes and his siblings do not have a blog and they are not yet on social media, but Hermes and his brother Chip are having a fabulous time in Cat Scouts. Sisfur Chessie might join them.
Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and your human.
Hermes: I was born in October, 2002, in North Liberty, IL, in a big brick horse barn! Yes, with horses! I love horses. I’m an orange tabby, like my birth mother and my five litter mates. Dad was a feral orange tabby. I’m sure he was cool! My human sister asked for a”yellow kitty” that Christmas.
Mama and Sarah picked us up on January 3, 2003. We were so cute, they brought two of us home! I was named Hermes, and my beautiful sisfur was named Athena. She went to the Bridge suddenly just after our ninth birthday. The vet said it must have been her heart. We miss her a lot.
Mama has a BSN and used to be a nurse, then has been – real estate agent, data entry for Dad, and designed touch needlework. Dad is a self-employed CPA. He works as a consulting CFO.
Funny Farmer Felines: If you have any furry siblings, please introduce them, too.
Hermes: I now have two younger fur-sibs. I really grieved so much over Athena’s loss the vet said, “Get him a kitten.” Mama found Chip, at the Shamrock Society! He was so energetic, she was afraid he’d wear me out, so a month later she went back and adopted Chessie, one of his littermates. She looks like the old C&O railroad kitten, except our Chessie’s nose is black, not pink. Chip is now a Cat Scout, too. Chessie can’t decide yet.
Funny Farmer Felines: Tell us a little about yourself.
Hermes: Being born in a horse barn was pretty cool. The horses had such big hoofies, but none of us ever got stepped on. There was not a lot of heat in that barn in the winter, so we were really happy to move inside. At first we didn’t understand about different states, first Illinois and then Kentucky. Kentucky is a great place for a horse lover. That’s why Chip and I are hosting the Cat Scouts for Derby. Being an indoor cat is actually pretty good. We do sometimes look out the windows and wonder, but then we hear the can opener.
Funny Farmer Felines: We understand you have some health problems. Minor, we hope!
Hermes: Mama got really worried when Athena went to the Bridge so unexpectedly. She took me to my vet office. They discovered my high blood pressure and gave me Norvasc. Then the barfing started. The vet said I had iBS, but upper GI? More meds.
That was five years ago. I do have some allergies that give me watery eyes and sneezes. I slowly lost weight. During 2016, I lost weight faster. By November I was about half of what I was five years ago. Mama’s eyes leaked a lot. I had a great appetite, but still lost weight. I’ve been seeing Dr. Marsha for a couple of years. In November one of my liver enzymes went way up and…another pill. It didn’t help.
In January for my bloodwork check, Mama told me later, she was afraid I might not be going home with her. Dr. Marsha asked for my old records to be pulled, and saw my thyroid had never been checked. Yes, I needed thyroid med. I’m bouncier again and my eyes are brighter. (Mama’s, too!) I go back next week for a check to see if the liver enzyme is coming down. I’ve gained a little weight, still have a good appetite and eat four or five times a day, yet I need to gain more. We are all hoping and purring this fixes the problem.
Funny Farmer Felines: You are a proud member of the Cat Scouts. Have you been a member very long? Have you earned any badges?
Hermes: I became a Cat Scout late last Spring. It’s the second best thing ever. Gotcha Day is always first.
Merit badges? Oh, my, yes! Shrimping; Galileo Badge; CSU winter and migratory bird badge; nesting bird badge; laundry lovers; Boxing Day; First Aid; some party badges; and service badges. It’s just amazing what is available and what wonderful things we cats get to do.
I am still a little miffed about the Reptile badge. I’m an indoor cat, but was supposed to observe a reptile. Mama found my observation experiment when she pulled a brandy snifter from behind another glass, looked in it, and thought it was something plastic. It wasn’t. She started screaming! Dad came running. I guess my reptile needed water. He was one dead, desiccated reptile. I still think I should have asked Denmaster for a merit badge, but I was a bit embarassed by the desiccation part.
Funny Farmer Felines: What do you like most about the Cat Scouts?
Hermes: I love my furiends. They are just great. Our pawrents are all great humans, and we all care about each other so deeply.
Funny Farmer Felines: What type of events have you participated in so far with Cat Scouts?
Hermes: At the very end of the summer the SeaCat group went to Lake Erie. We made a couple of stops on the Canadian side. We went through a great canal. Museums! Lake ships! Then the last stop was a favorite place of my mama’s, Put-in-Bay. We got to climb the Admiral Perry monument. I was the first to the top.
Recently we went skiing. That was my first outing with little brofur, Chip.
Funny Farmer Felines: You don’t have a blog, but we’re wondering if you are on any social media.
Herme: No, no blog. Mama isn’t sure how those work. I’m not on FB, but my “nephew” (cat of my human sister) is. Mama been thinking about FB for us Hauckcats.
Funny Farmer Felines: If we were to ask your human what she loves best about you, what do you think she would say?
Hermes: I know she compliments my eyes a lot! But she just tells me I’m so sweet and lovable. I love my Mama!
Funny Farmer Felines: Hermes and Chip are enjoying their adventures in Cat Scouts. We hope Chessie will soon join them.
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