Caturday felid trifecta: Cat takes selfies, a backpack to carry your moggie, undercats

From Bored Panda we have the story and photos of Manny the Cat (is he Jewish?), a moggie who learned to take selfies after accidentally touching a GoPro camera. I’m wondering whether he’s really trained to do this regularly, or whether the photographer puts a treat up next to the shutter button. At any rate, Manny has produced masterpieces like these (more at the site):





U-Pet Products is producing a series of New Generation Cat (and small d*g) carriers. There are four lines, shown in the screenshot below (click to go to the page):

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The “Backpack A series” is $129, and is profiled at My Modern Met, probably because of its spacey, New Age design:

Your indoor cat will never be an astronaut (let’s face it), but with the right accessories, your furry friend can feel like one. New York-based company U-Pet has created a special backpack that affords a feline the opportunity to experience the world at large. The well-ventilated tote has the functions of an average pet carrier, except it features a prominent bubble window—reminiscent of a cosmonaut’s helmet—that provides the cat a clear view of the passing scenery. [JAC: you can also get flat windows and screens].

U-Pet has created two distinct style of catpacks. One is a soft, rectangular shape while the other is an oval with a shiny plastic coating. Both include a built-in security leash, mesh panels, washable pad, and are available in a variety of bold colors. They’ll undoubtedly make a statement as your tote your cat around town.




Here are the two types in action. I suppose this is a good way to take your cat to the vets, but not so sure about using it to travel with it:



Finally, the Torygraph has an extensive gallery of “Under-cats” photographed by Andreas Burba. He says he was inspired by a photograph on the Internet, and I suspect that one is the famous “Hovercat.” Here are four of his 29 photos:



All the photos were taken at a cat show in Vilnius, and are on Burba’s Facebook page.


Below is a short video showing how the photos were made. The cats don’t seem to like it, and it’s no wonder: they’re plucked from their cages and expected to stand still on a sheet of glass!

h/t: Su Gould, Pyers


  1. Randy Schenck
    Posted February 13, 2016 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Nothing wrong with looking for another angle. I kind of prefer the photo from the top of the table.

  2. Rose
    Posted February 13, 2016 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Im afraid I love the cat underside photos … a hoot!

    Re the Backpacker A cat carry packs
    Saw a program about cat brain versus dog brain a few months ago, showing cats and dogs in unfamiliar territory – the dog goes straight to the owner and looks happy – the cat runs off to the perimeters of the room exploring everything and not wanting to come into the middle. Dogs are first and foremost pack animals and get their security from other dogs or as pets, from their humans wherever they are

    Cats are first and foremost territorial and do Not like being taken out of their territory – they hide or explore it to identify threats or try to stake it but they are not going to enjoy being taken around or forced to go somewhere unfamiliar.
    I have to say, seems to make sense to me.

  3. Mary Sheumaker
    Posted February 13, 2016 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    What is behind the cat’s ear in the snow hole picture?

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted February 13, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Those kitty-pods are awesome, but I wonder how much they like it. I suspect the answer is ‘not very much’.

    • Diane G.
      Posted February 13, 2016 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      Agree. And they’re not at all roomy–looks like there’s barely enough space for them to lie down–if even that much.

  5. Posted February 16, 2016 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    My wife found a joke about two pirates — named Mortie and Saul!

    As I told, her: The two New York, Jewish pirates!

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