Caturday felid trifecta: Cat bonds with and rides a horse; where to find hotels with resident cats; pixellated cats behind glass doors (and lagniappe)

I haven’t forgotten (or missed) a weekly Caturday felid, and since it’s Caturday (a special one—Leap Year Day), here you are.

This weird friendship comes from Love Meow (click on screenshot to read about it):

Louis was a kitten when Emma Massingale, a professional horse trainer based in North Devon, England, met him at her friend’s. She instantly fell in love.

“His owner then went through a separation and she couldn’t keep Louis so I, of course, said I would have him,” Emma told Love Meow.

Louis is quite the character. Soon after he moved into his new home, he claimed the house as his kingdom and would follow Emma to the stable to help her tend to the horses.

(All photos by Emma Massingale.)

“He started off just following me to the stable and walking along the walls or fences nudging the horses with his head. Then he started to jump on their backs and sit there or jump on and then off the other side to get somewhere.”

The horses enjoy his company and always nuzzle him back. One of them, named Comet, has a very calm nature, and Louis especially likes to spend time with him.

Louis and Comet are often seen taking a stroll through the woods, crossing a bridge and walking through a stream together before Comet takes his pal home.

The 6-year-old feline rider is in command when he gets in the saddle. He loves the fresh air and scents from the woods and will survey the area like a knight watching over his land.

When they are out and about, people don’t always notice Louis until he meows, and then they often do a double take.

There are GIFS and videos, too.


Reader Monika sent a site that I mentioned this week: Hotels With Cats. If you like to stay in hotels with cats, or visit bookstores with cats, or just see cats when you travel—and who doesn’t?—this is the site for you. Click on the screenshot to begin planning your stay in different countries

Here are just a few examples:


Finally, from Sad and Useless, which is not depressive in this case, we see a series of cats that have become pixellated by being photographed behind glass doors. I’ve shown a few; click on the screenshot to see more.


Lagniappe: The world’s most pampered kitten. Not many of them let you brush their bellies like this.  You can hear purring at the end.

h/t: Rick, Michael


  1. JezGrove
    Posted February 29, 2020 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I love the pixelated cats – what a great and simple idea. Must try to get a similar portrait of Marcus Clawrelius (pretentious, moi?) our stoic toothless cat, although he doesn’t usually need much help in looking ridiculous. (I can’t think where he gets it from.)

  2. Posted February 29, 2020 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I am pretty much losing it right now. The S & L site also has links to cats in glass bowls, cats on glass tables, and animals licking windows.

  3. rickflick
    Posted February 29, 2020 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    What is it like to be a bat? Asked David Chalmers. What is it like to be a cat? I ask. And, what is it like to be a cat riding on a horse?

  4. merilee
    Posted February 29, 2020 at 7:21 pm | Permalink


  5. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 29, 2020 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Soon after he moved into his new home, he claimed the house as his kingdom

    Standard issue cat.

    and would follow Emma to the stable to help her tend to the horses.

    Standard issue cat goes for first step in World Domination (fast!).
    Actually, given the power trip one gets from surveying the world from a metre and a bit above everyone else’s eyeline … I’m totally unsurprised about a cat getting into “[surveying] the area like a knight watching over his land”. Megalomania-Я-Us.

  6. Liz
    Posted March 1, 2020 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    What time is it in Paris? I have to go to work in nine hours give or take.

  7. Liz
    Posted March 1, 2020 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I just realized that my mom told me that it is Sadies Hawkins Day (question mark on the plurals and possessives). Anyway, Jerry, if you are single, will you go out with me?

  8. Posted March 2, 2020 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I am reminded of another source of “pixellation” – crocheting, weaving, etc. These always are reasonably colourful but “low res”, so remind me of certain video modes in 1980s personal computers!

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