DemoCATic National Convention: our feline delegates cast their votes

This morning I announced the convening of the DemoCATic National Convention, in which readers were invited to send photos of their cats and a note about how their cat would vote. I thought that maybe I’d get a couple of entries—a half dozen, max. Little did I realize that people love to show off their cats (e.g., I was clueless). So we have many, many entries, all worth seeing.

The vast majority of cats were Clinton fans, but we had at least one unrepentant Bernie supporter and even two Cats for Trump! So, without further ado, I present the delegates, their staff, and their votes.

Reader Robin Branch from Florida:

You may be sure that Clementine would abandon her rigorous Sleep Yoga Class to vote for Hillary Clinton any day of the week. The staff will cast her vote accordingly.


From Theo in London, whose staff comprise readers Laurie and Gethyn:

Theo is preparing to perform his death-defying patented feline cartwheel to celebrate the awesomeness of Hillary.  He’s quite clever actually.  Should the dreaded impossible happen and Trump win, this move will also serve him as he performs one after another until he lands in Trump-free Amsterdam.


Reader Steve Obrebski entered two moggies:

Attached photo of Wally and Miel.  Were Bernie parisans but will vote for Hillary for sure.
Reader Victoria’s delegate:
This is Cleo “Sweet Pea” Strayhorn, studiously ignoring modern media convention coverage. She is president of House Tigers for Hillary, though of course the membership resists herding.
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From reader Tubby Fleck:
This is Orson, and he’ll vote for whoever has the best laps and doesn’t stack oranges on him while he’s sleeping.
From Merilee, who unwisely included a d*g:
Booker T, Carmen Dingle, and Currie-the-Pooch will vote for Hillary but would write in Michele O. if they could.
The delegate from reader John Crisp:
This is Smudge. She was my constant companion at my desk from the age of 6 weeks to 18 years 6 months. She was upset when  I upgraded from an old fashioned PC monitor, which was warm to lie on, to a flat screen, and I missed having to peer round her gently swishing tail as I worked. She would have voted Remain in the UK referendum and for Hillary, with something of a swish in her tail a sneer in her nose  in the US circus.

Reader Maria has two DemoCATS:

We’re Cookie and Luna, and we’re new voters who are voting for Hillary Clinton!
From reader Caitlin, whose name should be Catlin:

This is The Lotus Bun. He is voting for Gary Johnson (if he can find his polling place and bothers to leave the house – both unlikely). Incidentally, keep your hands off his stuff, and his nip consumption is none of your business.


From reader Beckie:

Lilith (blue kitty) and Norbert (orange) are supporting Hillary.


Reader Chris Barron’s cat remains a Bernie supporter:

Sorry Dr. Coyne. Long time reader, first time participant. I’ve attached the photo of Theo (the one complaining about the 1% of cats getting 90% of the snackies).

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Reader Fred sends a highly literate delegate:

I am nominating my cat Harper Lee, who as you can see from the picture, reads books (I have a FB series of her). As an educated cat, Harper Lee is going to vote for Hillary Clinton. While not an ideal candidate, Harper Lee appreciates policy wonks.


Reader Kevin sends a delegate from Ottawa:

Here is Dash, the brown tabby, sitting atop my kitchen cabinets. He’s real liberal, always speaking his mind, licking his nether parts wherever and whenever he sees fit. This year, he’d vote for Hillary if he was American, but he’ll forever look up to President Obama.


And. . . we have a vote for Trump from reader Jeremy’s delegate:

This is Bones. He’d probably vote for Trump, since he likes to lay around all day and let others wait on him.


From reader Diane:

I am attaching a photo of my kitty Bo. You can see by his pose he his showing his disdain for all things political! However, I do suspect he is indeed a Democat and would vote for Hillary. He was a starving stray when he came to my house so he appreciates the Democatic ideal of helping those who can’t help themselves. He is a large cat, but when he came to me, he only weighed about 7 lbs. I fed him, he gobbled it up, and I took him to the vet to get checked out. Other than his low weight, he was healthy. Poor guy had been declawed so wasn’t able to fend for himself in the wild. I have been his staff for several years now, and he enjoys his life of leisure! A pox on whoever dumped him!

