Interviews With Cats: Buckminster, "Architect" and Professional Napper
Editor's Note: Buckminster's interview has been scheduled for posting for a couple weeks now. Since that time, a recent change to Bucky's life has taken place, and he'd like to add a note before we begin the interview.
A Message from Buckminster: It is with great sadness that I note the passing last week of my great buddy, Max. Max was a kind and gentle soul and he will be missed immensely by my whole family. Rest in peace, special furriend. <3
Q: Tell us about yourself! Name, nickname, age, city, siblings, etc.
A: My name is Buckminster, or Bucky, for short. I am four years old and I live in Buffalo, NY, with my unrelated cat roommates Max and Peanut. I also sometimes go by the nicknames The Grey Bomber, and Buckmin Turner Overdrive. My shelter name was Speedo because of my secret white spot on my lower belly region.
Q: Is there a special story behind your name?
A: Yes! I am named after the brilliant and quirky architect, theorist and inventor of the geodesic dome, R. Buckminster Fuller.
Q: Tell us about your best day ever:
A: My best day ever was definitely the day I was adopted from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. The shelter volunteers had taken me and my littermates out to the local farmers’ market one Saturday for an adoption event. I was just a tiny kitten. My humans saw me there and decided that if no one adopted me by the end of the day they would go to the shelter and fetch me. Well I was still there at the end of the day (why, I have no idea) so a friend who works at the shelter called to let my humans know. They went right down and brought me home. And the rest is Buckminster history.
Q: What’s your favorite treat?
A: My favorite treat is definitely GimCat Malt Paste (cheese and malt flavor). I had never tried this until my friends Yoda and Findus @fellnasentogether sent me some all the way from Germany! I also like butter, but for some reason this is not offered freely.
Q: Tell us about a time you got in trouble with your meowmy (or cat dad):
A: I get in trouble regularly for “herding” and “trapping” Peanut. I like to chase her into a room or area and then sit at the entrance so she can’t get out. Sometimes we fight. This just seems like sport to me, but it does make the humans angry.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday and why?
A: My favorite holiday comes every week! I call it #BuckNakeyWednesday and it’s when I let it all hang out, literally! I’m kind of an exhibitionist and I like to show off my secret white spot.
Q: What’s your favorite toy and why?
A: I know that some cats (like Max and Peanut) are scared of them, but I LOVE catnip bubbles! I am an expert bubble popper.
Q: Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?
A: I do a very unique thing when I am content. My family calls it “nomming.” I grind my jaw and make a “nom, nom, nom” sound. They think it’s a throwback behavior from kittenhood.
Q: What do you do that annoys your parents?
A: I like to help with chores, like changing the bed sheets and cleaning the fish tank. Why do they push me away when I’m just trying to help? I also like to sit on the newspaper when they are reading.
Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Grey, of course! I’m a member of the #greypower gang on Instagram!
Q: Do you have a best friend?
A: I have a lot of wonderful Instagram friends from all over the world, but my best friends are Max and Peanut (I’m not mean to Peanut all the time). Sometimes we even hang out in the same room together!
Q: Do you have a favorite pastime?
A: I have an ongoing house project that I call “mid-century destruction.” It involves “improving” an old fake Eames chair with my claws. I’m pretty proud of my work so far. I’m also pretty accomplished at napping.