The oldest cat video of all time

Courtesy of The Atlantic, we have an ancient film of felid pugilism. It’s a bit cruel, but I present it as a historical curiosity (if the movie doesn’t work on this site, see it here):

This 1894 film, one of the earliest produced by Thomas Edison’s movie studio, features two cats boxing — but it’s not actually the first recording of a cat in motion.

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Rumor has it that a famous secularist has a cat named after a famous boxer, and that this cat not only likes to be “misted” daily (sprayed with a plant-misting bottle), but also uses a human treadmill for exercise and has learned to turn it on.  Perhaps if there’s enough acclaim here, we can persuade said secularist to send us the videos.

And here’s the earliest photograph of a moving cat:

But is this the first recording of a cat in motion? That credit, it seems, goes to Eadweard Muybridge for his animal locomotion studies, which include this 1887 motion study of a cat running, below. Muybridge pioneered motion capture by inventing a setup of multiple cameras in sequence, which recorded continuous movement, frame by frame.


  1. Stackpole
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    A. Hitler in 1894?

    Hmmm, what’s next? Dinosaurs cavorting with A&E’s descendants? Pre-Noah, of course.

  2. DocAtheist
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    I thought it was going to be a horrible experience, like the bloody gore of dog fighting or cock fighting I’ve heard too much about. Watching the two cats in the ring, though, I see they are actually wearing boxing gloves, held on by shoulder harnesses. That’s very nearly cute! Even the occasional biting is more threat than physical injury. No blood, no gore. Still not cute, because of the real anger, but not horrible.

  3. DocAtheist
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    The motion capture serial photos is beautiful! Reminds me of gait studies in humans, but so much more elegant and artful in cats.

  4. Drenn Workman
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    No more cruel than humans in the ring. They had gloves on.

    • Marella
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Humans make their own choices, cats don’t.

  5. Knuckle Pushups
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Are there any videos of kittehs riding dinosaurs?

  6. Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I seem to recall seeing a faded old print of just that action. Hah. I think a prehistoric sabre-tooth cat may have tried to ride a dinosaur. (with not much luck, I’m thinking)

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