Caturday felid trifecta: Cativity scenes, lost cat reunited with staff after 5 years, family dog locates lost cat under floorboards two months after a fire

Welcome to the Caturday felids, Hawaii edition. (Note: there’s nothing especially Hawaiian about this except it’s being written on Oahu. I do have a photo of a Hawaiian cat at the end, though.)

Although it’s a bit late, here’s some photos from i iz cat showing “25 times cats hilariously crashed Nativity scenes.” (I hate it when they tell us how we’re supposed to react, and I think the “hilariously crashed” phrased is awkward if not wrong. The cats were not themselves hilarious when they crashed the scenes, so why the adverb?)

Nativity scenes have baskets or cradles for the baby Jesus, of course, and if the scene is large enough cats find those baskets good for a nap.

This cat is SQUASHING baby Jesus:

Sometimes they’re there to join in the worship:

And sometimes they’re just curious:

There are 20 other photos at the site.


Here’s a BBC story from the last day of 2018 (click on screenshot):

The cat, Roxy, took off five years ago:

Roxy, seven, escaped during a visit to the vets in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire in 2013.

Owner Vicky Stokes, 35, scoured the streets searching for her and put up posters of the beloved tabby, all to no avail.

A poster from 2013:

But. . . the cat came back!

But after a bedraggled Roxy started hanging around in Amy Ward’s garden recently, she took her in.

Miss Ward said: “She looked really thin and obviously had fleas so we started feeding her and even called out the RSPCA to try and catch her but she freaked out.

“I even tried to put her in a box but she nearly tore me to pieces so we just started feeding her closer and closer to the house.”

Gradually Miss Ward won Roxy’s trust and she started coming inside and was able to give her several flea treatments and then entice her into a box.

She unknowingly took the cat back to the very same vets she had disappeared from and as she was microchipped they were able to trace her owner.

Moral: always microchip your cat. Now I don’t know where Roxy went for five years, nor does anyone else, but it looks as if she was on her own outdoors that whole time.

Ms. Stokes is elated, and there’s only one fly in the ointment:

Roxy is currently enjoying pride of place on her owners’ bed, much to the disgust of her replacement Harley, Mrs Stokes said.

She added: “Things have changed a bit since she was last here so we now have three cats in total and two kids and we live in a different house but hopefully she will settle in in no time.”

Let us hope. And here’s the returned Roxy, looking just as she did five years ago:


Finally, another heartwarming ending, if you’ll excuse the pun, from The Epoch Times, a Chinese-news-oriented paper printed in America:

In March 2017, a family who lost their house in a fire was fortunate that their dog, Chloe, had been rescued by firemen. However, their cat, Ringer, was nowhere to be found, presumably dead in the fire. It may have looked bleak, but that was not the end of their beloved cat.

When this Michigan family saw their house go up in flames, their cat, Ringer, disappeared along with it. “Looking for that cat, we picked up furniture, looked around beds, looked in every nook and cranny for that cat,” said Fire Chief Ronald Wise.

The dog had been rescued by firefighters that gave her oxygen:

When the Marr family revisited the burnt-out shell eight weeks later in South Haven, Michigan, they had the shock of their lives.

Chloe was with them, and she suddenly began digging and sniffing in one spot. They then heard the faint cry of a cat. They managed to lure the cat out from under the floorboards with some food, and were shocked to discover it was their lost cat, Ringer.

Ringer’s owner, Christine Marr, told Fox 17 News: “This cat’s a miracle. This cat has been in this area for two months with no food or water. And Chloe just found him down in this hole. We’re assuming he was eating bugs and spiders and stuff under there.”

It had been hanging around there for two whole months, and had lost half its weight due to malnourishment.

Two months! But I’m sure the cat it must have had a source of water, as I don’t think cats can live nearly that long without water.  At any rate, the cat went to the vets for IV fluids and a bit of care, and the owners are elated. And I’ll admit that, yes, a dog saved the life of a cat:

There’s also a video at the site.


Lagniappe: Here’s the Persian Pi, my BFF in Hawaii. As I said, Pi was a rescue cat who was once used for breeding but was discarded because he didn’t produce the right quality of kitten. He looked pissed off all the time, but is a sweetheart, affectionate and very fluffy. He needs daily brushing but gets it. And his amber eyes are gorgeous.

