Professor Ceiling Cat is quite ill today: I’ve been diagnosed with viral bronchitis,wheezing like a steam engine, and I should be home in bed. I will repair there shortly. Given my debilitated condition, don’t expect a whole lot today. Fortunately, though, I wrote most of today’s posts yesterday. Here’s the Caturday Felid, which I pride myself on never having missed in over four years.
Reader Taskin owns Gus, the Earless Cat who, I maintain, is the Whitest Cat on Earth. As I noted when introducing Gus on this website, he lost his ears via frostbite when it was -40° (same in both F and C) and he was caught in a live trap. (He almost lost his tail, too.) Now he’s a sweet moggie, and, when outdoors, wears a harness mandated by local laws in the part of Canada where Gus lives.
I have two short videos of Gus to show today. The first involves a very strange device for feeding cats (a “ball dispenser”), which, when you think about it, is actually a pretty good invention. Taskin’s notes:
Gus eats quite enthusiastically. We divide his breakfast into three just to slow him down a bit. He gets half a can of wet food divided in two portions, then he gets some dry food from this ball dispenser. I should have sent this vid during the World Cup! Gus vs Messi?
My vet friend gave it to me, as her cat couldn’t figure it out. For Gus, we use it to slow him down but I think it’s main idea is the exercise. There is also the added bonus that your floor gets cleaned!
And. . . “Gus gets afternoon tea.” Yes, I’m told that’s really tea (with milk, of course) that Gus is slurping
Finally, two pictures of Gus. He likes to sit on the highest spot in his backyard, inspecting his domain:
And sometimes, like all cats, he sniffs the air, but always with great dignity:
Tell me, can a cat be any whiter than that?
Well, perhaps this one, sent by reader Richard with the title, “Cat cloud pareidolia!” The attached note said:
My daughter and I beheld this on eastern Long Island. Ceiling Cat!
Praise his Felinity, o my brethren! For surely this beats even the Miracle of Fatima!
Finally, reader Grania sent me an adorable tw**t from Foyle’s bookstore, celebrating World Cat Day with a photo of author Edward Gorey blissed out with cats:
The one on his chest reminds me of Hili. . .