Saturday, January 16, 2016

Featured Pawsome Pet: Ernie the Island Cat

Welcome to our first Featured Pawsome Pet of the year 2016! Today's interview is with a very handsome and popular mancat named Ernie. He has expressed his excitement for being the first interviewee of the year already. Ernie is a 10 year old black shorthaired cat. He is an "Island Cat", although his island is not of the tropical variety.
"What does it mean to be an Island Cat?  Well, number one, you hafta be a cat.  And, number two, you hafta live on an island.  And we do.  It’s not a tropical island or anything like that.  It’s called Grosse Ile which is French for Big Island.  And it’s just south of Detroit, MI.  What’s really cool is that we’re not far from Canada.  We can see Canada from our island!  The third thing about being an Island Cat is that you hafta be spoiled rotten.  And I definitely am!"


At about 6 months old, Ernie found himself in a shelter with his sister looking for a forever home when his previous owners could no longer keep them. He waited and waited for the perfect home.
"My sister found another home pretty quickly, but I wasn’t as fortunate and I was in the shelter for a while.  And then my lucky day came.  I was adopted into the best home a cat could ask for because I got to be an Island Cat!"
While there are probably about a thousand things that make Ernie a Pawsome Pet, I wanted to know what he thought makes him so pawsome.
"I’ve got lots of character.  I’m always doing something that makes my mom laugh.  Like dive-bombing under my boogie mat and hiding under it for hours at a time.  And I love cuddling with my mom.  The dad-guy says I’m a mama’s boy.  But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. J"

So, what kind of things do Island Cats like Ernie enjoy? It seems as though Ernie likes eating almost anything, but his favorite food is treats. Ernie also has a thing for paper products...
"I like all foods really.  I’m not real picky.  I do love treats, though!  My favorite treats are those freeze-dried chicken ones. 
I like to do a lot of fun stuff.  Though the mom doesn’t think that some of the things I do are fun.  I love to unroll the toilet paper in the bathroom and the paper towels in the kitchen.  I also love to mess up the paper napkins that are in a holder on the kitchen counter.  Do you think I have a paper fetish?"

While some people might say that black cats are unlucky (which totally is NOT true), Ernie says being a black cat is his favorite characteristic. Being a black cat does have its perks after all.
"I’m a black cat.  Now some would say that’s not a good thing to be.  But I’m glad that I’m a black cat.  I’m sleek and shiny.  And I can hide in dark places and not be found because I blend into my surroundings so easily."
And an interesting fact about Ernie - he is a polydactyl cat! If you aren't sure what that means, Ernie can explain:
"I’m a polydactyl cat.  That means I have extra toes.  I’ve got 7 toes on each of my front feets and 5 on each of my back feets.  It’s not unusual for a cat to have extra toes on his front feet, but extra toes on the back ones isn’t as common.   I think having all these extra toes makes me extra special!"

Ernie shares a blog with his 2 cat siblings, Wally and Zoey, called The Island Cats. The 3 of them are quite amusing, so you should all stop by there to check them out. You can also find Ernie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Ernie would love to have you visit!

Special thanks to Ernie for being the first Featured Pawsome Pet Interview of the Year!

39 comments:

  1. It's so nice to learn more about you here today, Ernie! We think you are an exceptionally handsome mancat and look forward to reading about your adventures each week!

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  2. That was a fun interview. Thanks for introducing Ernie. He looks so cute on the photos.

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  3. We are are big Ernie fans here and the Island Cats are all super special!!!

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  4. Wow! Look at me! I'm a Pawsome Pet! Thanks for featuring me! ~Ernie

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    1. Aaaaaaaw Ernie we fink you are indeed pawsum. Fanks fur sharin' da Island Cats, we luv 'em.

      Luv ya'

      Dezi and Lexi

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    2. You sure are and thank you very much Ernie!

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  5. How fun to read your interview, Ernie! You and Wally and Zoey were some of the first kitties Sparkle got to know when she started hunting out other cat blogs.