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A reader known as The Snarky Humanist sends a delegate:

Moo is voting for Jill Stein because her hooman refuses to pay for her to major in string theory at Catversity of Nomsburgh.
From reader Barb:
I am Jasper. I’m very upset that Bernie is no longer an option but I will support Hillary.
Reader Randy Schenck has two cats voting:
This one is Emma and it takes no guessing to know who sheis voting for.  Emma says – Adopt a cat as soon as you can and vote for Hillary this fall.
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This is Bumper the male resident around here.  People ask, where did he get the name?  When he was just a wee fellow he would bump heads with his mother in the food dish.  Bumper will be voting for more mice, more treats and Hilary in November.
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Reader Ben Turner sends us our first disabled delegate:
Attached is a pic of our tailless cat Kasper. He came home one Saturday morning minus tail, we have no idea how he lost it.Kasper would undoubtedly vote for Hillary as she wrote a book about cats! (Oh and a d*g).
Our first Canadian delegate! From reader R. Julian:
As a Canadian, Scotch (that’s her name) cannot vote in the US. But she’d vote Clinton if she could.
From reader Bill Cat (somehow I think that’s a pseudonym):
A greasepaint mustache, a dashing cutaway – it’s Groucho! After horking hairballs  at Bernie’s speech last, he’s off to the speakeasy to mull over the lesser of evils for his vote. Open up!! Password is swordfish!
From reader David Siegal of Indianapolis:
“Hi I’m Lucy! I’ll be voting for Hillary. Now can I please go back to sleep?”
From reader Gregg, who signed himself “Magpie’s humble servant”):
This beauty holding me in place with a paw is named Magpie and though she did feel the Bern, she’s now With Her.
From reader Ian S., whose cat photo was too small:
This is Beltane.  He liked the cut of Bernie’s jib but has informed his staff that he will now only vote for Limberbutt McCubbins if he enters the race as an independent.
From reader Stephen P.:
Here are 2 of our cats: Hombre (on the left) and Morena.  I did ask them who they would vote for but was told that if elections could change something it would be illegal.
From reader Vernon B.:
I have two cats, Queen Victoria and Princess Mononoke.  Queen Victoria (Vicky) normally wouldn’t vote because she is, of course, the queen.  She’s the gray tabby.  She votes for naps next to me. Princess Mononoke (Nokie) is the more gregarious one and she votes for more bugs to watch.  (She’s the black and white one.)
Reader Chris M. sends a lovely tabby:
This is the official portrait of Summer-the-stripey-cat.  As you can see from the expression she is very thoughtful. She says she would only vote for Tim Kaine although she has reservations. Clinton and Trump appall her.
Reader Glenn Butler sent two delegates:

My name is T. Bantam Menace.

As a kitten, I was rescued from a swaying cherry tree during a violent thunderstorm. At 17 years of age, I recall years of dry vittles after the 2008 housing crisis. Prosperity and tuna has returned so I’ll be voting for the Democratic nominee. Furthermore, I cannot support a candidate who looks like an orange tabby.


My name is Tom Riddle. I’m voting for Hillary. All cats, whether a Chief Mouser or an occasional human entertainer, deserve full medical care and a comfortable place to sleep 21 hours a day.

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You’ll recognize this old friend, sent in by reader Taskin:

Gus is leaning left. He says if he can’t vote for Birdie Sanders, he’ll settle for Socks Clinton.
From reader Ivan:
Cat named MAMBO
Vote for TRUMP
“We must secure a future for white CATS in this country”
Reader Debra Coplin sent another TrumpCat!
We love him anyway…but I think Woodstock is an energetic Trump supporter. Even at 20 years old he gets livid when another cat comes into his yard. He firmly believes in keeping others out! He is a bit of a curmudgeon about anyone on his property…that goes for dogs and birds too. He likes walls and borders.
Reader K. D. Apperson’s delegate is a rescue from Saudi Arabia!
HellBeast with my 10-week-old smooth fox terrier Archie. Beast is a rescue that I brought back with me from Saudi Arabia.
Thomas McCarthy has two delegate cats from Switzerland:

My two Swiss cats weigh in:

Zhimi won’t vote. He simply can’t be bothered:
Tau, the polydactyl orange-flavored kitten, will probably vote Sanders when he wakes up.
Reader Claudia’s delegate is a cat after my own heart:
Bodie would vote for Sarah Silverman.  If he could vote.  But he’s Canadian.
From reader Greg Weber:
Leopold wanted Jerry Brown, but when I told him he wasn’t running, he kind of stretched-shrugged and said he feels the Bern, but, being the pragmatist that he is, meowed, “fine. Clinton. Whatever,” and curled up and napped.
Hilde is a little more radical (and much goofier) and can’t stop mewing “Jillsteinjillsteinjillsteinjillsteinjillstein”. Her out of touch dorkiness is adorable.
hilde 3Reader Charleen enters Peake into the fray:
Peake’s going to vote for Clinton, but he feels the Bern and liked Booker’s speech last night.
Reader Russell has two cats in the fray:
These are my lovely rescue girls: Oban (black) and Talisker (tortoiseshell). They found all of the Republican candidates so terrifying that they long ago decided they would vote for the Democratic nominee, no matter who it was – they’ve assiduously ignored the campaign ever since.
Reader Kobayan’s delegate:
My cat Siammy said he would vote for Hili…oops, Hillary Clinton. Miaow! (Thank you)
And the last vote comes from the delgate of reader Karl G. (not Giberson!):
Here are my kittens Phoebe (B&W) & Ursula (Black). Ursula, being the troublemaker, is voting for Trump, while Phoebe is voting for Clinton
Late entries (these people are bad, but I can’t bear to leave out the cats, who bear no fault for their staff’s lassitude).
From reader Chris KG:
Stimpy, as a former female, believes a female would make a remarkable President. (Tail is optional).
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And from reader Melissa, whose cat was named after me.
Jerry is voting for Hillary! (He’s my favorite because he likes to cuddle and misses me when I leave.)
Finally, the last entry, from reader David A.
I know I missed the deadline, but this is Mexi. Given his orange hair, you’d think he’d be pulling for Trump, but his name (short for Mexico, named by my son when he was 4) gives him pause since he’s now too old (18) to jump the wall!
Okay, entries are officially closed for this page.


