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Jul 16, 2007

Ever wondered what your cat is doin' during the day?

People, this is awesome.

Check out kitteh chronicles of Mr. Lee Cat Cam, from the point-of-view of one kitteh: "Mr. Lee."

You see, Mr. Lee is well-equipped with a special digital camera, to record his cattin' around...


Follow Mr. Lee as he...

Leaves the house, to make the rounds...


Chills under a parked car with a fellow hoodlum...


Slurps up all the puddle water he can find...


Checks the bird feeder for snacks...


Rendez-vous with his girl, and finally goes home.


Brillo idea, Juergen P.! Check out all Cat Cam photos here...

Thoughtfully submitted by: David C., Jennifer G., Anna F., David R., Kathleen K., Duncan G., Candice R., Katie-Rose R., and Nat S.!

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Oh yeah, I've seen this!... no idea why it didn't occur to me to post it here, duh...

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:13 PM

Awesome! Definitely a great idea. I love seeing the whiskers when he's "making the rounds."

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:13 PM

This is the BEST IDEA EVER! I would love to see a sitcom from the cat's point of view. I very well may be the only viewer but I think it sounds like a great idea! Someone get to work on it!

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:15 PM

I can't help but feel a little sorry for Mr. Lee, but that's primarily because I'm imagining the humiliation of wearing a camera around my neck and later having the pics posted on the internets. This probably doesn't concern Mr. Lee.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:15 PM

From the quietly pleased look in pic 1, I'd say Mr. Lee considers himself quite well dressed indeed. Stylish, even.

Peg of Tilling
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Brilliant Idea!!! Very fun indeed.
Redzilla, don't worry, I bet they have the sense to edit out litter box time, etc. That would be embarrassing for Mr. Lee, for sure.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:22 PM

Oh my god! That is so cool! I wouldn't want anyone to see my peoplecam...because then they'd learn how much of my day I actually spend looking at CO.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:25 PM

Sad or cute????

Kittehs are bebehs, and shouldn't live outside...the next video may be him getting smooshed by a car! Sheesh people, cats don't belong outside!!!!

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:37 PM

My kitteh, Dingy, is going to hate me when I figure out how to make the camera automatically take photos when I'm not there...

Yes, my name is really Cricket
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:38 PM

Ooooh! I love the idea!
LOL. The bird feeder check. :D

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:46 PM

Just saw all of Mr. Lee's pics. What a really neat idea. How come I can never think of anything like this first? Oh well, maybe someday!

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:55 PM

(I have in fact created "faux" kitty cam footage by running around shooting low angle and adding purrs/meows over the footage...leetl did I know!)

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:56 PM

My personal fave is the "slurping the puddle water." Eeeewwww... but funny! :)

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 12:56 PM

I also feel that cats shouldn't be outside, for their own safety.
But --- that point aside:
MY favorite picture is Mr. Lee's checking out of the bird feeder "for snacks". That thought made me giggle.

you guys r silly
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:00 PM

How dare you! What am I some kind of fuzzy cutey pie creature for you to giggle and snorgle with?

Do you think you can get leverage over me by spying on me and my associates?

Remember, I have walked in the bedroom whilst you were changing while wearing this lovely device.

Two can play, oh yes, two can play.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:12 PM

super NEAT! I wish he was an indoor cat though... so much safer for lil Mr. Lee! Outdoor cats only have an average lifespan of 7 years compared to 14-16 for indoor cats.

claudine hellmuth
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:28 PM

Some of those pic's make me uneasy, I'm not wild about kitties inside of car parts, but that's a cool project. Even cooler that he gets the cat to keep the camera around his neck! Mine would be slithering out of the collar in five second! Stretchy cat collars you know.

I can't imagine what my kitty would reveal: the bed, the sunny floor, the food bowl, the litter box, the water bowl, the couch, the dust bunnies under my bed....

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:33 PM

I have seen this before! I thought it was amazing how many friends Mr. Lee has and how he would go through a secret tunnel. I thought just the opposite of the peeps, I was thinking that perhaps I am cruel to keep my kittehs inside where they have nothing to do and no one to see... Perhaps outdoor cats live less but they live more fully, and have more joy while they are here... Sort of like those robot peeps on Bladerunner!

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:35 PM

My kitty is an indoor/outdoor kitty. She loves to go outside, especially in the summer, but then again, my parents live on an acreage, so she's never around vehicles or anything like that. She's a pretty crafty girl, she's stayed out of trouble for the last 13 years. I'm sure this guy is just as crafty.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:37 PM

OMG! I LOVE THIS!!! I would love to put a kitty cam on my cat to see what stuff he's up to all day.....or do I want to know????

