Always Mugging for the Camera

His ego became so inflated that when people had the nerve to ask his name, he just silently stuck out his mug.

World’s greatest cat, Chee. Photo by Scott



  1. Martha in Washington says:

    I’ll have what he’s having! 🙂

  2. muttluver says:

    I WANT ONE. The mug, not the cat. (My mom’s allergic and my dogs aren’t fans.) Only I want one for each of my puppehs.

  3. Mug-holding-Morris looks more like the original Morris than the mug-Morris looks like Morris. … did that come out right?

    Whatever, mug-holding-Morris is a cutie!

  4. This is amazing.

  5. I miss Morris.

  6. warrior rabbit says:

    Ahhh, Morris. I miss you. And the chuckwagon. And Charlie the Tuna.

  7. Denise A. says:

    You’re right! A cutie, but nevertheless, an impostor! A fake! A charlatan! A sham!
    (Sorry, devolved into Gomez Addams there. Apropos for Halloween, though.)

  8. And the Taco Bell Chihuahua too !!

  9. Denise A. says:

    That’s one smug mug
    On the mug and the rug
    Though the mug is really
    Nothing but a cat-food plug
    Got a bug as to where
    I ever saw a smugger mug
    Oh, that’s right! On the mug
    Of the pumpkin-flanking pug.

  10. kibblenibble says:

    I love the squinchy-eyed look some cats get when they’re happy and/or relaxed. My George does this, too. Now he just needs a mug.

  11. SoccerSue says:

    Random true fact: my mom’s cousin was the veterinarian for one of the Morrises. The second one, if I remember correctly. 🙂

  12. fatgrammafinn says:

    and i thought i would never see any more Chees’ toes.

  13. Hey I have that same exact mug. I know I got it 20 years or so ago and recall savng a bunch of cat can labels for it.

  14. man those aren’t paws, they’re pozzzzzz…

  15. 260Oakley says:

    Poor cat was having an image problem, but he’s got a handle on it now.

  16. 260 wins again. She is the champeeen!!

  17. Clever! I hereby nominate you Poet Laureate

  18. Martha in Washington says:

    Ehh, not so much with the Chihuahua!

  19. bob drummond says:

    yeah,I love Morris too and the Tacobell Chihuahua whatever name is.
    Both their names will go down in American Advertising History. I also
    have a talking chihuahua toy from Tacobell. No,I ain’t gonna sell it.

  20. I have 2 Taco Bell chihuahuas that my nephew gave me. The 2000 “Happy New Year’s, Amigos!” and the Valentine’s Day one with “Rowwrr.” I don’t think he ever had a name. Oh, and, no. I would never sell mine.

  21. 😆 I thought that kitty’s mug would of said “Spoiled Rotten” on it, but I realized that ALL kitties would have that on their mugs if they had one 😆

  22. Even I don’t have a cup whit my photo in it 😀

  23. ………………………………………………….I don’t even know who Morris is.

  24. I’m Morris, Morris
    So please don’t call me Doris
    No not a slender Loris
    I’m Morris

  25. Wow Oakley….just…wow.

  26. Jeez – I suppose I should allow for the age of the ad but the voice overs are appalling and the production values suck, however the script is not too bad.

    By the way we don’t use suck in England in the context you Muricans do , but it seemed apposite. “Back in the day” seems to be gaining popularity, but not with me……insert minor harrumph.

  27. Every kitteh should have their own mug

  28. *groan* 😀

  29. What a cheesy face. :mrgreen: I love it.

  30. Queen of Dork says:

    I am SO loving that smug, contented look on his face! I can practically hear the purring. 🙂

  31. PS: RE: Cats’ cheesy faces. My Dante has the cheesiest face you can imagine. It kills me. He can give you a cheesy, smug look, like the gorgeous organge fellow above, or a sort of very open, perky cheesy face, too. He’s a cheese pro.

    Behold the cheesiness of Dante! It helps to have a face like Marvin the Martian:

  32. Queen of Dork says:

    Oakley, you are a treasure!

