Interviews With Cats: Finnick & Co., Persian Kitties Livin It Up In Hawaii
In the spirit of this week's "Interviews With Cats" - "Aloha," fair readers! We bring to you today a flufftastic gang of Hawaiian kitties - also known as @alohapersians on Instagram. Read more about this adorable cat crew MEOW!
Q: Tell us about yourselves! Names, nicknames, ages, city, siblings, etc.
Finnick: My name is Finnick and I’m an 11 month-old tabby Exotic Shorthair born in Brisbane, Australia now residing in Honolulu, Hawaii. Some of my nicknames include: Finn, Finny, Tiny Cat, Finn Man, and Finnster. I have 6 other Persian ‘siblings.’
Ratatouille: 8 year old Red Persian. Born in Shanghai, China. Nicknames include: Touille, T, T-Man, Big T, TT, Touisha, Tu Man, Tutu.
Froggy: 5-year-old Shaded Silver Persian. Born in Honolulu. Nicknames include: Frog, Ettie, Frettie, and Frogalini.
Miso and Katsu: 3-year-old Shaded Silver and Chinchilla Persian ‘twins.’ Born in Honolulu. Miso’s nicknames include: Mease, Missy, Missy Franklin, Misol, Miso Gabriel. Katsu’s nicknames include: Katsu Ryan, KR, Chicken, Chickadee, and Pretty Boy.
Ghee: 1-year-old Golden Persian. Born in Honolulu. Nicknames include: G, Ghee Ghee, Ghee Monster, and Princess.
Remy: 1-year-old Shaded Silver. Born in Honolulu, son of Froggy. Nicknames include: Ramone, Remster, Remedelia, Rem Rem.
Q: Is there a special story behind your name?
Finnick: Meowmie named me after Finnick Odair from the Hunger Games series. She loves the actor, Sam Claflin who plays Finnick. My official show name is Eye of the Tiger though.
Ratatouille is named after the Disney movie but he was also born in the year of the Rat so it was fitting.
Froggy is named after the coqui frog, her big orb like eyes resemble one quite well. Miso and Katsu were named after Japanese food dishes.
Ghee’s official name is Buttercup but when she came to us Ghee fit much better. Ghee is a type of Indian butter.
And Remy was named after a character in the movie, Ratatouille.
Q: What’s the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to you?
F: Well, I flew all the way from Brisbane, Australia to Oahu, Hawaii to meet my new family! I must say not many kittens get to do that. Meowmie must have thought I was the cat’s meow!
Q: Tell us about your best day ever:
F: The day I found out I’d be moving to Hawaii! Oh what exciting news that was! I wasn’t a fan of the long airplane rides though… also I don’t really know where Hawaii is but I know it’s a good place.
Q: What’s your favorite treat?
F: I love human food! I love anything with beef flavoring! I can’t have enough of those Temptation treats! Cheese is also a go to snack of mine! I’m always hungry.
Q:Tell us about a time you got in trouble with your meowmy (or cat dad):
F: I get a little carried away when Meowmie brings out my bunny friend. I like to jump on top of her and bite her… I do like the taste of rabbit. Meowmie never lets me have alone time with my bunny… I wonder why.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday and why?
F: My first Christmas was quite exciting! I got to play under the tree and the ornaments made great play toys! I also enjoyed chewing on the gifts wrapped under the tree… Meowmie wasn’t too thrilled about it. Then Meowmie and her family did their annual Christmas photo and all 7 of us cats were included along with my bunny and guinea pig friends! It’s a tradition I look forward to in the years to come.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
F: Probably a purrfessional cat napper… okay well I already am. I’m only 11 months old; I have the rest of my life to figure it out! I’m currently starting my cat show life and would love to become a Grand Premier; I think that’d be cool. I’ve already competed in two CFA shows and have my last one of the season in March.
Q: What’s your favorite toy and why?
F: I don’t have a favorite. Anything and everything can be the most exciting toy to me. I’m a kitten; I have a short attention span anyway.
Q: Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?
F: When Meowmie holds me up in front of the fan I start doing doggy paddle… I think that’s pretty impressive. I haven’t seen any cats that can do that.
Q: What do you do that annoys your parents?
F: I always climb on top of Meowmie’s laptop when she’s on it. She doesn’t like how I can type gibberish and mess up what she’s working on. I am also a little piggy so when food is on the dinner table so am I! Guests don’t seem to appreciate my company at the table. Weird, right?
Q: What’s your favorite color?
F: Colors ... huh??
Q: Do you have a best friend(s)? If so, who?
F: The whole squad are my best friends! It’s cool because when someone’s annoyed with me I can just find another brofur or sister to annoy! I also love my bunny friend however the love only goes one way… I think they secretly like my energizer bunny vibes. What’s not to love?
Q: Do you have a favorite pastime?
F: Sleeping with Meowmie in her bed… I have too much energy to sit still now but I do enjoy waking her up early so she remembers to feed us! I don’t let a single meal pass me by.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
F: Meowmie works with a local silver Persian cattery and has learned so much about breeding, raising kittens and showing. She’s gotten 5/7 of the squad from this breeder. Miso and Katsu are both Grand Premiers and get to enjoy the couch potato life now. Katsu was once ranked the 7th best silver Persian nationally. Currently Ghee and I are being shown and hope to earn our titles in the near future.
We are all so thankful for the love and friendships we’ve made on our Instagram journey, @alohapersians! Aloha!