Caturday felid trifecta: Cat brings home plush friend, a polite cat who knocks, and Maru gets into a tiny bowl (with bonus lagniappe)

We have an all-video Caturday felid post today. The first one, in which a cat steals a plush tiger, seems familiar, and I may have posted it before. Well, you can’t see it too often. This cat, named Timmy, has his own Facebook Page; he was recently very ill but seems to be recovering.


This very polite cat has learned to knock on the door using a lock:


What is it about Maru that compels him to enter any box or vessel he sees? I know of no other cat like this, and of course that is why he’s famous. After his recent failure to enter a “too small box,” Maru redeems himself here by entering (with only his legs) a glass vase. This cannot be comfortable, and I am baffled. Perhaps he has some kind of feline compulsive disorder?


Lagniappe: reader Michael calls our attention to a Japanese video by the Ohkawa Furniture Craft collective showing off their skills by producing tiny furniture for cats. Note the miniature alarm clock! Reader Stephen also found a link giving more information.


  1. Heather Hastie
    Posted October 21, 2017 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Caturday is always a treat! 😀

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 21, 2017 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    A very entertaining Caturday. The cat size furniture in Japan is very natural as they are already really good at crafting small size furniture for the much smaller size living conditions. If one has not been there and experienced this size difference it is really something to see. The normal question when booking hotels is to ask the question – Western or not? I have stayed in rooms where you had to go out into the hallway to change your mind.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 21, 2017 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      “I have stayed in rooms where you had to go out into the hallway to change your mind.”

      Worthy of inclusion in a book of quotations about frustration.

      • Blue
        Posted October 21, 2017 at 10:49 am | Permalink

        hehhehheh ! = both of you … …
        Randy and Ms Haniver.

        And so t r u e: I was last June a week’s guest in an ordinary household: a mama, a daddy, two teenage kiddos, a girl and a boy, two kitty cats and one hound, as a delegate to my municipality’s partnership city of Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture. So true. Everything. So tiny. There inside their home and out. Even the Tezuka family’s two cats, full grown for years, were tiny.

        The furniture is darling and perceptably, without the kitties reclining upon them at the first, of trickery to one’s eyeballs size – wise !


        • Blue
          Posted October 21, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

          Even the 18 – wheelers alongside the wee cars
          traversing at h i g h speeds ( the speeds
          there in Japan upon their also tiny – width
          freeways being about the only ‘thing’ as
          ‘big’ as elsewhere !) … … even the
          18 – wheelers were actually only … …
          10 – whee;ers !


          • Randall Schenck
            Posted October 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

            Exactly right. The tractors pulling the trailers could only be single axle due to length restrictions. I remember when the containers on the cargo ships went up to 45 footers from 40 feet. That was a big problem in Japan for a while.

    • Blue
      Posted October 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      For when you, Randy, next hafta go out in to
      any hallway — — or to anywhere else —
      — in order just “to change your mind !”
      thus: Darling Mr Cooke’s first line – lyric
      within “Bring It On Home To Me !”,
      “If you ever change your mind … … ”


      • Randall Schenck
        Posted October 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

        That’s what I needed…a little Sam Cooke.

  3. barn owl
    Posted October 21, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Oh, Maru, that can’t be comfortable.

    Can it?

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      Reading the above comments about the size of things in Japan, I think that Maru, a Scottish Fold with a great big beautiful head (and those baleful, “I know you’re watching me to see what ridiculous thing I’ll do now, and I won’t disappoint, but fuck you anyway” eyes), is just attempting to activate his Scottish foldability in order to become more Japanese by trying to stuff himself into impossibly tiny containers.

      • Blue
        Posted October 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

        I had to guffaw, Ms Haniver ! I am going to (try to) in future cultivate my own gaze as one done with those ” but fuck you anyway ” – eyeballs ” of Moggie Maru’s ! … …

        cuz there are within my life’s pathways … … .now. a bagazillion trails upon where ‘to use’ such rolling of said balls ! What is that meme nowadays online ? ” My eyeballs roll so far back in my head now … … that I can see my tonsils !”


        • Jenny Haniver
          Posted October 21, 2017 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

          I’ve got that first part down pat; it’s the “fuck you anyway” part of the gaze that I must work on. But then, I don’t want someone in the vicinity to walk by and sniff my butt like his long-suffering female pal Hana did — what a non-verbal expression that was! Nuff said, she sniffed.

      • David Coxill
        Posted October 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

        He always looks P***ed off to me.

  4. danstarfish
    Posted October 21, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    The cat carrying the tiger is adorable. Especially when it starts playing with the tiger at the end.

  5. nicky
    Posted October 21, 2017 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I really liked that polite cat. Hope they opened the door in the end.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted October 22, 2017 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      The door can’t be opened from the inside. (Look at how the padlock is fitted.) The cat is just using the lock and metal door as a sounding board.

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