We are pleased to have the handsome and witty Austin from the blog CATachresis with us today. Many bloggers have been having an inordinate amount of rainfall in their area lately, so pull up a toadstool and let’s get started.
Funny Farmer Felines: Would you introduce yourself and your mom to everyone?
Austin: I live with my mum who I call The Staff (just a joke between us) and her mum (my grandmum) in a house on an island off the coast of North Wales UK. Not long after I came to her, mum started the blog and the rest is history. So we’ve been blogging over five years.
Funny Farmer Felines: What nicknames does your mom have for you?
Austin: The Poo, Sweetheart (yuk!), Darling Boy (double yuk!), Killer 🙂
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you come to live with your Staff?
Austin: I am six years old or thereabouts, as my start in life is a bit clouded in mystery. I was found as a kitten of about 7 months old inside a car engine with my back leg all injured. Some nice person took me to the RSPCA and they fixed me up and eventually (not long actually) I was chosen by The Staff who was looking for a doggie to adopt. Fooled her!
Funny Farmer Felines: You’re a good-looking mancat. Is there a special ladycat in your life or are you playing the field?
Austin: Well, that’s very kind of you to say I have a bit of a thing with Sassy from Troublin Times. She has been quite the stalker … errr, I mean ardent admirer. But then, what mancat could resist all that floof! Our love was sealed when she sent me some silvervine. I haven’t been able to think straight since!
Funny Farmer Felines: What is your favorite toy?
Austin: My favourite game is probably DaBird, though I was wary of it at first. It moves so fast. I follow my mum around to snoopervise her activities and ask her to brush me and I love it when she talks to me in her soft voice and comes outside to play with me
Funny Farmer Felines: Every kitty likes to get into mischief.. What kind of mischief do you get into?
Austin: I have a best buddy called Tigger the Tabby and he visits most days and we fight and stuff, but I don’t really get into too much mischief except when I climbed up onto the roof of the neighbour’s house and danced along the ridge tiles just to tease The Staff! Oh, and she complains a teeny bit when I scratch the carpet, but I really only do that to get her attention if she’s ignored me for like forever
Funny Farmer Felines: We like Dr. Austin Tuxedo’s Word of the Day. We were just looking at some of them and we figure folks Jan’s age and beyond would undoubtedly like your definition of “incontinent” better than their doctor’s. (In-continent: being within the boundaries of a continent.) How did you come up with the idea to do the word of the day?
Austin: I hadn’t been with The Staff long before I realised that she loved using long words, but sadly, she never seemed to use them correctly, so it is really for her benefit that I introduced “Word of the Day,” to help her with her vocabulary.
Funny Farmer Felines: While on the subject of your word of the day, we’re kind of curious about your blog title CATachresis. Going by the word of the day samples we’ve read, we’d assume “CATachresis” means a cat with creases. But you don’t look like you need ironing, so perhaps we’re wrong?
Austin: *Laughs* There, you see. You’re catching on! It was The Staff again, trying to be clever. She thought of it one day when she had nothing better to do. But again she was wrong as it is obviously nothing to do with cats getting words wrong. That’s silly. Could never happen! However, I know quite a few cats with creases…. Um, did you hear that? I think I just heard the staff sigh.
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?
Austin: I took part in Zee & Zoey’s Cat Ruler of the World contest. I didn’t win, but that’s ok as I would have probably had to give up my nip habit – I am a nipoholic. And I was included in Glogirly’s Real Housecats of the Blogosphere season one. They were great fun to participate in. I have talked like a pirate, but it ruined my ability to growl for a month!
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any special plans for the future of your blog?
Austin: Not really. I am not a planner! It was The Staff who started the blog, but as I saw she was making such a hash of it, I felt it needed a helping paw, so I offered my services. It is taking all my time to get the blog fit for purpose. Maybe in the future it will evolve into something worth reading!
Funny Farmer Felines: What do you like and dislike about blogging?
Austin: Seriously? Like everyone says, it’s great meeting other bloggers from all over the world. Not just cat or even dog bloggers, but all kinds. It broadens your horizons without even having to leave your pink blankie.
The worst thing isn’t really a worst thing, but it’s not being able to visit and comment on everyone’s blog every day. I am very nosy …. errr ….. friendly and like to see how every one is getting on. I learn things too. So there isn’t really a worst thing, just maybe sometimes it’s difficult getting The Staff person organised and in the right place to put up a blog post when I need it done!
Funny Farmer Felines: What advice would you give to anyone just starting a blog?
Austin: Just do it! Decide your reason for blogging, don’t be like my human who has no idea! Whether it is for humour, promoting a cause, cat welfare or just a daily diary etc. If you are a cat wanting to blog, then join the Cat Blogoshere and visit other blogs and leave a comment. It’s not just about blogging, it’s a community.
Funny Farmer Felines: We would like to commend Austin on the job he’s done organizing the mess his Staff made of the blog. We don’t actually remember a mess, but we’ll take his word for it since humans often lack the communication and organizational skills we furries are born with.
With Austin at the helm, the blog reeks of …. um, perhaps we better not use the word reeks. Rocks, the blog rocks. His blog is definitely worth reading.
So stop by CATachresis and let Austin know the Funny Farmer Felines sent you.