Kitteh contest: Mingus

Reader James presents his cat in a very elegant pose:

Here is a photo of my cat Mingus, named after the jazz bassist Charles Mingus. A friend bought him for us as a surprise gift from a couple who got him from a rescue home in Putney (London). Unfortunately, they found their larger cat was bullying him, so they had to let him go. We guess he was 7-weeks when we got him, and he’s now 7 months old.

He was very apprehensive and jumpy at first, but eventually seemed to realize he now has a permanent home. He loves Post-It notes, and has learned how to ‘fetch’ them. He also has a habit of jumping on my shoulder after I get out of the shower to lick my (black) hair. I presume he wonders why I let my fur get soaking wet.

Our friend Hannah Steedman recently came round to take pictures of him for a sketch she’s planning to do and caught this ‘hiding-in-the-British-Museum’ pose. As you can see, he’s feeling right at home!

Mingus has also been used in an online post about how to toilet-train your cat.


  1. Posted August 27, 2012 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    He’s a sphinx in a windstorm!


    • abrotherhoodofman
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink


      The Egyptian Sphinx was the very first thing that came to mind.

  2. Jonathan Smith
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    way of base but did anyone see this? What is up with Kentucky? That state has become a creationist magnet lately: Creationists hope to establish hall of fame in northern Ky., near museum.

  3. Brian Breczinski
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of the old Maxell ‘blown away guy’ commercials.

  4. Bill Turner
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink


    Sent from my iPad

  5. daisypierce16
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    He looks like someone (or something) has offended him. Handsome fella!

  6. Lars
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I believe that this fellow has a web comic antecedent:


  7. gravelinspector
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    That cat is listening to [something] on those new chrome magnetic tapes. I forget the company that did the advert, but it involved being “blown away” by the sound.

    • abrotherhoodofman
      Posted August 28, 2012 at 2:11 am | Permalink

      Erm… that would be in comment #3.

      • gravelinspector
        Posted August 28, 2012 at 2:40 am | Permalink

        So I see on third reading.

  8. BillyJoe
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    That cat has something in common with a Joni Mitchell album:

    The album was also named after Charles Mingus and recorded shortly before his death. Here is the tribute song from that album:

    You have to love jazz.

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted August 28, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Apparently not, though.
      It’s like a cat-person/dog-person thing.

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