Caturday felid trifecta: A guide for staff, a memorial to Tombili, the Turkish cat, cat rescued from 12-floor ledge

Assembled by Jerry, tweaked by Grania.

Get yourself some coffee, any way you want it. (click arrow for animation if it doesn’t automatically play in your browser.)

First up on this fall Caturday we have a cat’s guide to their staff, sponsored by Purina and clearly narrated by zefrank1:


Here’s a sweet story from Turkey, HufflePo reporting at its finest: relax cat made famous by Internet meme has had a statue erected in her honor. Although she was apparently a homeless cat, her expansive waistline suggests that TombiliĀ never went hungry at all.

When Tombili died, those who loved her made memorials, both of paper and, eventually, in bronze:


The Tombili statue, showing her sitting in her favorite pose:


And the cat-loving citizens of Istanbul memorialize the chubby moggie by giving her statue tea, “worry beads,” and crunchies!



From Singapore we have this gripping Search & Rescue from a ledge 12 storeys above the ground. Yikes.

Click the screenshot to go to the story and video:


And finally, lagniappe from Twi**er: A cat’s gravestone. The human capacity to bond in meaningful ways with members of other species is always amazing to me.

h/t: Michael, Ed


  1. Posted October 8, 2016 at 7:37 am | Permalink


  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 8, 2016 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Do not know the guy in the video that does the voice but he is excellent. Heard him on other video and he is always first class.

  3. Christopher
    Posted October 8, 2016 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    While I would never wish ZeFrank to live a life of poverty in order for us to be entertained, I certainly prefer his non-commercial videos. He’s not a natural salesman; his voice and delivery are better suited to satire than shifting goods.

    • rickflick
      Posted October 8, 2016 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      As the Hitch might say…commercialism spoils everything.

  4. Mike
    Posted October 8, 2016 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    I believe the optimum distance a Cat can fall without injury is 60 ft, something to do with its terminal velocity as it falls,but I’ll take it as read, no need to experiment.

    • Posted October 8, 2016 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted October 8, 2016 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      The problem with the video is the data is for injured non-dead cats brought to the vets for treatment after a fall – probably after a landing onto concrete or other hard surfaces. There’s no stats for dead cats! And little or none for cats that were unaffected by the fall & are thus unknown to vets.

      I suggest that cats falling at say 30mph are going to survive more certainly than cats in flying squirrel mode at a terminal velocity of 60mph. Since cats are quick to enter a landing pose I suspect the main criteria for survival are cat size/weight [density] & landing surface conditions. I’m not sure I buy the idea that terminal velocity cats are maximally relaxed & thus landing-ready…

      • rickflick
        Posted October 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

        I agree, there is some problem here with the assertion that somehow terminal velocity is preventative. However, veterinary statistics seem to be a sound way to evaluate the situation. Dead cats and unaffected cats are not reported, so the data is incomplete. Both ends of the graph are missing. But, the injured cats and their fall distance is a significant and telling report of the key question.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted October 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      I found this Wiki on the subject:

  5. Damien McLeod
    Posted October 8, 2016 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Long live the Cats, and may they prosper in the many forms.

  6. Posted October 8, 2016 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I think there was a book written about Dewey.

    • Posted October 8, 2016 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      That was a different Dewey — you’re thinking of Dewey the Library Cat, a kitten adopted by a public library in a small town in Iowa.

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