And my other felid friend: Loki, a big bruiser who’s very friendly and fluffy:

h/t: William, Kevin, Tom


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Always like those good endings. Five years is kind of crazy.

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted January 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      I agree. I also like a happy ending, hence the email to PCCe – I knew it would warm his cockles (if cockles are present in Hawaii) 🙂

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    “Crashing the crèche” would have a nice alliterative ring to it, I think.

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  4. rickflick
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    At first I was a bit puzzled by the fire fighters rescuing the dog. How would an oxygen mask work on a dog’s long snout? Then it occurred to me that fire fighters probably do this routinely:

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 5, 2019 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t follow the link, but as a “field expedient” I’d detach the oxygen bleed line (knife in pocket?) from the mask and shove it into the dog’s mouth, taped in place. By the time the dog has energy to paw it away, the oxygen is probably no longer necessary.

      • rickflick
        Posted January 5, 2019 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

        That would probably work too.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 6, 2019 at 8:52 am | Permalink

          “Field expedient” is a useful thing to have in your mental toolbox. All the DHL in the world can’t get you a flange sprocket in an hour, if you’re 5 hours drive from an airport. (But you do need to know your equipment, and preferably have a devious field worker in at the design stage.)

          • rickflick
            Posted January 6, 2019 at 10:12 am | Permalink

            I thoroughly agree. A mark of an useful person is one who can improvise under pressure and make use of tools and other object in unusual and creative ways.
            One trick I learned from my MD sister-in-law – for an emergency tracheotomy use a ball point pen(the tubular plastic casing) to penetrate the wind pipe to provide an airway of a victim with a blocked throat. Clever huh?
            Another one – if you’re choking an there’s no one to administer the Heimlich Maneuver, fall on the back of a sofa impacting on your solar plexus.

    • Diane G
      Posted January 6, 2019 at 12:38 am | Permalink

      I love the way fire fighters look out for the pets, too.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted January 6, 2019 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        If you don’t know how many people are in the property, you have to search comprehensively. Most domestic properties – most hotels for that matter – don’t keep a 100% precise record of how many people are there, so you search comprehensively.
        It’s part of your standard fire-training at work, if your work is hours to days from the fire department arriving.

        • Diane G
          Posted January 7, 2019 at 1:45 am | Permalink

          Big motels–not to mention office buildings–must be hell to search.

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted January 8, 2019 at 9:23 am | Permalink

            That is why the credible bomb threat is such a potent weapon.
            Of course, you do need that credibility.

            • Diane G
              Posted January 8, 2019 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

              I learn a lot from you…and I hope most of it never comes in handy.


              • gravelinspector-Aidan
                Posted January 13, 2019 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

                So, one day we were doing a “security exercise” on the rig. Would have been the late-90s. In theory, someone phoned the press saying there was a bomb on one of the installations, and the police ordered the platform staff to find and remove the bomb. In practice, the OIM made a “bomb” out of an alarm clock, some bits of bright red tubing and some wires – see Coyote-Roadrunner documentaries for the plans – and left it on a walk-way somewhere in daylight. Unsurprisingly, it was “found” about 30 seconds after the exercise was started. And everyone went to lunch.
                At lunch I was laughing at the stupidity of the exercise with the drilling engineers and said “with that much `bang’, I’d drop the package down between the compressors and the combustion chambers of the RB-211s so that both engines would ingest their own shrapnel and go RUD. Requiring deconstruction of half the production train to get to them and replace them.” (We didn’t use the term RUD then, but we knew the concept.) Which would have worked, would have shut down something like 5% of the country’s economy for 6 months to a year.
                And then I discovered the the OIM (Offshore Installation Manager), whose “bomb threat” project had just been a “resounding success” was sitting at the seat behind me.
                Not a happy bunny. Damned all he could do – he had more political brains than Trump – but he knew he was selling someone “upstairs” policy and was sitting there butt-naked in public.
                Oddly, the drill with the Special Forces to re-take the installation from “terrorist hijackers” got cancelled shortly afterwards. Probably just as well, these things don’t normally end well if it comes to gunfire.

  5. Jenny Haniver
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    What male of any species wouldn’t look pissed off if his sperm were declared substandard?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 6, 2019 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      One who had had a vasectomy, to whom the answer was literally irrelevant.

  6. BJ
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    These posts make me so happy.

  7. maryplumbago
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Sweet stories. I love cats!

  8. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Jeebus Kat winz! Alwayz!

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