Caturday felid trifecta: Twitter’s “unflattering cat photo” contest; cats in paintings; cats and their human doubles (and lagniappe)

October 10, 2020 • 9:15 am

Yes, it’s Caturday again, and we have the usual three items plus lagniappe (if you’ve been good).

First up is Twitter’s new “unflattering cat photo” contest, and there are some doozies here. I’ll put up just a few. (The contest was sponsored by Popsugar.)


From Facebook, loads of cats in paintings. Just keep clicking on the arrow. Again, I’ll show a few:


And this piece from the Guardian is a corker. Photographer Gerrard Gethings found cats that looked like humans, and the match is remarkable.


The humans are not the animals’ real owners, but models selected through a casting process. The cat portraits came first, then Gethings sought out lookalikes, either based on the cat’s markings, a pose they unexpectedly made (one cat with its paws in the air recalled a raver; another in a pugilistic pose reminded him of a friend who’s a boxer), or, in the case of some cats, with a celebrity they brought to mind. For the cat with the white walrus moustache, Gethings’ ideal match was The Thing actor Wilford Brimley. He posted a callout on Instagram, and “someone in Edinburgh got in touch to say that her dad was his double. He was such a great lookalike that I hopped on a train and shot him at his home. They’re one of my favourite pairs.”

For the cat who looks like a Hells Angel , “I posted a picture of Hagrid on Instagram, and said, ‘Does anyone know anyone who looks like this?’ And this guy came back and said, ‘I look exactly like that.’ And he did. In fact, I think he’s a Hagrid impersonator – that’s his job.”

The imperious-looking cat paired with the sophisticated woman in a grey fur stole was one of the trickiest to photograph. “The cat looks really calm, but it spent the first hour hiding under the furniture, and this was probably the only perfect shot we achieved. It was motionless for a fraction of a second. It required every trick in the book: laser pointers, clockwork mice, spiders, doorbells, duck calls, birds on strings – even my son’s whoopee cushion.”

Marielle and Jacques (silver Maine coon)

There are others at the site, so go look.

There’s a game, too:

Do You Look Like Your Cat? A Matching Game by Gerrard Gethings/@gezgethings and Debora Robertson is released on 12 October,


Lagniappe!  This cat must be starving, as all cats are; but this one shows his hunger in a unique way. How could you not feed a cat after it did this?

h/t: GInger K., Matthew, Jez

12 thoughts on “Caturday felid trifecta: Twitter’s “unflattering cat photo” contest; cats in paintings; cats and their human doubles (and lagniappe)

  1. Cats come up with all kinds of ways to impress the food time. One of our cats tries to lead the human to the food area. Always leading. The other one comes over and stands in front of you crying for food. Then if what you put down is not what she was looking for she just walks away. Kind of a screw it, I tried.

  2. The Degas painting of the cat stretching in the ballet class is excellent (as indeed are all of the paintings and photos).

  3. I don’t get what’s unflattering about many of these cat photos. I think they’re funny or silly or cute but not unflattering.

    I’ve had my cat for almost two years. Brought him inside from outdoors after he kept showing up in the yard staring at me from afar. Would not approach me. Eventually I sat on the grass and waited and talked to him; he finally approached and immediately climbed on me and started purring and kneading and head butting my hand. That was it. He’s mine and you can’t have him.

    With each month I fall more in love with him and grow more attached to him. We have conversations. He meows at me and I meow or talk back. Repeat several times. He loves to be against me or on my lap. Does this happen to you other cat lovers? Do you keep growing more attached as time goes on, or do you reach a limit?

  4. The tummy shots are not as much unflattering as amusing. All those cats are probably relaxed and comfortable in their environment. That’s a good thing.

  5. Once yrs ago at Kennywood, Pittsburgh’s iconic (generally I hate that word, but here it seems appropriate) amusement park, I saw a dapper Black guy, dressed entirely in black, carrying about a 4ft tall stuffed black panther that I guess he had won at an arcade game. I was so tempted to say, “Ah, a Black cat with a black cat!”

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