Sir Toby Toblerone, purest cat of the internet
December 6, 2017 5:04 PM   Subscribe

Sir Toby Toblerone the cat [Facebook page] cannot walk at all. He was adopted by a British couple who makes sure he has a happy and adventurous life. Toby is often seen around town bundled up (complete with bobbly tam o'shanter), eagerly watching for trains and construction equipment. He likes trainspotting, chicken slices, and "booby cuddles," and dislikes "soggy moggy days." Sometimes his dad sings him songs about trains [Facebook video].
posted by dayintoday (17 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
 
ohhhhh my god this is the best thing today
posted by palomar at 5:06 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]


He looks so much like my dear departed Melanie (who was also a special-needs kitty).
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:14 PM on December 6 [2 favorites]


i clicked expressly for the tam o'shanter and i WAS NOT disappointed
posted by halation at 5:25 PM on December 6 [5 favorites]


This made my night!
posted by triage_lazarus at 7:09 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]


That cat looks a lot like what I would imagine Jim Parsons would look like if he were a cat and I love him in every possible way
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:29 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]


oh jesus christ, his swaddled solemnity in the trains videos

mum: you do like the noisy rackety things now, don't yeh

sir toby: *side eye*

and

mum: he don't look awfully impressed there, do you nowt, pumpkin

now i'm crying
posted by notquitemaryann at 8:28 PM on December 6 [6 favorites]


they are all wonderful, and I love them.
posted by notquitemaryann at 8:34 PM on December 6 [4 favorites]


I thought white cats were always female. Not that it matters what it’s name is or what pronouns are used... I guess I don’t have a point except wanting to know what this cat’s chromosomes are just to edumacate myself about the genetics of white cats.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:01 PM on December 6


And his rainbow crocketed blanket with his name on it! A his onesie with buttons that spell out T O B Y
posted by sweetmarie at 9:06 PM on December 6 [4 favorites]




This is just the kind of news I like to post on FB.
posted by cairnoflore at 10:36 PM on December 6


I thought white cats were always female. Not that it matters what it’s name is or what pronouns are used... I guess I don’t have a point except wanting to know what this cat’s chromosomes are just to edumacate myself about the genetics of white cats.

I think you're confusing two things here - tortoiseshell cats are always female (the pattern is due to inconsistent X-inactivation - basically a gene involved in coat colour is on the X chromosome, and in female cats one of the chromosomes gets 'switched off'; in tortoiseshell cats different X-chromosomes are 'switched off' in different patches of cells, leading to the piebald effect).

Meanwhile cats with a 100% white coat are very likely to be deaf, especially if they have blue eyes, as the gene which most commonly results in this pattern is also the one which causes sensorineural deafness. (This is sometimes reported as 'all white cats with blue eyes are deaf' - not quite correct, it's possible for a combination of other traits to cause this coat/eye pattern without the deafness-causing gene)
posted by Acheman at 12:52 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]


tortoiseshell cats are always female

There are rare cases of male tortoiseshell cats though, but hey are usually sterile.
posted by Pendragon at 1:17 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]


SO needed. Thank you Sir Toby!
posted by petebest at 2:40 AM on December 7


I mean - Sir Toby is clearly a very good cat, and I'm glad his underlings are providing him a good quality of life. But how does this even work? Do they plop him into a litterbox at regular intervals, and train him to go on command? Can he use regular water and food dishes?
posted by Mr. Excellent at 7:23 AM on December 7


I feel better now, thank you Sir Toby.
posted by thefang at 9:57 AM on December 7


Do they plop him into a litterbox at regular intervals, and train him to go on command?

Melanie had cerebellar hypoplasia; hers was a milder case, so she was able to walk (like a drunken sailor) and use the box on her own.But in the online CH communities I frequented, there were people whose cats couldn't walk, dig, or sit up, and yeah, that's basically what they did. Except most of them used puppy training pads instead of litter.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:24 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]


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