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:45 PM

Oh man, the cutest is beyond measure. It is quite clear now why this blog is #1 at the Blogger's Choice Awards so far for Best Blog of All Time. You shouldn't definitely keep your substantial lead by adding a "brag badge" the other blogs I've seen that have it make it really easy to vote for the site. It's easy to add the code. You get it at: http://www.bloggerschoiceawards.com/blogs/show/40

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:52 PM

YOU INHUMAN MONSTERS! You let a cat outside?! OUTSIDE?!! Don't you know what might happen to a cat outside?! It might eat a bug, drink rainwater, chase small animals, fight off a blue jay, lie in the grass or crawl under a bush, have relations with another cat, nap on a warm car hood on a cold day! ANY NUMBER OF THINGS! It might have FUN with HUMAN INVOLVEMENT! It might even RUN AWAY! It could ADOPT ANOTHER OWNER FOR GODS SAKE! But what's worst? IT COULD DIE IN AN ACCIDENT! That would make the owner sad for at LEAST A WEEK until they adopt another cat! A WHOLE WEEK!

Cats *MUST* live their ENTIRE LIVES in a confined space of 500-1500 square feet for as LONG AS POSSIBLE - 18-20 years at the minimum! ANY actions by the owner that might shorten their life spans by ANY AMOUNT should result in a visit by the SPCA! SHAME ON YOU! SHAAAAAAMMMMMEEE!!

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 01:56 PM

BTW, for you other folks who were wondering about doing this at home and the safety of a relatively heavy camera on the collar, the site notes that cat collars should break when snagged.

As he said, you need to decide what's important: The life of your pet or the device on the collar.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:00 PM

Jimbo - I take some offense to some of your comments. I had a house cat for 14 years (his brother thankfully is still with us) and I still mourn for him over a year later. I'm not here to debate in or out (I think in is better) but it would defitely take all the pet owners I know a lot more than a week to get over a loved family member (pet or person).

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:02 PM

::blink blink:: Wow.

Yes, my name is really Cricket
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:03 PM

If only I could get a ferret-sized camera. And get the ferret to not remove it within a nanosecond of putting it on! However, since the ferrets are indoor pets, the pictures would be quite boring indeed.

Love Mr. Lee's adventures. All his buddies, enemies (snake!), and potential snacks. Some of his photos are pretty cool too: very artistic.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:03 PM

Sarah_annej - Pass the popcorn. I'm right there with you! LOL!

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:04 PM

OMG! Mr. Lee, the first feline photojournalist! Priceless!

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:06 PM

What does it say on the cam box on his collar? Tried to read it but couldn't.
also, re in/v/out...some cats no matter what you do they will try to get out. We have one who has been an indoor kitteh all his life. But he wants owwwwwwt. Despite all our promises of warmth, love, foods, etc... We take all precautions but I know there'll come a day where he just might succeed. He did once but we caught him and brought him back in. He just wants to explore. Its a part of their nature. (not saying I'm going to willingly let him out as it's not safe for him where we live. . . jus saying that for some cats it is darn near impossible to keep them in if they want out.)

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:12 PM

Metz, I think it's easier if a cat's never really been outdoors.

However when a nasty neighbor threatened to kill our beloved Siamese on sight we had to convert our 5-yr old to an indoor cat.

Poor thing. She'd sneak out whenever she could and we'd chase her, literally, across a park. Tried the lease thing but she looked at us like were crazy.

She'd also meow like crazy when we took the dog out for a walk. Turned out she used to follow my Dad and the dog when they'd go for night walks.

Still though, when faced with a literal life or death situation, it was an easy decision.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:19 PM

the camera says "please return to *address shopped out*


Thank you!

I also dont think cats should be outside, to do whatever (have a million babies, get rabies, get hit by a car, get hurt by mean people), but in many places in the world it is recommended to let a cat out all the time.

i dont think it is a great idea, but i am not the ruler of everyone.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:19 PM

Who knew they had buddies? I was just thinking about this a few weeks back, about how cool it would be to see what a cat 'sees' and does all day. I've always wanted to get a motion sensored camera in the house and find out what my cats do while I'm at work or sleeping at night. Of course, I might not want to really know.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:26 PM

My three stooges are indoors and have a teensy apartment to live in. Buddy tries to get out constantly, but he was an alley cat when we rescued him. Luckily my door opens to an inside hallway. Little booger ran up 5 floors before I could catch him.

Tabby Sue got out once and ran up to the second floor, only to come flying back down, hissing all the way. Scarlett got out shortly after her lion cut, but she made it as far as two steps into the hallway and ran back in the door.

I bought them a pet stroller from Petsmart.com and take them for walks in it. I love it, although I'm not thrilled with the pink color. But, the cats love it! They think they are the rulers of the neighborhood when they are on their walks.

Regarding this post, I must say after coming home the other day from work, I wish I had cams on my cats. My apartment was totally trashed. All the cupboards and drawers in kitchen were open, all the mail and bills on my desk were scattered and half-eaten on the floor, the pencils and pens were scattered in every room, toilet paper was destroyed, paper towels (a new roll) was scattered and destroyed, clothes baskets were overturned and clothes scattered everywhere, the videos on my entertainment center were knocked all over the place, the cushions were half off the couch, my receipts I had on my cedar chest to organize were scattered in all rooms, and the new 27# tub of litter and hard-sided cat carrier were removed from the front of a closet containing their food, and the food bin was opened.

