Meanwhile, at the Hopi Birdsong Holistic Rebirthing Retreat in Tuba City, AZ…

“… and now that we have attached the mystic Flower of Power to your authentic hand-woven sacred Navajo spirit transmutation vessels, we are ready to perform the chant that will initiate our journey of enlightenment. Ommmmmmmm…

Another quality link foraged among the Saguaro Cacti by Ant.



  1. Kitteh’s with BASKETS ON THEIR HEADS!?!?


  2. 260Oakley says:

    Psst… I don’t think that’s their natural hair. I think they both have weaves.

  3. Temple bells ($2).
    Flowering shakras ($5)
    Nirvana achieved before lunch (priceless).

  4. *has just died*

  5. I dunno, I got the same result with a couple of mojitos. :mrgreen:

  6. Wiping Cabernet off the monitor! Ahahahahha.

  7. victoreia says:

    I wanna know how those hoomons do that! I can’t even get one of my cats to keep a sock on its head! [pouts]

  8. See? I told you Shiro the Cat never ever has his eyes opened!

  9. Aurhora says:

    The white cat on the left looks so sage and venerable! And they both look totally cuddly, of course.

  10. Lillith says:

    Is this this the same place Eddie went at the end of Season Two on Absolutely Fabulous? And where is the talking stick?

    And I suspect Shiro may be narcoleptic because he sleeps a lot even for a kitteh.

  11. Is the size of the cat bell directly proportional to size of cat? The white one seems to have stolen the temple bell!

  12. Madame X says:

    And flowers!!!!

    Big yellow silk flowers!!! 😮

  13. ShinyHappyGoth says:

    That is Shiro! (Which actually does mean “white”.) He gets called Zen Cat sometimes.

  14. At Rancho Relaxo. :mrgreen:

  15. Oh NTMTOM, this is a CLASSIC! Your narrative is just so hilarious on this one and is giving me flashbacks.

    Some time ago, my mom and stepdad lived in Sedona, Arizona, which is a particularly gorgeous spot on the planet. It is also is supposed to have incredibly strong earth energy vortices, and as a result is a magnet for all sorts of “alternative” type folks and spiritual seekers. I was visiting and we were out for dinner, and I was completely transfixed by the conversation happening at the table next to ours. It went something like this, “…No, that was the second time I was abducted by the aliens. The first time is when I was probed…” “Oh, that’s right. I keep getting it confused…” And they were talking as if this was a perfectly normal, every day conversation. I kid you not.

  16. I have no idea what you’re talking about, so here’s a kitty with a basket on his head.

  17. Buddha-esque.

    Notice at about 20 seconds, the White kinda moves in for a mack session and Ginger looks about to respond then they both realize that smooching via teh interwebz is kinda of a no-no right now on account of the Congressman Oscar Meyer situation.

  18. The orange kitty has his paws tucked in, just so! He is dignified and composed, all while wearing a basket on his head. PERFECTION!!!
    —-and no voice overs! 🙂

  19. I thought giving cats lobotomies was against the law.

  20. It just depends on the cat. There are extremely laid back cats who will let you do just about anything. My mom’s Snooki? He’s so laid back my toddler actually dressed him in his shirt and carried him around and Snooki was happy as could be. Now try that with his sister Itty Bitty…and you’ll eat the shirt.

  21. bagoguts says:

    “only thing being enlightened is my wallet.” w00t!!

    Awesome NTM!

  22. but this would be some wholesome inter-tabby snorgling, with no obstreperous cold cuts involved

  23. Fird Birfle says:

    Methinks that El Gato who has previously worn a variety of non-standard headgear for cats, has travelled with a companion to *snerk* Tuba City, AZ for the week. ‘Cause I’m fairly convinced, that this is the same Gato, in whose zen tolerance we [CO regulars] have previous delighted, to see wearing a large stem of begonia blossoms and about eight other odd thinggies. Maybe that’s why a few folks above have mentioned the name Shiro???

  24. Fird Birfle says:

    ….so, if I were to gather some flowering cherry branches (“sakura”) and sell them as shakras, they would be “shakra sakura”!!!! Kinda has a nice ring for marketing….

    oooooo those crass ‘Mericuns, comin’ up with an angle, to sell ANYthing ….

  25. Fird Birfle says:

    PLEASE take mercy on us & tell us, that the feline Snooki pre-dates the New Joisey Snooki ???? 😯

  26. Fird Birfle says:

    now THAT sounds like quite a *cough* SPIRITUALLY-based retreat, Theresa !!! 😉

  27. Mary (the first) says:

    As usual, Mike made me LOL!! 😀

  28. Fird Birfle says:

    How could you TELL? It’s so conVINcing!!!! 🙂

  29. frogboots says:

    they’re like two little old ladies on a bench, watching with a vague sense of disapproval as all the younguns rush past in their outlandish getups.

