Today we interview the famous tweeting, blogging and werking (yes, that is the correct spelling) feline, Mario of Mario’s Meowsings blog. Many of you are already familiar with his story, but keep reading – you might learn a little more.
Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and your M & D.
Mario: Hi everyone. I’m Mariodacat and M & D are my human pawparents. It nice to meet all of you. Thank you to Jan’s Funny Farm for this great opportunity. I feel like a celeb or something!
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you come to live together?
Mario: After M & D’s last kitty crossed the Rainbow Bridge, they decided the house was way too quiet without a kitty to love. So one day D said, “If one wanted to get a new kitty, how would one go about it?” he he. D is so silly that way.
So they went to the local Humane Society’s shelter, and I immediately greeted them at the door. I just knew they were the ones for me. I started pawing at D’s pant legs, wrapping myself around him, and when he picked me up, I really turned on the purr motor and rumbled. M was a little harder sell job because she had her eye on a snobby, calico girl kitty that wouldn’t give her any attention at all. Eventually M came to realize I was the one for her, too.
Funny Farmer Felines: Are you an indoor or outdoor kitty? Aloof or a lap cat?
Mario: I am an indoor kitty, but I do get outside sometimes in a harness and leash with a human in tow - in the summer! I do need to walk around the back yard and patrol so no intruders come over.
I am a very friendly kitty and must greet all visitors who ring our doorbell. Anything for attention!!
Lap cat – you are looking at the king of laps. My humans are both retired, so I get a lap almost any time of the day that I want one. Most of my afternoon is spent downstairs on D’s lap and we both snooze. he he - M says that’s probably why I’m a little overweight – too much lap time.
Funny Farmer Felines: We first became aware of you on Twitter. You were very involved there. We’re still trying to figure out how to read a tweet since so many of them are full of @, # and tiny urls. Are you still as active there since you started blogging?
Mario: Oh yes, I’m still somewhat active, but not as active as I’d like to be. M has a bad back so she can’t sit on her desk chair to type for me very long at a time. I do help with the publicity tho for #nipclub Thursday nights and also for the #Nipclub 24-hour Monthly Party. I love Nipclub because we have fun and raise money for an animal charity each month – all month long. Parties are fun – there are DJs playing music, barktenders tending bar, a fabulous menu full of good noms, great prizes you can win, and just plain fun.
Funny Farmer Felines: You have been blogging since 2009. What prompted you to open a blog?
Mario: Two months after being adopted by M & D it was discovered that I had Stomatitis. That is a nasty disease of the gum where you are kinda allergic to your own tooth decay. My vet lady discovered it and sent us to an animal dentist, who confirmed the disease and recommended having all my toothies pulled out. Talk about scary at the time! But I have been so healthy since that time, it was well worth it.
I decided to blog and share my story. So many of my Twitter pals were asking questions or recommending us to someone else with toothie problems, that I thought putting my story in a blog would be helpful to others. Since that time, numerous animals facing stomatitis have asked me questions and read the bloggy.
Funny Farmer Felines: You are famous. You’ve been interviewed by several newspapers. How did this happen?
Mario: One of my Twitter pals asked if he could intervoo me for the Anipal Times (the newspaper on Twitter run by animals and read by animals). One of my other Twitter pals read the story in the Anipal Times. His human happens to be in the PR business and contacted us to see if we’d be willing to share my story with the Associated Press.. She wanted to send a professional photographer out to our house from the Associated Press to have our family picture taken to go along with my story.
The story first appeared in the Greenwich Times, the, Washington Post, New York Times, several smaller newspapers out East and several online newspapers. It took about a month, tho, for it to appear in our local newspaper because the Packers were getting ready to play in the Super Bowl. Guess they are more newsworthy than a little ole moggie kitty. Anyway, I couldn’t believe how famous I had become - just from sharing my toothie story.,
Funny Farmer Felines: We notice you have a member badge for “Rumblepurr”s Good Kitty Club” We haven’t heard of it before. Did you have to do something special to join?
Mario: Oh my good buddy, Rumblepurr, just decided I needed one of his Good Kitty Awards and couldn’t believe he hadn’t given it to me before. So he presented it to me. I don’t remember doing anything special.
Funny Farmer Felines: We heard M has put you on …. oh, we can barely say the terrible word! … a d-i-e-t. How is this going?
Mario: OMC, it’s horrid. I”m starving over here! I even blogged about looking for a new family to live with. No takers, tho, cuz many of my pals are also on d-i-e-t-s. What is with these humans? M says I break her heart when I sit and stare at my food dish when it’s empty. But she still doesn’t do anything about it. Sigh! I go to be weighed this coming week and I think I’ll put the bitey on the vet, but (sigh) I don’t has any toothies!!
Funny Farmer Felines: What kind of mischief / fun do you enjoy?
Mario: I have to go to werk every day - it’s a job and I get paid with a treat if I do it well. M has a board on which she places 3 white pill bottle caps. 1 will have a treat under it. She makes sure I see which one it is, then she moves that bottle cap to another position. I am supposed to tell her which one has the treat in it. Well, sometimes I cooperate and get it right away. Other times, I stare off at the wall instead of watching where she moves it to. he he. I can’t let her know that I’m smarter than she thinks. Sometimes I turn every bottle cap over before getting the treat. he he. I really know which one it is, but like to drag the game out as long as possible.
Oh, I also love playing with the Nieko fly or one of the attachments, and sometimes just a plain old string. I’m not much for playing with toys on my own. M thinks maybe I never had much of a kittenhood (whatever she means by that). I have lots of toys laying around, but I just don’t play with them unless a human plays with me.
Thank you so much for this opportunity. I have read your intervoos many times and enjoyed them so much. I have always learned something new each time, even on those pals that I know very well. You do an amazing job.
Funny Farmer Felines: We thank you for the kind words, Mario, especially as you have been interviewed and photographed by professional news folks. And we’re sure you have helped many a kitty and kitty mom by sharing your story on your blog and elsewhere. We have read about a number of cats with stomatitis in these past months.
Mariodacat’s toothie story – parts 1, 2 and 3 – are easily located on a page on his blog. He also has pages devoted to explaining Tweet Grid or Tweet Deck for a beginner, so if you have ever wanted to attend a Pawparty but couldn’t figure out how, Mario’s advice is a must read. Stop by Mario’s Meowsings and check out his blog. And he’s on Twitter as @mariodacat.
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About the Author (Author Profile)Funny Farmer Felines -- Cyndi, Percy, Cameron, Rusty & Micah -- are veteran bloggers for Jan's Funny Farm and provide in-depth interviews of cat bloggers for Mousebreath. Percy is the lead spokescat.
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