Cat o’ the day

Reader Ken Elliott sent a cat photo and the tail behind it:

If you are ever in need of a photo of a reader’s moggie and would like to share a sad/humorous capture, I have attached one here. This is Sterling, my son and daughter-in-law’s newest addition, after having been neutered. He’s trying his best to reach around his cone to scratch that persistent itch. I’ve never felt such empathy and humor at once in my life.


  1. Robin Branch
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Poor baby.

  2. Cate Plys
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    FYI to all pet owners who want to avoid that cone: You can now get little sort of jackets that fit over the animal’s torso and still lets them defecate, while keeping them from chewing at sutures etc. This product didn’t exist even last fall, as far as I could tell, when I had to sew together something similar myself for a cat post-surgery.

    Any animal who’s recovering from surgery needs to eat and drink easily, and that cone makes it almost impossible. Sadly, for that *particular* surgery, you may still need a cone.

    You can get the suits at for sure. They also have versions that just cover one leg, for animals with something just going on in that one spot.

  3. alexandra Moffat
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Google has a page of substitutes for the miserable Cone Of Shame – the poor animal bumps into things, has trouble drinking and can get depressed when made to wear one. yes, sometimes necessary. A T shirt cut down where needed and tied up can work -inflatable “collars”, also. And some animals out think them and get to lick their wounds anyway.

  4. Ken Elliott
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad to learn there are better solutions than the old cone coming along. Thank y’all for the news.

  5. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Is that a back paw up above his head? How is that physically possible?


    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      It is a cat. Every cat I’ve ever become familiar with has done that. Mostly the position is employed while licking between the hind legs, IYKWIM.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      As johnnycanuk says, “it’s a cat”.
      I have just realised – Euclid didn’t have a cat.
      Well if he did have a cat, he wouldn’t have been so hung up on straight, rigid lines, on the parallelness of lines and the immutability of right-angles. It’s practically a truism that cats are non-Euclidian geometers, and the deduction that Euclid didn’t serve a cat follows on with the straightness of a feline spine.

    • David Harper
      Posted September 28, 2017 at 6:21 am | Permalink

      Recent research has shown that cats behave like liquids in some circumstances. It even made the august pages of Science magazine in its report on the 2017 Ig Nobel prizes:

  6. Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    That cat is clearly giving a nazi salute, and posting its photo without punching it is performative.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      Trying to envisage the Kaiser’s Gallery at Nuremburg doing a right-rear Nazi salute.

      Terry Gilliam (animator in Monty Python) was on the tube earlier – he’d have been able to do something with that idea.

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