Caturday felid trifecta: Amsterdam’s Cat Museum; cat and pug friend hike over 900 miles; Nutmeg, possibly the world’s oldest cat

Did you know that Amsterdam has a cat museum called the Kattenkabinet? Here are a few items from its collection:

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Theophile Alexander Steinlen Compagnie Française de chocolats et des thés 1897 60 x 80 cm Grote zaal. Poster

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Heidi Damen Kat met kind 1980 – 33 x 17 x 10 cm Muziekkamer Beeld

 

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Foujita with cat 1935 56 x 46 cm Mechelse kamer 02. Photo.

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Theophile Alexander Steinlen De katten van A La Bodinière 1900 75 x 58 cm Grote zaal Schilderij

 

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Leonor Fini Château de Vascoeuil 1977 45 x 35 cm Vestibulel Poster

 

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Foujita Zittende poes 1947 40 x 30 cm Mechelse kamer 02. Drawing

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From The Dodo we hear about a d*g and cat who are good buddies and are regularly taken on hikes, now totaling over 900 miles.

Ever since the day they met, Bandito the pug and Luigi the cat have been the very best of friends.

A cat and a pug might not sound like a typical duo, but these two brothers just make sense, and are always together.

“They just clicked,” Finn Paus, the pair’s dad, told The Dodo. “Together they eat, sleep, fight, snore, dart and chase each other around constantly, every day!”

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Not only are these guys an unlikely duo, they also do some unlikely things together — like, for instance, hiking miles and miles across Spain together.

When Paus’s parents passed away, he and his partner Seb Smetham realized how short life was, and wanted to do something meaningful with their time. And so they packed up Luigi and Bandito into a dog trolley, grabbed some camping gear and set off on a trip that lasted 46 days and over 400 miles.

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“The walk across Spain was a life changer for us,” Paus said. “After the walk we never went home. We bought an old builder’s van and found a new place to live!”

Now the adorable group goes hiking and camping together all the time, and in total, they’ve hiked over 900 miles.

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There are more pictures at the site.

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From ZME Science, and many other sources, we have Nutmeg, the world’s oldest cat. He just celebrated his 31st birthday! Make no mistake about it: though he’s still ticking, he looks his age:

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Moggy Nutmeg from Gateshead, UK is believed to be the oldest cat in the world. The cat popped up at its owners’ house 26 years ago, and they immediately adopted it – obviously taking care of it well.

”He rules the house and he’s absolutely gorgeous,” Nutmeg’s humans told The Mirror.

Despite being the equivalent of about 141 human years, Nutmeg suffered from a very serious stroke last year and now seems to be thriving. Now he seems to be quite healthy, and if everything goes right then he still has a few more lives to him.

Like every cat, he’s spoilt and enjoys his morning meal – and his morning love.

From the Torygraph, which shows us that Nutmeg’s age isn’t completely certain:

Liz and Ian Finlay are looking for documentation to support their claim for the cat they adopted as a stray.

The couple say they took Nutmeg, who they found in their garden in 1990, to their local Cats Protection League, where vets told them he was at least five years old.

. . . “I sorted out [an] abscess on his neck and then we took him to the Cats Protection League to check him over. The vet there said he was an adult, around five years.”

They say the secret to Nutmeg’s long life is his love of chicken.

“He comes in every morning at 5am from his bed next door and we get up and feed him. We have no children so he is our baby.”

The Westway Veterinary Group posted photos of Nutmeg celebrating his birthday on Facebook.

Corduroy, aged 26, is officially the oldest [living] cat in the world. He lives with his owner, Ashley Reed Okura, in Sisters, Oregon, in the United States.

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h/t: Winnie F., Su, Grania, Matthew, Alexandra M.

10 Comments

  1. Chris G
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Great story about the hiking pug/cat combo. Although they’re stretching the definition of hiking given the luxurious carriage they’re transported on, and their penchant for sitting on top of back-packs!
    I do hope Luigi (cat) teases Bandito (dog) about how ugly he is – how cruel have us humans been to create THAT face! Shame,
    Chris G.

  2. Stephen Mynett
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Those two make my 17-year-olds look like teenagers, I thought they were doing well.

    I would question part of the post, you mentioned Corduroy’s owner, from my experience ownership is the other way around, Martyn and Fiona who stay with me definitely rule the roost.

    Thinking back to a previous thread about cats and spinach. I was cooking a sag paneer yesterday, it was a particularly spicy one but that did not deter Martyn who enjoyed the bit I had dropped by the cooker. I would not normally risk chillies in cat food but she beat me too it, it was eaten before I had a chance of picking it up

    • Nobody Special
      Posted December 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      17 year-olds are teenagers.

  3. rickflick
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    ‘Cat with Child’ reminds me of the psychological interdependence humans have with cats (and other pets). Here we see an instance of how cats sometimes support the human soul just by being willing to hang around with us.

  4. Monika
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    The Kattenkabinet in Amsterdam is a cool place to visit, I was there about 10 years ago. The rooms themselves are worth a visit too, it’s situated in an old Amsterdam townhouse with high ceilings and walls with beautiful wooden panels and tapistrie.
    And they had some friendly cats on site too.

    Hmmm, 10 years, I guess I’ll plan a visit to Amsterdam for next year. There are more than enough nice places to visit in that town.

  5. Nobody Special
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    For those of you who like cat art, have you seen the work of Louis Wain? He was an artist who was committed to an asylum, and as his mind deteriorated his work got more bizarre and brilliant, but no matter how utterly abstract the pictures became they never lost the essence of cat.
    If you do an image search you can easily tell what state his mind was when he painted each picture.
    His original pieces are worth serious money nowadays.

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 13, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Interesting, I had a look. Thanks!

  6. DrBrydon
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I like the picture of Luigi and Bandito in their stroller. It looks like Bandito is pointing the way forward: Avanti!

  7. Mike
    Posted December 11, 2016 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Bit of a stretch to call it hiking, probably best to call it riding.

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      AFAIK, pugs would be incapable of much hiking due to their brachycephaly.


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