Caturday felid trifecta: Henry the Cat (the secular pastor of Aldenbrooke Hospital); kitten road trip; giant monster cat!

June 11, 2022 • 9:00 am

Henry the Cat lives in Cambridge, UK and has a forever home, but he also has a second home—in a hospital.  Read the BBC article by clicking below:

The sad thing about this is that Henry isn’t allowed inside the hospital, and so must cheer patients from the outside. (Sometimes he slips in.)

A fluffy ginger cat has gained a following of more than 4,500 on Facebook after making a hospital his second home over the past five years.

Henry has become a familiar sight to patients and staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

Patients said they had been soothed by his presence and staff told of being “calmed” by his cuddles after shifts.

The hospital said Henry was a “character” but urged people not to tempt him inside.

Pictures of the photogenic feline spawned a Facebook page, which sets out to ” keep up morale of all at Addenbrooke’s”.

Two of Jo Stranix’s sisters met Henry when they came to visit their father, who has been in Addenbrooke’s for several months.

They had not been able to see him due to Covid-19 visitor restrictions.

“We weren’t sure if this was going to be the last time they would see him alive,” she said.

The visit had been distressing but Henry was there when they left.

“They told me ‘in that moment he made us all smile’ and I was so thankful to that cat I’d never met for being there to comfort my sisters in some small way when I couldn’t.”

But it’s the patients who need to see Henry. Is it a matter of sanitation or immuncompromised patients? Other hospitals allow animals in to cheer the patients, and even sometimes horses can visit! LET THE CAT IN!

Here’s Henry who has snuck into the wards. He desperately wants in that place!

Henry’s owners, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had a loving home nearby.

They became aware of his “exploring” via social media.

“I would try to bring him home, but that never lasted more than a couple of days,” the owner said.

“It’s so nice that he’s making so many people happy – if he helps just one person [then] that’s more than many cats do.”

The article says that although they allow guide dogs and therapy animals, Henry is forbidden because of “infection control.” Hmmm. . .    More:

Aleks, a member of the hospital security team, has come across Henry many times as they both patrol the site.

“Only animals that support our patients are allowed inside the hospital – they have to have a harness and fluorescent strips,” he said.

“But Henry does a great job just putting a smile on a grumpy person in the morning, or brings out a smile from a teenager in a wheelchair.”

He said he had occasionally been called on to evict Henry from inside the buildings and added: “There would be people who are not happy that a cat is browsing around the hospital, but 99% of people love him.”

And Henry art:

Henry also inspired the hospital’s recruitment administrator, Thalia Barnes, to paint a portrait of him for an art exhibition at Addenbrooke’s, called The Best of Us.

“He has been a great sense of therapy and companionship to all those who are graced by his presence,” she said.

I’m sure there’s a way they could let him in to see at least some patients.


Here’s a video from DodoLand, where everything is wonderful. A German man decided to adopt a stray kitten (he named it Mogli) and took her on a long trip (the story is here, with excerpts below).

An excerpt (the staff is 32-year-old Martin Klauka of Rosenheim, Germany):

In July 2017, Klauka quit his job and hit the road in late August for a road trip of epic proportions. With Mogli by his side, he drove along the Mediterranean Sea to Iran and then into the United Arab Emirates, crossing 10 countries on his way, and reaching Dubai in December.

On the road, Klauka and Mogli quickly settled into a routine. While traveling, Mogli stays safely tucked away in Klauka’s bag on the front of his bike, occasionally sticking her head out to watch the passing scenery, or meowing in protest if Klauka exchanges smooth pavement for a bumpy dirt road.

In busy public places, Mogli sits on Klauka’s shoulder, observing new cities, restaurants and shops from her elevated perch, and when they reach their campsite base, Mogli gets to roam the grounds freely, exploring as she pleases. “This is obviously what she likes the most,” Klauka adds, “and after checking back on me a few times to make sure we’re actually staying, she goes off exploring for hours, sometimes even a whole day.”

Whenever they arrive at a new campsite, Mogli goes through a special ritual of checking for dangers, such as cars and dogs, and securing a safe spot, Klauka noted. The little cat’s keen observational skills have come in handy for her owner, especially when Klauka loses sight of the tent, and Mogli is able to lead him back to their homebase.

But despite the countless sacrifices Klauka has made for his best friend, it has been worth it.

“I’m happy with where I am in my life and happy to have taken her,” Klauka added, “happy to have gotten through all of this.”

Now that the first leg of their trip is complete, Klauka is working in Dubai, with plans to press on through Pakistan and India this summer. While he and Mogli are taking a much-needed break at the moment, there will surely be many more adventures to come.


Here’s part of of a BBC collection of their their best comedy moments. Their caption:

In 1970, the Goodies unleashed their legendary blend of surreal storylines, strikingly topical satire, slapstick and general lunacy on an unsuspecting viewing public. Capturing the irreverent and rebellious flavour of the decade, this phenomenally popular, award-winning series spread its mischief over twelve years making household names of creators, writers and performers Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor. This set contains all the episodes that the terrific trio made for the BBC from a giant white fluffy kitten called Twinkle to a slippery climb up a giant beanstalk, from the ancient Lancastrian art of Ecky Thump to fighting a ban on fun instigated by an all-too-real puppet government, this is television comedy at its undeniable best!

Be sure to watch till the end.

h/t: Jez, Malcolm

6 thoughts on “Caturday felid trifecta: Henry the Cat (the secular pastor of Aldenbrooke Hospital); kitten road trip; giant monster cat!

  1. I remember loving The Goodies’ Kitten Kong when it was first broadcast. I did have some autographed Goodies books years ago (Dad worked with Graham Garden and got them signed for me), but I’ve no idea where they are now.

    1. I had never seen Kitten Kong before and it was a chuckle. Always enjoy Caturday with my coffee.

  2. Growing up in Australia and NZ in the 70s/80s we watched The Goodies very often. A favorite of my childhood. I think all three members are gone now though, all in the last decade.

    1. TBT has been dead for a couple of years now, but Garden and Oddie are still going, if not necessarily strongly. Oddie’s public life has been sporadic for decades for health reasons IIRC, but Garden was still a regular on “Clue” until a few years ago.

  3. A duck story 🙂

    Ducks go snail hunting in Ansbach courtyard garden

    Carl Wilhelm Friedrich and his family have a blessed appetite – and that’s a good thing. In Ansbach’s courtyard garden, the Indian running ducks are said to eat plenty of slugs and caterpillars of the boxwood borer. “They are very satiated when they have a break at lunchtime,” says garden manager Tamara Sand. The three ducks have been hunting slugs in the courtyard garden for several weeks. Initial success is already visible, Sand says.

    Every morning from Monday to Friday, the yard garden’s operations manager lets the ducks out of their enclosure. Until lunchtime, Carl Wilhelm Friedrich, his partner Friederike Louise and their son Carl Friedrich August – named after the penultimate margrave of Ansbach and his family – are allowed to fill their bellies in the 3600 square meter herb garden. After that, they have to take a long nap to recover from their efforts, says Sand.

    In the herb garden, slugs attack herbs and flowers, and the box elder moth threatens the boxwood borders. “We wanted to avoid chemical pesticides,” Sand says. While looking for other options, she says she came across the Indian ratite ducks. This year, Sand wants to test the slug hunt with three ducks for now. “After that, we’ll keep looking.”

    Translated with (free version)

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