Monday, August 5, 2013

Meet My Cabinet: Brian

Girly Girls sit down we are about to introduce you to
Resident Ladies' Man

1. Please introduce yourself(selves), tell us your age and a very special trait.


My name is Brian and I am the one and only mancat at our humble abode, although it wasn’t that way when I first came to live here. I am 5 years old and my Dad and Mom say my most special trait is that I love everyone and am the most welcoming kitty they have ever met.  As each new sister arrived on the scene I welcomed them with open paws, no muss, no fuss, no whap, no hiss. I do want to clarify the Ladies’ Man Title though, it is because I live with six beautiful ladycats.  I do have a special Ladycat in my life and that is my loving Scylla from Alasandra, the Cats & Dogs.

2. If you had and alter ego, who would you like to be and why?

I always thought I’d be Santa Claus because I love to give to others and I love to make others smile.  Besides, I was born on a Christmas Tree Farm so it’s a natural!

3. What do you like best/least about where you live?
I actually love where we live in the Upstate of South Carolina.  Our home is across the street from a lake and we’ve got some darn good critter viewing here.  I’ve seen geese, ducks, snakes, rabbits, squirrels, birds, turtles, hawks and even an eagle a few years ago, and of course we have the feral kitties that live out back.  You just never know what you are going to see in our yard.  The only think that I don’t like about where we live is fireworks.  Fireworks are legal here and when they start going they go for days at a time.  We often get a lot of under the bed time during boomer holidays.

4. Who are some peeps/furiends you'd like to meet and why?

Oh my, we would love to meet Marg from Margs Animals, she lives so close to us but we’ve just never made it an hour south.  We’ve really been fortunate to have met a bunch of our blogging peeps and there are many, many more we would just love to meet.

5. If you could give one piece of random advice what would it be?

Be kind to others, it just takes so little effort and you just might make their day.


6. What do you do for fun?

I may have to deny this later, but I do like to chase my sisters!  It really is just play and it helps keep them physically fit.  Oh, and they are all not the least bit shy about giving me a good chase through the house either.


7. What is the first thing you do each morning?

It doesn’t matter who gets up first, my Dad or my Mom, but the first thing I do is haul butt to the brushing perch in the big bathroom.  I love brushing, love, love, love it, and that is the best way for me to start my day.

8. What is the first thing you notice about a new friend?

I always notice their body language.  You can sure tell a lot about new friends just by looking at their eyes, their whiskers, their tail.  Happy comes through and I love to see lots of happy smiles.


9. Tell us how you came to live in your family and how you got your name.

Oh my, that sure is a long story, but I’ll give you the short version.  I was “rescued” as a tiny kitten from a Christmas Tree Farm here in the Upstate of North Carolina.  One of the nice rescue ladies from Kitten Action Team named me Brian because I reminded her of someone she knew.  I was at one of our local PetSmart stores for nine whole months, and it seemed that nobody was interested in me at all.  Then, all of a sudden I was adopted, I had a home.  But, as it turned out, that was not a good thing.  They were mean to be and kicked me some and I was not very happy at all.  Fortunately for me, the nice ladies from Kitten Action Team do follow-up visits and they recognized right away that I was scared and not happy.  They took me back right away…and back to PetSmart I went…waiting again.

This nice lady kept stopping by to talk to me but believe it or not the human hubby was not interested in meeting me.  The nice lady came every week to see me though and she told me she was working on the stubborn guy.  The longest time went by and I hadn’t seen that nice lady at all so I’d given up hope on that one too.  Then, one Saturday morning I looked up and there she was, with the guy dude.  Then we had an official meet n’ greet, then they left.  Oh well.  But what a surprise later that week.  The guy dude was here and he was taking me home.  My forever Dad and Mom finally came for me!

As it turns out, I was being adopted as a pal for a big Maine Coon Cat named Ivan who had just lost his brother Moses.  Ivan loved his brother Moses and was very lonely.  Well, Ivan and I hit it off immediately and I was home, 3 days before Christmas, what a present!  My brother Ivan and I were the best of friends.  Then one night, about 9 months later, in the middle of the night, he let out the worst scream you’ve ever heard.  He was gone.  He left me and went Over the Rainbow Bridge.  I was devastated and cried for a week.  Now I was the one who was lonely.  Then Sascha came, then Gracie and Zoe, then Dolly, then Precious, and then when our Grandma died Kit came to live with us.  I miss my brother Ivan every single day, he taught me so much, but I’m not lonely any more, not with 6 sisters!

