Didga the cat on a remote-controlled skateboard—and a cat contest reminder

Business first: remember that the Cat Confession Contest closes this Sunday (Jan. 26) at 5 p.m. Chicago time. Email your entries to me; and remember—the confession must be honest. We have several dozen entries already, and I have to say that nearly all of them are hilarious.

Now for the pleasure: your end-of-the-week Felid Reward, in this case Didga, the Skateboarding Cat. Didga, an Australian cat (is that feline abuse?) rides around his neck of Australia on a remote-controlled skateboard. As The Laughing Squid notes:

Didga the cat pulls off some sick tricks while riding around the streets Coolangatta, Australia on “Ollie”, a remote-controlled skateboard.

The Action starts when Ollie, a skateboard, takes his friend Didga, a CAT, for a ride around a beautiful beach town. On the way Didga “shows off” by jumping on, off, up and even over obstacles. One of those obstacles happens to be a large Rottweiler dog.

video & photo via CATMANTOO

This really is one of the best cat videos I’ve seen, and Didga rides that board like a champ. (Notice, too, his resemblance to Hili!) It is not a fake video, though clearly many takes were shot.


The Great Didga

h/t Lori Anne


  1. gbjames
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    That’s some pretty impressive animal training.

    • Posted January 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      My thoughts exactly, especially as cats are reputedly very hard to train. I was really wowed by Didgal.

      • ammasbhavya
        Posted January 24, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

        I believe it was Didga that trained the human, Ollie controller, camera crew, and d*gs… 😉

  2. Sastra
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    A board cat.

    • Posted January 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Indeed — an happy board cat. There’s your real-world contradiction….


  3. beanfeast
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I can’t see the batteries on Ollie. Furthermore, to my untrained eye, those look like normal trucks (perhaps someone who has actually ridden a skateboard can clarify). I don’t understand how they have been motoris

    • Hempenstein
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      Similar thoughts.

    • Scote
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      I was wondering the same and if some sort of visual trickery involved, perhaps as simple as a fishing line, or as complicated as a digitally removed rod, for the spinning shots.

      Many of the straight runs could just be a skateboard coasting after being pushed.

      • Posted January 25, 2014 at 6:41 am | Permalink

        That’s what I was thinking. At least one trick would have been shot without a fishing line though, the one where Didga scooted under that folding sidewalk board sign. But then the guy could’ve just dropped the line for that shot.

        Pretty awesome skillz there anyhow, Didga!

    • Posted January 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      If you zoom in you can see what appears to be fishing line attached to the trucks.

      • Scote
        Posted January 25, 2014 at 12:38 am | Permalink

        Ah, I guess fishing line does count as “remote control” – I guess we’ve just come to think of it to mean radio controlled.

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      Notice that the camera is out in front of the board on the close-ups. I’m going to guess that’s where the motor drive and steering and GoPro are located when remote control is being used. Sort of like a tractor-trailer set up.

      The rest of the shots that show the whole board must be just coasting or fish line, I suppose.

      I’m wondering about the wheelies though. Fishline?

    • Marcel Volker
      Posted January 26, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      In the comment section CATMANDOO himself says it is not a remote-controlled board, so… we’ll have to take his word for it.

  4. Posted January 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    What amazed me beyond the cat’s obvious talent for boarding was it’s comfort in chaotic and strange environments. Most cats I ever had would freak out. Except Watson, who thought he was a dog. Walkies was his favorite thing until he got tired, then he would bite my ankle to let me know it was time to head home.

    • Scote
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      After reading “A Cat Named Bob”, I’m worried that even cats that are very comfortable in crowds outdoors may still freak out and run if spooked, which happened to Bob a number of times, and was almost lost for good.

      • Posted January 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

        I would have a similar concern, most especially with Baihu (which is why he’s never off a leash when out of the house and why we’ve yet to go places with lots of humans). However, cats in such situations are going to be rather predictable and run to the nearest hidey-hole for shelter. A cat as carefully selected and thoroughly trained as Didga clearly is is going to be very unlikely to bolt in the first place, and is going to be easy to follow, find, and coax out of hiding if it happens.

        The only real danger would be the cat getting stepped on or run over as it fled in panic, and I don’t think cats like Didga are going to panic-run in those sorts of dangerous directions.

        Still…yeah, I’d be nervous.



  5. Marella
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    That’s hilarious, Didga is an amazing cat.

  6. Aaron
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m almost 100% sure that that is *not* an RC skateboard. It’s a skateboard on a rig being pulled along by a human (for those shots looking back at the cat via a GoPro camera), or in some cases, a free-wheeling normal skateboard given a shove with Didga aboard so the kitty could leap up onto something and the board could be seen. The wheelies look like they’re done with fishing line. I have a lot of RC experience, and see nothing RC here.

    However, it *is* a well-trained and very obliging kitteh, and a well-made video. My own cat would not be happy doing this stuff, at all!

    • Aaron
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      Just to add (are we able to edit posts via iPad? Couldn’t find that option…): one of the giveaways is the sequence where the board coasts along at an exactly even distance from a wall while Didga jumps off and on, with nary a wobble nor wiggle from the board. Clearly that’s a stiff board on a rig, and not a steerable RC vehicle, which would never be so stable as the cat shifts its weight and jumps off and on, and would certainly never maintain it’s perfect distance and attitude from the wall as Didga performs her nevertheless graceful leaps.

      • gbjames
        Posted January 25, 2014 at 8:03 am | Permalink

        And of course we aren’t exposed to the (I’ll bet) countless hours of video where the cat didn’t bother to cooperate.

        • HaggisForBrains
          Posted January 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

          An excellent piece of editing.

  7. Posted January 25, 2014 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Didga == El Maestro

  8. js
    Posted January 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I live just south of Coolangatta and was up there yesterday but didn’t see any skateboarding cat.
    It was raining cats and dogs at the time though.

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