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  6. Wonderfull cat,

    Happy Sunday,here snow annonced, Cerise my golden,love it,greeting from Belgium .

    http://retriever-kat-scrap-louisettesblogs.blogspot.com

    My blog city MONS in Belgium
    http://louisette.eklablog.com

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  7. you live on a very nice place Ernie... my mom would love to live on an island like you :o)

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  8. We love Ernie and all of the Island Cats! He is definitely one handsome guy. We enjoyed learning some things about him that we didn't know!

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  9. Ernie is a very cool cat! I would never have thought that the Island Cats were near Detroit! Love Dolly

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  10. We had a cat that extra toes on the front and back paws. His name was Mitten because his front paws looked like a mitten. Have an awesome life Erie!

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  11. What a pawtastic interview, Ernie! We didn't know you had extra toes (which we think is so cool!) We are so glad we became friends.

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    1. I didn't know either, but I'm not sure how I could have missed them. Those are some big paws!

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  12. What a great interview! I'm a fan of Ernie's, and I loved learning more about him here.

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  13. This was a great interview! We love Ernie. These pictures really show his fun side and how truly adorable he is. Ernie is extra special indeed!!

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  14. Nice to learn more about you Ernie. I am sorry you and your sister got separated, but I am glad you found such a loving home.

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  15. We're all about black cats in my house, Ernie!! This is a great interview and its always fun to learn more about our fellow bloggers!!!

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  16. Ernie, I love seeing those feets and I liked being refreshed on your history although I did not know about you and your sister. xox

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  17. Ernie, that is one terrific write up about you. We love black cats too and think they are some of the very best. Love the way you hide under your mat. Our Black cat whose name is Black loves to do the toilet paper too. Wow that is fun.

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  18. This is going to be a great feature. We cannot wait to read about the cats you plan to feature. The Island Cats are some of our favorites. And we love, love black cats at our house. Ernie's extra toes just make him more adorable and lovable. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    1. I featured a lot last year :) But they may be infrequent this year.

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  19. Great interview! I learnt a few things I didn't know about my pal!!

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  20. Ernie is one pawesome mancat, and we always love visiting his blog! We didn't know Ernie was a polydactyl....or maybe we did and the Mom forgot, MOL. :)

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  21. Wow! Concats, Ernie!!

    We liked the part that you said you can see Canada from your place on 'The Island'...cause our meowmy is from Canada...Hooray!

    You sure gave an interesting interview. Your extra toes make you have mitts, well, it looks like that, MOL!

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  22. Pawsome interview, Ernie ! We had forgotten you were polydactyl on the front and rear paws ! The Island Cats are among the ten first cats we met when we enter the Blogosphere. Purrs

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  23. Ernie, we loved your interview and Mom thinks you could ask for your own paper to play with... you needs to have fun with them extra toes!

    Purrz from the Katie Katz.
    btw - Guero am feeling soo much betters - he gotted his easy on today and did a sleepy selfie.

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  24. An island cat, eh? I hope we get to meet many of them on our travels.

    Thanks for introducing us to Ernie.

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  25. We LUV Ernie. And Wally. And Zoey. They geet to live on an Island ane EVERYthing!!

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  26. Ernie is super handsome and looks quite happy!

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  27. Woo Hoo Ernie!! Pawsum innterview mee furend!!!
    You can see yur Burmesey heritage inn yur fotoss'...you look so much like mee Pappaw King George!An wee luvss yur boogie mat foto...mee must try that sumtime!
    An mee likess to hide all so an sumtimess LadyMum walkss rite bye mee an can not see mee....An then mee can do 'smacky paw' on her, mew mew mew...
    ***paw patsss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

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  28. Hurray for the Island Cats!
    have a super duper Sunday...

    Noodle and crew

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  29. We love Ernie*, so it was so fun to learn more about him today!

    (*We also love Wally and Zoey, for the record)

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  30. Ernie what a great interview!!!! You did a great job! Love your photo shoot too!
    Marty and the Gang

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  31. LOVE the interview! Ernie is SUCH a good looking boy cat!

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  32. Thanks for the interview. It's always great to know more about our furriends. I wish I lived on an island, the only thing I see from here is the fence and the shed.. MOL :D Have to go now, have to count your paws, Ernie :) Pawkisses and one Extra for Ann :) <3 <3

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