Caturday felid trifecta: “Turnstile cat” up for adoption; cat unlocks door for staff; Amsterdam cat art museum (and lagniappe)

You may have seen this viral video of a chill cat at a train station, languidly watching the passengers as it lay atop a turnstile:

“Who is this cat?”, I wondered, Now we find out from the Jerusalem Post that her name is Mitzi (nearly 100% of calicos are female), she was at the Petah Tikva train station, and she’s up for adoption. As the paper reports:

Calico cat Mitzi, who became famous earlier this month when she was filmed by Israeli advertising executive Dan Kashani greeting passengers at the Petah Tikva train station as they passed through the turnstile, is now looking for a new home.

The cat has been living in the Petah Tikva station, but according to the Hebrew internet site Mako, the station is set to undergo a major renovation. Railway execs are worried construction could disturb the famous feline’s habitat. As such, Mitzi will soon be out of a home.

Israel Railways has launched a nationwide campaign to find her a family.

“It’s very hard for the station’s staff to part with the beloved cat,” station manager Eliyahu Yifrach told Mako.

If you’re in Israel and want to adopt Mitzi, send an email to  But I suspect she’ll be taken by the time you read this!



This story is, of course, from the Dodo.

Boko, a rescued stray, found a sweet way to return the favor.

Last year, college student Gabby Tropea took in the lonely tabby cat after finding him living as a stray on her campus in Texas. Since then, the two of them have been inseparable.

But recently, a mishap at home threatened the connected-at-the-hip thing Boko and Tropea have going.

The other day, Tropea left Boko at home for a moment so she could walk her sister Isabelle to school. What Tropea didn’t realize, as she stepped out the door without her keys, was that her sister had set the door to lock behind her.

Upon returning, Tropea realized she was unable to get back inside. She wasn’t the only one concerned.

“I got to the front door and Boko could hear me trying to get in,” Tropea told The Dodo. “He started crying and scratching at the door.”

. . .“I went to the back patio and he saw me waiting there,” Tropea said. The patio door was secured with a stick to prevent it from being opened. It was no problem for the clever cat.

“He was so proud of himself when I got in and I gave him a couple treats,” Tropea said. “He was all clingy and snuggly after that for a good while.”



I’ll be heading for Amsterdam in a few weeks for 6 days of R&R before I head up to Brussels and Louvain, where I’ll be giving two talks (the public one is here). I hope that when I’m in Amsterdam, besides revisiting the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and having a rijstafel, I’ll be able to make it to the Amsterdam Cat Museum, or the KattenKabinet (Cat Cabinet). It’s a museum dedicated to cats in art, and although it may not have the allure of the Van Gogh Museum, it will surely be worth seeing.

The BBC has a piece on it:

Bob Meijer founded Amsterdam’s KattenKabinet (Cat Cabinet) in memory of his beloved pet John Pierpont Morgan, which he owned as a student. The museum features depictions of cats in film, posters, photography, sculptures and music. It’s also home to two young cats, who are popular with the visitors.

“The character of artists and cats are very close to each other because a cat is a very independent creature, he doesn’t listen to his master. An artist is also very independent, and that is why most artists love cats and not dogs,” says Meijer.

It is true, I think, that artists favor cats over dogs. But that aside, here’s a video made by two women about their visit to the KattenKabinet.


Lagniappe: a poor fat moggie tries his best to get into a chair. He makes it!

h/t: Su, j.j., Malgorzata


  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I’ll be heading for Amsterdam in a few weeks for 6 days of R&R before I head up to Brussels and Louvain …

    Sounds like it could be a lyric from the Cracker song “Eurotrash Girl”:

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted March 2, 2019 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      Cool song.

      “I searched the world over
      For a Eurotrash girl”

      I do like the visual pun that all the European placenames mentioned happen to be in the US of A. As do, I’m sure, the Sphinx and the pyramid (Vegas?) and probably the Easter Island stone head.


  2. merilee
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Why did noone pet the turnstile kitty?

    • Posted March 2, 2019 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      One guy did at the beginning. I’m guessing these people pass through every day and have probably given the cat a pat at some point. Also many were frustrated that the balky card reader. Still, I would have pet the kitty.

      • David Coxill
        Posted March 2, 2019 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

        A couple of people did smile at her ,and at the end a lady did stoke her with her travel card .

        • merilee
          Posted March 2, 2019 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

          Pretty feeble pets, imho😼

    • Tom
      Posted March 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      I’m still so triggered by that too. What’s wrong with people?

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted March 2, 2019 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

      That was an extremely slow card reader. I’m sure the ones I’ve encountered have all been faster than that to recognise cards. (Quite aside from the girl in purple whose card wasn’t working).

      The ones in Auckland, I sometimes made a point of walking towards them at normal speed, card held out ahead to the reader, and the gates have always slid aside before I bounced off them.


  3. Posted March 2, 2019 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    The fat cat stuck in the chair reminded me of an incident early in our Brio’s life. He was playing on a chair, put his head between the slats on its back. In his attempts to free himself, he fell off the chair, thereby hanging himself by only his head. Luckily, we were nearby and could respond to his shrieks. No damage done other than feline embarrassment.

    • Posted March 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      To me, this fat cat reminds the fat German rat stuck in a manhole from a recent post.

  4. Posted March 2, 2019 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Talking of art museums in Amsterdam, on the BBC website today there’s a nice piece about a special Rembrandt exhibit that I’d dearly love to see:

    • rickflick
      Posted March 2, 2019 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      Likewise. He’s breathtaking.

  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    My friend, who lives in Israel, says that cats wondering around places and taking up in train stations is pretty common. She “adopted” a stray cat and she just took him to the vet for a major operation.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I felt bad for the fat cat, but I couldn’t resist LOLing.

  7. Posted March 2, 2019 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Local Flemish expertise (they’re standing right next to me) insists that you are not visiting Louvain (=Leuven/Löwen), but Louvain-La-Neuve, south of Brussels.

    • Posted March 2, 2019 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      One of my first cousins who died some years ago used to teach geology at the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Louvain-la-Neuve.

  8. Ruthann L. Richards
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    When you are in Amsterdam, maybe you could consider visiting the Poezenboot? They have a website–the boat is a refuge for homeless cats, and people come there to adopt or just get a “cat fix.”

  9. Nobody Special
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    PCC(E) said

    I’ll be heading for Amsterdam in a few weeks for 6 days of R&R before I head up to Brussels and Louvain,

    Might I suggest that you head down from Amsterdam, unless you plan on visiting the Arctic and Antarctic en-route?

  10. Posted March 2, 2019 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Male calico cats do exist but are very rare, and sterile.

  11. mvanbellinghen
    Posted March 5, 2019 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Well, talking about cats:

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