Caturday felid trifects: Grumpy Jesus Cat, cats vs. parrots, cat helps autistic girls

I now have a comfortable backlog of Caturday felid posts thanks to the kindly readers who send me cat stuff. Today’s trifecta begins with an article from The Dodo showing a cat who, displacing Baby Jesus, has interpolated itself into a nativity scene. The text:

Early last Sunday, on a nippy autumn sidewalk in New York City, photographer Brooke Goldman wasn’t where she wanted to be. Her boyfriend had travel plans that morning, and Goldman made the mistake of offering to walk with him to catch his train. In reality, she wanted to be in bed. But still, she followed through.

“I was pretty out of it,” Goldman told The Dodo. “I was trying to get home as fast as possible to go back to sleep and wasn’t ready for the day at all.”

But in one sleepy stride, suddenly everything changed. As if struck by some saintly vision, Goldman’s eyes landed upon this:


Parrots have a bad habit of annoying cats; here’s a compilation of these disturbances. It’s an excellent cat (and parrot) video, but some of those parrots are brazen!


Watch this lovely five-minute report about how, Thula, a Maine Coon Cat has helped a young autistic girl named Iris. They even take baths and go swimming together!


  1. DryEraser
    Posted January 13, 2018 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I knew a self-identifying Wiccan that very much reminds me of the cat in the manger.

    • DryEraser
      Posted January 13, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Have any of those parrot-cat interactions ended badly? I mean, we know cats can only take so much indignity.

      • nicky
        Posted January 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

        I cannot vouch for the Parakeets, but Cockatoos and African Greys are very intelligent, more so than most cats (I’m sad to admit). I’m sure those encounters did not end ‘badly’ (at least not for the parrots), particularly since most of them -the encounters- appeared rather good-natured.

        • eric
          Posted January 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

          I’ve taken care of three sulfur-crested cockatoos in my life. All three were jerks – not just to other pets, but to each other. I guess I could’ve been unlucky, and I won’t speak for other parrot breeds, but I suspect that that species’ social instincts lean more on the aggressive/competitive end of the spectrum rather than the cooperative end.

          As for the others…dinosaurs be cheeky!

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted January 13, 2018 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

            I believe cockatoos crave attention from one living being or another – a cockatoo without a fellow [preferably cockatoo] to scream at night & day, who is happy to scream back, is a neurotic cockatoo. Lone cockatoo = depression.

            They’re naturally very loud buggers who love to destroy stuff – so yeah. For short – they’re Scousers in feathers 🙂

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 13, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Nice story about the cat and the girl. I wonder what if the cat in the manger had thought it a litter box.

  3. DryEraser
    Posted January 13, 2018 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    What happened to the baby Jesus? 😛

    • Posted January 13, 2018 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      He never existed in the first place…..

      • DryEraser
        Posted January 13, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        I don’t know that. I prefer the eating of the gods. again. 😛

  4. Posted January 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    This one was pure genius!! All the way through!

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted January 13, 2018 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      Yes! I thought today’s bunch fabulous as well!

      • Posted January 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

        Baby Jesus interloper 😂

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted January 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

          Yep! Perfick! (Assuming you remember David Jason in Darling Buds of May.)

          • Posted January 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

            I’ve never seen it: I only know the line as it appears in a sonnet 😂

            • Heather Hastie
              Posted January 13, 2018 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

              Should really have known that’s the bit you’d know. You’re not old enough to have seen the show.

              • Posted January 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

                Oh; but, I am old enough!!! 😂

              • Heather Hastie
                Posted January 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

                Just better preserved than me then. 🙂

              • Posted January 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

                Bahaha! Never!

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    The little girl Iris Grace Halmshaw produces WATERCOLOURS selling for up to £1,500 – I imagine she is helped along somewhat & I’m not sure she’s drawing inspiration from nature as various videos imply. The painting started at 3yo long before the kitty came on the scene – I’d love to observe her painting process to see what she’s engaging with when engrossed.

    The Maine Coon is very interesting – according to this good ARTICLE [sorry it’s the Daily Mail!] Thula as a kitten mimicked the movements/behaviour of the child, that is according to her mum Arabella Carter-Johnson. Do kittens do that?

  6. rickflick
    Posted January 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    What are cats for? Well, here we see they are to understudy for gods, keep parrots and such from getting bored, and being best friends with someone who needs one most.

  7. Posted January 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Cats think EVERYTHING is for THEM! 😀

  8. Dave
    Posted January 13, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Minor correction to last paragraph: Thula is the cat, Iris is the little girl. Wonderful story, though!

  9. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    That cat-and-bird video, about half the clips looked to me as if the cat and the parrot/cockatoo/whatever were playing with each other. The birds were stroking the cat (I never realised before how marvellously dextrous and almost-human-hand-like their claws are) and the cat at times seemed to be patting or stroking the bird too.

    (I’m particularly thinking of the cat and the sulphur-crested cockatoo at 1:30)


    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted January 14, 2018 at 2:12 am | Permalink

      And at 5:50 the bird was grooming the cat. (Looking for fleas? Do birds do that? Tick birds do, reputedly.)


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