Two kittehs

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember that during the Cultural Revolution in China, those guilty of “wrong thought or actions” were forced to wear signs around their necks confessing their “crimes.” This was often enforced by the Red Guards and accompanied by beatings or, sometimes, executions.  So it may be a bit macabre to post this LOLcat, but I’ll do it anyway:

And you can haz this one, too:

17 Comments

  1. Posted November 19, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Won’t work. Cats have no shame, for they have nothing to be ashamed of.

    …and you can walk cats on a leash…though many likely would prefer the box-tow method, I’m sure. But Baihu not only gets quite excited when I pick up his leash, he makes it quite plain when it’s time for me to do so.

    b&

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted November 19, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      What breed is Baihu? My limited experience is that Siamese are more amenable than most to walking on a leash.

      • Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        Baihu transcends breeding.

        His paperwork says, “domestic shorthair.” Visually, as with all tiger tabbies, if his legs were a touch longer, you’d think he was an African wildcat, the progenitor of domestic cats. His parents were alley cats, and he was an alley kitten for the first several months of his life. And I do literally mean “alley,” as that’s the only place I’d ever seen him before I invited him in from the cold.

        He’s most fond of me following him in the back yard while he sniffs everything. When we go out on the street, it’s generally a mix of me carrying him in my arms, him riding on my shoulders, and him walking on the sidewalk. When he’s on the sidewalk, he generally does a decent job of imitating a canid, but he also has a tendency to want to veer down alleyways.

        b&

        • HaggisForBrains
          Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

          Baihu transcends breeding.

          Ah, the best kind!

          • Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink

            Without doubt!

            b&

            • infiniteimprobabilit
              Posted November 20, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

              A cat has paperwork?

              • HaggisForBrains
                Posted November 20, 2012 at 4:29 am | Permalink

                Yeah, but never submits it on time.

                Colin.

              • Posted November 20, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

                That’s why cats have staff.

                Baihu’s annual physical is coming up in a couple weeks, meaning I’ll have to submit the paperwork to the insurance company if I want to get reimbursed….

                b&

    • E.A. Blair
      Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      For the most part, I think the world would have been a better place without Jim Davis. It has been many, many years that his odious comic stip, Garfield has been amusing or entertaining. His studio is now a licensed product manufactory, grinding out one mirthless comic strip after another. If Bill Watterson were dead, he’d be spinning in his grave.

      However, at the offices of The Cat Doctor, which is decorated with literally thousands of felid-related knickknacks, there is a plaque bearing the following message:

      “Way down under, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by theirs.”

      — Jim Davis

      If accurate, this quote proves that at one time in his life (before he became a comic strip-producing automaton) that he knew and at least partially understood cats.

  2. suwise3
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    The only time I ever got cooperation from a cat was when a mouse fell on my face in the middle of the night. We had five cats at the time, and I found the smartest cat by the scruff, threw him into the room and said “Take care of it!” And in the morning, it was neatly laid out dead on the doorsill.

    But… for the rest of the time, it is always ME who catches the mice.

    • NoAstronomer
      Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      I was out walking my dog* around the local reservoir one Sunday during the summer when a came across a couple with two small dogs and a baby stroller. The dogs were excitable little pomeranians, running around yipping and trying to sniff and pee on every tree in the area.

      Instead of a baby, in the stroller, sat on a nice plush cushion, and looking down on his two demented minions and lord-of-all-he-surveyed was a cat.

      Mike.

      * I do like cats and dogs, but I don’t mix them. Right now I’m a dog person.

    • eric
      Posted November 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      My cat catches the mice just fine. But I am usually the one who has to kill the poor things.

  3. NoAstronomer
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Heh, we still do this in the US, or at least in Ohio if you’re stupid enough to drive on the sidewalk to pass a stopped school bus:

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/11/13/pkg-sidewalk-driving-lady-holds-punishment-sign.woio?iref=allsearch

  4. E.A. Blair
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    The practice of signs labeling the offenses of convicted criminals in China dates much farther back than the Cultural Revolution, all the way to early imperial days. It was in effect at least as far back as the T’ang Dynasty (618–907 CE) and probaly earlier. I have read portions of the T’ang legal codes, and many features of imperial justice live on in present-day China.

  5. eric
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    The box trailer wouldn’t work with my current tabby or with any of my past cats. Stationary boxes are just peachy, but when it comes to transportation, all my casts have recognized the perfection of four paws over all other modes.

  6. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Acrobat kitteh ken haz cheezburger

  7. gravelinspector
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    It’s not confined to China.
    It’s happened recently in America too.


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