  30. spaceaged says:

    I think these cats are filmed right after dinner. My cats are almost that, ahem, catatonic after they eat.

  31. Just a tentative comparison, I have been graced by the presence of many Cats in my lifetime, but I remember Sammy he was big black and beautiful and LIVED to be loved and snorgled and so long as he was near me he was content. He was a sweet cat for sure. After being out the house for a while I would get the big hello from Sammy, and he would not leave me, he would perch on the arm of my cosy chair, and watch “Zoo Days” ‘n’ stuff. Mickey, he was totally different – a warrior – he was a remote sort of cat, and lived to kill !!! – mouse – in our house ? darmed thing didn’t stand a chance. My point ? yes I DO have a point – it’s Personality – Cats have so much personality – I am thinking of Mickey – stripey boy silver tabby – and the look he gave my cousin who stroked him – “Oh darn ! now I’ll have to go wash” he could be so superior !! Now I have neither of them I think I’ll go see Cat Rescue

  32. Oh the serenity!

  33. bookmonstercats says:

    Says, faintly, “Good grief”.

    Asks no more.

  34. bookmonstercats says:

    I missed the hovertext first time aound. Winner, NOMTOM. Thank goodness bagouts clued me in.

  35. Harvey Bushell says:

    Bigger cat’s name is Shiro and he’s got many videos with his
    cat friends..

  36. Serenity now…

    Insanity later 😉

  37. “Congressman Oscar Meyer” just keels me with laughter. I’m in loff with zees kettehs, too.

  38. *snerk*

  39. Daisy the Curly Cat and her brother Harley are two such cats. They wear stuff all the time.

  40. He was called Snooki by the grandparents, who say he’s a little lovey dovey snook – hence Snooki. They don’t even know what the other one is! No relation!

  41. and bells around their little necks! LOVE it!

  42. marthava says:

    omg Nikki. This made me LAUGH. LOL

  43. NEVER EVER CONFUSE HOPI with NAVAJO! They are two very different tribes who have very different takes on the world. You do them and any other Native Nations a great dis-service to use both names in the same post. Like using American and Candian as the same country. Very bad, but a g GREAT picture and funny sentiment. Just check your facts first. Your local library thanks you.

  44. brinnann says:

    At first glance, I thought that said “Cabaret.” 😳

  45. brinnann says:

    😀 I would LOVE to see a picture of your son carrying around a t-shirted kitteh.

  46. I can’t get enough of these two. They’re like the mellowest cats ever.

  47. brinnann says:

    Thank you for posting that link. It’s been a while since I’ve been by their page. They have some of the cutest outfits!

  48. 😯

  49. And what’s wrong with being abducted by aliens?
    I for one am regularly abducted by aliens in my backyard…..
    Oh I thought you said accosted by avian.
    Never mind 😳

  50. wuyizidi says:

    The title of this video is “Water Spirits”. So I guess those must be their crowns.

  51. skippymom says:

    and they’re saying “Well. I. Never.” over and over.

  52. skippymom says:

    I can pile all kinds of crap on Eddy. Sometimes I cover him with all of his toys so that I can barely see any of his body. He’s so dumb he just lets me do it. None of my other cats would ever put up with such nonsense.

  53. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    This is sooooo BORE. ING. Yawn.

  54. wuyizidi says:

    Hmm, yes, rebranding religion/cultural objects as consumer products (“Pure DKNY Zen Stretch Boyfriend Jacket, $157.99”, “A relaxing Zen spa, now in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen”…). There’s a lot of that going around.

  55. Hey, that’s me all over. 😀

  56. It’s a Cabernet Cabaret. You’ve heard of those?

  57. AWFUL confession: Many, many years ago, my BF of the moment and I called each other Snooky. *so ashamed*

  58. If he’s dumb, I’m downright backwards. But I tell myself I’m conserving energy. Which I think is quite brilliant of me.

  59. other than that mistake, the rest is accurate, right?

  60. bargles says:

    Super chill cat in video form!

  61. I swear, their clothes closet is bigger than mine. It’s quite sad. I need to go shopping!

  62. OMG, Daisy and Harley are in my dad’s town! I wonder if he knows. Maybe he shouldn’t, he might try to give Daisy a spitbath.

  63. I know WAY more than I ever wanted to know about Rep. Oscar Meyer now, including the extent to which he waxes, which was bad enough when it was just his chest. 😯

  64. skippymom says:

    I’ve often wondered whether giving one to my Eddy would help with his many psychological issues. Other times, I suspect he had one before he came to me.

