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January 20, 2014 11:44 AM   Subscribe

There's no other way to put this. You are about to watch a video of a cat on a skateboard. Have fun.

Lucky for you, the video was posted by an animal trainer. Here are his cat training videos.
posted by mudpuppie (48 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite

 
Better background music.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:47 AM on January 20 [3 favorites]


That made me happy.
posted by jaguar at 11:49 AM on January 20 [4 favorites]


Stupid cat can't even do a kick flip! YOUR FAVORITE SKATEBOARD ANIMAL SUCKS!
posted by Mister_A at 11:55 AM on January 20 [9 favorites]


That was far more entertaining than I expected it to be. Go Didja!
posted by Kevin Street at 11:57 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


The little dude has some moves all right.
posted by dougzilla at 11:59 AM on January 20


Obligatory "Fuck you, cats."
posted by mysticreferee at 12:04 PM on January 20


I'll admit that I didn't expect going in to watch the entire 3 and a half minutes of a skateboarding cat video, but I did. Started to falter when I realized that there was a whole minute of credits, but I watched that too!
posted by achrise at 12:07 PM on January 20 [7 favorites]


Yeah they had bloopers and out-takes! Def watch the credits, haters.
posted by Mister_A at 12:08 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


Skateboarding cat is awesome. Skateboarding cat who ALSO DOES PARKOUR IN THE MIDDLE OF SKATEBOARDING is the king of cats.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 12:09 PM on January 20 [14 favorites]


Didga is way better than all the other cats around the intarwebs!

GO DIDGA!!
posted by BlueHorse at 12:14 PM on January 20


Meowow! That looks like fun! Didga looks happy too.
posted by Susu pitchounette at 12:37 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


Cats already come with parkour built-in as a standard feature, although many of them don't feel like demonstrating it.
posted by Kevin Street at 12:38 PM on January 20 [13 favorites]


Man, skate thrash music has really gotten tame.
posted by item at 12:38 PM on January 20 [9 favorites]


I think it could just as easily been titled "Journey of a Thousand Takes."
posted by JHarris at 12:44 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]


Animal Chin!
posted by entropicamericana at 12:44 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


I just said "yay!" out loud like a silly fool.
posted by Divine_Wino at 12:52 PM on January 20 [7 favorites]


Can he ollie?
posted by Thorzdad at 12:53 PM on January 20


I'm hopeful this might become opening credits to a Littlest Hobo style program where Didga chances upon innocent victims in need of help. Help that only a very small, furry, proficient skateboarder can successfully offer. With crime solved and a quick nap, Digda then skates off to the same theme. Until next week.
posted by 0 answers at 12:57 PM on January 20 [19 favorites]


That has sent my five year old son running to find our staunch independent, child-intolerant cat:
"Christopher! Do you want to learn some tricks?! I will give you biscuits!"

I don't fancy his chances.
posted by Catch at 1:14 PM on January 20 [20 favorites]


But how did the skateboard move? So confused. Didga only put his foot down twice!
posted by asperity at 1:30 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]


Willpower. Bill installed the camera too.
posted by hat_eater at 1:38 PM on January 20


I DID NOT LIKE THE PARTS NEAR THE STREET I was so nervous.

I liked the parts where you saw his little feeties doin stuff.
posted by elizardbits at 2:12 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]


But how did the skateboard move? So confused. Didga only put his foot down twice!


That's how fucking good he is.
posted by Tomorrowful at 2:16 PM on January 20 [6 favorites]


Are there a lot of skateboarding cats in Australia? I ask because most of the people in the background of the video seem to take Didja's rather impressive feats in stride.

