Cat contest update

We have a grand prize winner and two runners-up, all of them awesome.  I’ll announce them all this Caturday: runners-up in the a.m., first place in the afternoon.

I’m glad I didn’t have to judge: this was a tough call.  There were terrific photographs and lovely stories—some of them hilarious, others heartbreaking.

Even if your cat didn’t win a prize, there’s a good chance it will appear on a Caturday to come.  There’s no question but that many entries deserve a post.



  1. Doc Bill
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Hey, Jerry, can’t wait to see the winners on Caturday!

    p.s. Hope you liked the picture of Ben Franklin I sent you.

    • daveau
      Posted December 7, 2010 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      I like the one with him and the kite in the thuderstorm. Or am I just being naive?

      • daveau
        Posted December 7, 2010 at 8:55 am | Permalink


      • JBlilie
        Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

        Aparently true

        • JBlilie
          Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

          Or even apparently.

      • Doc Bill
        Posted December 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

        I’ll go with “naive” for 100, Alex.

        Oh, who’s picture is on the 100 dollar bill? Could it be …

      • littlejohn
        Posted December 8, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

        Is he holding a cat?

  2. Posted December 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    You mean…we have to wait all the way until Caturday? That’s like, five whole days!

    The suspense is killing me — I don’t know if I can hold out that long!


  3. Brian
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure the winner will be deserved. Did I tell you my cat likes to climb ladders among other talents? 😉

    • Posted December 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      Ladders, schmadders. Baihu climbs doors!


      • Brian
        Posted December 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        All cats do that. Can he open the door using the handle? Neither can cheeky, but I’m sure he’d like to. He spends all night scratching on it.

        • Posted December 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

          If I had lever-style door handles, I’m sure he’d figure them out. He definitely knows that it’s the knob where the magic lies; he’ll grab and hang onto the knobs of closed doors he wants to go through. He just can’t physically manage to rotate them.

          But, by “climb doors,” I mean exactly that. He will climb, Spiderman-style, limb over limb, straight up a security door. I’m sure he could climb stucco, too.

          I don’t think he would even realize that a ladder was an obstacle. If he wanted to go wherever the ladder led, he’d simply teleport himself up to the top.



          • Brian
            Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

            Our cats, not just cheeky, pull holes in the fly wire of the security doors as they climb them. It’s amazing how they work out what the door knob is for. Smart little dictators.

          • Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

            Oliver (who is still fondly remembered, even though he passed away in 1989) once carried a dead rabbit up a trellis and brought it into the house through a second-story window.

            • Brian
              Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

              Cool! Cheeky brought a live quail to the front door the other day. Sans tail-feathers. He didn’t understand why we wouldn’t let him play with it.

            • littlejohn
              Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

              Al has not only figured out doorknobs, he’s even figured out light switches. With his night vision, I don’t know why he turns the lights on, but he does.
              But his days are numbered. I’ll kill him if he doesn’t win.

        • Sajanas
          Posted December 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

          Our cat can only open doors that are cracked, and she’s gotten pretty good at doing it at the creepiest of all possible moments.
          I still remember reading House of Leaves, which features a house that reconfigures its geometries, when all of a sudden, the door creeaaaks open.

        • daveau
          Posted December 7, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

          I’ve long been convinced that if cats had opposable thumbs, they would rule the world.

        • Matt Penfold
          Posted December 7, 2010 at 9:59 am | Permalink

          When I lived in a house that had level style door handles I did have a cat who used to jump up and swing on the handle. Pretty soon she mastered the art of opening door.

          The two I have now prefer to stand by the door and yell until someone opens its for them.

        • JBlilie
          Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink

          My Jesse used to open both levers and round knobs! And flush the toilet for entertainment!

    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 3:43 am | Permalink

      Hercules can fly — for short distances, anyway — and his brother Ulysses likes to lie on people’s laps and get brushed. Frankly, I don’t see how that can be topped.

      • Brian
        Posted December 7, 2010 at 4:21 am | Permalink

        We have a winner! Hail Hercules and Ulysses!

      • Dominic
        Posted December 7, 2010 at 5:26 am | Permalink

        Should’t he be called Hermes then?!

        • Posted December 7, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink

          They were named before their full powers manifested.

      • daveau
        Posted December 7, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

        I was thinking Icarus…

  4. still learning
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Opening doors? Pshaw, that’s nothing. One of my cats gets on top of the kitchen wall cabinets, lifts a ceiling tile with her head, pops into the ceiling and walks around. Unfortunately, the tile she used as an entrance falls into place and she doesn’t have an opening to get back out. I have to remove a tile and wait for her to get bored or hungry then she hops down to the cabinet. It’s become quite a game.

    • Brian
      Posted December 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      Cool cat. We built a cat enclosure on the side of the house. The cats can enter via a cat flap we place in a window. Unfortunately, the cats think it’s better to sit on top of the enclosure than in it. Turns out they are quite adept a escaping and using the enclosure to lounge about upon or as a stepping stone from which to jump on the neighbors roof. Gotta love ’em.

    • daveau
      Posted December 7, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      You remind me of a place we used to rent on vacation in WI. Keeshu and Bryxie managed to get under the eaves from a spring-hinged door, and, from there, under the floorboards. We could hear them thumping around, but there wasn’t a damn thing we could do except wait for them to get bored and come out. From then on, we piled a few books in front of those doors to keep them from opening them. Bryxie always abhored a closed door.

  5. Dominic
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    I hate heartbreaking stories…

    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Yes, that was the downside of the judgin’. I could deal with the insufficient Latin, but the heartbreaking parts were difficult.


    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Ours are still healthy and fun, but the sad part is that they live in the US with their adopted caretakers/slaves. We couldn’t bear to put them through the 6-month UK quarantine back when we moved over here.

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