  65. boring? no.

    our hectic lives need serenity once in a while by putting down whatever we’re doing and look at cats with baskets on their heads.

  66. I know, Tuba City? The visuals!

  67. Wait, Canada’s a country? 😛

  68. skippymom says:

    I think everything you do is brilliant, Snooky.

  69. I took that as more a spoof on the new-agey-spaceheads who WOULD think it’s all the same thing or doesn’t make any difference. And/or, mentioning both doesn’t mean he thinks they’re both the same thing. What, now I can’t wear my Navajo basket hat at a holistic retreat with the word “Hopi” in the name? What’s the world coming to!

  70. I thought it was a suburb of Minnesota. :mrgreen:

  71. Omg, THIS is why I don’t read the news!
    (in my defense, I do read my Time magazine cover-to-cover, so I do stay somewhat informed, even if I’m a week behind.)

  72. And don’t forget clutching the pearls!

  73. Copperbat says:

    Ahh yes. I live outside Boulder, CO. Also a magnet for alternatives spanning several generations. Old hippies, young hipsters (put a bird on it!), middle-aged new-agers, interplanetary tourists. It’s a colorful, silly place with parking spaces the size of postage stamps. I think the idea is if they make the parking spaces too small to accommodate those evil, fossil-fuel guzzling, nightmare war-bringer machines, we’ll all ride our fixed-gear vintage bikes to the whole grocers instead.

  74. Well, I’ve heard Canada called America’s attic by some of you’re contrymen. I don’t mind, and I do try not to look “down” on you guys from up here. 👿

  75. skippymom says:

    I think she was pretending to speak for the cats, that their attitude is so “ho, hum, whatever”.

  76. Copperbat says:

    Seriously Sam? I assumed the original post was poking fun of how new-agers arbitrarily adopt Native American rituals and weave them into their own spiritual mash-ups. Growing up in this part of the world, I thought it was perfectly spot-on, frankly.

  77. While those of us down in Denver roll our eyes and laugh at you. 😀

  78. *curtsys*

  79. How can you be “Down” in Denver? It’s the Mile High City, isn’t it?

  80. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! You guys crack me up.

  81. 260Oakley says:

    “Here’s Canucking at you, kid”
    (said with great affection for the Great White North)

  82. Kallisto says:

    I swear I was at a management seminar once where they made us do the same stuff. That was before the bust when companies would buy (into) all kinds of shenanigans. I felt like Sylvia in the video.

  83. The Dutchess of Cupcake says:

    I think this video is the very definition of redonkulous….love it.

  84. Kallisto says:

    No, it’s a British colony. I know whereof I speak. I regularly collect tribute from them.

  85. Fird Birfle says:

    *giggling & pointing @ Theresa*

  86. Fird Birfle says:

    The above response was intended to stack immediately below Theresa’s realization of the significance/ status of La Canada ….

  87. Fird Birfle says:

    Related: The various (eight or so???)
    Smithsonian Museums are affectionately considered “AMERICA’s attic” 🙂

  88. bad cat robot says:

    Speaking of the crystal-hugger’s indiscriminate and ignorant adoption of Native American stuff (with bonus connection to Congressman Oscar Meyer!) all those depictions of Kokopeli in the Noo Age shoppes are *coff* bowdlerized. Authentic version is R-rated.

  89. Fird Birfle says:

    “You say ‘po-TAY-toe’, I say ‘po-TAH-toe'” …

  90. SlaveToCat says:

    Two kittehs chilling in a sun beam on the warm engine hood of a car wearing all natural weave ear warmers. Whats not to be purrfectly content about.

    I’ll pay you to come and enlighten me!!!!

  91. Of course you know those are fighting words in Québec :mrgreen:

  92. Emmberrann says:

    *Remembers Mr. Picky with much love and frustration that he refused to have anything on him that did not come with the factory-issued equipment (collars, bows, hats, sweateuws, you name it!).*

  93. Well, yeah, lol. But Boulder is actually a couple hundred feet higher in elevation than Denver is. And they’re north of us, so that makes Denver “down” twice over.

    (We won’t mention any other connotations of “higher,” even if they are equally applicable… 😉 )

  94. That’s not how WordPress works. New comments are nested at the bottom of the list, after comments that have already been posted. So it’s in the correct place.

  95. Blue Footed Booby says:

    I have a labrador that lets me do stuff like this. Nothing phases him–not thunder, strangers, dog clothes, or getting accidentally peed on by the other dog.

    Labs rule. Pass it on.

