Caturday felid trifecta: Cat helps himself to reverend’s cream and goes under his robes, how to pick up a cat, and “Gymnopedie” with cats (plus lagniappe)

It is, of course, Caturday, and so we have the usual three items, plus lagniappe since you’ve been good boys and girls.

First, the Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, posts a devotional homily in a garden from time to time. He sometimes does this with cats running around. In this one, a tabby helps itself to the Reverend’s cream, sticking its paw into the pitcher and licking it. What a clever cat—his fizz clearly won’t fit into the pitcher.  I have to say that the tabby’s actions during the homily are far more interesting than the Reverend’s anodyne words.

This one went viral; it shows another cat, Leo (identified as “the Cathedral cat”) insinuating himself beneath the Reverend’s robes as he expostulates. The Rev doesn’t miss a beat!


Here a vet, Dr. Uri Burtsyn,  a vet in Vancouver, B.C. (and he looks like a good one), telling us all how to pick up a cat properly. Many of you who own or owned moggies may already know this, but consider this 7-minute video a refresher course.


Finally, caterwauls are used in this feline edition of one of my favorite pieces of music, Satie’s Gymnopédies. You may not be able to listen to this for more than fifteen seconds!


Lagniappe: Rasmus the Cat riding his own personal elevator. For another elevator for a third-floor Parisian cat, see here.

h/t: Peter N., Merilee


  1. jezgrove
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Loved the cat getting the cream behind the Dean. The moggy looks very like our own Marcus Clawrelius (pretentious, moi?)

  2. Debra Coplan
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Wonderful and charming videos. Those elevator cats are really amazing to see. I have never had a cat with that kind of temperament.
    Canterbury cats have great lives in that incredible garden. Lucky they don’t have to listen to the guy droning on endlessly about nothing.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted June 6, 2020 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

      Sounded like a mixed national couple – the girl was Swedish – which may explain the Danish style name for the cat.

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted June 6, 2020 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

        Danish (or perhaps southern part Sweden) style name for Rasmus the elevator cat, I mean.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Kind of makes you wonder why they don’t just take the stairs.

    • sugould
      Posted June 7, 2020 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      I have a cat door that leads to the catio. Both cats prefer to sit on the cat tree next to it and have me open the window. Cats like the elegance of having their own door(wo)man.

  4. rickflick
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Whenever I see something like the Reverend Willis presentation, I think, “He cannot be serious”. But of course I know his is serious. So serious it’s comical. Then I’m reminded of Rowan Atkinson’s take:

  5. Glenda Palmer
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Good advice on the video for carrying a cat. Nice to know I have been doing it right. The football hold was new to me and I will try to remember that one.

    Always look forward to the Caturday post. Thank you.

  6. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Those Gymnopédies were a pleasure. I’m a card carrying fan of Eric Satie and approve of this video. 🙂

  7. Susan Davies
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Cats in elevators. Just confirms that dogs have masters and cats have staff!

  8. Posted June 6, 2020 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Love the Erik Satie stuff. If you’re bored or depressed read

    This guy was The Boss and made wonderful music. (Not just for commercials). His life is an inspiration and (if he didn’t hit you up for money) he sounded like a fantastic friend. D.A.,J.D., NYC

  9. Andrea Kenner
    Posted June 8, 2020 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Great trifecta! I think Clawdia is one of those liquid cats!

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