Caturday felid trifecta: Photos of cats on nip; Puffy the Hypnotist Cat; Londoners drank gin from a cat’s paw

Woman’s World features a piece on “The best cats on catnip photos that we’ve ever seen.” Here’s a few of the good ones with the site’s captions:

The first time this cat ever smelled catnip! (Photo Credit: Reddit/RrainLock)

 

Phew, alright! That’s enough catnip… for now. (Photo Credit: Reddit/sonderr)

 

Looks like this cat was happy to see a whole pound of delicious catnip! (Photo Credit: Reddit/microbionic)

 

And this is the reason this cat’s owners keep the catnip in a jar now! (Photo Credit: Reddit/dishie)

 

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In the mid 1940s, a cream-colored Persian cat named Puffy became quite popular, for he was said to hypnotize people with his unblinking stare.  This is from the Cinncinnati Enquirer on April 9, 1945:

Puffy, a cat that hypnotizes people, was named honorary President of the American Feline Society, Inc., today today and officially dubbed “King of All Cats.”

Citing the cream-colored Persian for devoting his “phenomenal psychic powers” to War Bond sales and entertaining wounded veterans, Robert Lothar Kendell, the society’s President, declared: “We truly believe you to be the greatest living feline, with powers never before possessed by a cat or, so far as we can learn, by any living creature other than a human being.”

Puffy, credited with putting more than 300 persons into a hypnotic trance with his huge, unblinking eyes, was all puffed up over the honor, reported his owner-assistant, Arthur Newman, “He’s autographing pictures with his paw print like crazy,” said Newman.

It was one night last fall that Puffy, then a kitten, first demonstrated his powers. “He was sitting on the end of a night club bar,” Newman recalls, his voice becoming hushed, “and a couple of girls came up to pet him. I didn’t pay much attention until one of the girls nudged me and whispered, “Look at my friend!’

“Well, sir, that girl was simply out on her feet. It wasn’t from drinking, either. I’m something of a hypnotist myself and I quickly realized that she was in a real hypnotic trance, brought on by Puffy’s staring into her eyes.”

Newman, who had bought Puffy in a pet shop for purposes of demonstrating that people should relax like cats, immediately started training him to stare even more fixedly, with such success that Puffy now can stare Newman down any time.

Thousands of servicemen in hospitals and canteens have seen Puffy perform. He stares into a subject’s eyes while Newman slowly counts out loud. In less than 10 seconds the subject closes his eyes, goes rigid or relaxed, and has to be awakened by Newman.

Skeptics to the contrary, Newman insists it’s Puffy and not himself that does the hypnotizing. “If that cat could only talk,” he says, “I’d quit working and just manage Puffy.”

People always feel better–headaches gone, and the like–after being hypnotized by Puffy, Newman says, because they have become relaxed in spite of themselves. Several have taken the pledge after watching Puffy do his act in a bar.

Besides hypnotizing people, Puffy entertained wounded WWII veterans and sold war bonds! What a great cat! Here he is putting a woman to sleep. Look at that stare!

The 10-month-old Persian cat owned by Arthur Newman of Jersey City, N.J., demonstrates her hypnotic powers, discovered by chance when a young lady fell into a trance after looking into the cat’s eyes while petting the animal. Puffy and Newman, a lecturer on relaxation and hypnosis, now give performances for servicemen. At a demonstration at the British Maritime Service Seamen’s Institute in New York, March 13, 1945, Alma Davies is succumbs to Puffy’s hypnotic eyes while Newman holds the animal. Miss Davies was out into a trance in about 20 seconds. (AP Photo)

Here’s Puffy selling war bonds!

Puffy Bares Paw in Bond Drive. New York. Puffy, famed mystic cat, perched at the bond booth in the Cafe Zanzibar tonight where he autographed his picture for bond purchasers as the Night Club 7th War Loan Drive got underway. Here, the king of all cats looks up at Ruth Rhind as she receives the bond she just purchased from Rose Horowitz. Puffy ‘sold’ over $50,000 in war bonds in his first two hours as bond salesman. Source here.

For his powers and services, Puffy was named King of All Cats:

My friend Miranda, who did much of the Puffy research, had this reaction:

Haha omg that is one of the best and funniest kitty things I’ve ever seen. Every bit of it is hilarious.

