Oh dear—I almost forgot the Caturday Felid, which I haven’t missed in years. It was ready to go this morning, too, and then I forgot to post it before I did my shopping for Poland (Hili needs some gifts!). Oh well, better late than never. At any rate, we have another trifecta this week.
First, here are two YouTube compilations of the curtest cat meows:
I find cat voices particularly pleasing—except when two males are screaming at each other in a fight, or when a male is mating with a female, and she’s howling in pain (cat penises are barbed, so I imagine copulation is painful).
Here’s a second one:
From this week’s Torygraph comes a series of freaky pictures; there are about a dozen, and I’ve chosen three:
Photographer Sebastian Magnani has cleverly spliced the furry features of cats with the head and shoulders of their owners. In a series called ‘Undercats’, the Swiss photographer shot the owners and their respective pets in the same portrait style; he then digitally transplanted the feline faces onto the human bodies.
Actually, I wouldn’t mind being morphed with Hili or Jerry Coyne the Cat!
Don’t tell me that you wouldn’t like to see this done with you and your cat, too. I would, for example, like to see Baihu on Ben Goren’s body, or Butter on Stephen Muth’s body. In fact, I bet both of these readers have the skills to do that. . .
Finally, pictures of a reader’s cat. Carol (aka Taskin) acquired Gus in December of last year, and I posted about how he lost most of his ears though frostbite while being confined in a trap in winter. Carol adopted him, and now he’s developed into a sweet and lovely cat. He reminds me of my old white cat Teddy, and Carol sent me two photos and a note:
I attach couple of photos of Gus from this morning, although he does this every day. He is sitting on the highest spot in the garden, he closes his eyes and smells the air. It’s rather pretty to watch him do it. Then he opens his eyes and inspects his territory for intruders.(2nd photo)
Gus has to stay on a harness because the place where he lives requires outdoor cats to be on a leash or harness at all times. But I’m told that he doesn’t seem to mind.
Carol just sent this, saying it “may well be the pièce de résistance of Gus photos”.
“Gus” is a great name for a cat. More cats should be given human names, like “Sam,” “Fred,” “Jim”—or “Jerry Coyne.”
h/t: Su, Taskin, and Matthew Cobb