Felix Finds His Food

by Chris McHenry

Adult Felix

Adult Felix

Felix is a orange mackerel tabby that seems to have a mind of his own. This was evident, when I recently came home from work and found the pots and pans pulled out of the pantry and all over the floor!

At first, I was not sure if I was robbed, or my wife had began to practice sloppy housekeeping. But then there was always the possibility that Felix had somehow reasoned how to open the cabinet door to the pantry.

Well a few days had passed and I had forgotten about the previous mess in the kitchen. However, when I returned home from work one evening the pots and pans were once again scattered all over the kitchen floor. Well, either I had a poltergeist in my house, or Mr. Felix had some special abilities.

I have grown tired from cleaning up such a mess after a hard days work, so I decided to conduct a little investigation. One day before work,I set up my camcorder and aimed it in the direction of the pantry.

When I returned home, the pots and pans were again scattered throughout the kitchen area. I could not wait to view the camcorder. What I viewed was astounding. Apparently Felix had paid close attention when my wife and I opened a closed cabinets and doors.

I watched in amazement as Felix sheathed his claws and inserted then in a small crack between the cabinet and magnetized door hinges attached to the door. With one the pull of his powerful arms (like Popeye's) the door flung open and in went Felix.

Because of Felix's size (30 pounds, 32 inches long not counting his tail), he blocked the door from closing with his body.

With a smile, I was ready to discipline the beast as he lay at my feet while I watched the video. However, upon closer observation of the video I noticed a small brown object that began to move in the corner of the pantry.

I watched as Felix scattered the pots and pans while he pursued his prey. Apparently, Felix found a mice. Well the video ended shortly after and I guess Felix never got the mouse. But I did learn one thing, you can't teach a old cat new tricks, they teach themselves. Hope you enjoyed the short story.

P.S. Felix has since learned how to open the screen door!


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Jul 20, 2010 Cabinet inspection
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Chris. Thanks for keeping us updated on Felix. What a good boy he is, just a bit misunderstood! From now on you'll simply have to let him into whatever cabinet he wants to inspect. He'll have his reasons... 😉

Jul 15, 2010 Felix
by: Ruth

Hi Chris,I enjoyed your story. What a big beautiful boy your Felix is.
I do hope he caught his mouse eventually after working so hard for it lol

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

Jul 15, 2010 Clever Boy!!!
by: Isabelle B (South Africa)

What a lovely story, cats are so very intelligent...we just love our Turbo for his instinct as well...Felix is such a beautiful boy!!!

Jul 14, 2010 Video
by: Michael

Hi Chris, great story, loved it. If you think the video material is good enough you can send it to me on a DVD for example and I will make a video of it for the site.

My contact details are here: Contact.


Felix Finds His Food — 36 Comments

  1. I also had a cat who I named Feelix.He was 22 lbs and I nick named him “my little houdini” because he could open any door he wanted to.my bedroom door was a sliding pocket door,which even for me,was hard to open because it was not properly installed.I needed to keep this door shut while at work because i had another special needs cat that i kept in the bedroom.I even used a “hook and eye”type of lock to keep felix from sliding the door open while i was at work,but he was so strong that he was able to tug on the door until he poped the lock loose and slid the door open. he was a very amazing cat.unfortunatly he died of cancer at the age of 7.He is not with me here anymore but will always be in my heart.

    • Feelix sounds like an amazing cat. He was smart and strong. He’d be a good survivor and a cat leader. I bet you remember the things he did and the door opening antics very well. I have memories of my lost cats and they are as clear as if it were yesterday.

  2. I’d love to see a photo of Felix, he must have been a very clever cat!
    I’m sorry he died so young.
    R.I.P Felix x

    • thank you for replying to my comment.i have been trying to figure out how and what website to post his picture for 2 days now.I guess i’m not very computer literate.He was a big black and white cat with a tuxedo pattern.i also used to call him “my little shamou”.kevin

      • Hi Kevin. Email me the picture (mjbmeister[at]gmail.com – change the [at] for @). If you use the form on the home page you’ll see “Upload an Image Please select your image(s) to upload” half way down the form. You can use that too if you wish.

