Caturday felid trifecta: Fluffy the sniper, Didga does trust fall, and Virginia miscreant abducts pet cats and shaves their bellies

A cat in Newport, Oregon was photographed in a tree, holding onto a branch that looked like an automatic weapon.  Here’s the photo from KATU-2:
And a tw**t from the local police department, assuring citizens that the cat, though protected by its Second Amendment rights, was wielding what appeared to be an illegal weapon:

We’ve met Didga the cat, who hails from Australia, several times before on Caturdays. He’s a remarkable puss, highly trained and very smart.  He’s also trusting, as you can see in this photo where the cat enacts a staple of “icebreaker” acts at meetings and conventions, the famous “trust fall”. The YouTube video came with these notes:
A hundred percent against a cats instinct, Didga overcomes the strong urge to spin to point her feet in the direction falling, (cats always land on their feet remember) she “trusts” me to catch her as she falls straight back into my hands. I rescued her from from the shelter, so she can trust me. Come follow Didga (and brother Boomer) on FB and IG for lots more pics and viral vids. THANKS for sharing our videos. FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM –


Finally, the Richmond Times-Dispatch (when I lived in nearby Williamsburg, we called the conservative paper the “Richmond Times-Disgrace”) reports a bizarre crime: Some’s shaving the moggies in a small town in western Virginia!

None of the pet owners have seen the person or people shaving the cats, and no witnesses have come forward as of yet.

Capt. Kelly Walker of the Waynesboro Police Department said the cats of two separate Tree Streets residents have been shaved in the underbelly, groin and leg areas. He said it appears the shaving was done with a razor of some kind. The cats were not otherwise harmed, Walker said.

Walker said at least two residents of the neighborhood have reported the shaving. Police were made aware of the incidents earlier this week.

“Collectively, this involves seven cats that are indoor and outdoor cats,” Walker said.

He said the cats are clearly pets and not stray or feral cats.

“The cats are wearing collars and are well-groomed,’’ Walker said.

One of the cat owners asked Walker if he could post street signs to make residents aware of what is going on. Walker has given his approval for the signs, which reference contacting the police.

What kind of sick pervert would do this? Here is one of the street signs:

h/t: j.j., Joe McClain


  1. LB
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    LOL! I still call the paper here the Richmond-Times Disgrace!

  2. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    “Very upsetting to the cats”? I’m skeptical. My cats were shaved that way several times for surgery or ultrasound and never seemed to mind much.

    Sounds to me like some Waynesboro veterinary student is doing some extracurricular skill-building on neighborhood cats. Irresponsible for sure, but given that the cats are not being harmed, I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a perversion.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 14, 2017 at 5:34 am | Permalink

      some Waynesboro veterinary student

      Where is the nearest veterinary college? I incline towards the paraphilia hypothesis. Cruelty to animals is a very commonly-reported youthful occupation of people who later go on to major psychopathic activities, which is probably why the cop is paying attention.

      • Gregory Kusnick
        Posted May 14, 2017 at 11:30 am | Permalink

        What evidence is there of cruelty? I’ve never shaved a cat myself, but it can’t be easy if the cat doesn’t want to be shaved. Whoever did this shaving apparently took care not to cause any harm in the process. To me that suggests some combination of empathy, training, and possibly anesthesia.

  3. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    The cat in the tree looks more like it’s holding a tommy-gun than a sniper rifle. Maybe it’s called…Al Cat-pone! Oh god I’m depressed.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted May 13, 2017 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      Agreed about the Thompson.

      I’m a little puzzled about the ‘while wearing poor camouflage attire.’ Is it an offence to wear any camo gear*, or just to do it badly**?


      *presumably a terrorism issue
      **Presumably a fashion police issue

  4. Gemma Jillian
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Dollwet’s comments re Ms. Kitty confirm what I had always before believed: Ms. Didga is a felid who is a female one.

    And pretty much, too? of a fair doppelgänging likeness to Mr. Cyrus’ and Ma. Malgorzata’s and Mr. Andrzej’s Ms. Hili! Not?

  5. Craw
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I think the idea is “spay your cat dammit!”

    As you say, sick and reprehensible.

  6. Posted May 15, 2017 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Initially I thought some idiots were responding to a kind soul who was spaying stray cats in the neighborhood, but if these are truly pet cats with collars & ID tags, I have no fucking idea.

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