Caturday felids: Best of cat photos; Bessie Bamber, cat artist; and our own cat artist

We’re back again with the Caturday felids, though I’m not sure how many people want this feature to remain. Weigh in below if you do.

First up is an article from BoredPanda with a compendium of funny cat photos. There are at least fifty, but I’ll show six; go see the rest as they’re all good.

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The Great Cat, an inexhaustible source of feline art, has an article about Bessie Bamber (1870-?), one of the most famous cat painters of our era (of course who knows cat painters?). Here’s what they say about her and some photos of her paintings:

Would you pay thousands of pounds for one of these?

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Speaking of cat paintings, we have a better one from a reader. Greg Geisler sent what he describes this way:

The cat was a friend’s beloved pet. She was very upset at his passing so I made this portrait for her. His name was Able. The portrait is woodburning and mixed media on reclaimed wood.

h/t: Tom, Su, Michael

69 Comments

  1. Art Rigby
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Leave Caturday felids as a regular post.

    • David Coxill
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      OR ELSE!!

    • danfromm
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      Agree.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      The internet has a well known dearth of cats. Plz don’t remove this feature!

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted January 26, 2019 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

        “Feature” as in weekly post, that is.

    • Posted January 27, 2019 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      + 1

  2. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Caturday Felids is something I look forward to all week. Please don’t drop it.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Same here! I love this weekly respite from the real world.

      Don’t judge a posts popularity by clicks. Comments ups the clicks a lot and often there’s not that much to say on Caturday posts apart from how cute/funny/gorgeous/sweet/etc the cats are. Often I don’t say it because everyone has already said what I feel many times so only one click is registered from me. Perhaps I’ll make a point of clicking on the post multiple times and if others do the same, it will get the numbers up.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I would not want to say you are obligated to continue with Caturday but you should continue to cover cats at the site from time to time. Cats are a main function here just like science or religion so it is kind of foundation.

    • Blue
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      T r u e this, Randall / Boss.

      With m’weekend java, I gotta.gotta. wakey me up
      to thus of W E I T’s Felidae !

      And I am so grateful and awed, Dr Coyne, that
      a Saturday has not, within a decade’s time !
      been missed ! W o w Z a h ! That is MIGHTY COOL !

      Blue

  4. JezGrove
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I’d be very happy to see Caturday Felids continue. Very impressed by Greg Geisler’s portrait of Abel (RIP).

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Ditto to that, nice style!

  5. BJ
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I may not always comment on this feature, but I read it every time and it brings me a lot of joy! I always look forward to this post.

    • BJ
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      Plus, I feel like your website wouldn’t be the same without a weekly post that’s exclusively about cats 🙂 If you’re asking whether we think you should continue with these posts, my answer is an emphatic “YES!”; but if you don’t feel like doing them anymore, that’s a different story, and I would understand if you stopped. Cat posts should bring you, our fine host, as much joy as they bring me.

      • MarkMyWords
        Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:47 am | Permalink

        Amen!!!

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:25 am | Permalink

        +1

        • Claudia Baker
          Posted January 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

          +2

          • BJ
            Posted January 26, 2019 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

            +3 +5 +8 +13 +21?

      • Terry Sheldon
        Posted January 27, 2019 at 6:09 am | Permalink

        What BJ said!

  6. Linda Calhoun
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    I look forward to this all week.

    Plus, I would like to see a weekly duck feature as well, maybe not on Saturday, but some other day.

    L

  7. Serendipitydawg
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    George would take it as an insult to felidkind if Caturday felids were to cease (I am paraphrasing here, no-one would thank me for posting that kind of language).

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      “You think a cat can swear. Well, a cat can…” – Mark Twain.

      • Serendipitydawg
        Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        Damn straight!

  8. mfdempsey1946
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    The Caturday posts are welcome weekly landmarks for me. It is always a pleasure to see how many different, often crazy things that cats can get up to.

  9. rickflick
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Me loves me cats.

  10. Janet
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Generates lots of smiles. Very worthwhile, that.

  11. Dee
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I love Caturday felids!

  12. eliz20108
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Oh, I love the cats. Every morning I dash to my computer to see the cats.

  13. Ruthann L. Richards
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    PLEASE, please, please: continue Caturday! I look forward to it all week. Those of us who love cats would really miss it.

  14. Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Two thumbs up for Caturday Felids! I hope they stay.

  15. notsecurelyanchored
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I like the cat art, and wouldn’t be averse to a weekly duck feature when your ducks aren’t in residence. Of course we expect daily updates on Honey when she’s there.

  16. Andy Lowry
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Caturday is my only reason for living. Well, okay, not really, but I’d miss it if it were gone.

    When there’s a link to something really outstanding or unexpected, I share it with various friends who like that sort of thing. Thus, your efforts are appreciated by more people than you might actually see commenting here.

  17. daylesworth
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Reading Caturday felids is the best part of my Saturday morning coffee shop ritual, so I hope it continues (and thank you!)

  18. Peter
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Caturday Felids on Caturday, that makes the weekend. And Hili daily, first thing.

  19. Greg Geisler
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Yes, please keep Caturday Felids. It’s a great way to cleanse the palate after a week of news like this past one. Thank you for including my portrait. ;^)

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Great portrait it is too 🙂

  20. Carl S
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Please continue this feature.

  21. Christopher
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I enjoy the weekly dose of kitties and would miss it if it were to go the way of the Smilodon. These posts were undoubtedly a contributing factor in taking in a rescue cat my son had bonded with (my ex fosters them), so these posts have increased my happiness levels immensely. Of course they’ve also increased the amount of hair on my floor, bedspread, clothing, food…win some/lose some.

