Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a domesticated hare named Hoppity living in a residence in West Mersea, Essex.
Reality Cat: The hare lives with Mrs. Joan Bullin and her tabby cat Bustamante (at least we think that’s what they’re saying) Bullin (or Buster for short). Buster seems to be taking the whole thing in stride, even eating alongside Hoppity. Unfortunately the newsreel footage cuts off suddenly.
Final Mewsings: Buster probably wonders why he wasn’t raised on toast and marmalade!
Synopsis: Silent newsreel footage shows three Turkish Van cats eating and being forced to swim in tubs.
Reality Cats: The unused and unissued footage shows the cats with a couple of women who seem to be demonstrating how they are “teaching” the cats to swim. While Turkish Vans are naturally good swimmers, these poor cats seem to want to do anything but take a swim!
The cats are more comfortable in the garden playing and eating, although the one woman seems to want to control where and how they eat as well.
Final Mewsings: Just because cats can swim doesn’t mean they *want* to!
Synopsis: Newsreel footage from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire shows zookeeper Morris Sharpe at home and at the pub with a fifteen month old lion named Simba.
Reality Cat: While showing the lion in the Sharpe home, a tuxedo cat peeks in through a doorway, then beats a hasty retreat as the narrator explains, “Lions, of course, are easily house trained. All the same, poor old kitty prefers another room.” In actuality it appears that someone on the other side of the door grabs and cat and pulls it back through, accounting for the startled look on the poor cat’s face.
Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like it when they’re not invited to the pub as well!
Synopsis: Many cats are showcased at the National Championship Cat Show, Olympia in 1969.
Reality Cats: A newsreel segment from British Pathé shows many lovely cats featured in the show, which drew more entries that year than ever before. First shown is a Seal Point Siamese Champion named Redleaf Benni.
Two Devon Rex cats are then then showcased.
Champion White Persian Coylum Marcus is then seen. The cat was worth 2,000 pounds, winning a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive, and even had his own security guard.
Some Persian kittens are then seen being held and petted.
Finally a “well-preserved” nineteen year old cat is shown, the oldest cat at the show.
Final Mewsings: Every cat is a champion in their own way.
Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a carrier pigeon named G.I. Joe who receives a medal for delivering a message through artillery bombardment in Italy during World War II.
Reality Cat: At the end of the newsreel segment a tabby cat (identified as the Tower of London’s tabby) sits watching the proceedings as the narrator explains, “For some folk he’s still just a pigeon.”
Final Mewsings: The cat was thinking just one word . . . “Squab!”