Caturday felid trifecta: Minneapolis City Hall becomes “Kitty Hall”; man calls cops because cat eats his bacon; yoga with cats

On June 27, the city hall of Minneapolis, Minnesota became “Kitty Hall”, with cats gracing the building, all in the cause of adoption. As the Star-Tribune reported then:

The purpose of the event (as if we really needed one) is to bring awareness and excitement to cat adoption.

The “Kitty Hall” event will feature 18 kittens from Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, as well as six poised, ambitious cat-idates running for coveted kitty leadership roles with the city.

Here are some of the kittens; I hope they all found homes:

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As deathandtaxes reported two years ago, a British man called the emergency number to report that his girlfriend’s cat ate his bacon. This was apparently not a joke:

A West Yorkshire resident called the cops after realizing his girlfriend had allowed her cat to eat his bacon. The operator asked if he wished to press charges and he said yes, against both of them. The operator then had to hit him with the bad news. “It’s not a criminal offense to let your cat eat your bacon. We don’t arrest cats. I’m very sorry,” she said, crushing the man’s dreams of getting that wonderful judicial revenge against the feline culprit.

Here’s a genuine recording of the call with added animation. What did the guy expect the cops to do? (By the way, is that a Yorkshire accent?).

I suspect the guy was drunk.

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On June 7, the New York Times reported a new fad sweeping the privileged classes: yoga with cats.  It’s offered in several places, including the Meow Parlour, New York City’s first cat cafe (classes there are booked two months in advance). The good bit is that the cats are up for adoption:

. . . cats are a strangely relaxing presence during yoga class.

“Yoga is all about being in the moment,” and cats are in the moment “all the time,” said Amy Apgar, one of two yoga instructors at Meow Parlour, a cat shelter and cafe in Lower Manhattan that, like a growing number of places across the country, offers yoga classes with cats.

The yoga sessions are partly just for fun, but they also bring in new people who may want to adopt a pet. (The cats on hand tend to be highly available.)

Other animal-inspired yoga classes include doga with dogs, yoga with goats and yoga with rabbits. But yoga with cats has gained a small but cultish following.

Here’s a class in Fairfax, Virginia:

More from the NYT:

Cat participation in the yoga classes varies widely.

 “We’ve actually had kitties who have stretched with people,” said Ms. Hatt. “Probably unintentionally. But they do an excellent downward dog.”

Ms. Legrand, of Meow Parlour, said that the rotating cast of cats refreshes the experience. “It’s fun when we have a few new cats, and you can tell it’s their first yoga class, because they are very curious,” she said. “The yoga mats are like cat magnets.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d ditch the yoga and just play with the kitties. Cat yoga classes are also offered in Marietta, Georgia and San Francisco.

Ingrid King, a cat blogger, practices reiki, a healing therapy that involves the transfer of energy from person to person or, in Ms. King’s case, person to cat. And while she herself is more of a Pilates person, she called yoga a good fit for everything feline.

“Cats’ energy is such a wonderful and relaxing thing to be around,” Ms. King said. “I think it’s a perfect match to yoga.”

Meow Parlour, which charges $6 for a half-hour admission to the cafe and $20 to$22 for a yoga class, regularly fields requests from tourists who want to schedule a class during their visits to New York City.

At Meow Parlour, a cat lopes between the yoginis in class. Meow Parlour, in Lower Manhattan, keeps a rotating cast of cats in its classes. Yoga with cats has acquired a small but cultish following. VINCENT TULLO FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

Do any readers do yoga with their cats?

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And some lagniappe: A woman is given the seal of approval by Tonto, her boyfriend’s cat. He’s a Bengal, of course:

 

h/t: David, Grania, Merilee, Richard S.

14 Comments

  1. Johan Richter
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    If it really was his bacon, and not jointly bought, would not giving it to the cat be theft?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted July 8, 2017 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Giving someone else’s bacon to a cat is a worshipful offering & the cat’s due reward

      Case thrown out of court! 🙂

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 8, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Technically, yes.

      This comes under the class of ‘things which are technically a criminal offence but which the Police are never, ever, going to prosecute’.

      No policeman wants to waste his time only to be told by the magistrate that he’s wasting the Court’s time as well.

      cr

  2. rickflick
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I haven’t done yoga, but I used to exercise on the living room floor with cats. When we were boys my brother and I found that if we pretended to be fighting, the cat would get quite upset and attack whoever was on top. What was that all about?

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Our golden lab did the same. He’d try and break up pretend fights. He found fighting within his pack really upsetting.

  3. Dave
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Yes, good wholesome Yorkshire accents on that audio clip. Might come as a surprise to any of our American friends who think that everyone in England speaks like Stephen Fry!

    • cnocspeireag
      Posted July 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      It would come as a surprise to the BBC and RADA that there is no single ‘Yorkshire accent’.
      I left God’s own county some fifty years ago, so I am out of practice.I think she must come from somewhere near Wakefield.

  4. John Taylor
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    My cat Marz steals my bacon on occasion. He is a very sneaky cat and really enjoys bacon. Cooked or raw, yuck!

  5. Raymond Little
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Cat Yoga… Makes more sense than Goat Yoga, which is apparently a thing, according to an article in the Toronto Star sometime in the past week or so. Still stupid, but cats are surely more yogic (if that’s a word) than goats.

  6. Jenny Haniver
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Around these parts, i.e., the SF Bay Area, we have ganja yoga. Ganja yoga with cats could be pretty cool.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      The humans could have their ganja, the cats catnip, and it would immediately turn into a laughter yoga session. Laughter yoga is big around here, too. Just listening to it is enough to trigger the proper response.

  7. stuartcoyle
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    If my wife wants to do her yoga, once she lays out the mat she invariably has no choice but to do yoga with the cat. I have no idea why the cat cannot resist the yoga mat.

    • Marlene Zuk
      Posted July 9, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      Yes. My cats are unaccountably fascinated with the whole process, particularly if you are upside down. No idea what they like about it — yes, the mat is fun to pluck at with their claws, but it’s more than that.

  8. Posted July 9, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    He was Yorkshire, but not particularly so,some stronger Yorkshire Dialects would have changed “mi” to “us” ie”Cat’s eaten us bacon”


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