  33. Queen of Dork says:

    Ahhhh Theresa. That’s a sweet picture of Dante! I would post a picture of SamKitty scowling if I knew how to do that. Also, I’m jealous of your hardwood floors! 🙂 Please give Dante a smoochie-poo from me.

  34. Queenie, he looks very cuddly and smoochable, doesn’t he? But he’s not big on being cuddled– he likes to be free, free to jump on me and stomp on me, and knead madly with all four paws.

  35. Queen of Dork says:

    SamKitty doesn’t like me to sleep in late on weekends. He’ll jump onto my bed at exactly the time I usually get up to go to work (he can tell time) and run back and forth across my head (I’m being quite literal here) and purr as loud as he can and sneeze in my face to wake me up because he wants breakfast served on time. *sigh*

  36. “Got a handle on it now”. *snerk* 😀

  37. Got you trained, huh? Me, too.

  38. Queen of Dork says:

    victoreia: Yes. Very. Very, very trained. I don’t know how cats do that but they do. I think it’s the adorable look they get on their face like the kitty from Shrek.

  39. My dog doesn’t like it when I go to bed late, though he’s not usually pushy about it. He’ll give me plaintive look, and sometimes a whine, and he’ll go back to my room himself, occasionally coming back to see if I’m ready for bed yet. Poor thing, he doesn’t like that I’m a night owl. It makes him nervous. And then there’s the little puppy in my face in the mornings……

  40. Thank you for the context, Lottie. I’m inclined to agree with Hon Glad, though I don’t think so much of the script.

    I have never been called a Murican before. I’m not sure what to think. 😛

  41. Queen of Dork says:

    Pride. 🙂

  42. Queen of Dork says:

    Hey, you guys! Calling all Peeps for advise and information. I need your input. My SamKitty (cat) has a swollen face. Just one side of his face is swollen. The left side. I don’t know if he’s maybe had a run-in with a bee or what but the left side of his face is swollen. He looks like a hamster who has stuffed its face with nuts for the winter. What can this mean? He’s eating and running and playing as usual. But his one side of his face is fat. I hate to think how much a vet bill would cost me right now because as we all know, our companies for whom we work don’t insure our furry babies and I’m in no way rich or anything. I wonder if this will go away untreated or if I need to take my baby boy to the vet. Does anyone know what could cause my cat’s face to swell up on one side? Or any home remedies for such a thing? Also, he seems to now ooze a liquid from that corner of his mouth and wash it alot. And his breath seems to stink more. What the Haaaauuulll is wrong with my cat?

  43. Big Fat Orange Cat! The very best kind. And it’s been much too long since I’ve said:

    “Every home should have an orange cat, and every orange cat should have a home.”

    (Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve said it here. Of course, I’m always saying it to Jack, my own BFOC.)

  44. Queen of Dork says:

    Wow! You just tugged at my heart strings. 🙂 What an entirely sweet and loving thing to say.

  45. Theresa – Dante and my Sid are nearly twins.

  46. Queenie – What and old softy you are, I hope no one takes advantage of it.

  47. Queen of Dork says:

    Hon Glad, so many people have done so and hurt me so badly but with age and experience, I’ve learned my lessons. All is sweet now. 🙂

  48. Oh Queenie its my turn to tear up, I guesed it some how, I think your and all our personalities show in our writing.

  49. Queen of Dork says:

    Hon Glad: Love to you and everybody else.

  50. bowing to punniest person on CO.

  51. And yet again I remember how much I miss my orange cat…oh those white paws. mm.

  52. Queenie – Don’t take this as a informed opinion, it sounds like it could be a decaying tooth or abscess, abscess would explain the oozing and the swelling.
    Perhaps try a childs preparation like Bonjela or US equivalent. But now we come to the hard bit applying the stuff, one thing I’ve found out is to be very firm if you relax a bit their off, some gauntlets from the steel works might help.
    Good luck you’ll need it. 🙂

  53. Queen of Dork says:

    Hon Glad: Oh dear, sweetheart. I’ve not only never heard of an equivalent to Bonjela, I’ve never heard of Bonjela itself. I must go onto the ever informative www because you have given me a jumping off place. A tooth problem? Are there kitty dentists or can the vet treat this? Or maybe I can? I’ll look up “tooth abscesses in cats” and see what I find. Happily, he is eating fine. However, I know that abscesses in humans can be bad so, darn, that’s probably not good in my cat either. I kept TELLING him to lay off the lollypops and to brush his teeth each night but he doesn’t listen to me.

