Meet Cat Guy John Capriotti


First there was Butch and Sundance. Then, Batman and Robin and the Skipper and Gilligan. Now there’s a new dynamic duo: John Capriotti and Baby Cat.

John’s an electrician in Kankakee, Illinois and Baby Cat is his new sidekick, going on calls with John in the company van.

“We have two other cats and this guy seemed to prefer the garage to hanging around the house with them,” says Cat Guy Capriotti. “So one day, he jumped into the van and I said: ‘You want to go for a ride? Then let’s go.’ And I figured he’d jump out. But he didn’t, and he’s been going with me ever since.”

All winter, Baby Cat has ridden with Capriotti on house calls, waiting in the van during stops at hardware stores, and often cadging a bite or two of his buddy’s sandwiches.

“He’s a good companion, but not always under foot,” he added. “He might get out at the job for a little while, but mostly he likes to sleep on the dashboard while I work.”

And Capriotti always parks where Baby Cat can get some sun.

“I keep a litter box in the truck and some water, but he seems fine waiting for his meals at home when we’re done,” Capriotti said. “When it was real cold, I’d leave the heat on for him. But when it gets real hot, I’ll probably have to leave him at home.”

“We got him from a farm in Bonfield and they only had yellow cats. That’s not my favorite kind of cat, but he’s pretty good,” Capriotti said. Spoken like a true Cat Guy.

[PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Gannon, The Daily Journal]

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