I thought someone broke into my house, but considering there was money in several places in plain sight, and no sign of forced or unforced entry other than my own, as well as the guilty looks on the three faces of the cats, I have a good feeling our apartment wasn't violated.

I just want to know what I did to warrant such wanton destruction?

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:26 PM

Dudes. I grew up in a university town in Missouri in a very residential area. ALL of my cats growing up and to this day are indoor/outdoor. There is nothing wrong with it. Tragically, we lost two kittehs that were hit by cars, once right in front of me. But regardless of what COULD happen, it all depends on your living situation. With a big back yard and front yard, too, and all of the gardening my folks do, it would be impossible to keep the cats inside. Once they have a taste of it, they want it. If your cat is declawed, keep them inside. Otherwise,unless you live in a high traffic area or in an apartment that has no easy access to the outdoors or a way for them to get back in, there is no reason on earth to keep a cat inside all of the time, imo.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:33 PM

enuff, in cities cats will fall to a number of life-ending threats, in the country, there are a number of life-ending threats, some cats are better at survival than others, some owners are better at protecting than others, all have their place.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:34 PM

I just ordered 4 cheapo webcams from amazon. I'm thinking I can set up a website or something for myself so I can see what the cat does when I'm not home. If I see him thinkin' about pooping under the rocker, I can call and yell at him over the answering machine!

Yes, my name is really Cricket
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:37 PM

Its take too much time to get one of my kittehs to sit still and put that on them, let alone a collar.

I give this person credit for even trying, now this litteh cannot say the dog did it LOL

leah b.
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:39 PM

kitteh not litteh

leah b.
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:40 PM

OMG, brilliant idea.

Of course if I outfitted either of my cats w/ a CatCam, all the pictures would be of my bedroom wall, from them sleeping on my bed all day!

another Michelle
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:41 PM

My cats were indoor-outdoor for years, then a feral cat started coming inside so I started shutting the cats in at night. When I moved to new house they were ages 12 and 14 and since moving they have been indoor only. They don't mind at all. I think they were becoming aware of their increasing vulnerability as they aged and welcome the new safety.

Mary (the first)
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:45 PM


Keep a cat indoors or out, whichever. I don't really care. But there is more at stake than the cat's safety in the argument.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 02:58 PM

Oh, man!!! The BIG BROTHER gummermit even wants to know where and what my kitty is doing!!! It's the NEW WORLD ORDER!!! aahhhhhhh!!!
: D

Catman Dude =^-.-^=
 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 03:02 PM

omg, how cute and yet another web-site to bookmark! definitely would like to set up web-cams around the house to see what the cat and dog do all day.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 03:12 PM

Unfortunately the beautiful Siamese cat I had when I was young was poisoned by someone in the neighborhood and died at the age of 7. My present cat goes outside in the back yard but it's totally enclosed and she can come and go as she pleases. Works out rather well. And she does stay in all night.

It's great to see all the kitty camera pics, but the guy states on the website that the cat didn't like it, and reluctantly accepted it. Seems a drag for the cat.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 03:25 PM

Mr. Lee thinks he's stylin'.

He knows he's a special kitteh, he's probably showing his camera off to all his buddies: "Yo, I got a camera and you don't."

I love the photos, but I hope nothing bad ever happens to Mr. Lee.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 03:32 PM

It isn't so bad for cats when they are inside, but they make a large negative impact on wildlife. They are not natural predators (they are domesticated) to our wildlife and can decimate populations of prey animals that other predators need to eat.

I had an outdoor kitty that lived to 14, but his indoor kitty sister is still ticking at 18.

That being said--I love how artistic these pictures are. There are some really amazing images. My cousin's 4 year old son loves taking pictures and took a bunch at our wedding. They were some of the best shots, done from his point of view. :D

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 03:39 PM

oops, I meant to say outside in the first line...

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 03:40 PM

Don't worry, LisaN, jimbo is just being facetious to poke fun at some of the more militant viewers of CO!
At least...I'm pretty sure!

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 03:56 PM

Clever! I love the kitty cam.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 04:19 PM

I know what you mean about wondering if indoor cats are missing something? Our girl, Cipher, is indoor only but she could easily spend all day sitting in the window looking at the world. We have dozens of wild cats that like to prowl in our back yard (one reason why we keep her indoors) and when they're out there lying in the sun or chasing bugs, I sometimes feel guilty for denying her that pleasure. But we live on a busy street, we have lots of mean raccoons around, and the wild cats fight a lot -- so we know Cipher is much safer inside.

 |  Jul 16, 2007 at 04:45 PM

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