Austin, Killer Cat in a Tux

Austin, Catachresis


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.

34 thoughts on “Austin, Killer Cat in a Tux

  1. Very excellent questions and interview. Five years doing your blog is a great track record. Hope our mom has that same staying power. We like reading about ourselves and helping her write. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  2. FFF another grate interviews N dood….ooopz…we meen….darling boy sweetiehearts

    eggs cuze uz a wee minit ~~~~~~~~~


    ok then, veree nice interviews buddy…..we enjoyed heerin sum stuff we can uze….uh, we enjoyed heerin sum stuffs we never newe nothin bout….like yur OWN island….we never newe ewe wuz a bazillionare buddy…think oh de fishin possy billiteez !!!

  3. You gave a great interview, Austin! We really enjoyed reading it and getting to know you better. We are very glad you have a good staff to live with. Be sure to keep her in line 🙂

    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

  4. That was a great interview with Austin. I like his word of the day because then I can confound my mum with my great knowledge.

  5. What a great interview Austin. We’re still catching up from last year’s Cat Ruler Contest and it was such a privilege to have you in the running. Although it’s probably just as well you didn’t win, because if you did, then what? More work for The Staff, I suppose!

  6. Thanks for the stopping by everyone and for the lovely comments! We enjoyed the interview with the extremely professional journalists the FFFs ! x

  7. Austin and his *staff* are great friends and at the top of our reading list!
    We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE his word of the day. He is one clever kitty and always makes us laugh.

    Great interview!!!
    ; ) Katie & Glogirly

  8. Dear Sweet Austin,

    This is a great interview! You are looking handsome as always. You know what they say about Texas – “Everything is Bigger and Better in Texas” – I have a huge Catnip plant that has been growing out of control lately…..wanna have a catnip fueled sleep over?

    Your girl,

  9. Dearest Austin!
    Wowzers! Me is so furry happy that yous was interviewed by the Funny Farmers for Mousebreath! Mes thinks yous is a great blogger and furrend!

  10. Great interview! I enjoy visiting Austin’s blog every time he’s got something new up – he’s a very cool kitty.

  11. My, my, I am so glad Ann Staub mentioned being nosy. It is fun and you did such a nice job of getting the scoop on Austin. We love Austin.

  12. Love Austin’s blog. Wonderful interview. Nice to find out a bit more about you.

  13. That was a fun interview! We enjoyed getting to know our furiend, Austin. We didn’t know he lived on an island, too! Maybe he’d like to join our Island Cats Club!

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