10. What is your absolute favorite food?

My favorite is Fancy Feast Classic Turkey & Giblets!  I don’t eat people food at all, and actually none of us do.



The one big secret to all the harmony here is my Dad, he is the Boss Cat and we all know it.  I’ve already told you that I get along with everyone, and seriously I do.  However, I can’t say that each of my sisters were as nice when they first arrived.  Dad is very patient and lays out the rules of the house, the main one being that everyone is nice to everyone else.  Dad gets down on all fours and shows them what is and is not acceptable.  He will give them a hiss and a whap (easy, of course)if necessary.  They all caught on real quick like, except for sister Precious, and she still has Dad the Boss Cat stumped after 2 years.  We do know her history and she had likely never seen another cat before coming here.  Dad is still working with her though.

2.MOM AND I LOVE YOUR PICTURE WITH THE HAT.  PLEASE TELL US ABOUT IT AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE. (PLEASE send a pic of you in your hat too go with this question.

Thanks so much, I am quite fond of my fedora too and it has become my trademark, so to speak. 

My fedora is significant for a couple of reasons.  One of the first bloggers we met when we started was a lovely lady by the name of Judi.  Everyone called her Aunt Judi.  Aunt Judi had 2 wonderful boy cats named Sammy and Andy.  Aunt Judi quickly became known for her hatting skills.  She would dress the Ladycats out in the prettiest hats, and she did the same for some of my sisters too.  Then Aunt Judi started hatting Mancats.  I’m not sure if I was the first Mancat she hatted, but I know I was a least one of the very early ones.   Aunt Judi selected a fedora for me because she said it fit my personality purrfectly.  Well, when we saw what she came up with we loved it immediately and that day Aunt Judi created my blogging identity…the cat in the fedora!  Aunt Judi died after a long battle with cancer leaving behind her dear Sammy and Andy, plus some girl kitties that were added to the family along the way.  Sammy and Andy have since gone Over the Rainbow Bridge to join them Mom, Aunt Judi.  We miss them all.

So, my fedora is significant for a couple of reasons.  It has become my identity and I will cherish that gift forever.  It also is a way for me to keep the memory of such a wonderful lady, Aunt Judi, alive in the hearts of many.



  1. Oh my that was a lovely interview. I love learning all those things about Brian and his sisters. The fedora hat is really beautiful and it does suit you Brian.

    Loveys Sasha

  2. We really enjoyed learning more about Brian and how he came to live with his hoomans. In the first photo we almost didn't recognize him without his fedora. Great interview as always Madi.

    Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew
    Adam, Georgia and Bo

  3. We love Brian, it is very sweet of him to be so nice to his sisters. Brian looks very suarve in his fedora. Loved the interview!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  4. What a great interview! We are so glad Brian's Mom never gave up working on the "stubborn guy". ;)

  5. Great interview with the pawsomely kind and thoughtful Brian. He is a mantastic mancat indeed. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. What an awesome interview! Brian is one of my favorite bloggers - he is such a kind soul and he does SO much to help kitties in need! He is a great guy!

  7. Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your Cabinet Mayor Madi, I am thrilled to be here!!!

  8. Such a terrific interview! Brian, you look like a very confident mancat with such lovely sisters! Nice to meet you!

  9. Brian is the very best and he and his family work really hard to help kitties and doggies find homes. He is very successful at doing that too. That was such a nice interview. Glad he is on the Cabinet. We can't wait to meet Brian and his family too. Take care.

  10. Madi, Brian is a great pal! What a wonderful interview. We have been deprived without your Cabinet and we will be back again soon!

    ~ Coccolino the mini pig

  11. Love the kind. Brian is a wise and might I say handsome kitty.
    I am also having trouble with your blong on my roller thingy. Hope MOM fixes it soon.

