Jerry Coyne the Cat has become one

Yes, it’s almost the first birthday of Jerry Coyne the Cat, an orange tabby male found abandoned as a tiny kitten inΒ a cardboard box in a petrol station in New Zealand. Thanks to the diligence and kindness of Gayle Ferguson, Jerry and His Four Sisters were saved and all adopted out. Let’s remember what Jerry looked like when he was young:

Kitten Jerry

And now that he is one, when he has just begun:

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Gayle is currently rearing a second brood of foundlings now, though I couldn’t importune her to name the gorgeous male (a cream tabby) “Jerry Coyne the Cat Jr.” He is, instead, called Monty.

52 Comments

  1. Posted December 31, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Happy day, Jerry Coyne The Cat!

  2. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    He is, instead, called Monty.

    A handsome name, indeed.

  3. merilee
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    What a suave young man JC the Cat is;-))

  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    What a fine looking kitteh!

  5. Mike Herron
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    He looks worried.

  6. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    A beautiful kitteh, and clearly well looked after! Ginger cats have always been favourites in my family, although for a while I was owned by a cat called Fang who looked just like Hili. Jerry resembles one called April – she was a great tree climber too.

    NZers have the highest cat ownership per head of population in the world. We’re a moggy-loving nation. πŸ™‚

    • Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      I’ve recently discovered a TV show made in NZ: “The Almighty Johnsons”. Hilarious. Still can’t always understand what they’re saying….

    • Posted January 1, 2015 at 1:47 am | Permalink

      I didn’t know that. Very unfortunate for an isolated archipelago whose apex fauna for billennia were birds, several species of which adapted to predator-freedom by becoming flightless and fearless. What’s mainly endangering the kiwi, however, is d*gs.

  7. merilee
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I am soooo sad to be catless. First time since 1980 (and then only for a month or so). Will probably be hitting the Humane Society next week to try to find maybe a sibling pair…Not sure how slightly elderly Currie-the-Pooch will take to kittens scampering all over her. It’s a dog’s life:-(

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 31, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Your loss was so sad, but the prospect of rescuing new little lives is a happy legacy. You’ll have to keep us updated.

      I suspect Currie will take everything in stride. πŸ™‚

      • Posted December 31, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

        We lost one of our rescue cats last month, Cody, hit by a car after 11 happy years prowling the neighborhood. We wondered how his older brother would adapt, since he has been sleeping on top of Cody since the day my wife brought Cody home. Apparently he has found an acceptable replacement for resting his 14 lb body: my wife’s head.

        They adapt! As do we … eventually!

        • Diane G.
          Posted December 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

          So sorry for your loss to, MOOT. But that’s a sweet resolution for the older brother…if not so much for your wife. πŸ™‚

          • Diane G.
            Posted December 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

            I hate it when you see stuff like that “to” just after you click “post,” and can’t do a damn thing about it.

            • Jesper Both Pedersen
              Posted December 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

              We’re all naked in the eyes of the collective.*

              Cue Tom Cruise bouncing off the furniture blabbering about the next level.

        • Posted December 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

          Freddie used to sleep right by my head, but the cat I had in college would sleep on my long hair, which made it hard to turn over. I assume your cat sleeps on the pillow above your wife’s head?
          @Diane: will keep you posted on any new felines:-). Still find myself calling out to the “gone” one…

          • Jesper Both Pedersen
            Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

            I dread the day. Monty doesn’t spend a lot of time showing affection, but when the mood catches him he’s all puddy.

            I’ll definetly miss all the little quirks and habbits he’s instilled in me after he’s gone.

            And since it’s 10 past 12 here and the rockets are a poppin’, Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

            • Diane G.
              Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

              Cheers, Jesper!

              • Jesper Both Pedersen
                Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

                πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

              • Posted December 31, 2014 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

                πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰

                Anyone have any idea what this is?πŸŽ‹
                Bamboo w loin-cloth and star??

              • Jesper Both Pedersen
                Posted January 1, 2015 at 4:26 am | Permalink

                I don’t know what the ornaments are. Wishes for the future, perhaps?

              • Posted January 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

                Something Chinese?

              • Jesper Both Pedersen
                Posted January 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

                Japanese, I think.

                Which reminds me to check out the asian import store for some sake next I’m in the city.

