Meet my other cat, Ozzie

Heh. Danny shows off his dog Daisy in a recent post. One good turn deserves another, so I would like you to meet Ozzie:

Ozzie Cutts

He’s hard to get a picture of because normally he is streaking around at faster-than-the-human-eye-can-track speeds. He’s also a bit of a talker; this picture caught him in mid-meow. You might have also seen Ozzie in his two-second debut on Google Video. Last summer when I was doing my video series I needed a test video to upload and Ozzie obliged.

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91 Responses to Meet my other cat, Ozzie (Leave a comment)

  1. Not enough pet choices! I have pet hermit crabs – they’re the perfect office pet!

  2. Is that poll thing a plugin, Matt?

    I’m one of the dog-types, although I don’t own one now (can’t because of where I live…landlady is allergic or something, I don’t know…she explained it and I wasn’t paying attention.)

  3. Ha ha, I had no ideea GoogleBot can be someone’s pet. One would be very fortunate to have GoogleBot as a pet :)). Can I get one from the local PetStore?

  4. I had a very cool cat but it’s difficult to move to Hawaii with a pet. Since Hawaii is rabies free and requires a 120-day quarantine on dogs and cats, I thought it would be best to give her away than to put her through something like that. I miss my cat. :(

  5. I have tarantulla: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachypelma_smithi
    .) and tomorrow i’m going to get a scorpion for me ^_^

  6. There are some pets missing:
    Guinea Pigs, Fishes, Hamster, …
    Hamster are fine pets when you work at night. He wakes up when the sun goes down. I’m definitly a Hamster-type.

  7. Dogs… First i had a Yorkshire.. too small for me. Now I ve champi. My friend allready for 9 years: Champi.

    Option 4: “Pets are for weaklings” :(

  8. A Dog, I guess he’s the only Pug on the planet who’s into SEO :-)

  9. Harith

    Matt

    Thanks a bunch. Now we know how Speedy Ozzie looks like. Very fucused Performing Paid Links Killers :)

  10. “LOL Cats” is one of my favorite current internet memes…this pic is screaming for a superimposed quote :)

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=lolcat

  11. We have two cats – Holly and Daisy.

    We made them a website when they first arrived, but haven’t updated it recently! – http://www.ourfirstcat.com/

    Henry

  12. Dyce

    Love cats, although I cant have one at the moment.. one of the neighbours has one that visits every house near us… and my mum n dad have had loads where they live. Im definately a cat person :D

  13. I have a Nabaztag/tag (http://www.nabaztag.com/en/index.html) From time to time he reads me bits of your blog!

  14. Brian, your link killed me.

    Matt, your cat looks very similar to my childhood Siamese cat named Janie.
    I was actually raised by Janie.

    For years I thought she loved me so much when I was sick that she would curl up on my head to protect me.

    It wasn’t until decades later I realized she just liked the heat from my fever.
    dk

  15. Hi Matt,

    nice cat! We got one called Isis and she acts like it too. No chance to take pictures of her in the short moments she “grants” us an audience (dos one say this in english? sorry not a native english speaker)

    The vote box is cool! How do you integrate this into wordpress?

  16. I have to be honest, I’d prefer having Googlebot as my pet :)

  17. Creased

    ‘Cats do not have owners – they have staff.’

  18. Pim

    Nice cat. I have a wireless mouse.

  19. I currently have two cats and a dog, and we’re actually looking into breeding Ocicats. They’re certainly interesting creatures to say the least.

  20. Ozzie looks very nice. Now let’s see some pictures of him at work, Matt!

  21. ne1home

    I noticed a remarkable effect on my Asian moggie:

    She sleeps on a mat next to my monitor, but whenever, and I mean every time, I quietly turn on the Chopin, (Berceuse Op. 57) she wakes up and flops right in-between me and the keyboard in fruity mode.

    Curious, I ran a control trial using the Mazurka in F maj instead. She either stayed asleep, or left the room.

    Quite remarkable!

    PS. Despite every effort to discover why our G traffic has fallen over the last year, emailing Adam, and following his suggestion of a re-inclusion req. (“It can’t do any harm”.)

    It did harm!

    Months later our traffic is down to 30 G referrals a day.
    This on a NFP, clean site.
    Not even a clue why, from G.

