Caturday felid trifecta: The cats of Antarctica, Aussie firefighter beefcake with cats, world’s worst cat gets adopted (and lagniappe)

Today’s trifecta starts off with two of my favorite subjects—cats and Antarctica. I love the tuxedo-cat penguin.


If you like buff males, especially with their shirts off, and are an ailurophile as well, you’re going to want this Australian calendar from the AnimalRescueSite. The title of the article (click on screenshot) tells all:

But you’ll want a butcher’s at the beefcake as well, so here are a few Men and Cats:


Finally, at the end of January I wrote a Caturday segment about the World’s Worst Cat, Perdita, who was languishing in a North Carolina animal shelter who advertised her as “The World’s Worst Cat.” That’s not designed to promote adoptions, but it was tongue in cheek. (Perdita was a “problematic” cat, though!).

But some stalwart soul has finally stepped up to the plate. According to the CNN article below, Perdita has been adopted—and renamed “Noel”. Look at that face! (Click on screenshot to read the piece.)

The details:

Despite the odds, the “World’s Worst Cat” has just been adopted into a loving family.

The Mitchell County Animal Rescue in North Carolina posted an adoption ad on Facebook last month that introduced the world to Perdita, the ‘”World’s Worst Cat.”

“We thought she was sick,” the ad said. “Turns out she’s just a jerk.”

The transparent tactic has helped get stubborn pets adopted in the past, Mitchell County Animal Rescue Executive Director Amber Lowery told CNN. They hoped it would work for Perdita, too.

“We thought if we highlighted [her personality] in a humorous way, the person with a personality to match hers can adopt,” Lowery said.

Well, some kind person has just been labeled a jerk! But wait! There’s more!:

The approach was successful. The shelter said in a Facebook update last week that they received over 175 applications and chose a adoptive couple from Tennessee.

The couple is renaming the cat Noel, “just in case the name Perdita is the cause of her anger. (We can’t blame them for that!)” the shelter wrote in another Facebook post.

According to the original ad, the feisty feline likes “staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again.”

Perdita dislikes “the color pink, kittens (yuk they are so chipper), dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas and last but NOT least… HUGS.”

Let’s hope her new home is free of those horrors.

Here’s the official adoption announcement from Facebook. Note the bit about Perdita’s new staff: “They adore her and she tolerates them.”

Happy tails, Noel!


Lagniappe: Cat litter shortage in Britain! Fortunately, as the Sun notes, this is limited to “own brand” cat litter sold by stores like Sainsbury’s and Tesco (click on screenshot). I trust the problem is now rectalfied.

h/t: GInger K



  1. C.
    Posted February 15, 2020 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Regarding the litter shortage, I switched from that nasty, environmentally questionable clay litter to pine pellets (used in barn stalls to soak up horse pee and the like) which is not dusty, doesn’t smell, and is cheap as hell. It’s a lumber byproduct and it’s compostable, if you scoop out the poo first (which you’d do daily anyway). Don’t buy it at a pet store, they’ll gouge you. I get it at a farm supply shop, 40 lbs for like $5.

    • sugould
      Posted February 15, 2020 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Have your cats always been used to that, or did you transition them? I am always on the lookout for a better solution. (Subject to cat approval, of course.)

      • C.
        Posted February 15, 2020 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

        It took some few weeks to transition into pine pellets. I started off slow, added a few handfuls to the regular litter, then increased it every time I cleaned it out. There was some resistance but not enough to convince his majesty to crap or pee anywhere else but his usual throne. Once he got used to the full pine I then switched to a special three-piece tray that’s supposed to allow you to shake the used (peed-on) sawdust out the bottom but it’s rather difficult and messy and a bit too small for my furry lard lord. I also added a few of his royal highness’ majestic merde to encourage him to deposit in his new chateau de shit. There are videos on da yoo toob for making your own litter boxes for sifting. Good luck.

  2. merilee
    Posted February 15, 2020 at 10:06 am | Permalink


    • Kevin
      Posted February 15, 2020 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Current reading for me is The Greatest Show on Earth, by Richard Dawkins. My daughters (ages 8 and 10) like the pictures.

      • C.
        Posted February 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

        Try Dawkins’ “Magic of Reality” or his latest, “Outgrowing god”. Both are geared towards the younger readers.

  3. JezGrove
    Posted February 15, 2020 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    “I trust the problem is now rectalfied” – very good!

  4. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 15, 2020 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    It’s amazing the things you come up with while hunting for woodcuts of “legends of Go” (that’s the board game, recently hit by the demons of AI). One 18th artist who did a few of these things …

    … is known to have used the pseudonyms Hakubyôkai Hodoyoshi (happy keeper of white cats), Gobyôtei Hodoyoshi (five cat home–just right), and Sanbentei Nekoyoshi (the Sanbentei cat lover).

    Which only goes to show that the Japanese attitude to cats dates back several centuries for sure.
    Peculiarly, that comment wasn’t on the page about his animal prints which are towards the bottom of this page such as “Series of Proverbs (Tatoe-zukushi no uchi, たとえ尽の内)”.
    I’ll let the interested hunt around the site to find the quote, but don’t blame me for what you find in the process. Very “floating world”.

    Oh, there’s another one. Go not cats.

  5. Warren Johnson
    Posted February 15, 2020 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Phillip Goff thinks that rocks have consciousness, just like he does. So I infer that Phillip Goff has intelligence, just like the rocks.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted February 15, 2020 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      Some geologists (this one included) would have far less doubt about the intelligence of what are called “rocks” compared to several buckets of poorly structured dirty water such as the bucket known as “Phillip Goff”
      It may not be immediately obvious, but rocks have histories (which they tell, openly) and histories which they themselves are iggorant of. There are many bits of humanoid protoplasm of which I cannot be so effusive.

  6. annagmearthlinknet
    Posted February 16, 2020 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    I WANT that calendar! 😉

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