  1. Geoff Toscano
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Very nice but title ‘fleine’?

    • Posted July 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      It’s fixed.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

        Pity, ‘fle(a)-ine’ sounds exactly like the sort of thing politikittehs might accuse each other of. 😉


      • Tom
        Posted July 26, 2016 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

        Shouldn’t e.g. be i.e. in this case?

  2. Merilee
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful pictures, all.

  3. nwalsh
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I love them all, but I have to say I’m a big fox terrier fan.

    • Posted July 27, 2016 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      And I like bananas, but this is a post about cats.

      • Charleen D. Adams
        Posted July 27, 2016 at 11:58 pm | Permalink


  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    That is a great bunch of cats. Everyone who can, should at least have one. If you are retired, get two. Always partial to my own, of course but that Smudge looks like a great cat.

  5. Posted July 26, 2016 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Peake is opine-ornery and wants to add that he liked Booker’s “Rugged individualism didn’t map the human genome.” And he thinks that Bernie missed an opportunity to dispel ignorance about atheism by not clarifying that believing in a g*d isn’t necessary for being president.

  6. bluemaas
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    O my, my, … … my, my, my, Staffs !

    Thank you, All, for such a smashing bundle of beautiful kitty cats.

    Just .exactly. the visual to help mellow one out … … especially after all of these recent days’ and weeks’ events Worldwide !

    I care not a whit for whom they are voting and particularly find darlingly adorable the torties and the blacks!


  7. allison
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Lucy from Indianapolis appears to be twisted into an anatomically-impossible contortion

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted July 27, 2016 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      … One of the myriad of cat-comfortable positions.
      (Myriad positions, per-cat.)

  8. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I’d say the DemoCATic (Super)National Convention was a success.

    And why wouldn’t it be, with the absence of DOGmatism!

    • bluemaas
      Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      hehhehhehheh — s w e e t !


  9. Mark R.
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    That was a blast, thanks all for the submissions. I unfortunately am not a cat staffer so can only vicariously enjoy all of yours.

  10. Claudia Baker
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    This was such fun. Gorgeous kitties all. Although Bodie has a bone to pick with T. Bantam Menace: don’t be dissin’ orange tabbies by comparing them to the Donald. He detests Trump and loves Bernie. But adores Sarah S. even more.

    He has to admit though, that Menace looks stunning sitting amongst those Black-eyed Susans…

  11. rickflick
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I love to look at nice cat pictures. I vote for cats.

  12. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Davids’ cat Lucy is contorted in a seemingly impossible way. Must be one of those ‘swing voters’.

  13. Taskin
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s much easier to choose between presidential candidates than it would be to choose just one kitty!
    Smudge was a such a beautiful lady! Theo has struck an interesting pose, is that before or after his morning espresso? 🙂

  14. Posted July 26, 2016 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    “…If elections could change something it would be illegal.”
    Best line ever uttered by a cat during an election year. Thanks for that!

  15. Michael Fisher
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Marvellous! Thanks to all the contributors, their staff & P[e]CC of course.

  16. jay
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    the cats are the only pleasant part of this terrible election.

  17. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    for Hillary, with something of a swish in her tail a sneer in her nose in the US circus.

    I’m sure there was a “certain something” about Hilary that kept Bill’s attention. Temporarily.

  18. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Oh, there’s something feline in PCC(E)’s Twi**er feed.

  19. Posted July 27, 2016 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Great pix of a lot of marvelous-looking cats.

  20. Posted July 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    I see a tendency for white spots to show symmetry. Yellow and black spots in heterozygous females are random as textbooks require them, and at least in the head are established after the midline (best illustrated by Smudge; I’d wish Emma to be in a frontal position).

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