  12. OMC look at Brian, doesn't he look super handsome :) We love Brain and his gorgeous Sisters.. they do so much good work, glad he's in the cabinet :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  13. Miss Madi you have outdone yourself on this interview! BRAVO!
    We love the adorable Brian and his sisfurs.

    Happy Monday! Nose bumps and whisker kisses from your bestest mancat, Prancer Pie

  14. i must say my favorite part today is the story of how Brian found his furever home, i got a tad teary eyed reading it... and Brian you are truly handsome, hat or no hat....

  15. We've always loved Brian and his sissys but just never knew all that about his past and how he came to be the Brian we all know and love!

    You's gonna be a great member of da cabinet, Brian!


  16. Wow, I love your adoption story! Being born on a Christmas Tree farm sounds so interesting. My sissy Cinderella knows what it's like to be adopted but NOT furever. She found her pawfect family eventually with us, and you found yours too! That's the best kind of happy ending. :)

  17. Meowsome interview with Brian. Love the idea of being Santa. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  18. Woohoo Brian, we can tell you are quite the ladies man and we love your fedora too. Excellent interview Mayoress!

  19. Grrrrrreat interview Brian. We knew Miss Judi and did KNOW that she Hatted you. We really loved her and miss her a lot. She is the one who did our Blog Makeover... and we have not wanted to change it beclaws we always think of Miss Judi when we see it.

    You are a super guy Brian.

  20. total lee rockin interviews two day madi & brian... tho we erased quest shun and answer ten frum R mindz...thanx !!~~~~~~

  21. I am so glad that you were rescued from that abusive home and that you now have a great furever home Brian.

  22. Brian, is the sweetest cat and his sisters are just lovely. It was great reading more about them.

  23. Awwwww Brian makes for a most handsomest ladies mankitty and a fine addition to Mayor Madi's cabinet! Yay!! He and his gorgeous sisters totally get our vote! They are a super awesome team!

    Take care

  24. Hi Madi & Mom, Thanks so much for visiting us and I have to tell you we enjoyed reading about Brian and family who is such a great mancat!!! Thanks for sharing with us!
    Hugs & Purrs, Kitty & Mum

  25. Well, Brian is quite the handsome kitty and so very kind and loving too. We know his gal Scylla and think he has made a very fine choice. He has been so good about visiting us after our loss of TD and leaving us kind thoughts and wishes. Thanks for sharing this wonderful interview.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  26. I love Brian - he is the cat with the hat and he is always wise and knows all about the Ladies (I'm sure!) Can I send my wishlist to you Santa Brian? Thanks for a great interview Madi&Mom!

  27. Wonderful reading. I have a secret crush on Brian. He is the most handsome mancat in the CB.

  28. we sure love that Brian! He just told us about your blog!!! We are hoping you get follow by email so we can follow you! Caren and Cody from Cat Chat

  29. Oh Brian, what a pleasure to meet you. Only a supremely confident and self-assured cat could carry off that hat so well. Impressive.
    Toodle pip!

  30. You are quite the ladies man with all those sissys
    Benny & Lily

  31. Brian is an awesome choice! He really knows his stuff, and what the lady cats want too! Purrs...

  32. Love Brian's blog. Great interview.
    Sue B

  33. Oh, Brian really is very confident. We think the fedora completes his debonair look. Thanks for the intro and we will seek him out at the next cabinet meeting.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  34. What a great post about Brian and his sisfurs. Though we follow his blog, we didn't know how he got his forever home. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  35. What a fabulous interview of our buddy, Brian! He really is a gentlemancat!! :)

  36. Hey Madi!
    Wow, what a pawesome interview with cool cat Brian! He's totally amazing at getting along with all of those others in the pride. OMC how funny that he'd like to be Santa! BOL/MOL Love his handsome hat!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Furiend

  37. Wows! Brian sure is a cool dude! I loved hearin' his story of how he found his family, and all the sissy's he has! Wow! They must keep him busy!!!
    Thanks for the great interview Madi!!!
    Ruby ♥

  38. Brian is one kind and at peace kitty! Great interview! Me-Ommmmmm

  39. What a wonderful interview with Brian. I never knew he came from a Christmas tree farm or that he was adopted twice.

  40. Haha Brian in the first (wonderful) picture is saying, "I'm Sexy And I Know It!"


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