Caturday felids: Les chats de Paris

The only live cats I saw during my eleven days in Paris were the residents of the Le Café des Chats, which, fortunately, was only about a ten-minute walk from my hotel. More about the cat cafe in a minute. First, here are some cat pictures taken in Paris and London by reader Winnie:

Cat napping on a motorcycle, Paris:

The Black Cat Cafe (not, of course, the 19th century Montmartre cabaret that inspired the famous Théophile Steinlen poster (see below):

Perhaps the most famous 19th century French poster, advertising a countrywide tour of the cabaret’s performers :

A black cat on top of the modern cafe’s awning:

Who knows what the jacket means, but the kitty is cool:

From London: Karl Lagerfeld’s cat shoes in Harrod’s, inspired by his famous cat Choupette, the world’s most pampered moggie:

My own photo of a Lagerfeld Choupette cat phone case:

A chat géant avec moi at Republique:

On a crystal store in the ritzy part of town: the symbol of the Yamamato Transport Company, Ltd., which will send your expensive Baccarat crystal back home. As Wikipedia notes:

The company’s logo is a yellow oval with a black mother cat carrying her kitten in her mouth, symbolizing the company’s promise that they take care of items entrusted to them as though the items were their own family.

An old book of cat stories on sale at one of the quai bookshops (the ones run out of green metal boxes). When I was a kid, they sold only old books and magazines; now they mostly sell geegaws and souvenirs:

A small poster:

An “ass cat”? What does this mean?

A random cat; not sure what it’s advertising but it has the Asian “lucky cat” pose:

And a visit to the Cafe des Chats, which, unlike most cat cafes, doesn’t charge admission. There are about half a dozen cats up for adoption, and the drink prices (they have alcohol!) were comparable to those in a regular cafe. Note that Monday is the “Day of Repose of the Cats”:

A quote from Victor Hugo on the door; surely your French is good enough to understand it. (If not, go here.)

Scenes of the cats and people. Most cats were sleeping, which is okay, as it’s fine just to look at them while having a beer or a citron pressé. This lad fell asleep while petting Salem (see below):

Gavroche:

Izmir:

And some of the the residents:

12 Comments

  1. Merilee
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Cat As Trophy

    • Brad
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      I interpreted it more as a play on the word “catastrophe” since while I certainly love them, cats sure can cause a lot of havoc and destruction.

      • Christopher
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

        Yeah, jacket guy stole my idea. I was going to name the next cat I care for Astrophe for similar reasons, assuming the name fit it’s personality. Likewise for the potential name Kerfluffle, a play on that lovely Brit word kerfuffle, for a fluffy cat with an attitude.

        • Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

          That’s a great cat name! I can imagine going to the pet shelter and saying to the attendant, “I’m looking for a cat worthy of the name, ‘Kerfluffle’.”

      • Merilee
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        Probably both interpretations apply😻

      • Posted May 21, 2018 at 7:43 am | Permalink

        I agree: I think it is play on “catastrophe” …

  2. Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    According to Urban Dictionary, a “catass” is:

    “Some one who plays a Online game and excludes everything else. Often used to describe when some one has a lot of time to spend in a online game.

    Came from a article in a newspaper on Everquest. The player they interviewed played so much Everquest he forgot to change his cats littler box, leading the reported to comment his house smelled like “a cats ass”.”

  3. Derek Freyberg
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    The ads for the moving company (Yamato Transport, not Yamamoto) all say, or used to say – I haven’t checked, “Kuroneko Yamato hikkoshi saabisu” (“Black cat Yamato moving service”). I suppose because a lot of their business is moving rather than package delivery.

  4. Tim Milburn
    Posted May 20, 2018 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    I think the “ass cat” sticker is just a pun on the insult “ass hat”.

  5. busterggi
    Posted May 20, 2018 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Never been but one of my favorite films from when I was a kid, seen 1st released, is Gay Purr-ee.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057093/?ref_=nv_sr_1

  6. drawingbusiness
    Posted May 21, 2018 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    As a long time motorcycle rider, I am compelled by the laws of physics to point out that it’s not a motorcycle in the first picture; it’s a scooter. #harrumph

  7. Andrea Kenner
    Posted May 21, 2018 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Meowvelous!


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