  22. Robin Branch
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    We love Caterday Felids.

  23. Ken Phelps
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Please continue. Can’t speak for others, but comment-wise I think they are a “Res ipsa loquitur” kind of thing, but much appreciated.

  24. Maria Davis
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Please keep this feature! brings so much joy!! 🙂

  25. Stan Robins
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Here is my vote to keep Caturday Felids. I try never to miss it.

  26. Otternaut
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Until I get my own kitty, please continue it

  27. Frank Bath
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t buy a Bessie Bamber cat picture, not for £1.

    • David Coxill
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      I must need stronger glasses .I thought the caption with the cats on the See Saw was ,
      “Three Kittens on a Teetotaller”

  28. Jenny Haniver
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I do the same sort of sharing with friends that reader Andy Laury does.

    Even though there are numerous posts about cats throughout the week, Caturday Felids is special, and I look forward to it, even though I don’t post comments very often. One reason is because I run out of descriptors of my responses – Wow! Very cool! What on earth! Fabulous! Crazy! Wild and crazy! Far out! Funny! Interesting! Love it! Terribly sad. Moving. Touching… Sometimes I just like to savor the item, and I’d spend more time trying to think up fresh responses that I spend reading the post.

    I wonder if other readers have a similar problem, because everybody seems to love Caturday Felids, yet it is true that few people respond. Please don’t take the paucity of responses as an indication that your readers aren’t interested.

    • BJ
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      “One reason is because I run out of descriptors of my responses – Wow! Very cool! What on earth! Fabulous! Crazy! Wild and crazy! Far out! Funny! Interesting! Love it! Terribly sad. Moving. Touching…”

      Haha. Exactly this. I usually don’t have much more to say, but those are my general reactions and I’ve started to feel silly posting them at this point.

  29. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I don’t know how many emails you get a week with titles amounting to “something for Caturday”, but you never seem to have to post reminders about “the tank running low” in the way you do about Readers Wildlife Photos/ Videos. It has become an institution, and you’re doomed to continue it.
    Would I pay large valuta for a Bessy Bamber? No. But I know people who would. However the “Two Kittens and Spilled Ink” is missing a sub-title – “It was da Puppez that Did It, not Uz, We Iz Innuzent!”

  30. Derek Freyberg
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Please keep Caturday felids.
    I read almost all your posts, but never miss a “Caturday felids”.

  31. Marina
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Cats on Saturday, WE LOVE THEM

  32. Laurance
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Caturday! Yes!

  33. Charlie
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    We love the caturday felids! I look forward to them each week. It would be sad if they were to go, but if compiling them is becoming a burden, then you should do what you need to do.

  34. Don
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I am in the “only if you enjoy it too” camp.

  35. Jay
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    +1 for continuing Caturday Felid Trifecta. I look forward to the feature every week, and often send links to the feature to friends and family.

  36. darrelle
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Jerry,

    I know you’ve got plenty of things to do but our entire family would appreciate it if you are able to continue with the Caturday Felids feature articles. At least once a week we all sit down in our living room (55″ HD monitor) and together go through all of the weeks Hili Dialogues and the Caturday Felids. Sometimes even Coco Chanel herself deigns to watch with us.

  37. Posted January 26, 2019 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea about making a fake laptop so that my cat stops fucking with me, but suspect she is too smart to fall for it!

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      If you could somehow keep it just a tad warm, that might fool her.

    • BJ
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      My cat would never go for it because he only wants to sit on my computer when I’m using it. It’s not that he wants to sit on the computer, but that he wants to stop me from using it and pay attention to him. Same with newspapers/magazines. He’ll pull down my magazine with his paw if I’m not petting him when he wants.

      Such is the life of a servant. Very rarely do we have time for ourselves. I imagine the unspoken conversation we’re having is something like the first 30 seconds of this:

  38. Posted January 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Caturday posts are what led me to this site in the beginning, and what I use to try to recruit followers to your other posts!

    Professor Ceiling Cat, be praised! Let his good works continue!

  39. Posted January 26, 2019 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I love Caturday Felids, as well as Hili every day. But only if it’s pleasant and not too much trouble to post them.

  40. Debbie Coplan
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    I love Saturday posts. I hope you don’t stop doing them.

  41. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    On weekdays, Hili is the first thing that I read while ingesting my morning caffeine, but on Sunday (it’s the dateline thing) my first read is the Felid Trifecta. Please do keep it! As for Bessie’s kittens, they are a bit too twee for my taste, but Abel is wonderful. (Did he have a brother called Cain?)

  42. Jenny Hoffman
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Nuff said, really, but . . . please, please keep!

  43. Cheryl S
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Please don’t cancel caterday! It’s how I found you, and now I actually learn about science. Yay science!

  44. Elizabeth Belyavin
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    … and another – please please keep.

  45. Maryann Schulz
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    ‘Precious’…must have its…please don’t take away ‘Precious’…Caturday.

  46. Posted January 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Yip. I love Caturday posts.

  47. Andrea Kenner
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Please keep doing the Caturday felids. I love them!

  48. Reggie Cormack
    Posted January 28, 2019 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Not having a cat in residence at the moment I would sorely miss Caturday Felids. I appreciate it must be extra work for you, PCC(E), but I think cats around the world would probably take a pretty dim view if this section of WEIT ceased.


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