Monday, May 6, 2013

That's one Dutch artist I won't be asking to cat-sit anytime soon...


It's always a bit of a dilemma, deciding what to do when your pet dies. Do you have the vet cremate them?  Bury them in the back garden?  Have them stuffed and mounted?

Luckily Gypsy the Feline Dictator is only about eight years old so I've got another ten years or so before I need to worry about what to do when she finally shuffles off  the feline coil ... but I think that I may have found a way to make her "send off" a special one.

Catcopter!

Yep, that's right, a Dutch artist has found what I think might be the creepiest way to immortalise your beloved furry companion ... and that's really saying something, I've read Pet Cemetery!

But credit where credit's due, it takes a really well developed sense of the macabre to look at your recently expired cat and think "Hmm, if I strap her to a kite frame and duct tape some propellers to the paws, Kitty would make an awesome remote controlled helicopter".

I don't want to know how he explained this one to his kids, do I. 

"Kids, Tiddles was hit by a truck today.  But don't worry, it's not like you'll never see her again.  She's having her maiden flight at eight o'clock on Saturday morning!"

Go ahead and check out the video below and then let me know your opinion.  Is it art, or is it a weird and frankly disturbing thing to do to a much cared for pet?

I'm going to go for door number 2.


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  1. That is just wrong...delightfully demented, but still just wrong!

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    1. I have to agree with you. Joking aside, it's an awful thing to do.

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  2. 1: Wow!!!
    2: Yikes!!!
    3: Holy Smokes!!!

    That is one CRAZY, maybe even SICK, Dude...

    No "Cat-Copter's" for me. (Heck, no Cat's for me)

    Have a great day, Slu

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    1. It does make you wonder what on earth made him think of such a thing, doesn't it.

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  3. Poor Orville. Be afraid, Wilbur. Be very afraid.

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    1. Yeah, it's definitely a hard job, being the first cat pilot.

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  4. Oh that's just freaking creepy.

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  5. holy cats! One of my cats died a couple of weeks ago, buried in the garden. I just could never do that, it would be too upsetting.

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  6. so will she be used to scare away birds or is it like a drone...looking for terrorist mice?? this is just plain weird..

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    1. I have no idea what possible use he thinks she might have.

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  7. Funny post. Extra points for naming the cat "Tiddles."

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    1. In my head, all cats a called Tiddles until I learn otherwise :D

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  8. Obviously it should be HeliCATer. But don't judge him, what was he supposed to do, make it a catboat? That would have been insulting. Or the more obvious cat-a-comb (where you make the cat into a hair brush)? No, that would be absurd. He did the only logical thing you can do with a deceased loved one, make him/her/it airborne. Yeah, it's a touch odd, but I admire the creativity.

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    1. I don't know, I still think I'd go for the "Stuffing and mounting" option before this one.

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  9. Pretty sick, i think. But i actually smiled a little before i could stop myself. What does that make me. I have four kitties i adore. If anyone did this to one of them i might want to.. well.. do something very bad.

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    1. If anyone tried to do that to Gypsy the Feline Dictator, they'd learn just how much of a protective cat servant I am!

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  10. Clever & even funny, but definitely a 10+ on the Weird Scale!!

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    1. He must be a bit twisted. Normal people don't think of things like this.

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  11. hmm, I wonder if the artist's family will honor him in the same fashion when he goes...

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  12. Unbelievably messed up and creepy . . . but also kind of hilarious. Or maybe it's just your view on it that makes it hilarious! :-)

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    1. Oh it's definitely creepy ... and a little bit hilarious ;)

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  13. Totally weird. Almost sick weird. We vote for cremation and then scatter the ashes on our own property.

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    1. I'm not sure what I'll end up doing, probably cremation.

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  14. Definitely twisted. My cat is nearing 18 years old, and for months now I've been fretting over her failing health and where to bury her when the time comes. (We're in the process of moving, and I've been worried over how and where she'll pass away; either in this house right before we leave, or in our temporary home while our new house is being built). I also really hope that when she passes, I won't have to deal with it myself. (My brother's wedding is coming up and I'll be here alone). Wouldn't that be typical of a cat to kick the bucket the ONE week I need her to keep breathing? :p

    But again, that guy is TWISTED but I do envy how he takes death in stride like that. I do hope his family will do the same type of ceremony with him.

    Which I'm sure he probably already has planned in his will. Lol!

    Kristin

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    1. Maybe this is a test run for his own postmortem plans?

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  15. Horrible.
    The dead should be allowed to rest in peace.
    Just horrible x

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  16. I had seen this catcopter idea a few weeks ago and think the guy is demented. My 2 cats are aging and I can't imagine being so casual about either of their passing.