  96. Uh – correct me if I am wrong but I was thinking more in the terms of where Alaskans go for a Holiday because it’s right next door

  97. wuyizidi says:

    Wait, are those daffodils? If so, 水仙 is short for 水仙花 (daffodil, literally “flower of water spirit”).

  98. This purrfekt pair looks suspiciously the same as the Royal Duo that was featured around the British Royal Wedding Day;
    yes, that’s right, …. the kittehs with the crowns (old margarine containers, I believe) on their liddol haids……;
    (I think they snoozed thru that video as well),
    Unforgettable, that’s wut yuu are…….! 😆

  99. Somehow that doesn’t shock me.

  100. “We have baskets and flowers on our heads, and we’re happier than you will EVER be!”

    Those cats are wonderfully serene and zen. The only way this could be cuter is if they also had fruit.

    How does this guy get so many happy-looking kittehs?!

  101. If you ever watched “Hetalia,” you would probably know that that happens way too often. 😀

  102. All this without a shot of schnops-pure heaven. Ah!

  103. Ekajati says:

    The orange cat is all like : “It’s the humans again. What can you do?”
    And the white cat : “Whatever!”

  104. scarletgunn says:

    my friend’s cat is like this- you can just pile stuff on him and he doesn’t care. my cat will shred anything i try to put on her and bite me for good measure. she’s very dignified.

  105. Fird Birfle says:

    The person who does this to/ with them, also had other pics where they had not only small tomatoes but also in one case an enormous eggplant.

    However, I don’t recall fruited ones ….I could be wrong, though. It’s just that the veggie ones stick in my memory. I think he did one with kumquats; those are prob. fruit, correct???


  106. 😆 Same here and I am from the West Coast of Canada 😆

  107. doylecat says:

    feathers, not dots, right? (huge eye roll).

  108. Same here, T.U.M. 😀

  109. Theresa, my BF and I called each other “Egg.” I have no idea why…

  110. Theresa, my sentiments exactly. Yikes.

  111. Fird, we have 19 museums, 20 libraries, 9 research centers and the National Zoo. Plus we have more than 137 million objects in our collections, so yes, we are sometimes called the Nation’s Attic. We do not, however, have a museum devoted to Canada, but we do have one devoted to Native Americans…

  112. Lillith says:

    Stop the presses! I found a video where Shiro not only opens his eyes, but…..



  113. Lillith says:

    Pooh, it didn’t embed! 😦

  114. Fleurdamour says:

    That’s some bliss.

  115. Fleurdamour says:

    And a bonus connection to Congressman Andrew Weiner.

  116. Fleurdamour says:

    Probaby because it’s funny.

  117. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    Yes, thank you for understanding that I was, indeed, putting words in the cats’ mouths. I love cats, I have two of my own, and I think cats wearing baskets on their heads is hilarious. The yawn put me over the top!

  118. Fird Birfle says:

    But it’s a FAB clip. I’ve nevah before seen him get up and relocate.
    It’s kinda surreal to watch that happen, when we’ve grown
    so accustomed to him in Pause/ Zen Mode!!

  119. Dear Blue Foot,

    Not to be too nit-picky, but the word is “fazes” him, not “phases” him. Look it up, as my favorite English teacher used to say all the time. Back to regularly scheduled programming, thank you for your attention.

  120. bagoguts says:

    He needs the bigger bell so it will clear all of his chins.

  121. bagOguts says:

    Ha! And he seems to be in a coma in all of them. 🙂

  122. Yes, that is one FA…I mean…Fluffy cat!

  123. OMG I love those kitties. They are so “Zen”. 🙂

    I must subscribe to their youtube channel now.

  124. I think that’s part of the joke…? Anyway, I thought it was part of the joke, the part that really made the point about the hucksterism that masquerades as something profound? Just me, I guess…. Ah, well, I’ll see you at the Zuni Tequila Apacharia. (With desperate apologies to both those Nations.)

  125. If you did grow up in the area, you would know not to confuse the Nations.

  126. wannadance says:

    for the win!!!

  127. Hey, I want to grill up some octopus (tako) and put it into a folded corn tortilla for tako tacos! And then there’s my baba yaga ganoush with the chicken legs sticking out of the eggplant dip…

  128. Dude, it’s humor. A joke The whole thing is a mixed up hodge-podge that isn’t meant to be taken seriously.

  129. Scarlett Angell says:

    I love how toward the end they sort of glance at each other like “ummm, did you know you have a basket on your head?”, “really?…so do you!”


  131. Snowpea says:

    Darnit, I can’t get this video to load! 😦 I’ve been trying since it was posted. Booo!

  132. That is some awesome multilingual punnage right there.