Interviews With Cats: Tuxedo Kitty Casper Of #CatFortFridays!
We're baaaack - with another "Interviews With Cats!" And this week's installment features one of our favorite tuxies - Casper. He's a multi-toed trendsetter and all around dapper gent. Read on to find out how he kicked his carb-addiction, his favorite time of year for forting, and why he's the "John Stamos of cats."
Q: Tell us about yourself! Name, nickname, age, city, siblings, etc.
A: My name is Casper, but my friends call me Cappy, Capper, and the John Stamos of Cats. I’m 17-years-young, have 25 toes, and rock one heck of a dapper tuxedo. Although I spent most of my life living in Connecticut with my best friend (he adopted me back in ’98), I moved to the desert southwest with him and my lady a few years ago. It was a horrendously treacherous trip across the country (I think I nearly died of dysentery… twice), but now I have a great view of red rocks and national parks from my cat fort window. It’s been an exciting adventure, but I’m not sure if I dig this “dry heat.”
Q: What’s the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to you?
A: I was incredibly excited when my people built me my first cat fort. I had always enjoyed a good box, basket, or newspaper teepee to chill in, but when they started constructing with pillows, blankets, and rich mahogany, I knew I’d hit the big time. Ever since then, I’ve acquired several permanent forts around the house; plus, I get a new fancy one every Friday for #CatFortFriday. Now, as cats from around the world join me in the festivities each Friday, I’m honored and thrilled to share the glorious art of cat forting with so many new friends. If you haven’t joined the revolution yet, be sure to build your own fort this Friday and show it off. All the cool cats are doin’ it.
Q: Tell us about your best day ever:
A: The day I picked my best friend was the best day ever. He was 16-years-old, looking for a cute longhaired kitten at the shelter. But I straightened my gangly tux, placed my extra-large paw on his knee and said, “Dude, I’m your man. You and I are gonna go places.” We’ve been inseparable ever since.
Q: What’s your favorite treat?
A: I’m a recovering bread-aholic. I used to eat any bread product I could get my double paws on. Pizza crust, bagels, hotdog buns… you name it and I ate it. At rock bottom, I opened drawers, jumped on counters, and even ate through plastic bags to get my carb-fix. But I’m now 1½ years bread-free since I started my senior cat kidney diet food.
Q: Tell us about a time you got in trouble with your meowmy (or cat dad):
A: If by “meowmy” and “catdad” you mean “my lady” and “best friend,” then I seem to remember them getting unnecessarily mad at me for exploring tall places and eating food that had so obviously been left out for me. But, my wild ways have calmed down a bit now that I’m a mature gentleman.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday and why?
A: Every holiday is an excuse to fort, but I really dig Christmas. Not only is my tux appropriate for every Christmas gathering, but the gift boxes flow like wine, which means more forting for me.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I’m coming up on 18, so I’ve been looking into retirement activities. I’ve already got fort-lounging on lockdown and I recently started to dabble in jet setting.
Q: What’s your favorite toy and why?
A: I flip for anything filled with catnip, especially toys designed by @wolfeartanddesignstudio. Sometimes I hang out with my oversized Godzilla action figure. And it also goes without saying that I love whatever flavor of the month fort I’m currently napping in.
A: I’ve perfected the art of fort-snorting (not to be confused with “snoring”) while snoozing in my forts. As a 25-toed polydactyl, I’m the master of high fives and thumbs ups. I also have the uncanny ability to demand breakfast, pettings, second breakfast, brushings, and even fancy forts just by yowling in differing octaves. Kakowww!
A: What do you do that annoys your parents?
Q: My best friend and my lady could never be annoyed by me. However, they may not totally appreciate my “time–telling” superpower: I have the ability to unleash my mightiest old man yodel exactly two minutes before their alarm clock goes off each and every day. Impressive. I know.
Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Black and white and cute all over.
Q: Do you have a best friend(s)? If so, who?
A: My best friend and my lady are my world. However, my main wingman is Mustard @mustardisacat because of his sweet tux, sharp wit, and creamy peanut buttery way with the ladies. I also enjoy the company of Este @estebancat because of his great style and snaggle swagger. And, of course, I admire each and every cat who forts with me on #CatFortFriday. Their weekly fort masterpieces impress me on the reg.
Q: Do you have a favorite pastime?
A: Fort. Nap. Eat. Repeat.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: A pet psychic once told me that I’m a cat whose “every desire is fulfilled.” I agree. I’m spoiled rotten and look damn good doin’ it. I love my people immensely and show them my appreciation through bubbly purrin’, sweet squealin’, and straight gorilla pimpin’ (translation: taking what I want in a loveable but firm manner). My only regret in life is not accepting the role of Uncle Jesse back when Lori Loughlin suggested I should; I heard it took her eight years to get over me. Poor girl.