Caturday felid trifecta: A lovely cat with vitiligo, Star Wars scene recreated with cats, Business Cat gets wormed

As usual, we have three cat-related items today. The first, from the reliable site LoveMeow, shows Scrappy, an 18-year-old cat who “suffers” from vitiligo, a condition in which patches of skin (and in this case, fur) lose their pigmentation. Scrappy was born black, and started getting patches of white in the last few years. He doesn’t seem to be suffering, but he’s certainly become a beautiful and unusual cat!





Here’s a movie scene from “The Empire Strikes Back” (I’ve never seen it), performed with cats. (We’ll have more of these in subsequent weeks.) On the top is the original, withe the moggie action below:


Finally, in the latest strip of “The Adventures of Business Cat“, Business Cat gets wormed—with the predictable results:


h/t: Ivan, Michael


  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Tom Fonder has done an amusing Part II to Business Cat’s worming tablet cartoon:

    • rickflick
      Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink


    • Heather Hastie
      Posted January 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      I dunno – business cat doesn’t look like he needs worming. 🙂

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted January 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Permalink


        How To Give Your Cat A Pill

        1) Pick up cat and cradle it in the crock of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of the cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

        2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

        3) Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.

        4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm while holding rear paws tightly with left hand Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

        5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Retrieve spouse from outside.

        6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees. Hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold hear firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

        7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

        8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible form below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

        9) Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans. Drink one beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

        10) Retrieve cat from neighbour’s shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door on neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

        11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot of scotch and drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check record for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw shirt away and fetch new on from bedroom.

        12) Call fire department to retrieve cat from across the road. Apologize to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

        13) Tie the little &#^@’s front legs to rear legs with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak. Be rough about it. Hold cat’s head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

        14) consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the ER. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

        15) Arrange for RSPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

        How To Give Your Dog A Pill

        1) Wrap pill in bacon.

        2) Toss it in the air.

        BTW I don’t think a ‘wormy’ pet necessarily loses weight

        • David Coxill
          Posted January 28, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

          Or get your niece who worked in a cattery to do it.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted January 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

          I do love a good disaster story 🙂


        • Heather Hastie
          Posted January 29, 2017 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

          Ha ha! Love it. 😀

  2. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Ah! A feline mimic of snowflake obsidian! Evidently a geocat.
    I’ve never seen that Star Wars Episode either. And going on the last couple of reboots, I don’t see any reason to get it on tape either.

  3. tubby
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    That’s why you coat the pill in butter, tackle your CFO (Chief Feline Officer), and then stuff the buttered pill into its mouth. Between the butter and the spines on the tongue your CFO cannot spit the pill back out.

  4. David Coxill
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    First glance i thought the poor cat was suffering from vertigo ,fancy a cat having a fear of heights .
    I think being owned by cats cats is being to alter the way my mind works.
    I was in a cafe yesterday and i wanted the toilet ,before i realised what i was saying i asked if i could use the litter box.

  5. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    My cat and I worked out a pilling technique that was pretty foolproof.

    Sit the cat on the counter facing to your left. Place your right hand on the crown of her head with your thumb and middle finger on either side of her upper jaw. Gently tilt her head back so her nose points straight up.

    With the pill between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand, use your left middle finger to pry her mouth open. When she sticks out her tongue, drop the pill straight down to the back of her throat. Close mouth and hold it closed until she swallows and licks her lips.

    Then give her a hug and a “Good job!”

    If you have several small pills (or pill fragments) to give, get some empty #2 gel caps and put the pills inside. You can give three or four pills at once this way. It also masks the flavor of bitter-tasting pills.

  6. Mary L
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    If you can get the pill in the mouth and hold the mouth closed, blow on the cat’s nose. This usually creates a reflexive swallow. I’ve also done this with dogs.

    • rickflick
      Posted January 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      Stroking the throat sometimes triggers the swallowing reflex.

  7. Jim
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    You have never seen the Empire Strikes Back?
    You’re in for a treat.

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