    (To Nuffers: I’m just kidding about the lollypop part. I don’t really feed my cat candy of any sort. Although who the heck knows what he does behind my back?)

  54. Queen of Dork says:

    Sharpy: I usually don’t like to moan about being in moderation, but could you throw the switch and take my comment to Hon Glad’s out of moderation? I only ask that because I’m trying to figure out what to make of my cat. I am forever in the utmost humble fashion in your service and hope that you an your loved ones are well. (I really do!) 🙂

  55. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh, never mind. I guess that comment can be seen? I’m so confused. I don’t have any idea what’s going on. I blame it on the butterflies flitting about in my head.

  56. oh man, i’m sorry. i hate to think that your cat’s health was dependent on a comment thread of a CO post! i don’t know if you’re a regular on cute talk, but it looks like they talk about stuff like this a lot. and there doesn’t seem to be the requirement of slavish devotion to the moderation, either. strange, i know.

  57. Queen of Dork says:

    Well, I just wanted advise to see if maybe anyone knew what I could do at home because I don’t have alot of money for the vet. It’s okay, though.

  58. @QoD: i just felt bad that you might have needed more immediate help. i know my goggies have emergencies on weekends when the nearest emergency clinic is 50 miles away and a guaranteed $500 minimum, so going online is a lifesaver.

  59. Queen of Dork says:

    OMG! $500? Wow. I’m sort of speechless about that. I’ll do whatever it takes, though. And also, 50 miles away?! Zoiks. At least the nearest vet here is about a mile. Now I’m picturing you living in some sort of fabulously cool cabin in the woods with all sorts of awesome electronic things and nice warm stuff all while wearing Prada shoes. And fuzzy slippers.

  60. @QoD: actually, that’s about right. i’m really more of a barefoot hippy with a small shoe museum.

  61. Queenie – It’s a gel in a tube for abscesses of the gums, I’m sure in America they will have multiple versions of the stuff, a lot of products we use in the UK that are household names are American such as Kellogs, Heinz, Campbells and medical products are too. The only reason I am suggesting a child’s preperation is the strength of it, comparing the size of a cat is closer to a child, but I doubt this sort of stuff would do much harm. But of course Adult asprin would probably fell a cat.
    Yes a vet will pull cats teeth but I thought you couldn’t afford it. However most vets are pretty decent and won’t charge much if they don’t find a lot wrong.

  62. Queen of Dork says:

    Thanks, sweetheart. I’m sad and wondering what to do. I wish there was insurance for pets. Thanks for the information. I’m afraid I will have to “bite the bullet” shave things off of other areas and take my baby to the vet. Whatever I have to do. I love my cat and will do anything I have to in order to ensure his continued health. He’s just such a love.

  63. I’m amazed you don’t have pet insurance there,
    it’s common here. OK you have to pay the first (I think) £50 it could be higher and as the animal gets older the premium goes up or they are less willing to insure. But having had to spend hundreds on the Honourable Gladys Amelia Anstruther, When I got Stanley and Sidney I took out insurance.
    Anyway fingers and toes crossed it works out for Sam and yourself.

  64. I love the original, scowly Morris. The one they use in their ads today is very blank-faced – sweet but not our Morris!

    Actually, one of my kitties, Taco (she’s a girl) often resembles the original Morris if she is squinting.

  65. captainfalcon says:

    The same thing happened to my roommate’s cat. One half of his face slowly swelled up over a couple of days. He took the cat to his sister, who is a vet, and she diagnosed it as an abscess. She had to give him antibiotics and drain it, so the wound had to remain open for a week. You should take you cat to the vet, it sounds like something similar. If it ruptures on its own the infection could spread.

  66. I used to have a kitten call george! and all my cats do that!!!!!