Caturday felids: cat contest winners and miscellanious moggieana

First things first: at exactly 5 p.m. yesterday, closing time for the Cat Beard Contest, I took a screenshot of the final tally:

Cat beard voteTo refresh your memory, here is number 1, from a reader nicknamed, curiously enough, “Moggy”:

Cat #1

And number 4, from a reader named Pam:

Cat #4Actually, these were my favorites, too, as they were true cat beards.

Because the votes were so close between these two, and I’m a nice guy as well, I’m going to award two autographed books, one to each of these two winners. So Pam and Moggy, please email me with your contact details, and books will be on the way.

Thanks for all who entered!


Reader Michelle sent me this photo, indicating that it wasn’t a “cone of shame” (the cone doctors put around the head of cats to prevent them from licking wounds; it apparently acts as an accidental litter scoop), but a “placard of shame.” It’s truly sad, and reminds me of the Cultural Revolution when Chinese miscreants were forced to wear such signs (from Melissa Wakin at Google Plus):

Picture 3Look at that expression!


Finally, on his website, reader Nash Turley, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Toronto, writes about seeing a tuxedo cat outside his window. He lifted up his own cat, the furry Shamrock, to see the interloper, and a kerfuffle ensued. First the screenshot, then the video.  Note the malevolent expression on the tuxedo cat: who says you can’t read cat’s emotions on their faces? (see above as well):



  1. Paul Bruggink
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you decided to give both of them books, because I had trouble deciding between #1 and #4.

  2. Kevin Alexander
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    I saw my cat watch a mouse come back again and again to raid the cat food. ‘Stupid cat’
    My wife said ‘What stupid? The mice get fatter and juicier and there’s more of them.’
    Clever cat.

  3. Sophy
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I loved the video! Just about jumped out of my chair though and then the phone rang. I’m awake now…

  4. Posted June 15, 2013 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    That’s one tough bruiser! I don’t blame Shamrock for fleeing. Lucky the MacBook didn’t go fying, though…

  5. Posted June 15, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    This was like a horror movie performed entirely by cats…

    • Marella
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink


  6. John Scanlon, FCD
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Re Moggieana, John Hutchinson has posted a rant about being used by and then cut from the ‘Secret Life of Cats’ show on BBC. Lots of comments over there.

  7. Posted June 15, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting the Shamrock video!

  8. Notagod
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Congratulation Moggy and Pam! You’ve all done very well.

  9. BillyJoe
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I was also torn between those two photos.

    In the end, I chose number four but, I have to admit, it was because she reminded me of an old friend who I remember dearly. I did not know at the time I chose her photo that her name was also Pam.

    I feel a little sad now.

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