Half the cat

I have a cat, Hermann. I used to have two cats, but Peter kicked the can about nine months ago. May he rest in peace.

Hermann’s a beautiful cat, very friendly, a little shy, but mostly just a cute, affectionate feline.

He’s also got a lot of hair. So much hair, in fact, that I would vacuum my house, then the next day the place would be covered again. Plus, Hermann would lick his fur, then he’d barf a nice pile of it on the carpet, or if I was lucky, the wood floor, all mixed with his kitty-food lunch.

Special food with hairball medicine, hairball paste, slappin’ him up side the head – nothing worked. So, yesterday, upon suggestion of the owner of my new independent pet food store, Buster’s Place in Pleasant Ridge, I got Hermann a haircut. Now, he’s half the cat he used to be. And ihe’s kind of funny lookin’ now.

Hermann's post-shave

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

2 thoughts on “Half the cat”

  1. um, what to say about this.

    your cat looks like my bathtowels. and a demented poodle. i’m sure hermann woke up this morning and was very pissed.

    btw, joe — call me. today. it’s important.

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