Me, I'd be all like, "Hey, look at that cat! He's skateboarding!"
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 2:25 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]


It's like 135 degrees out in Australia, I assume those people are just happy to be alive.
posted by elizardbits at 2:31 PM on January 20 [6 favorites]


I like Didga's "gettin' stuff done" face. That cat is on-task.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:32 PM on January 20 [8 favorites]


Huh? Malibu is in Australia now?
posted by Sys Rq at 2:32 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


This dude is located in Australia, yes.
posted by elizardbits at 2:37 PM on January 20


WELL THAT IS BLATANT FALSE ADVERTISING
posted by Sys Rq at 2:46 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


My wife came to see what I was looking at because I was gibbering THERE IS A CAT AND IT IS SKATEBOARDING THE CAT IS SKATEBOARDING for a solid minute.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 4:00 PM on January 20 [8 favorites]


also i suspect that the cat is not actually skateboarding all by itself, this is just a neverending series of betrayals basically
posted by elizardbits at 4:00 PM on January 20 [9 favorites]


Seriously though what was making the board move? Why are so few people concerned about this?
posted by TheRedArmy at 4:39 PM on January 20 [2 favorites]


I suspect it is mostly camera + skateboard + cat being pulled along by a string.

Also, the trick at 1:29 breaks the illusion because damnit the skateboard is moving BACKWARDS after the cat jumps up onto the sign and then it is moving FORWARDS AGAIN when the cat jumps down from the sign.

It is an awfully nice cat though.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 4:42 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


I suspect it is mostly camera + skateboard + cat being pulled along by a string.

It took several viewings before I saw it (and honestly, I'm ashamed to admit how many times I've watched this today), but you can see the string at 2:26.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:52 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


I was about to say "meh," until Didja hopped on and off the wall while the skateboard kept going.

Also, pretty sure Ollie is a radio-controlled skateboard.
posted by underthehat at 4:53 PM on January 20


I think it is pretty obvious that spirits are moving Ollie. If you could see the shape made by their passage... well, let's just say you would not appreciate the explanation.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:12 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]


best kitty award!
posted by zscore at 5:55 PM on January 20


elizardbits is a skateboardcat truther I thought we were above such things here. shameful.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 6:37 PM on January 20 [4 favorites]


Does what it says on the tin.

Also, more interesting than 99.99% of all skateboardng videos. This is a fact. Backed up by Science.
posted by happyroach at 8:12 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


I so can't wait for the kids to wake up so I can show this to them.
posted by 4ster at 8:18 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


Right after I hide our cat.
posted by 4ster at 8:18 PM on January 20 [6 favorites]


Metafilter: just a neverending series of betrayals basically
posted by item at 10:27 PM on January 20 [4 favorites]


Anyone who didn't realise this was a cat being pulled along on a skateboard with some edits of it jumping on/off the skateboard is a dim goon and will die a meaningless death.
posted by ACair at 4:46 AM on January 21 [3 favorites]


Most importantly, there is a pomeranian in the credits.
posted by moonmilk at 7:14 AM on January 21 [1 favorite]


Anyone who didn't realise this was a cat being pulled along on a skateboar

Be careful -- you're letting the magic out.
posted by asperity at 7:37 AM on January 21 [1 favorite]


what I love about this video is that it succinctly demonstrates that any cat may be "trained" to do a thing, if that is a thing it naturally enjoys doing in the first place. This is how I leash trained one of our current fuzzballs to walk on a leash within a week. He is a naturally curious and gregarious cat who was interested from the start in going outside and exploring things so I merely channeled that behavior into his understanding of "cool, if walk along the sidewalk pulling the monkey along on this string contraption, I get to see/smell/explore INFINITE THINGS!!!111". Anytime he tried to dart too far into people's yards or across the street, I just stopped. He figured it out on his own.

All that to say, I have seen several skateboardcat videos before, mainly because my ex roommate discovered them and Didja bears a freakishly close resemblance to his awesome cat. With the difference being that Billy would do incredibly intricate parkour moves inside our apartment going after houseflies, and Didja shows a preference for riding a moving skateboard. One of the earlier skateboard videos I've seen of him shows his owner simply rolling the skateboard past the cat, and Didja jumping onto it, then jumping off onto a nearby wall. This video is excellent because (the magic of editing aside) it clearly shows how this "shaped" behavior has been developed into a pretty awesome series of tricks.

Didja is awesome. Good kitty! *skritches*
posted by lonefrontranger at 10:16 AM on January 21 [1 favorite]


obvs ymmv if all your cat truly enjoys doing is knocking shit over and peeing on walls, so good luck with that
posted by lonefrontranger at 10:18 AM on January 21 [4 favorites]


Didja wasn't even pushing mongo! Good kitty!
posted by Spatch at 7:12 PM on January 21


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