Caturday felid trifecta: Cats in slow motion, music-loving cats, and a tiny cat tent

Note well that as you read this, Professor Ceiling Cat—known in France as Monsieur le Professeur Chat-au-Plafond—is overseas but has thoughtfully prepared a Caturday felid post in advance. I hate to miss one!

First, from a My Modern Met article on how to draw your cat (something that medieval artists never mastered), comes a videos showing these lithe and gorgeous animals in slow motion:

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And a tweet from reader Aidan, calling attention to the cat + music video below. Those kittens love music!

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And the site Apartment Therapy has an article about CAT TENTS, which you can buy from Cat Camp. The details?

The company designed their tents with the highest quality materials, to make it look like a real-sized tent.

We designed Cat Camp with a focus on making your cats new hideout look just like a real tent. Modeled on the mini display tents found at outdoors shops. We use extra durable materials to withstand your cat’s scratches, tugs and meows.

The Cat Camp tent is 21.5″ wide x 21.5″ long x 14.0″ tall. So, if you have a cat that is on the heftier side, they’ll still comfortably fit inside. Not that the size of the tent would ever stop them from climbing inside. As every cat lover knows, a feline’s motto is “if I fits, I sits.” The front of the tent has an entrance that zips closed. Inside the tent is a microfiber fleece pad that is perfect for lounging on. It even comes with a durable heavy-weather cover.

It pitches easily, and can be used as a cat shelter inside or outside if you want a cat who goes outdoors to have a place go to in inclement weather. It even has a rain fly and a mattress pad!

Et voilà!

The price? $59.95, and you can order them here. They come in orange, red, or blue.

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Lagniappe from Roo: a lovely Turkish Van cat with sectoral heterochromia:

 

 

h/t: Michael, Tom

23 Comments

  1. Merilee
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    🐾🐾

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I might get a cat just to get that tent.

  3. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    beautiful slow motion pictures.
    thaqtcat tent I consider over the top. I’m sure most cats would prefer a carton box.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted November 3, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      And what better feline to illustrate that indisputable fact than the inimitable Maru — in a new video,”Maru is Sleeping in the Box” but this time the box is only on his head, or rather, around his neck. But it’s box enough for Maru to be content.

    • enl
      Posted November 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      Strangely enough, many cats prefer the tent. Mine does. I don’t know why, given that as a kitten and “teen”, he preferred a box to a paper sack to anything else, but now it is the tent.

      Go figure.

  4. rickflick
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I like the slow-mo cats. A nice way to study athleticism.

  5. BJ
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    That first video was absolutely beautiful and another fascinating reminder of the seemingly impossible balance cats possess.

    Seeing the cat play with the feather toy reminded me of a question I have and am hoping some people here might be able to answer: my cat doesn’t play. He has shown zero interest in every toy I’ve ever bought, aside from a ball he played with for a few days (he wouldn’t chase it when I would throw or roll it; he’d just occasionally stand over it, fall to his side, and throw it around between his paws for a few seconds). I’ve tried everything, from catnip-infused mice, to feathers and other materials on strings, to motorized toys.

    He’s lived with me for years and is in great shape (not at all overweight) and, like all cats, has his moments every day where he bonks out and goes running up and down the hallways and stairs for a minute or two, but he gets no exercise beyond that.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for how to stimulate him and/or get him to play with something? I have a feeling that he’s a bit too smart to be fooled into thinking toys are some sort of prey. He’ll often look at a toy for a moment and then turn away in disinterest, even if it comes out rolling from behind a wall. I just want him to be more active and have some fun! He clearly has energy, but he seemingly has no interest in playing with anything. I’m hoping that it’s just the matter of finding the right toy and proper usage of it.

    • BJ
      Posted November 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Oh, and he is receptive to catnip. He used to love when I’d give him some cat weed, but one day he suddenly lost interest and never regained it. I know he has the “catnip gene,” since it used to get him high for a few minutes, but eventually he just stopped. Maybe he started clandestinely going to CA (Catnip Anonymous) meetings when I’m out of the house. Or maybe he just got tired of pot and wants to try something stronger.

    • enl
      Posted November 3, 2018 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Some cats don’t like that kind of play. My guy likes only one toy, and he found it himself in the first place: plastic milk jug cap tear off strips. Not even the red dot will get his attention (he sees it, then looks at me as if he is humoring me, gives a single tap, then walks away…..)

      The milk jug strip, though…. jiggle it a little, and he is all over it. Toss it and he will do a 1m leap from stationary to grab it with a meathook.

      • BJ
        Posted November 3, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

        he will occasionally bat around a small, slippery piece of plastic that glides well across the floor when he smacks it. The trouble is, these things are usually small enough that I’m worried he’ll pick them up in his mouth and swallow them (not that he’s ever shown any such inclination before). Anyway, even when this happens, he tends to lose interest in 30 to 60 seconds.

        • Merilee
          Posted November 3, 2018 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

          What about a ball of wadded up aluminum foil?

          • BJ
            Posted November 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

            Nope 😦 I’ve felt for years that my cat is intentionally disinterested in anything I do.

            When he wants treats, he sits by the kitchen cabinet in which he knows I keep them. When I open it up and grab the bag, he turns around and walks ten feet away just so I have to bring them to him. And about 1/3 of the time he’ll just walk away from the treats, as if to say, “I can make you do anything.”

            My cat’s a real dick.

            • rickflick
              Posted November 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

              Sounds to me like he’s over fed. Try ignoring him for a day and the following morning suggest you just might be interested in feeding him IF he’s attentive enough.

              • BJ
                Posted November 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

                haha he’s definitely not overfed. He asks for treats once or twice a day (some days he doesn’t want them at all). I give him a small can of wet food in the morning and leave his other bowl full of dry food all day, of which he eats maybe a third. He doesn’t eat much.

              • rickflick
                Posted November 3, 2018 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

                I think your cat needs a new friend. Visit your local shelter and bring home a little buddy to give your cat something…someone new to get to know. If he’s not a people person, he might be a cat person. 😎

              • BJ
                Posted November 3, 2018 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

                I truly wish I could! That’s what I would like most. He actually does like people, and he’s very affectionate…for about 30 to 60 minutes a day. The rest of the time, he doesn’t like being bothered.

                I’d love to get him a friend, but circumstances don’t currently allow it. I’d also be concerned that he wouldn’t get along with another cat, as he tends to be easily annoyed and likes to be alone most of the time. But any time there’s company, he walks around and is usually in the room; he just doesn’t like anyone trying to pet him or sit with him. He has one of the most unique personalities I’ve encountered in a cat.

            • rickflick
              Posted November 4, 2018 at 8:35 am | Permalink

              Remember – let Reagan be Reagan?

              • BJ
                Posted November 4, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

                Before my time, but I see your point 😛 Thanks for trying to help out, rickflick.

  6. Posted November 5, 2018 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    I wish I could catch Hillary Rotten Kitten in slow motion trying to take off from the kitchen floor. When she tries to suddenly go full speed on the tiled floor, she looks like she’s on a treadmill. Her furry paws do not find purchase until the 4th attempt.

    • rickflick
      Posted November 5, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      I shouldn’t be too hard. If you find the right stimulation to elicit the behavior. Set camera on tripod in well lighted area of the floor. Catch Hillary’s attention with a toy and fling it suddenly across the room. It’s worth a try.

  7. Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    How does that last cat’s eyes happen? Is it similar to the mosaic (four coned) humans?


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