              • Posted January 1, 2015 at 6:22 am | Permalink

                The ornaments look like the Oriental version of tinsel or shiny Oriental tassels. Very tempting for a kitteh.

          • Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

            About half on the pillow and half on her head – my wife sleeps face-down mostly. If she shoos him away, he crouches on her back, purring and drooling in her ear. We also have to hide our hands or else he roots his head under them to get skritched.

            I neglected to mention: we are shopping for a new pillow-cat for him.

  8. Melissa Johnson
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    He was just the MOST adorable kitten I have seen, and then grew to be just ridiculously handsome! He is real looker, and I bet he has charm to match. What a treat to see these. Thank you.

  9. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Just glanced, and zoooom my eyes went to the tree trunk. What is the big insect sitting on the tree??

    • Posted December 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Just to the right of the nightjar? Looks to me like some kind of skimmer, but I don’t know NZ Insecta.

    • Posted December 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      And Jerry hasn’t even noticed it!

      • Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        Erm…y’all do know, don’t you, that the “tree” is a carpeted scratching post, and the “insect” is a cluster of carpet fiber that’s been pulled out?

        …just making sure….

        b&

        • still learning
          Posted December 31, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

          Pareidolia? πŸ˜€

        • merilee
          Posted December 31, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

          Yeah, I noticed that right after I hit POST…

          • Posted January 1, 2015 at 10:15 am | Permalink

            For me, that’s about the only time I ever notice those sorts of things….

            b&

  10. Diane G.
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Instructive to scroll back & forth between the first & last pictures noting the nature of the changes.

    What a success story! A New Year’s Toast to both Jerrys!

  11. Posted December 31, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Unbearably cute kitten grows into strikingly handsome cat…where’s the suspense in that?

    b&

  12. Jeff Rankin
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad little Jerry grew into his big eyes!

    He’s quite a striking cat, and this is coming from a d*g person.

  13. Randy Schenck
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Jerry Coyne the cat looks a lot like our Bumper but maybe a little more hair. Ginger Tabby

    3 1/2 years old 14 pounds of tiger.

  14. BillyJoe
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    With a cursory glance, I read the headline as “Jerry Coyne and the cat have become one”
    The holy duality!

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted January 1, 2015 at 3:10 am | Permalink

      I read the headline correctly, wording-wise, but then I thought, “If he’s just become one [i.e. a cat], what was he before?”

      Headlines are notoriously susceptible to this sort of thing.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted January 1, 2015 at 9:53 am | Permalink

        I read it as one with something that would be revealed in the text. I thought that perhaps Felid Jerry had become enlightened.

        • Posted January 1, 2015 at 10:26 am | Permalink

          But cats are already enlightened! They’re cats!

          b&

        • winewithcats
          Posted January 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

          As Ben has already so rightly noted, the “with something” part is entirely superfluous. No, Felid Jerry, having matured out of kittenhood, has become G*d.

  15. Posted December 31, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Awww, handsome devil!

  16. Schalk Van Wyk
    Posted January 1, 2015 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    πŸ˜ƒ

    Sent from my iPad

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  17. Gayle Ferguson
    Posted January 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    The new kittens, now 14 weeks old and up for adoption at http://www.gutterkitties.co.nz. Heads from left to right: Scout, Jemmy Button, Honey, Monty https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101474826119045&set=a.627239191085.2322360.61416284&type=1&theater

    • merilee
      Posted January 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      awwwww, such lovely kitties. Love the name gutterkitties, too. I’d take them all, but I just adopted two from our local Humane Society on Saturday. When I can get them to stand still enough I’ll send photos.

      • Jesper Both Pedersen
        Posted January 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

        Mazel Tov!

        • merilee
          Posted January 7, 2015 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

          Thanks, Jesper. We’re leaving them “at large” tonight for the first time. Let’s hope the house survives. Think I’ll close the bedroom door for a few more nights so that Poochie can catch some winks without being pounced upon.

    • Posted January 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      It’s a good thing I’m an ocean away and already have a cat, or else I’d have a severe case of Cat Acquisition Syndrome right now….

      b&

      • merilee
        Posted January 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

        CAS is a very serious affliction.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted January 7, 2015 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      So sweet! The cream coloured one that is trying to be marmalade coloured is really pretty.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 7, 2015 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      What a delightfully diverse bunch!

      Ben speaks for me, too!


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