His Real Name is Gilbert…

But he just doesn’t feel like a Gilbert.

He seems more like a Colonel.

No? Fine, we aim to please. He does have a heavy authoritative quality to him, so might we suggest Taft?

If Gilbert wants fame, he needs to piggyback onto a bigger name, Jake Z.

See more Gilbert here, here, here, here, and oh yes, here.



  1. Yea… he’s more of a Taft!

  2. Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters – that’s who he reminds me of…

  3. He has the stache but not the chins :- )))

  4. To be a Taft, that is…

  5. I think he looks like Wilfred Brimley…

  6. Or the guy who sells the Diabetes supplies.
    But Taft is a great name for this puddy-tat!
    What a cute kitteh!

  7. My name is Gilbert and I rule you!

    Don’t like it well Plbttttttttttttt!

  8. FinnMacCool says:

    Made me think of Grover Cleveland

    Check it!!

  9. Sorry. Winston has already won my heart.

  10. Oh my GOSH!!! GRUMPUSS!!

  11. Second pic registers massive disapproval! I plan to use it for work…instead of emailing a ‘no’ as a response, will simply send this picture.

  12. AuntieMame says:

    Hmm…Gilbert’s not a grumpy as some. He looks positively cheerful in the first pic. Well, as cheerful as a smoosh-faced kitteh can look.

  13. Saffron, send the first pic…then the second if they continue to bother you with their mundane requests. The second pic speaks more “your tiresome pleas bore me”

    Crankiness of sense strong in this one is

  14. 5^^now8ing says:

    Ooh, yes — Taft! Maybe Colonel Taft! I can see Jamie and Wilfred, too, but my fave is Taft!

  15. What lovely orange eyes!

  16. Nicolletta says:

    Wilford Brimley kitty wants you to eat your Quaker Oats.

  17. I dunno… Gilbert works for me…
    He is the very model of a pretty pouty putty-tat!

  18. can he breath?

  19. Has anyone noticed his tongue hanging out? 😛 So cute

  20. Gilbert? Where’s Sullivan?

  21. kibblenibble says:

    I LOF HEEM! ♥ The leetle tongue did me in. Perhaps I have a thing for smooshy-faced kitties, as evidenced by the picture of my lovely Isabella to the right. (And of course, Weenston.) It is very difficult to take a picture of them in which they do not look at least slightly peeved. Yet, at least in the case of my Bella, they are sweet as pie. ☺

  22. omg. I DID have a cream persian named Colonel! Came out “Kernie” most of the time. He recalled fondly his days in Her Majesty’s Royal Fussiliers in the Punjab and Jamaica (he converted to Rastafarianism late in retirement…or he just stopped grooming), and I quote, “eh.”

  23. Come to think of it, I don’t recall reading in any history book that William Howard Taft almost always has some part of his tongue hanging out. I may have just ‘speed-read’ that part.

  24. *hearts* @ Suzanne! Good idea. I shall implement it as one of my action items for 2010. 😀

  25. Queen of Dork says:

    How about Stonewall Grumperstuffs Jackson the Cat?

  26. I always wondered what happened to William Howard Taft after he left office. Looks like he’s gotten all grumpified.

  27. LovesDogs says:

    Looks like a Howard to me.

  28. I’ll bet that is Gilbert as in G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton. I definitely see a resemblance.

  29. I think this is Bombardier Albert Spratbanger DFC and bar, well the bar is where he is usually found, regaling all and sundry, with his tales of derring do.

  30. Taft, Taft, he’s a raft.

  31. I am the father of Gilbert and happy to see both he and his sister have made it to Cute Overload. Gilbert just needs to make it on the page-a-day and they’ll be even!

    We adopted Gilbert at 1 year of age and yes, he does have some difficulty breathing but it’s not too bad as of right now. It’s a shame people breed Persians in such a destructive manner but we cherish Gilbert and give him all the love he needs so he (hopefully) forgets about his breathing problems.

    I’m glad you guys get a kick out of him, we definitely do. He ALWAYS has to be near you and acts more like a lap dog than a cat. If you sit in a chair or lay down he will be on top of you and as close to your face as possible; he never learned about personal space.

    [Well, maybe he’ll be in the 2012 calendar, but 2011 is all compiled & has been in the hands of the publisher since Dec 15th. Just FYI. 🙂 – Ed.]

