We were pleased to meet the felines from the blog Library Board of Cats late last year. (You can also find them on Doggie and Kitty Caperz.) They agreed to sit down with us so we can learn more about them as individuals, but the interview was delayed as we each had a furry member preparing to leave for the Bridge. Pull up a pillow and get comfortable. This is not the type of stuffy board humans often gather to run their communities.
Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourselves and your human.
We are The Board of Library of Cats: Toby, an orange marm; BobbieSue, a tuxie; Simon, a house panther; and Jack, a solid gray; our human is Sabina.
Funny Farmer Felines: You recently posted a tribute for our friend Tober the beloved library cat of Thorntown Library. Do you cats also live in a real library?
Library Cats: We wish we lived in a library! Our mom has a library of sorts so there are books all around us. Our Aunt, Jack’s mom, is a librarian so she also has tons of books.
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you come to live together?
Jack: I live separate from my cousins (more about that later). I came to my mom through a local rescue group as a kitten. I don’t remember much about my early kittenhood but I’m glad to have a happy home now.
Toby: My cat-mom was a stray that snuck in through a doggie door where a friend of my humom’s lived. I was born there on Super Bowl Sunday! My humom picked me out of the litter when I was only 3 weeks old and brought me home when I was 8 weeks old.
Simon: I was picked up as an adult semi-feral cat by a local rescue group. I remember being beat up a lot by other cats when I was found. My aunt (Jack’s humom) fostered me for a while and then one of the resident small boy humans left the door open and I escaped from her house and went wild again. She kept feeding me and I would come home sometimes. When she had to move away, her sister, my humom, moved into her house and kept feeding me. She spent a lot of time getting to know me and I began to feel safe around her. So one very cold night she brought some food outside and was petting me while I ate it. She picked me up, brought me in her house and I’ve never been outside since. I’m glad I have a warm, safe place now, but I do miss the outdoors and mom is very careful NOT to let me escape again!
BobbieSue: My catmom was feral and I was born under my humom’s house when she lived in Savannah, Georgia. Mom said I was such a loudmouth (and still am) she could hear me meow through the floorboards. She tried to catch my catmom and siblings but was unsuccessful. But she caught me – she thinks because I was so sick I was slower than them. I would run circles around her legs when she brought the food out and one day when I was about 8 weeks old she just reached down and grabbed me. I fought back really hard but she wouldn’t let go. You see, something happened to my tail and it was rotting off. It was already half-way gone when she got me. She brought me inside her house and gave me some food. The next day I was at the vets and had the rest of my tail cut off! She has never let me back outside no matter how much I yowl!
Funny Farmer Felines: You have been blogging since May 2014. What prompted you to open a library blog?
Simon: One of our favorite pastimes (other than eating and sleeping) is reading. The trouble was that we read so much and so fast we couldn’t remember what we read! So, one day Toby came up with the idea of the blog – to do book reviews so we would pay more attention to what we were reading and it just sort of built from there!!
Funny Farmer Felines: You do book reviews on your blog. What type of books? Do you review any cat books?
Toby: We review all kinds of books – from non-fiction, to adult novels, young adult, children and even picture books. We will read almost anything; however, we DO NOT read books with excessive profanity, graphic violence, and graphic human mating practices. In other words, if you can’t read it to your kittens (not that they would be interested in it, anyway) we don’t read it. We don’t like some genres but will read them in a pinch – like westerns, romance, political/spy thriller, horror, almost anything with vampires, real crime. What we really LOVE to read is books by and about cats, adventure, mysteries (ones where the violence takes place off stage), fantasy, real life and inspirational.
Funny Farmer Felines: Are you cats on any social media or belong to the Cat Scouts, or participate in any blogging events?
BobbieSue: Mom has a photography blog that we occasionally appear on, The View Through My Aquamarine Eyes. Toby has recently taken over Doggie Caperz and has renamed it Doggie and Kitty Caperz. When LadyBird, a Chihuahua that lived with us, went to the Bridge this past Christmas, she left it to Toby to run. He occasionally features the rest of us. He’s planning on a special event this April – he’ll be participating in the Blogging A to Z challenge, if he can get his research and act together!
Toby: HEY! – No fair!! I’m a busy mancat with responsibilities!!
Funny Farmer Felines: Tell us a little about the area where you live.
Jack: I live in the most beautiful place. I live on a canal within the Albemarle Sound of North Carolina. It is so peaceful, especially now during the off season. Most of the houses around me are summer houses; there are only a few of us who live here year round. I help my dad with his fishing and crab pots. I don’t go on his boat when he takes it out in the water, but I do love to sit on the dock and watch for fishies.
Simon: The rest of us live in coastal Virginia, but nowhere near the oceanfront. We live on a dead-end street really close to the interstate so there’s always this – what mom calls – white noise in the background. We have a nice yard that we share with Bella, a dachshund from next door – only Toby has met her. Only Toby gets to go outside since he is leash trained. For me and BobbieSue, the harness mom uses is so heavy we can’t even move when she puts it on us. We can’t even stand up. I don’t know how Toby does it. Anyway, there are lots of birdies to watch, people walking their dawgs and even critters like ‘possums and racoons come by every once in a while.
BobbieSue: I really love summer cause mom leaves the front door open and the porch light that stays on attracts all sorts of buggies that I try to get through the glass door.
Funny Farmer Felines: What kind of mischief do you like to get into, either separately or together?
Toby: I love to open closet and cabinet doors. Mom says it’s like that movie, Sixth Sense, you know where the mom walks into the kitchen and all the cabinets have been opened by a ghost? Well, that’s what our kitchen is like. I don’t want to go in – I just want’em open!
BobbieSue: I’m partial to hanging off window screens. When the weather is nice the windows are wide open and I have put more than just a few cuts in the screens! Those danged screens just get in the way of my bird and bug stalking!
Simon: I like to provoke Toby whenever mom is around because mom always comes to my rescue. I’ll be sitting next to Toby, grooming him nicely and then all of a sudden take a bite out of his ear! He then rears up and gets ready to hit me but mom fusses at him and tells him to leave me alone. I like it when Toby gets into trouble!
Jack: Since I’m an indoor/outdoor cat, I make sure to keep the mice population down. I bring them home, of course and if I can, I bring them through the cat door and put them next to my food dish in the kitchen. Once I even brought in a live mouse!! It freaked my mom out!! So funny! Took her 3 days to catch that mouse and put him back outside!! I really like it when I bring in a dead one and put it on the floor and in the morning she walks through the kitchen in bare feet and steps on it!! Boy, do I love to make mom dance!!
Funny Farmer Felines: If we were to ask your human what she loves best about you, what do you think she would say?
BobbieSue: The way I come just close enough for her to stroke me – only once or twice – and the way I sleep on her back when she’s asleep.
Simon: The way I head-butt her all the time.
Toby: My fine, fat, fluffy belly. She’s always burying her face in it! Also the fact than I’m the only cat around that she can pick up. I sleep on her shoulder like a human baby sometimes. She really loves that.
Jack: My svelte figure and my handsome mancat face.
Funny Farmer Felines: Toby, BobbieSue, Simon and their cousin Jack will continue to write book reviews on their blog, Library of Cats. You can also find Toby, BobbieSue and Simon having fun on Doggie and Kitty Caperz.