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Hoppity Hare (1964)

British Pathé

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.

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster lying in basket

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster eating food from bowl on floor

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster eating alongside Hoppity Hare on floor

Final Mewsings: Buster probably wonders why he wasn’t raised on toast and marmalade!


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Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim (1960)

British Pathé

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!

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat trying to get out of bathtub

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat wrapped in towel after swimming

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat being made to swim in large tub

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat wrapped in towel after swimming

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat swimming in tub

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.

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat running in garden

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cats eating from bowl of food

Final Mewsings: Just because cats can swim doesn’t mean they *want* to!


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Lion Loves Our Local (1961)

British Pathé

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.

Lion Loves Our Local - tuxedo cat in doorway

Lion Loves Our Local - tuxedo cat in doorway

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like it when they’re not invited to the pub as well!


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Cat Show – Olympia (1969)

British Pathé

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.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Siamese cat Redleaf Benni

Two Devon Rex cats are then then showcased.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

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.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being held

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being put in cage by security guard

Some Persian kittens are then seen being held and petted.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - black and white Persian kittens

Finally a “well-preserved” nineteen year old cat is shown, the oldest cat at the show.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - 19 year old tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Every cat is a champion in their own way.


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A Pigeon Gets a Medal (1946)

British Pathé

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.”

Pigeon Gets a Medal - Tower of London tabby cat sitting by

Final Mewsings: The cat was thinking just one word . . . “Squab!”


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