Caturday felids: stretchy cats, funny cat tweets, a cat that opens doors

Go to this site, “Stretchy cats are on display for this Japanese meme“, to see the latest fad in Japan: stretching one’s cat. Here are a few examples from many (I wouldn’t necessarily try this at home:

and a self-stretching cat with lovely markings:


BuzzFeed has an article called “25 tweets that prove cats are a) hilarious and b) the best“. I agree on both counts. Here are a few of the 25.

I think I’ve posted this one before, so sue me:


A door-opening cat (a dog couldn’t do this!):

h/t: Michael, Snowy Owl, Michael B.


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    The cat opening doors is very good. It use to be you would say this door would be in Europe not in the U.S. However, today you do see some doors with handles or levers here.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 7, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      I would have thought handles versus knobs would be a function of the grip of the residents, not a nationality thing. Not that I’d use a door with latches instead of spring clips anyway, except on a lockable door.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted April 7, 2018 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

        I much prefer handles.

        When I was a student, taking a “practical” class in machining, in which one got one’s hands oily, the only place to wash up was in the mens room, which had a big and extremely stiff brass doorknob. Try turning that with oily hands!

        Some architect or building maintenance manager should have been shot for that.


        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted April 10, 2018 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

          Now that I think of it, I can’t think of a single (room) door anywhere on any boat which had a knob instead of a handle. Then again, every door also had a kick-out panel so you could escape in the event of the structure warping sufficiently to jam the door in it’s frame.

  2. Posted April 7, 2018 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    We had a cat when I was a kid that could open a door that had a round doorknob. The door fit loosely so it wasn’t too difficult, but still pretty impressive. No container of water in front of the door though.

  3. Merilee
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 10:03 am | Permalink


  4. Posted April 7, 2018 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Very clever of the cat to open the door, but we have two dogs who can do the same. Please don’t generalize.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 7, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      Obviously the d*gs had been trained by cats.

  5. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I love Eli McKenzie’s cat. Cats’ brains are just… strange.


  6. marvol19
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Is it me or do most of these Japanese cats look like the same breed? If so, why?

    I used to stretch my cat in a similar fashion. Not a bother to her.

    • Merilee
      Posted April 8, 2018 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      My kitties have all loved to be stretched. I hold them under their arms, though, and lift them up. They put a lot into it.

  7. Posted April 8, 2018 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I had a cat who opened handle & latch doors. My parents lived a few houses down the street. She’d walk down and let herself in the front door. The maids called the police one day cuz they thought there was a burglar.

    One day I caught her trying to turn a knob.

    She also used to ‘answer’ the phone by knocking the receiver off the hook.

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