Caturday felid trifecta: Spa Day for Carrot the kitten, 120-year-old cat photos developed; the best cat GIFs

You simply MUST watch this short video from Yahoo! News (click on the screenshot to get there). Carrot the Cat, the chillest cat in the world, gets her own Spa Day from sisters Abby (5) and Hannah (3) of Elgin, Illinois. Carrot not only lies on her back wearing a robe, but tolerates a faux-pedicure as well as cucumbers over her eyes! I can’t imagine a cat that would put up with this, but the video is about the cutest thing in the world. If you turn up the sound, you can hear Carrot purr.

And there’s more from the site:

The girls’ mother, Erin Merryn, recorded a video showing 5-year-old Abby and 3-year-old Hannah tenderly pampering Carrot as she reclines on a pink cushion, audibly purring.

Carrot, a 10-month-old kitten who is always game for her young family’s shenanigans, has gained 152,000 followers on Instagram.

Merryn surprised her daughters with the pet after the death of their previous remarkable cat, Bailey, the subject of the book Bailey, No Ordinary Cat. Credit: Erin Merryn via Storyful

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From PetaPixel we have this provocative headline (click on screenshot):

120 years ago, a little girl made a “treasure box” with some of her most precious possessions Those included two glass-plate negatives of her beloved tabby. Now both the girl and her kitty are just a memory.

Fortunately, the time capsule was found by a YouTuber who was also a photography maven, and gave the cat a tenth life. Here’s the story:

YouTuber Mathieu Stern recently discovered a ‘time capsule’ in the basement of his old family home. The box—dating from about the year 1900, by Stern’s estimation—contained two glass plate negatives, which he decided to try and develop using one of the oldest photographic printing methods in existence: the Cyanotype.

“Because of my last video, someone in my family told me about a possible time capsule in our old family house,” writes Stern on his blog. “After investigation, I found a box dating from around 1900 judging by the objects and the technique of the photos found inside. So I decided to develop the images using the Cyanotype Process.”

Being a YouTuber, Stern obviously chronicled this entire endeavor—from opening the time capsule, to developing the images. Scroll down to see the photographs that Stern developed and scanned, and which prove once and for all that, even 120 years ago, cat pics ruled all.

This is a lovely video of a cat that lived around the turn of the 20th century.

The first plate was of the kitty:

The second had a tabby kitten (an offspring?) and a d*g, which photobombed the cat pictures:

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From the Cheezburger site, we have a collection of 12 great cat GIFs. I can’t show you any of them, as I can’t embed them, but click on the link below to see. I especially like numbers 1, 3, 5, 11, and 12.

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Lagniappe: A cat meme:

h/t: Barry, Nicole, Su, Karl

5 Comments

  1. rickflick
    Posted March 7, 2020 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    The Cyanotype Process is fascinating. The result is curiously blue. One nice thing about it is you don’t need a darkroom to print.

    “Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide.”

  2. E.A. Blair
    Posted March 7, 2020 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    If I let her, Isa would give me 24-hour cuddles. I’ve never had a more affecttionate cat. She’s part Maine Coon, and that’s a breed with a reputation for being cuddlesome. She sleeps with me with full body contact and even comes away from the food dish at the prospect of exchanging some fusses. I’d take the $20, but it would go towards buying a d*g.

    • E.A. Blair
      Posted March 7, 2020 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      I should have typed, “It would never go towards buying a d*g.”

      • RGT
        Posted March 7, 2020 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

        lol, you had me worried there!

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 7, 2020 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I still find this whole thing sad about the time capsule. I find looking at old pictures sad too esp of children. Someone had shared to a FB group an old picture of kids in elementary school getting a school photo done. It was around 1920. I felt sad that all the kids had grown old and died. Lived through the depression, gone to war most likely.


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