  3. what is the correct website to use for pictures of cats,my pictures that i’m trying to send arent going through.(felix the cat)

    Update: Here is Felix:

    I adoped felix when he was only 5 weeks old. He was a great cat. When he was 6 years old I noticed he want eating right. At that time I was working at a animal hospital (northport animal hospital n.y.) so my boss took a look at him and did an ultrasound. When I learned the diagnosis, I was shocked. Felix had lymphnode cancer. He was expected to live only the next 6-8 weeks. So I took him home with some medication and special cat food. I did my best to keep him alive and comfort him until 3 months later he was no longer able to eat or drink. At that time I realized it was time to let him go. Felix had just turned 7 yrs old. I miss him very much, even now, 2 years later. I will now try to attach his picture…..thank you, Kevin….


  4. Michael,thank you so much for putting the pictures of felix online.It is great to know other people are able to view his picture.I’m sorry his story did’nt have a happier ending,but he lived a happy 7 years and I have many good memories of him.I also trained Felix to walk outside on a leash and harness.I could write about many more happy memories about the short life he lived,but i want to leave things short for now….thanks again,kevin

    • My pleasure, Kevin. It is sad to lose a cat who has not lived to old age. He’ll be on this page for, at least, as long as I live, which is hopefully 20 more years.

      You have a nice cat friendly home with that large piece of cat furniture in the background.

  5. What a handsome cat Kevin! Thank you for sharing his photo.
    It’s sad his life was so short but it sounds as if he had a very happy one, he was much loved and will never be forgotten.

    • ruth,thank you for the compliment,felix was an amazing cat and you are right,he will never be forgotten.I still think about him even though it has been 2 years since he passed away…kevin

  6. thanks again michael,it was’nt easy to figure out,but i think i figured it out.i used a picture of my cat,puffy laying next to his stuffed animal.

  7. I really REALLY miss Felix !!!!!!!! There was no cat like him.!! I would love to pick him up because he would show me his belly!! I love the way he would open up doors. It was so cute!! He was so so So lovable!!! He was the smartest cat ever!! He loved being around people and kids. He will always have a special place in my heart!!!!!!

    • Thanks Donna for telling us about your Miss Felix. Any comments you make from now on will be published immediately. First comments are moderated or if you change your details (email or name) then the comment will also be moderated.

  8. Buddy is a Ragdoll. And he is black and white. He has a pet named fuzzy. Fuzzy is a pet catapiller. Buddy is very handsome ,cute, funny. Buddy loves cat nip toys.One day it was a rainbow cat nip toy and a few days latter it looked like a tea bag!! He ears a lot and purrs so loud and for so long. He is so so So nice. He is one of the best cats EVER!!!

    ragdoll cat

  9. Cleo is 1 years old and he loves crinkle balls! That’s he favorite toy. He’s gray and white and has green eyes . He also has a green collar. Cleo has pink nose,white whiskers,and pink and white pads. Cleo is Turing 2 years old in April 14. I love him so much!!

  10. Cleo is very very lovable. You can pick him up for a pretty long time. He purrs on my moms lap and rubs against coats and chairs. He loves kids and people. Cleo is very playful too. He also like to take a walk outside. So we put a leash on him or in a carriage ! He has a big tree house and a candy cane tail!! He does tricks when get wants his food. Cleo does sit,paw, and up. He’s the one of the best cats I’ve ever bet. I love him!!

      • Its been along time since I have visited the website. Firstly, my heartfelt sympathy to the owners that have lost our beloved feline buddies. I would also like to know how I can post a story, which I have a few that you might all enjoy. For your viewing pleasure I have inserted a picture of our addition to the family since 2010. Left to right: Buddy, Felix and Percella.

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