Cute Kitty Cats of Bristol
For her final piece for Rife, Molly cat-erpaulted herself into the purrrr-fect world of moggies mugging for the camera. Here are the Cats of Bristol.
Cats don’t usually go walkies in parks with owners like dogs, but they run the roost at home. Who are these cats who own their owners? I put a call out to friends colleagues and Twitter followers to find the cutest cats in Bristol. Why? Why not? They’re cats, they’re cute as heck.
Owner Chelsea usually catches Tilly on the toilet seat. She doesn’t do anything whilst on the toilet apart from be endearing. Chelsea says ‘If Tilly was a celebrity she’d probably be Charlotte Crosby from “Geordie Shore” as she’s hilarious, adorable and genuinely a silly cat that everyone loves’
Unfortunately, Spice is no longer with owner Jess but her memory lives on due to her silent-but-deadly personality. Jess says that Spice once caught a flying bat in mid air and had a bit of a scrap with it before walking away like nothing ever happened. Jess reckons Spice was a bit like Solange Knowles due to her quiet and placid traits until she hit the spotlight. That’s when Spice would dazzle everyone with her mystique and wonder. RIP Spice.
Looking slightly shocked, GusCat apparently prefers paper bags and boxes to the cat toys that are in these paper bags and boxes for him. Owners Katherine and Tom say ‘We think that he’s a bit like Ryan Gosling as he’s nice to look at, a bit shy, and doesn’t really know what’s going on.’
Mabel and Ween
Mabel (right) and Ween (left) are brother and sister cats belonging to owner Lucy. Mabel and Ween are very different, Lucy tells me. Mabel is more intelligent than Ween as she sometimes open doors and walk on your face whilst you’re asleep. On the other hand, Ween follows Lucy round everywhere until she picks him up and gives him a hug. Apparently Ween gets a bit impatient when you don’t pick him up that he will leap into your arms or shoulders which is inconvenient for Lucy when she is brushing her teeth or washing up. Lucy says the one fang sticking out of Ween’s mouth is part of his look. Mabel also once ran into a door when she was a few months old and hasn’t been the same since.
Moose apparently has a crystal vase that he drinks from and if you try to offer him a different form of water container, he throws a strop. Owner James says that ‘if Moose was a celebrity, he’d be like Nick Cave as being around Moose is like being front row of a Nick Cave concert – you’ll get trampled on’
Owner Richard tells me the strangest thing that ever happened to Polo… he had his ears removed due to sunburn! Richard says ‘I guess if Polo was a celebrity it would now be Van Gogh’. Polo is a foster cat that Richard has taken care of. Fostering cats means a lot to the cats who can’t be taken care of. Richard has fostered many cats from Bristol And Wales Cat Rescue
Dolly is a fat cat who terrorises anything in her path, especially baby mice and all humans. She hisses at toddlers and bites the necks of little birds. You wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of Dolly as she is like Cruella DeVille. Her owner Sheena says that Dolly will appear with dead animals from nowhere.
Another cat no longer with their owner, Pepe belonged to Sham. ‘Pepe was a great family cat,’ says Sham. If Pepe was a celebrity she’d be The Godfather because she loved her family as much as they loved her. Pepe was most known for bringing in various food such as a quarter eaten beef burger, corn on the cobs and a cats favourite, fish.
According to owner Becky, Moomin is the weirdest most wonderful cat. Becky says ‘My sister and me have always said that if she was a person, she’d be like Alan Rickman as she just looks like she’s displeased with everybody most of the time.’ Apparently Moomin once opened the front door to let the dog out and walked away in hope that her enemy would run away.
Ruby and Lulu
Boo belongs to Becky and Gareth. When the three moved house, Boo went wandering off which left her owners very worried. Becky tells me that they spent ages shouting her name in hope she hasn’t got lost in an unknown neighbourhood. But luckily, the couple heard meows from inside the walls. Apparently Boo had climbed up the chimney and made her own way upstairs. Becky says ‘it wasn’t funny at the time but after we’d coaxed her out with treats, we laughed about it.’
Cats of Bag of Nails
Here is some cats from the Bag of Nails pub, near Brandon Hill. It’s a small and cosy pub that has quite a few cats enjoying themselves at the bar and with the customers. I spoke to barman Tom about how the cats came to play quite a big part in the pub’s history. He told me that pub owner Luke had inherited one of the cats, Sally, with the pub which lead to kittens being born with his own cat, Malcolm. There are currently eight cats in the pub including Philomena, George, Absinthe and the four little black cats who apparently cause the most chaos. The cats are very well looked after, so are the customers. For those of you under 18, sorry but you’ll have to wait to check this pub with cats out but if you’re old enough then I highly recommend checking this place out!
Got a silly cat? Or want to share your love of cats then? Tweet us @rifemag
‘Meet the Dogs of Bristol‘ by Molly Perryman
Support more young people to have their voices heard
Rife is Watershed‘s online magazine created for young people, by young people.
We offer paid internships and publish work by young writers, photographers, illustrators, and filmmakers from all sorts of backgrounds, helping them get into creative careers. Rife has reached over 8,000 young people through our workshops, over 220 young people have made stuff for Rife on topics ranging from mental health to identity to baked beans, and last year, over 200,000 people visited our website.
In these complex and uncertain times hearing from and supporting young people who are advocating for social change and contributing fresh perspectives has never been so important.
Through supporting Rife you can ensure that this important work continues and that more young people have their voices heard.