Six days ago I posted a photo of the tuxedo cat Sterling from staff member and reader Ken Elliott. Confined to the Cone of Shame after being neutered, Sterling was trying to scratch his head around the cone—in vain. Now, Sterling has apparently found a way to look upwards despite the cone, giving rise to the title Ken gave this post. His comment:

I wanted to share this with you simply because this little kitten is adorable. Today was Sterling’s last day in the cone and as you can see he has gotten somewhat used to it. He’s peering up the staircase at his staff, my daughter-in-law, to whom he is majorly attached

He may just be my favorite cat of all time.

It almost looks like a Cat Ballet.


  1. Stackpole
    Posted October 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Why would young Sterl have an itchy head (that had to be protected) when he had been neutered? Or is there something I don’t know about cats?

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted October 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      The cone isn’t meant to protect the head; it’s meant to protect other parts from teeth and tongue.

  2. busterggi
    Posted October 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Be afraid, be vry afraid.

  3. BJ
    Posted October 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Even better mere cats photos:

    • Debbie Coplan
      Posted October 2, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      This is hilarious-

  4. Heather Hastie
    Posted October 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    What a cool cat! 😀

    • Ken Elliott
      Posted October 3, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Heather. Sterling is the kind of cat that lounges on his back, which I love. Neither of my wife’s and my cats do that, although they are just as adorable. But, I’d LOVE to have a back lounging kitty.

  5. Posted October 2, 2017 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of the religious cat of whatever persuasion we saw here the other day. Isn’t this a halo of sorts? And if he’s a religious cat, he’s not the first mammal to give up body parts for whatever reason.

  6. Jenny Hoffman
    Posted October 3, 2017 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Reverse tutu!

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