Caturday felids: Passive-aggressive cats, mother cat talks to her babies, absolutely adorable beliefs about cats

Here’s a 5½-minute video of “passive aggressive cats,” though not all of them deserve that monicker: some are active aggressive. But what a cruel joke the staff plays at 2:13! And I love the cat vs. kitten scuffle at 3:15.


In this short video, a black mother cat communicates vocally with her tabby kittens. (Remember that all black cats carry the tabby gene, and in the right light you can sometimes see their stripes.)

UPDATE: Reader Beckie showed the video above to her moggies, and even made a video of their reaction:

This morning I was watching the mama cat video from your Caturday post. My kittens, Norbert and Lilith were looking for the other kitties. Thought you might enjoy a video of kittens enjoying a cat video.


Reader pyers called my attention this morning to a French animal site, Wamiz, which had an article called “8 croyances absolument adorables sur les chats.” And he translated it, beginning with the title, “8 absolutely adorable beliefs about cats,” saving me the trouble of struggling with my rudimentary French. Pyers’s translation:

A stab at the translation: ( a French speaker might well tidy it up !)
  1. In France, a stray cat taking up residence brings you luck.
  2. In the States, seeing a white cat in a dream is a good luck sign.
  3. For Italians, hearing a sneezing cat brings good luck on all who hear it.giphy
  4. To the Japanese, a tri-coloured moggy guarantees happiness to the home.
  5. In Scotland, having a stray on your porch brings good luck.
  6. (More sneezing !) In France, a cat sneezing on a bride on the morning of her wedding means that she will have a happy marriage.giphy-1
  7. Sailors need no convincing: cats bring good luck at sea.
  8. For the Japanese, black cats keep  away evil spirits and guarantee the good heath of their homes.


As lagniappe, here’s a post and video from SOTT (via reader Steve K.) showing a well-behaved cat using a zebra crossing. The details:

A chauffeur in England spotted a law abiding cat waiting for the light to change before crossing the street at a local crosswalk.

Justin Scrutton shared dash cam video of the “streetwise” cat as it waited patiently for traffic to stop before walking along a crosswalk.

“Cat using a Zebra Crossing,” Scrutton wrote. “Only in Dartford…”

Scrutton applauded the feline as it appeared to follow proper traffic etiquette by looking both ways before crossing the two-way street.

“I was amazed when the car on the other side of the road stopped too and the cat calmly crossed,” he told ITV.

Worried that I wouldn’t understand the video (though, having visited the UK many times, I did), Matthew Cobb explained it to me:

For this to make sense your readers have to know that the black and white striped section of road is called a zebra crossing in the UK, and by law, if there is a pedestrian standing at the edge, the traffic HAS to stop (so the white van is being VERY BAD). The yellow-topped posts on either side are called Belisha beacons, after Leslie Hore-Belisha (1893–1957), the Minister of Transport who introduced them in the 1930s.

This would appear to be a genuine dash-cam from Dartford in Kent.



  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Very good video. The last one reminds me how much better the drivers in the U.K. are verses here. And the parallel parking is part of that skill.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted September 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      Parallel parking has been a compulsory part of the test since … mid-90s?
      In the late 80s, on one of my driving tests I got brownie points for saying to the tester, as we approached one of those stupid stupid idiotic bits of parking at an angle to the road, “have to watch out for people reversing into the road OH SHIT!” and doing an unplanned emergency stop. Good anticipation of hazards. still didn’t pass the test on that try though.
      At that time, reversing around a corner from minor road to a major road was an automatic test fail if you tried to do it in the “reverse around a corner” manoeuvre. and that is precisely the manoeuvre you need to do to get out of one of those angled parking bays. With predictable results in smashed back-ends and whiplash.

  2. rickflick
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Spot on.

  3. Christopher
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Any Dr. Who fans will recognize the two moggies in that last bit of the Passive-Agressive cat video.

    Weeping Angel Hallway Cats.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted September 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      I too cracked up over the Weeping Angel cats.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted September 11, 2016 at 1:38 am | Permalink

        Oh, nice video.

        That episode (Blink) was a masterpiece in so many ways. And the Angels are quite possibly the scariest ‘monsters’ per dollar of FX budget ever conceived.


  4. Posted September 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    And here was I ignorant git, thinking zebra crossings are known everywhere in the Western world.

  5. Posted September 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Peake also had a reaction to the vocal tabby and kittens. He jumped on my lap and explored the computer in a sort of WTF moment.

  6. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    (so the white van is being VERY BAD).

    Does American English (or Canadian, or Kiwi, or other vriants have an equivalnet to the British swear-word “White Van Man”? Notoriously bad drivers, quite often keeping a knife or other murderous tool in the door pocket for settling driving disputes with?

    called Belisha beacons, after Leslie Hore-Belisha (1893–1957), the Minister of Transport who introduced them in the 1930s.

    Wasn’t he the one who introduced driving tests too? It was in the 1930s.

    • Frank Bath
      Posted September 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      A White Van Man is a trader/self employed/delivery man who characteristically drives a white van fast and furiously with added menace. Usually has a mate in the other seat. A coarse and aggressive lout, and typed to be from the working class.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted September 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

        Trader/ self-employed makes them middle class. IMHO. Scum of the earth nonetheless.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted September 11, 2016 at 1:24 am | Permalink

        Nevertheless, white vans are the fastest things on the road up and down Alpine passes. It made my day (well, highlight of the week) when I actually managed to catch one down the Montgenevre, one of the tamer passes.


  7. Merilee
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Permalink


  8. Steve Pollard
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I should add that it’s not only the cats who would benefit from nine lives if they dare to venture out in Dartford. Especially after dark.

  9. merilee
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Both my kitties showed up for the second one, even Booker the Not-So-Brrrave.

  10. Posted September 11, 2016 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    I did not know that about the tabby gene. Where might I have read it? Up til now, my favorite cat book has been Desmond Morris’s “Catwatching”.

    I never noticed tabby markings on my black cat Figaro, and I watched him quite closely. What I did notice is that he was really very dark brown. Perhaps that makes a difference?

    (Sorry if this shows up twice, in which case feel free to delete one. I had some trouble accessing the site.)

  11. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 11, 2016 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Those French translations look near enough to me. One quibble – sneezing *near* a bride, not *on* her, I think.


  12. busterggi
    Posted September 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never understood why my cats practically have panic attacks when I sneeze (& as I’m zallergic to cats that’s pretty often) as they certainly sneeze also (my insurance won’t cover having them tested to see if they’re allergic to me).

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