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October 10, 2005

Two Dish & the Cats of Pratt

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On our second day of Open House NY (I shall report backwards, it seems), Lex and I stopped by the Pratt Power Plant. While he spent the hour marveling at the gigantic steam engine and various levers, pulleys and dials, I was captivated another phenomenon...one, or should I say several, that were a bit more furry.

The Pratt Power Plant CATS! How could I not have known about them? Perhaps the friendliest, most attention hungry felines in Brooklyn, Big Momma, Two Dish, Hanson, Steps and several more were the best attractions to have ever shed in my arms. Apparently, the power plant takes in strays. They have the run of the three floors, and their caretaker seems to love them almost as much as he loves the plant.

My favorite was Two Dish, pictured above, who had recently been found and named after the two dishes of food that he wolfed down on his first day. While almost all of the power plant cats followed me throughout the building (they can spot a sucker a mile away, the head of the plant told me), Two Dish reminded me of Irving. I think it was the worried look.

One day, I will go back to the power plant and do a photo essay on the Cats of Pratt. I am sure the project has been done by many an art student, but I cannot resist.

Posted by callalillie at October 10, 2005 1:23 AM | City Life , Feline Musings


Some of the Pratt cats are mean, and wander into art classes and pee on student work. I never witnessed it first hand, but that's what I hear. I am glad you encountered some nice ones!

Posted by: abby at October 10, 2005 8:44 AM

they PEE on people? haha! i think that's very funny. then again, i was not peed on.

Posted by: corie at October 10, 2005 9:25 AM

could be the Pratt version of "my dog ate my homework."

i'm sending all my cats to Pratt.

Posted by: ChrisG at October 10, 2005 9:51 AM

we totally thought about sending our cats to pratt for a few months. we worried that they might come back too artsy, though, and smoking clove cigarettes.

Posted by: corie at October 10, 2005 9:59 AM

years ago we adopted the sweetest tabby from the Cat Practice (nyc) she was one of several Pratt cats they had for adoption.

Posted by: anne at October 10, 2005 1:16 PM

I love stories like this and it would be great to see a photo essay if you get the chance. It reminds me the cat I saw at the Tower of London, probably owned by one of the beefeaters or something because it had a collar. Another sweet kitty on Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN. She wears a collar that says "I'm not lost, I live on Harriet Island."

Posted by: Ellie at October 10, 2005 10:57 PM

I can attest that the Prattcats can sometimes be less than pleasant. On not one but two occassions, a female Prattcat did numero dos on the rolled up drawings of an unfortunate studio-mate of mine when I was a painting major a few years back. Mostly they were a lot of fun to have around to spice things up, but a few of them are very territorial.

Posted by: Steve at October 11, 2005 2:51 AM

I live across the street from Pratt and next door to a "cat rescuer" who picks up strays off the street. When she's unable to find someone to adopt one, she's told me that she takes them to Pratt. Now I know where they end up!

Posted by: jtw at October 11, 2005 11:25 AM

I think dogs are actually banned on the campus. J knows about these cats' history.

Posted by: Liz at October 11, 2005 2:40 PM

yay! what a cute story. (i'm a sucker for happy stray cat stories.)

Posted by: kim at October 11, 2005 5:06 PM

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