Caturday felids:

Four quick videos this morning.

First, this video combines Catholicism, a choir, and cats.  It’s proof that good things can occasionally come from religion. It’s the Catalunia  (emphasis on “cat)” Catholic Boys’ Choir from Spain, performing the famous Duetto buffo di due gatti (“Humorous duet of two cats”) drawn from Rossini but incorporating pieces from two composers.  This is the best of many versions I’ve heard:

Second, a tabby who plays basketball. He’s good on defense, not so good on offense:

Next, a Russian cat learns to use electronic device to let itself in:

Finally, a cat with nonfunctional hind legs learns to walk on her forepaws:

h/t: articulett, John S.

15 Comments

  1. Posted October 29, 2011 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Déu meu! 14 years growing up in Catalunya and I had never heard of this! Priceless

  2. rmw
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    The basketball playing kitten was too cute.

    And I wonder if one of those wheelie-contraptions I’ve seen used on dogs would work for Lola?

    • daveau
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 7:01 am | Permalink

      She doesn’t need one.

  3. Joris M
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    The Duet, while nice, lacks the conversation that characterizes the best performances I’ve seen. The piece at its best allows for the singers to communicate and try to steal the spotlight.

    • Sili
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Exactly. It’s supposed to be humorous. The brown kid at least cracked a smile, but it didn’t come through in the performance. And the blond had a stick stuck far to far up his backside.

      • Posted October 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

        Let’s not go there. But aren’t those big crosses creepy in this context?

        How odd that Jerry is so hard on a church that begins with his favourite three letters.

    • Diane G.
      Posted October 30, 2011 at 2:54 am | Permalink

      The hand position, though, is quite reminiscent of our kitteh.

  4. Dominic
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Awww- the poor little two legged kit!

  5. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Not to reopen the whole cats-v.-dogs debate, but I did once see, on Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks segment, a dog that could actually take a bounce pass and head-butt it into the basket.

  6. Sili
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Next, a Russian cat learns to use electronic device to let itself in:

    I’ve tried doing that, but the only one to actually master it, was the neighbour’s cat, not my own.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      I found this one unimpressive. The cat didn’t let itself in; the owner came to the door and opened it. The “electronic device” is a simple doorbell. Granted, it’s less wear and tear on the door than scratching, but not really any cleverer on the cat’s part.

      • articulett
        Posted October 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

        Yes, but Pavlov’e dogs just drool when they hear a bell– the cat learns to use it.

  7. Pliny Hayes
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Enjoy, and a possible entry for next week’s felids

    http://www.dependablerenegade.com/dependable_renegade/2011/10/more-than-anything-in-the-world.html

    • articulett
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      Awesome!

  8. Nick Andrew
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I see the first video as a metaphor for all religion. It’s taking something trivial or meaningless and dressing it in fine robes, and treating it with great pretension and solemnity as if it were the most important thing in the world.

    Everybody is expected to keep up the charade, so when Kate Smurthwaite calls them out on the obvious consequence of their stated belief she is accused of trivializing, and everyone is shocked when she summarizes faith without evidence into one neat word: idiocy.

    The one attitude which can never be accepted by religion is that of directness. If you’ve lost respect for religion, you may well speak your mind, uttering uncomfortable truths to those still enclosed in a cocoon of comfortable delusion.


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