Categories: Cat History

What is a feline tantalus?

I have decided that there is no such thing as a feline tantalus. However, Tantalus was a famous Greek mythological figure who was punished by Zeus for attempting to serve his son at a feast with the gods. He was the ‘rich but wicked King of Sipylus’. His punishment was to go thirsty and hungry in water up to his neck with the fruit of a fruit tree just out of reach.

Tantalus. Illustration in the public domain.

The word ‘feline’ means cat. So someone is searching Google for a mythical cat/human figure who was punished to eternal damnation by Zeus. If this creature existed please tell me in a comment but I don’t think it does. It seems that someone made a mistake.

The source for the tantalus information is (1) Wikipedia and (2)


Cat Organ

I'm not writing about the internal organs of the domestic cat. I'm referring to what is described as a musical ...
Read More

Where do polydactyl cats come from?

If you live in America it believed that polydactyl cats were brought to the country as ship's cats from England ...
Read More

Saint Gertrude as patron saint of cats is a recent popular cult

Gertrude of Nivelles is lauded on social media as the patron saint of cats but this appears to be a ...
Read More

Did Lenin like cats?

Yes, there are clear indications from a video on YouTube and a still photo online, both of which are shown ...
Read More

St Nicholas of the Cats

St Nicholas of the Cats is a Byzantine convent in Cyprus which in 1996 housed only five nuns and a ...
Read More
Please comment here using either Facebook or WordPress (when available).
Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

Can pumpkin help cats with diarrhea?

Pumpkin contains soluble fibre which absorbs excess water and therefore it firms up a cat's stool. Adding a teaspoon of…

2 hours ago

The meaning of “lines” in cat breeding

The goal of cat breeders should be to found (establish) a line of healthy cats which excel in reference to…

8 hours ago

How do I know my cat is happy?

The signs that your cat is happy will be subtle. It is easier to ask yourself whether you are happy…

12 hours ago

Unwillingness to eat: a classic sign that a cat is dying of old age

People search for signs that their cat is dying of old age. I have just read about a 31-year-old Maine…

13 hours ago

Can cat vaccinations cause diarrhoea?

Yes, cat vaccinations can cause diarrhoea. Sometimes cats have an allergic reaction to a vaccine. These are called type I…

23 hours ago

Is pet insurance worth the cost?

I don't think that pet insurance is worth the cost and I'll tell you why. There is a better alternative.…

1 day ago