I mean, being a *hypnotist cat* is awesome enough, but Puffy doesn’t stop there. Oh no, hypnotic abilities are only the tip of Puffy’s glory:
1) He was “officially dubbed ‘King of All Cats’” (ALL CATS!!) *and* “the greatest living feline”. GREATEST CAT ALIVE!
2) He was patriotic as fuck and thoughtful too: he devoted “his ‘phenomenal psychic powers’ to War Bond sales and entertaining wounded veterans”. I mean, he basically hypnotized American humans into *funding the war*. I mean, hell, Puffy is, for all intents and purposes, responsible for the Allies’ victory in WWII. And he entertained wounded veterans, too. Basically, Puffy’s psychic hypnotic powers saved America. Fucking badass mofo. KING OF ALL CATS!
3) Puffy got all sorts of hot chick action, both feline and human. He was a pimp. All he had to do was look at hot chicks and they became his love slaves. He was clearly a Cat Sex God. I mean!! →
“It was one night last fall that Puffy, then a kitten, first demonstrated his powers. “He was sitting on the end of a night club bar,” Newman recalls, his voice becoming hushed, “and a couple of girls came up to pet him. I didn’t pay much attention until one of the girls nudged me and whispered, “Look at my friend!’
“Well, sir, that girl was simply out on her feet. It wasn’t from drinking, either. I’m something of a hypnotist myself and I quickly realized that she was in a real hypnotic trance, brought on by Puffy’s staring into her eyes.” “
4) And as if all that weren’t enough to prove he was indeed the God of All Cats, Puffy’s hypnotic stare also HEALED THE SICK. FUCK, HE WAS JESUS!  →
“People always feel better–headaches gone, and the like–after being hypnotized by Puffy, Newman says, because they have become relaxed in spite of themselves”
Omg Puffy haha this is the best thing ever! (^‿^)

I think Puffy glared at Dan Arel!

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Finally, from Londonist we learn of the world’s first vending machine, which dispensed illegal gin through a cat’s paw in London:

“The tale goes that a fairly devious chap called Captain Dudley Bradstreet, an illicit gin peddler, also had a sideline as an agent for the government informing on illegal gin producers. The nature of his business coupled with the fact that he was probably not the most well-liked man necessitated that he maintained a degree of anonymity, and he came up with an ingenious way of doing this.

“In his marvellously titled book, The Life and Uncommon Adventures of Captain Dudley Bradstreet, he explains how, when at a particularly low ebb, he spent his last £13 at the Langdale’s Distillery in Holborn, whom it was said produced the finest gin in London at the time; what he did next assured him a footnote in gins history:

I . . . purchased in Moorfields the sign of a cat and had it nailed to a street window. I then caused a leaden pipe, the small end out about an inch, to be placed under the paw of the cat, the end that was within had a funnel to it … When the liquor was properly disposed, I got a person to inform a few of the mob that gin would be sold by the cat at my window next day, provided they put money in his mouth . . . at last I heard the chink of money and a comfortable voice say, ‘Puss, give me two pennyworth of gin!’ I instantly put my mouth to the tube and bid them receive it from the pipe under her paw.

“Bradstreet had unwittingly created one of the earliest vending machines – for the distribution of illegal gin. Ingenious. An innovation that was soon copied across the capital. People would stand outside houses, call ‘puss’ and when the voice within said ‘mew’ they would know that they could buy bootleg gin inside. Very soon Old Tom became an affectionate nickname for gin.”

h/t: Tom, Will

13 Comments

  1. Serendipitydawg
    Posted March 10, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    We learned the catnip lesson many years ago after the entire box was spread all over the kitchen floor 🙂

  2. busterggi
    Posted March 10, 2018 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Puffy – the original X-Cat.

  3. BJ
    Posted March 10, 2018 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    We won the war because we depended on a feline, while the leader of the Axis Powers gave his affections to canines. The ancient argument of cats versus dogs has been irrefragably decided in favor of the graceful killing machines. Dogs can suck it.

    • Doug
      Posted March 10, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Yeah, but we had Fala!

    • Doug
      Posted March 10, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Yeah, but we had Fala!

    • Doug
      Posted March 10, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Yeah, but we had Fala!

  4. loren russell
    Posted March 10, 2018 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    It’s noteworthy that ‘Puffy’ has almost no resemblance to present-day pedigreed Persians. Just moderately long-hair, no squished-in face. As in just about all show breeds, there’s run-away selection to emphasize any breed characteristic to the point of absurdity, and too often to the detriment of the animal’s health.

    • Josh Lincoln
      Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      Tread cautiously, pcc is not fond of dissing cat breeders (the only people who can make dog breeders seem sane).

  5. revelator60
    Posted March 10, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Back when Persians looked like actual cats.
    Or perhaps Puffy was really an Angora?

  6. Posted March 10, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I hypothesize that perhaps Puffy the hypnotist cat had cataracts.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      My blind cat stares at people and things a lot.

  7. j a higginbotham
    Posted March 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Bradstreet’s book:
    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b756686;view=1up;seq=49

  8. Posted March 10, 2018 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Let’s hear it for thoee hypnotist cats.


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