Brides Throwing Cats? It’s Now Officially a Thing


What do you do when you’re tired of sitting around in your pajamas and playing video games all day? Why, you sit around in your pajamas, fire up Photoshop, and create some giggles by defacing wedding photos! And thus began Brides Throwing Cats. Here are some of my favorite photos — and, of course, a Very Super Serious and Scholarly timeline of the trend’s development.

Cat throwing began in farm country

The game had its start sometime in the mid 20th century, presumably somewhere in Kansas judging from this photo.

Soon, cat throwing became a competitive sport

This bride took home a medal in the Ohgoshaminny County Regional High School Outdoor Track Championship for her prowess at the over-the-shoulder cat shot put.

Bridesmaids stepped up their game, too

The woman on the right, in the minidress, is reliving her glory days as a forward on her high school basketball team. Either that or she’s doing a dance of joy because she doesn’t have to wear the same hideous Disney princess ball gown as the other unfortunate bridesmaids.

It evolved with trends and tastes

Crowd surfing isn’t just for punk rock shows. Wedding receptions are an ideal venue, especially if you happen to be a cat who was just launched from a bride’s hands.

Today, brides all over the world are pitching cats at their female guests. Let’s check in and see how the craze has caught on.

These guests are going to fight for that cat!

Look out, y’all — the bridesmaids are brawling! Well, except for the woman on the left in the red flowery dress, who seems to be running for her life.

These guests are begging for mercy

If you catch the bride’s bouquet, you’ll be the next to get married. These women must think that catching the bride’s cat means that you’ll die alone with 200 cats of your own, who will probably eat you when they realize you’re no longer going to feed them.

And these guests just don’t give a crap

Apparently, neither does the bride. This picture just screams (or perhaps mumbles) "yeah, whatever.”

Even memes aren’t safe from the cat-throwing craze

Grumpy Cat went to a wedding once. It was horrible!

Just to reiterate: These brides are not throwing actual cats. Neither this post nor the Brides Throwing Cats blog should be construed as endorsements for such behavior. If you’re stupid enough to try to throw a cat instead of a bouquet at your wedding, you and your guests will get what you deserve.

Photos from Brides Throwing Cats.

About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer, professional cat sitter, and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, since 2003.

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