The cat tweets after the Barcelona tragedy

It may seem churlish to tweet pictures of cats after the horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona, but that was the response after the Spanish Police issued this notice when they saw horrific pictures of the dead and injured posted on Twitter:

Translation: “Out of respect for the victims and their families, please do not share images of the wounded in the collision on the # Ramblas of Barcelona.”  But of course in a moment like this people want to come together, share their outrage and their sorrow, and comfort one another.

So, according to the BBC (h/t: Greg Mayer), they tweeted pictures of cats. After all, what’s more consoling than a cat, especially one with a message? Here are a few of the tweets collected by the Beeb and me:

And two with videos:

And some animal joy as lagniappe: baby hippo Fiona and her mother Bibi playing at the Cincinnati Zoo:


  1. brigittenerlich
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of Brussels.

  2. BJ
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    This makes me so, so happy.

    Cats bring joy. Love and cats to all, indeed!

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted August 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      I second that.

      Cats and hippos. I’m left wordless watching baby Fiona and her mom, Bibi, cavorting and zipping around in the water. The video is stunning and I’m profoundly moved to be able to witness this wonderful play, even if they’re in a zoo.

      • BJ
        Posted August 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

        I’ve never seen such cute hippos in my life. Then again, my life has been relatively short and generally low on hippo encounters 🙂

  3. Katiness Everdeen
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    The oxytocin hit from the kitty pictures is a sorely needed coping mechanism.

  4. Laurance
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Yes! This is good. In this kind of horrific situation I don’t find it disrespectful or churlish to post pictures of lovely cats. In this case it’s being done mindfully with care and respect for the suffering of the injured and the grief of the bereaved.

    There’s something to be said for countering horror with beauty. Another possibility would be posting works of art. (Right now I have Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night in mind.)

  5. Mark R.
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the feel-good medicine. It helps.

  6. rickflick
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Cats are a great relief from all that’s going on. Cats provide a safe space when suffering from news overload.

  7. arsenios
    Posted October 10, 2017 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Cats and hippos. Then again, my life has been relatively short and generally abject on hippo encounters 🙂

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