How the British handle their cats!

How the British handle their cats!

by Michael

This is a slightly naughty video because it was taken from my television and the television company should not be showing the video really because YouTube took it off the internet as it was a breach of copyright!

Phew..anyway here is a part of it (in poor quality as it is third generation). The video throws up some nice questions about how the British handle their cats. By “handle” I mean treat or relate to the domestic cat.

What is good and bad about this? First the football match is a premiership match. This means a top of the range match. The players are all millionaires and there are 50,000 spectators. In this instance the match is between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs). These are both very long standing football (soccer in the USA) teams of prestige. Manchester United is probably the world’s best known football club. It is valued at about £1.3 billion pounds (GBP).

The man in the black tracksuit who looks and smiles is Kenny Dalglish MBE, the Liverpool manager. He is a legend in Liverpool and football generally. The goalkeeper is not British and he behaves really nicely too.


How did this grey tabby and white domestic cat get on the football pitch where there are 50,000 spectators and 22 players and lots of security and barriers etc.?

This seems to be a symptom of the laissez faire attitude to letting cats outside in Britain. It is natural but it can be and is not infrequently dangerous. This supports the argument for keeping cats inside. I was frightened for the cat but….


The players leave the cat alone. No one forces themselves upon the cat which might have resulted in defensive aggressive behavior on behalf of the cat leading to more trouble.

The cat wanders to the edge of the pitch where a steward picks up the cat gently, strokes the cat to calm him and her and it’s over. No damage. No problems.

Did you hear the commentator say that a black cat brings good luck? Nice one. Very positive. In other parts of the world the black cat brings back luck.

Just thought I would show you this. I made this page at speed but I think this video shows a positive side to the English way of life.

I am blowing the British trumpet and why not? We get enough knocks.


Note: the video may be deleted in due course….you know why.

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How the British handle their cats!

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Feb 14, 2012
Gentle NEW
by: Michael

Yes, I very much liked the way the man (a steward) picked this stray cat up – very gently. Showed respect and tenderness. This is how to treat cats. It eliminates problems.

Feb 11, 2012
A nation is judged by how it treats animal ! NEW
by: Anonymous

Mahatma Ghandi was quoted as saying “A nation is judged by how its treat its weakest members (in this case “a cat” in fact I’ve read that UK orovides the best care for cats whether domestic or feral. This video truly show that, cat looked well fed, obviously he just wandered to learn what commotion was about, my many kudos to everyone especially the man that gently pick him/her in order to calm the gorgeous feline. In this world we need people that show respect to felines & other animals.
Great day to everyone,

Feb 09, 2012
Wonderful treatment! NEW
by: Anonymous Amputees

I am greatly impressed by the kind and caring treatment of the cat. He was definitely not overly scared because everyone almost ignored him. Thank you Britain!

Feb 09, 2012
Nice NEW
by: Michael

Thanks for the comments. I agree that it is nice to see this because football is basically a macho male domain and this cat was in a potentially hostile environment. Certainly frightening for a cat.

No one could commit animal abuse of any sort because they are on TV but that said I was impressed with the way it was handled.

No one chased and frightened the cat and the stewards were gentle – good to see.

I wonder what would have happened in other parts of the world? Some stewards could have been frightened of being scratched or something. I can see stewards in other countries handling the cat differently.

It is the first time a domestic cat has wandered onto a premiership football pitch during a match that I can recall.

Feb 08, 2012
How the British handle their cats. NEW
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Honestly, this is the first time in my life that i have seen a cat being the cemtre of attention on a sports field in any part of the World. Its very common to see the odd stray dog invade a Cricket field in India or other country’s during a sports game, but never a cat.This particular cat behaved like a dog, least perturbed of all the attention and crowd noise, neither running in fright, just cooly strolling across the ground.The manner in which the players and officials reacted to the four legged intruder speaks volumes towards animal welfare in England.Excellent video and excellent treatment to a unwanted player?

Feb 08, 2012
Proud of that NEW
by: Barbara

Well I care nothing for football but I must say I was proud to be British when I saw that, for once something was more important than the game and it was lovely to see such “macho” men being kind and gentle with the feline intruder, I hope she got safely home in the end.
I agree with Ruth, women who love cats themselves generally prefer a man who isn’t afraid to admit he too loves cats

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Feb 08, 2012
Lovely video NEW
by: Ruth

What a lovely video, it was so nice to see no one chasing the cat and the concerned stewards looked so calm and kind, especially the one who picked her up gently and stroked her.
Some men think it’s not manly to show affection and kindness to cats when really we women are more impressed by the men who do.

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