Caturday felid trifecta: People try walking their cats, a new movie on the cats of Istanbul, and a London tube station to be festooned with cat art

As usual, we have three cat-related items for this Caturday. The first is a short video in which people attempt to walk their cats on leashes. As we know with Baihu and Leon, this is possible, but the cat must be trained early and properly. What we see below, except for Bubba’s cat, are FAILS. The Big Truth: as Bubba says, “We live to serve our cats.”


There’s a new film out called “Kedi,” which is the Turkish word for “cat.” You can see the details here, and I’ve put the trailer below.

I’ve been to Istanbul three times; it’s a glorious city, full of wonderful sights, friendly people, and good food. And CATS! As the trailer implies, the city is crawling with felids, and most that I’ve seen are in pretty good condition, as the locals take care of them.

Further, most of the mosques I visited are also full of cats, who, I believe, are taken care of by both worshipers and clerics. I don’t know if that has to do with the apocryphal story of Muhammad and his favorite cat Muezza.  If you don’t know that story, visit the link.

Great are my differences with Islam, but I’ll say this about it: it has more reverence for cats than any other faith except, perhaps, that of ancient Egypt. In fact, there’s a whole Wikipedia article on “Islam and cats.” Felines are repeatedly extolled in the hadith, and Wikipedia adds this:

In Islamic tradition, cats are admired for their cleanliness. They are thought to be ritually clean, unlike dogs, and are thus allowed to enter homes and even mosques, including Masjid al-Haram. Food sampled by cats is considered halal and water from which cats have drunk is permitted for wudu. Furthermore, there is a widespread belief among Muslims that cats seek out people who are praying.

At any rate, I’d love to see Kedi; if you have, weigh in below.


Finally, as Matthew pointed out to me, and as described in a BBC article, starting on September 12 the Clapham Common Tube station in London will be taken over for two weeks by ad-free pictures of cats:

Almost 700 people helped the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (Cats) raise £23,000 to buy the advertising space at Clapham Common station.

The cats will appear on advertising boards for two weeks from 12 September.

The aim is to provide a “relaxing, fun and light-hearted” space free from commercial adverts, Cats said.

James Turner, from the collective, said: “It’s really caught people’s imagination – everyone loves cats.

“The idea of a relaxing and peaceful space just with pictures of cats is appealing. People are interested because there’s no brand, no commercial reason for doing it.”

The images will be around the turnstiles (which the collective are calling cat flaps), down the escalators and leading up to the platform. The aim is that, wherever people look, there will be cats.

The adverts will be word-free apart from one which will highlight the work of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and Cat Protection charities.

So, if any reader cares to take some photos of the station during that two-week period, I’ll be glad to post them.

h/t: Ivan, Richard S., Matthew Cobb


  1. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 13, 2016 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Couldn’t help laughing at that white cat on a leash. Maybe if they fitted him with wheels…?


  2. Posted August 13, 2016 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Clapham Common’s my Line: I all take some photos en route to work!

  3. Christopher
    Posted August 13, 2016 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    What kind of cat was RiceBall? I’ve never seen a cat with such tiny legs!

    • barn owl
      Posted August 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps a Munchkin cat?

  4. rickflick
    Posted August 13, 2016 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    The idea of a city of cats roaming freely – Istanbul – is very compelling. Apartment cats; house cats; mousers in warehouses; feral, flea infested, scrawny, cats; and Schrodinger cats, all have their place, I suppose. But, if cats can live “wild”, yet cared for with people on their own terms…it seems like a perfect match for the personality of cats, and a great elixir for humans prone to angst.

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