Caturday felid trifecta: Famous people and their cats, greatest cat scenes in the movies; nurse cat named Britain’s “National Cat of the Year”

The CHEEZburger site has 34 pictures of famous people and their cats. I was surprised to see that Siamese cats dominate the purebreds, but I’ll show a small selection of all of them. Can you recognize the people?

Feline and Nothingness

 

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Here is a selection of famous movie scenes with cats. I was pleased to see a cut from the great movie Kedi, but how could you not include the evil pair of Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp?

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Finally, from the BBC News we have Britain’s National Cat of the Year, a female named Genie who helped her own through cancer treatment:

Genie was honoured for comforting her owner Evie Henderson, 11, from Lincoln, through six rounds of chemotherapy.

Evie was diagnosed with bone cancer in March 2016 and said Genie’s company helped her cope with several painful operations and long spells in hospital.

The cat was recognised by feline charity Cats Protection at a ceremony in London.

Evie said she shared a special bond with her pet, which gave her tremendous support when she lost her hair while enduring the gruelling treatment.

“It was very upsetting for me because I had long brown hair. But at the same time as it was spring, Genie was moulting as well so it was sort of like I’m losing my hair and Genie’s losing her hair as well so that eased the shock of it all.”

Evie’s father, Chris Henderson, said the cat had been a “great distraction” and described how Evie would watch video footage of her beloved pet from her hospital bed.

“Evie was in hospital for over 300 days so we spent a lot of time in hospital and it just gave her something to look forward to when she did have those few precious days at home.”

The 11-year-old said: “I missed her every day I was in hospital, and my family could tell she missed me.

“She’s my best friend and I honestly don’t know what I would do without her.”

Here’s a video:

Every cat should be Cat of the Year.

h/t: Kevin

28 Comments

  1. David Coxill
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Hi ,i have noticed in a film and a tv programme that people who mistreat cats come to a sticky end .
    In the tv programme of Rogue Mail ,with Peter O’toole the bad guy who kills the cat that O’toole has made a pet of, gets a arrow in the fore head ,which is only right and proper .
    And in the Goldie Hawn /Warren Beatty film The Heist the guy who feeds liquid LSD to a cat drowns ,let that be a lesson to be kind to cats.

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Oh, hell, if nobody else is gonna do it, I think I recognize all of ’em except for #2 (who looks kinda like a mustachioed Sam Rockwell, but isn’t):

    Liz

    James Dean
    J-P Sartre
    Gable & Lombard
    Eve’s boss, Ms. Davis
    The second Mrs. Sinatra
    Papa
    That bad hombre, P. Newman

    • Peter
      Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      #2 is Freddie Mercury

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:33 am | Permalink

        Damn, that was pretty obvious wasn’t it? Especially after all the Scaramouche play Queen’s gotten over the past two weeks. Can’t believe I didn’t recognize him straight away.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted August 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

        Only one I could put a name to – and that because of Scaramoch.

    • Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      #2 is Freddie Mercury, the lead singer for Queen.

    • Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      I really need to get an education. I recognized the fourth one as “that dude who wrote stuff, holding a cat that looks like Sartre’s.”

  3. Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    About the higher titer of Siamese cats. I think the breed was much more popular decades ago. I do not know why they have fallen away since then, but I rarely see then now.
    Or am I wrong here?

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted August 5, 2017 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      In the last few decades, Siamese have been bred to look like weasels, with elongated bodies and tiny heads, which (in my opinion) makes them much less attractive as family pets.

  4. Richard Jone4s
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    A compilation of cats without Sylvester!

  5. Posted August 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite cats, and I also like the feline on his shoulder.

    • Posted August 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t realize that would embed. I try to use precautions for YouTube links, but forgot to for the picture. Sorry ’bout that.

      • rickflick
        Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

        That’s OK. It sets off the text nicely. 😎

      • Diane G.
        Posted August 6, 2017 at 1:31 am | Permalink

        Plus, it seems as if the ban on image embedding has been relaxed here–after all, PCC recently posted a plea for help in explaining to readers just how to do so.

    • Kevin
      Posted August 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

      The Great Zappa

      • Posted August 5, 2017 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

        Several years ago his wife Gail offered to answer 50 questions about him. I remarked that his music was very unsentimental, and asked what he was sentimental about in his private life. Her answer: “The first thing that comes to mind … is cats and Dogess but I am not sure that sentimental is applicable. FZ was way too romantic to be sentimental.”

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 6, 2017 at 6:02 am | Permalink

      Watched a doc about Captain Beefheart recently. It had a good interview with Frank (Beefheart’s childhood friend and sometime collaborator).

  6. danfromm
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Few of the cats in the celebs with cats shots look happy.

    Video link is wrong, goes to a weight loss commercial.

  7. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I got everyone except Ernest Hemingway and Fred Mercury.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I found this site of music legends with cats. Some great photos in there.

    http://www.reviler.org/category/music-legends-with-cats-2/

  9. Mark Richardson
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Oops…this was supposed to be a comment on the Caturday post. Didn’t mean to email direct…sorry.

  10. rickflick
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    There probably is a good reason, but it seem it would be nice if the girl could have visits by her cat in the hospital. Perhaps the chemo set her immune system back and there would have been a risk of infection. I can imagine having feline visits would be terrific for moral.

  11. bric
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Just watched ‘Nine Lives’ on Netflix; not a great film but Kevin Spacey as a Trump-like entrepreneur who swaps bodies with a cat and Christopher Walken as the creepy pet shop owner raise it a bit.

  12. bric
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Studio Ghibli The Cat Returns should definitely be in that compilation

    • bric
      Posted August 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      And of course the amazing cat-bus in My Neighbour Totoro

  13. pck
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Ridiculous, the best cat video youtube did not include the feline look of approval at the Alien’s murderous schemes, and also failed to include the epic cat vs. vampire battle in Let the Right one In (which, to warn the faint of heart, includes some futile violence against the superior cats)

  14. mfdempsey1946
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    It is good to see the opening scene of “The Godfather” included here: Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) speaking with a man who wants a favor from him, all the while petting and fondling a kitten.

    Reportedly, the shooting of this episode was going badly. The scene just would not come to life, and no one could figure out why.

    According to production histories, at some point during the filming, this kitten wandered onto the set. Knowing that Brando liked and worked well with props, director Francis Ford Coppola picked up the kitten and handed it to Brando without a word. Brando took it from there — one of those chance events that helps spark a previously flat element in a movie and ends up in the final cut.

  15. Posted August 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I got Clark Gable, Bette Davis and 1/2 point because I said “that looks like James Dean but he is wearing glasses”.


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