Caturday felids: NY Times bureau cats; dirty moggie rescued after four days up a chimney, British cat steals underwear

It’s Caturday again, and there’s a trifecta of items for ailurophiles. The first is an article from the New York Times (click on the link) about the cats that inhabit its foreign bureaus:

The cat above is “Spotty/Dotty, an adopted stray, on Dionne Searcey’s desk in Dakar, Senegal (Photo by Dionne Searcey).  Here are three more, with captions from the paper:

A Baghdad bureau cat with a litter of kittens, in 2007. Photo: Edward Wong

Fatou Diop, Lydia Polgreen, Candace Feit and Joe Quayson in Dakar in 2006. Ms. Polgreen, who is now the editor in chief of the Huffington Post, was The Times’s West Africa bureau chief at the time.

Jane Scott-Long holding Purdah, one of the many cats she adopted, in the Islamabad bureau, in 2001. Credit Walt Baranger/The New York Times

What I want to know is why there are no cats in the American or other Western bureaus?


From reader Laurie we have a link to a 2-minute BBC interview with the owner of Pumpkin, a Cardiff cat who steals the neighbor’s underwear (and other clothing), apparently not from the laundry line but from within houses. The thieving calico favors “knickers” (what Americans call “panties”), and has amassed quite a collection (see picture below).

Click on any of screenshots below to hear the brief but hilarious interview:

Pumpkin returning with her “prey”

Some of Pumpkin’s purloined underwear

Here’s a letter that Pumpkin’s owner wrote to her neighbors, alerting them to the stolen clothing:


Finally, the Liverpool Echo reports on a kitten rescue by a nice man from the RSPCA:

This RSPCA inspector wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty in order to rescue a kitten who had been stuck up a chimney for four days.

Matt Brown managed to free Lola after a gruelling four hours rescue after she got stuck 8ft up the chimney of her home in Crosby.

Mr told the ECHO: “We got the call at 8.30am and we finally managed to free her at 12.30pm. By the time we got her out, we were completely covered in soot – but getting her safely freed was worth a dirty uniform! She came out looking bedraggled and dazed.


“Lola had been trapped up there for four days. Her owner initially thought she had gone missing – but it wasn’t until she heard her crying that she realised she was inside the chimney.

Lola lives in Fairfield Drive, and had not long been adopted by her owner before she made her way up the chimney. It is thought she might have been looking for a place to hide after becoming bewildered by her new surroundings.

Lola was taken to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, where she will be checked over, microchipped and neutered before going back to her new home.

The rescue, which took place on Friday, was filmed by Channel 5’s The Cat Rescuers, and will feature on the show later this year.

A happy man and a filthy kitten (she’s rather large for a “kitten”):



h/t: Amy, Graham, Laurie


  1. BJ
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    “Fatou Diop, Lydia Polgreen, Candace Feit and Joe Quayson in Dakar in 2006. Ms. Polgreen, who is now the editor in chief of the Huffington Post, was The Times’s West Africa bureau chief at the time.”

    I hope Polgreen doesn’t still have cats. If she does, get them away from her before she destroys their reputations by writing articles about how they’re racist alt-right Islamophobic misogynists!

    The cat in the second item is hilarious. Good thing its owner is a woman; if she wasn’t, the neighbors would probably suspect her of blaming the cat while she stole their underwear to feed her fetish. “I swear, I didn’t steal your panties! My cat did it! I just happened to keep them. In the crawlspace behind my desk. In my bedroom. With the sex tapes I secretly recorded of you. And I take them out sometimes and sniff them. But only because my cat wants me to!”

  2. DrBeydon
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    That is the dirtiest cat I’ve ever seen (the chimney cat, not the one who steals underwear). She looks unhappy now; wait ’til it’s bath time.

    • BJ
      Posted June 24, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      That’s one cat that might be happy to get a bath!

      My second cat was a result of a nearly three hour rescue operation. My dad was jogging one Father’s Day when he heard a squeaky little meowing from a storm drain. He ran over to the drain only to see a little calico kitten sitting on the ledge that goes around storm drain just under the grate. He ran back to our house, collected my mom and I, and we all went to the storm drain with him. For three hours, my dad knelt on the hard pavement with his hand outstretched under the grating as we all beckoned the frighten kitten to get in the palm of his hand to be rescued from certain death by either starvation or a long fall into the sewer below. Finally, after taking nearly three hours to realize she could trust us, she crawled in my dad’s palm and the rescue was complete.

      We named her Stormy.

  3. kmckeen736gmailcom
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Lola went up that chimney a kitten. She came down a cat.

  4. Posted June 24, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Cats causing concern. This is a component of their purpose, and so they are doing their bit in the natural order of things.

  5. Fernando Peregrin
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    A proposse New York Times

    To the editor

    Your article on Catalan secession is biaised and superficial. Most of catalans are fed up with our local government. The Catalan regional government has enormous powers and autonomy, it is financially broke, its politicians are the best paid in Spain, the main nationalist party is flooded with corruption scandals, … and Catalan nationalists accounted only for 32% of the votes in last year´s election.
    The next time you write an editorial about Spain, do not forget to read the Spanish Constitution before. We, the great majority of the Spaniards, as you Americans, have in great consideration our Constitution, that was voted and backed in 1978 by 90% of catalans.

    Best regards,

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    … a Cardiff cat who steals the neighbor’s underwear …

    I’ve got a client doing 180 days in County for indulging that fetish. 🙂

  7. ladyatheist
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I want to know the DNA results of the Times’s kitties now after reading the other post!

    re: dirty kitty, this is NOT a happy kitty. There was probably some prey animal up there that it was stalking. Bring down the bats too! Moggie needs a snack!

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