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