Kitteh contest: Leroy-Jenkins

Reader Charles sent a picture of an snub-nosed cat with a weird name:

I have a kitteh to share.  He’s actually not “my” cat, he is my son’s cat. I understand that this is a common phenomenon: parents receiving hand-me-up pets. Anyway, I am certainly Leroy-Jenkins’ legal guardian.  Leroy is only about two years old; earlier this year he had a weight loss episode and lost about 1/3 of his weight.  The vet was mystified. He was quite skinny for about three months, then suddenly he began to gain weight and is now thriving again. Here is a picture of Leroy Jenkins (attached), the incredible shape changing kitteh.


  1. Posted June 6, 2012 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Who let the mouse loose? Who, who, who?

  2. Mark B
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    He’s named after an World of Warcraft internet meme:

    • Thanny
      Posted June 6, 2012 at 3:38 am | Permalink

      Here’s the video:

    • Utakata
      Posted June 6, 2012 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      Indeed. Though the cat’s name is off by one “e”. Not sure that was intended by its owner though. Kinda like purposely naming your cat PZ Meyers.

    • Posted June 6, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      That’s what I was about to ask!

  3. Posted June 6, 2012 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    And I could resist doing this

  4. Posted June 6, 2012 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    I had a kitteh lose a bunch of weight real fast (maybe 20% body weight) and then suddenly get lethargic — and then made a full and rapid recovery. Turned out to be dehydration and a nasty case of worms. Took him to the vet, got some fluids and dewormer, and he was good as new by the next day. Go figure.

  5. daveau
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    I love this artsy photo. Congrats to Leroy-Jenkins, Charles, and his son on their wonderful life together.

    Since the vet didn’t find anything, he didn’t charge you, right?

  6. LicoriceAllsort
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Leroy-Jenkins must be in cahoots with Drew Manning.

  7. ivy privy
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Cornell hawk cam update: one of the hawklets has flown off.

  8. Posted June 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    My Leeroy! His name is spelled with two E’s, my father just mistyped it 😉

  9. Marella
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Very atmospheric photo. Glad Leeroy is feeling better these days.

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