    Because we move so often, I opted to have my last pet (a 17 year old Shih Tsu that I had for 16.6 years) cremated. I didn't want her buried somewhere far from me. I am "one of those" people that consider my pets family. I mourn their passing. I can't imagine disrespecting their memory by turning them into something odd.

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    1. I don't know how he could be so callous about it either.

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    1. Oh yeah, completely wrong. He's got to be a bit twisted.

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  18. If they didn't use this to prank the heck out of people, they do not deserve such power.

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  19. Wow. Just, WOW! I don't know how I feel about it--mostly I think it is funny. Not really art, but certainly imaginative!
    tm

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    1. As a cat owner I was appalled ... but as someone who likes a laugh I have to admit it was a little bit amusing.

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  20. Definitely creepy, but kinds interesting.

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    1. The guy's imaginative. Twisted, but imaginative.

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  21. Well, given a choice between having a dead pet rot and consumed by worms underground, burning it to a dusty crisp, or giving it an afterlife soaring in the skies (giving alternately horror and delight to viewers), I don't think it's the worst thing that could be done.

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  22. I have a pretty messed up sense of humor and...just no. Can't do it. But then again, I also have a very sensitive, tender heart where my cat is concerned. :)

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    1. I'd never do something like that to my cat either.

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  23. It's certainly different. It kind of goes against the whole, "We don't play with dead things" rule most of us grow up with.

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  24. Somehow, I think I want to take a pass on this experience.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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  25. oh my. This is disturbing and I would not call it art. Yuck. Thanks for an interesting and really bizarre post.
    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com

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  26. He is a sick and twisted individual to even come up such a thing. I am an art enthusiast but that has NOTHING to do with art, to me. I think he, and/or anyone else that choses to do that to their pet, is a bit demented.

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    1. It does make you wonder what his thought process was, doesn't it.

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  27. Somehow I imagine if I turned my cat into a copter after she dies that I'd alternate rapidly between laughter, and sobbing, and laughter, and then sobbing again. How hilariously demented.

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  28. I want this done to me when I die. Seriously... It's going in my will.

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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    1. Just make sure they pose your face in an appropriately uplifting way. It doesn't have the same effect if you just have the closed eye sombre look.

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  29. When I first saw this (I've been thinking about commenting for a bit...), I thought it eccentric, maybe a little amusing. The more I've thought about it, the stronger my opinion has become that this is awful and disrespectful. Artist tribute to his cat, my a$$.

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    1. It definitely makes me think that it wasn't his cat. Maybe his wife's or his kid's, but not his.

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  30. Let's just hope that when the aliens come visit us that this guys isn't the first one of us they happen to meet.

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    1. Ooh, good point! I don't want aliens thinking that's our traditional death ritual!

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  31. I kind of think it is, well, art. Love it or hate it. I hold nothing sacred in a dead body. Sure it's dark, but art can be. I will cremate mine, but that is just because it is traditionally done, not out of any sense of tribute.

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    1. It's interesting, some people see it as art and others see it as obscene. Maybe that's the point, art can be obscene, but it's still art.

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  32. That guy is a whack job in my opinion. Eeeewwww!!!!! Who does this?

    Not just explaining it to the kids, but how about explaining it to his wife- who was likely the owner of said cat. Could be grounds for divorce right there...

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  33. I have no words.

    What the what???

    Holy shiz...

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    1. Some people just have twisted little minds, I think.

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  34. Is it bad that I laughed really, really, really hard when I saw that? I never get tired of watching that cat scare those cows.

    I guess I have a really dark/sick sense of humour.

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    1. LOL! I guess it's just one of those things we know we're not supposed to find amusing ... but we still do.

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    1. So you won't be requesting it for your own funeral? ;P

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  36. You know, the more I think of this the angrier it makes me. I understand that there are lot of eccentric people in this world, but this is beyond that because it involves the memory of what was once a living, breathing soul.

    I think it's safe to say that most pet owners think of their pets as children. Imagine the uproar there would be if this was done to a deceased human being or child.

    This isn't anything even remotely close to art. It's more like a twisted side show in a circus. It's disrespectful and demented, end of story. It's one thing for some people to think it's funny in theory, or in some ridiculous fictional story, but in reality? Really?

    Kristin

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    1. I'd imagine his family were pretty upset. It couldn't have been HIS cat, it must have been his wife's or his kid's.

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  37. Disturbing. I feel bad for the kitty brother. What must he think? Now, my husband and I joked about stuffing our cat when he died, but we went ahead and cremated him when it actually happened. Yikes!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  38. Umm, yeah, no, that's really crazy.

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