Basil Farrow is a smart kitty, you can tell from his sharp yellow eyes!
He always is alert and makes funny expressions. Looking a little annoyed here…
It’s always adorable when he looks up, with his round earless head.
He loves to watch his father’s TV show, Ronan Farrow Daily (every weekday, 10am PT / 1pm ET, on MSNBC). Basil Farrow seems to be rolling on the floor laughing at Ronan’s Bengazi pun.
Someone is watching you… Often, I’ll turn to see this round face peeking at me.
Big sideways paws are great for dangling.
Doesn’t Basil look like a teddy bear or owl?
He has the tiniest folded ears, which he can move and flip back.
His ears need to be cleaned, since they are so small and tightly folded.
And while he is a “shorthair fur” Scottish Fold / British Shorthair, he has so much fluff that he needs to be Furminated regularly.
Look at the thick folds of fur, which look like cracks or slices of bread.
That’s a bear for sure.
Scottish Folds are so cute from the side view: short snout, no nose. Similar to Persians, but less pushed in.
Yawn, time for bed!
With their round and sweet faces, Scottish Fold cats are natural stars. No surprise that they’re on the cover of many cat magazines in Japan! (They make great center-FOLDS as well.)
Since many of you were curious about Japanese “neko” magazines, here are some images from my collection. I got these zines at Book-Off (the used bookstore with many locations) for $1.50-3 each. New issues are sold at Kinokuniya and other major bookshops.
Crea Cat is my favorite of the bunch, since the pages emphasize cute photography, layouts and costumes. The Scottish Fold, with a bow-tie and speech bubble, is a perfect example.
Japanese “kawaii” is all about big, anime eyes… so this white fur foldy is the ideal model.
I laughed so hard at this squish-faced Exotic Shorthair in a wig.
The magazine has a number of fun features, such as an article about the origins of different cat breeds. Scottish folds are of course from Scotland!
How ridiculous is this? “We are zura cats” means cats who look like they are wearing wigs, or black hairpieces…
This fold-eared fellow even has dark sideburns! Once again, the magazine puts him in a bow-tie, and takes photos from angles that emphasize his plumpness.
Unlike Western cat magazines, the layout is more “kawaii”, and you’ll find a lot of Scottish Folds and kitty costumes in the mix.
Here’s a feature about Japanese women and their cat companions. I spot an owl-face in there…
… and here’s a black and white foldy called Aqua. Her home reminds me of a cat cafe, with so many “nekos” running around.
Japan’s cat magazines also do stories about famous felines, such as the stationmaster cat who wears a conductor’s cap.
Some pages are similar to Japanese fashion magazines. This one ranks the cats. A fold who looks a bit like Basil Farrow is #1!
An angry face, in the question and answer column. Isn’t it nice to see such a variety of Scottish folds?
Can you spot two round-heads in here? Hint, one is doing the distinctive dangle.
Apparently cats can fly. Note the cat’s face on the big building poster, at the bottom.
Here’s a nice article about cats spotted during travels around the world.
Other magazines, like Cat’s Heart (neko no kokoro), tackle more serious feline subject matter — such as proper grooming and massage techniques, and dealing with insect pests.
Poor foldy seems to be suffering from diarrhea! A diagram illustrates how food travels through a cat’s digestive system. Of course, the poop has a happy face.
After a trip to the vet, this kitten seems to be feeling better. Before long, he’ll be lying upside down again.
Finally, here’s a cute ad starring a ginger-orange Scottish Fold kitten. It advertises Aeon City, a huge pet supply store in Odaiba, Tokyo. In addition to the usual food and toys, they carry pet costumes, have a cooking studio, produce custom craft goods for pets, and even have oxygen capsules for dogs!
Basil Farrow and I hope you enjoyed this peek into the Jpop world of “neko magazines!”
Could you see YOUR cat on the cover of one of these magazines? Which feature made you smile the most?
Have you heard? Basil Farrow’s dad, Ronan Farrow, has his own TV show starting Monday, Feb 24!
Ronan Farrow Daily will be on 5 days a week, on MSNBC.
Basil’s proud of his daddy! The show will focus on youth activism and world news, encouraging viewers to engage.
Perhaps this Scottish Fold face will make an appearance?
Basil Farrow was also in the news recently… He was on the front page of the CBC Olympics website, waving a flag.
We didn’t even submit it. A lot of people saw the CBC article, and told us.
Funny how this plush-cheeked cat is so easily recognizable.
There are other Scottish Fold cats with triple-folded ears and cream-colored fur…
But I’ve only seen one other with a brown teddy bear nose, like Basil’s.
Lying upside down is another Scottish Fold trait.
Same goes for the sideways ballerina feet.
Big cheeks mean a big smile.
Scottish Folds originated from a mutation in Scotland (all come from this ancestor, a white cat named Susie).
I think this plaid scarf from Edinburgh suits his heritabe well.
We hope you’ll tune in to Ronan Farrow’s TV show on MSNBC!
Ronan raised Basil from the time he was a kitten.
Can you see the resemblance?
More updates and photos on Basil’s Facebook.