In real life, Mike is a Linux Guru. He works as a linux system administrator, as well as occasionally teaching hands-on classes on various unix and linux topics, running the gamut from the basic introductory level to high level system administration. You can read his resume here if you're really interested.
Mike was first licensed as a cat show judge in February 2002. He still maintains that he became a judge solely because of Elektra's involvement in the Fancy . . .