  32. I was going to say “Jamie Hyneman” and I see there are others who agree! 🙂

  33. I bet he’s a messy eater !

  34. @Noelegy #20: Sullivan is at his computer right now trying to rewrite lyrics…

    “I am the very model of a modern major grumpy cat…”

  35. Andi from NC says:

    I love the last link to the black and white shot – so artsy….

    Gilbert sure is lucky to have a daddy who loves him as much as Jake – may you have many happy years together!

  36. catloveschanel says:

    @Jake – yes, I knew he was misunderstood. He looks vulnerable to me, like Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys or um, ok… because I love a kitteh that follows you around, like my Dudley.

  37. Sorcha the cat says:

    @Rachel: William Howard Taft, 27th President from 1910 to 13 following Roosevelt. ( I mean, WHO could follow Teddy?) Hated it. Was made the 10th Chief Justice from 1914 to 1930, the job he had wanted all along.

    Courtesy of my ever so useful degree in 19th Century History.

  38. Queen of Dork says:

    Ed in #31: Goodness! You all are really ahead of the game there! 🙂

  39. Brimley was my first thought, then Hyneman when it was mentioned later! 🙂

  40. haha, Gilbert is not too thrilled about being compared to Jamie Hyneman …he’s giving me the disapproving look right now, guys 😦

    (Gil’s mom)

  41. i think the kitties with squishy faces get cuter as they mature into their face.

  42. @ Janey and Jake Kudos to GIlbert and he is adorable.. please give him scritches and extra kitty treats from me!

  43. 5^^now8ing says:

    @ Sorcha: always nice when those liberal arts degrees come in handy. Lord knows they don’t make you rich! (said the one-time German major – LOL)

  44. dr. berthaservant says:

    I think he’s a Habsburg, whatever his name is.


  45. ButtaRumCake says:

    Yeah – I see Hyneman all over that kittums…I can even hear him saying “Well, that was a whole lotta nuthin'” LMAO!!

  46. AWW 😀 What a cute kitty 😀

  47. heehee – thumbs up on the bathtub hovertext on the taft cat prongs – i get it 😀

  48. Oh my. That perfect pink button of a nose just did me in! He’s beautiful. Jake and Janey, you’re so lucky to have such a cute kitty with “personal space issues”–he must keep you feeling all cozy and snuggled up all the time! 🙂

  49. I beg to disagree. He’s the spitting *hkack hkack hkack* image of what surely must be his namesake, W.S. Gilbert–who was not so much the model of a modern major general, but rather known as a “disagreeable man,” “a typical easy-going, unadaptable, independent, disrespectful, prejudiced, grumbling Englishman, who scorned everything he did not curse, accepted the conventions and made fun of them. He was cantankerous in manner and generous in deed. His sentimentality was screened with bluster. While looking at the face of a friend who had just died, he burst into tears, rushed from the room, pounded down the stairs to the accompaniment of loud oaths, seized the butler and bellowed wrathfully: “George, have you seen my bloody umbrella?”

  50. He is adorable! Probably a sweet cat but the attitude face…love it.

  51. I wonder if William Howard Taft was a messy eater? He certainly looks like he got most of it.
    Hi, Gilbert- you are very, very cute!

    Mr Gilbert sounds like a complex character-I wonder if he was often seen sticking his tongue out, too? Hmmmmm. Don’tcha just love history? Can I still use ‘don’tcha’ or was it forever ruined by the Vice Presidential candidate in the last election?

  52. All he needs is a li’l black beret and hipster squarish glasses, and he’s a dead ringer for a certain Mythbuster, I agree!

    After I posted “Where’s Sullivan?” I thought of Gilbert O’Sullivan, and pictured this kitteh singing “Alone again…naturally.”

  53. OK, who thinks Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys is following her around the house? What? (snerk) At least William Howard Taft you’d HEAR wandering around the house-heavy footsteps and some panting, I suspect, up any stairs…

    AND that 19th Century History degree came in handy today, mmmmm didn’t it, didn’t it? I thank you for your very interesting comments!

  54. Gilbert has mastered the fine art of the side eye. Well played, sir.

  55. Any other “Sandman” fans here? Remember what happened when Fiddler’s Green decided to walk the earth as a human? He called himself Gilbert (probably also after G.K. Chesterton). Anyone else believe in their heart of hearts that the feline Gilbert would be very capable of uttering “Hoom?”

  56. How about General George P Persian. Authoritative yet catishly puuuuurrrrrrrrrfect.