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)

June 6, 2020 • 9:15 am

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

12 thoughts on “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)

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

  2. 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.

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

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

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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