    Would really appreciate you checking it out Matt.

  22. Here’s one way to slow your cat down enough to take a picture of it:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/omni.digitaldarkness/Scriptlet/photo#5056946860173262626

    And it looks like our cats are almost identical…

  23. Harith

    Danny Sullivan

    “Ozzie looks very nice. Now let’s see some pictures of him at work, Matt!”

    Oz is a very dynamic busy cat and has better things to do than watching Matt at the plex doing all those very boring tasks. At present Oz is at Matt’s homeoffice testing the effects of the new algos on all those paid links without rel=nofollow :)

  24. Heh, I have a cat he is 7 years old and looks exactly like that cat. The only exception is that my cat weighs a lot more. Alot more…

  25. SEO Company UK

    Great Pic.. I’ve got a Child. Does that count?

  26. Carla

    Actually, I really love cats…but just kept finding them dead (guess the neighbourhood does not) so I got me a poodle.

    Matt, I am not good at math

  27. Hi Matt Nice Cat

    maybe my next website will be an Catwebseite

    Greetings from the philippines where you need a dog

  28. Kate Morris

    Got a border collie … Luke. Scared of all human except myself, roommate and her mom. Shelter dog.

    But I was debating between that and Googlebot. Makes a fine pet. Hmmm … wonder if Google could market that?

    “Get your own Google Bot!” (small grey plastic thing with Googlebot name … I’m sure some SEOs would love that on their desk)

  29. Why dont you film your cat and place him here from youtube?

  30. Matt,

    Nice looking cat, I think Ozzie needs to meet my Ragdoll named Princess!

    Regarding the strange behaviour from ne1home, Princess sleeps on her back with all four legs in the air. When she first did it as a kitten, we thought it was fantastically funny — then it stuck and it makes my wife and I smile every time we see her do it. Not to mention that she also fetches like a dog, that video was taken when she was only a kitten and was still learning. She is about 15 months old now and we’ll play fetch in blocks of 10 minute intervals regularly, hell – she brings her toys into the bedroom of a morning for us to start the game!

    Al.

  31. Tom

    My wife collects stuffed bears… I guess they are our pets :) As far as my Googlebot pet, I try and feed it every day!

  32. check our home cat stuck to a wall here :)

  33. We have one cat and one dog in our home. Suppose that says something about our decision making abilities?

  34. /pd

    hey Matt, any chance of getting a Google collar for my Mr.Socks ?? :)-

  35. I thought of getting a cat once, but my friends told me to get a girlfriend instead :(

  36. We have a Pomeranian named Cujo.

  37. “Get your own Google Bot!”

    Nice idea I remember when netscape did a plush version of the lizzard logo – that was back in the day when netscape fitted on a 1.44 floppy.

  38. Multi-Worded Adam, it’s a plug-in called Democracy. I saw the Shoemoney recommended it, so I figured I’d try it.

    Brian, remix into lolcat form at will. :) You’ve see the lolcat builder?

    Dr. David Klein, you worry me just a little.

    Venu, that’s a scruffy cat. ;)

    Danny, remind me to show you my scratches when we took Oz to the vet last time. Oz doesn’t like to get in the car. At all. I think Emmy would enjoy meeting the team though. :)

    /pd, there used to be dog collars at the Google Store (I think). I’ll ask around.

    Maurice: Plush Googlebots. Hmm….

  39. I don’t understand why anyone would prefer a cat over a dog. Can someone explain this to me? The only reason I can think of is maybe you want a low-maintenance pet? Other than that, what’s the point… cats don’t do anything. 90% of cats I’ve seen don’t even interact with their owners. The only reason I would ever own a cat is to give my dogs something to chew on.

  40. Finally! 2007 Looks to have more cats posts! :D

  41. Rob

    Hey Matt – you have very cute cats! Love the fact that one rests on your chest as you work!

    I was a dog owner (would rather have punted a cat) turned CAT-LOVER. My girlfriend wanted a cat – so I surprised her with a little black kitten named Cricket – and he is quite a character… got him when he could fit in the palm of your hand. Of course, he followed the non-cat person around and is now my best buddy.

    He sits between my arms while I type and even wakes me up in the night to ‘spoon’… what can I say…?

  42. A dog. I guess he’s about the only Pug in the world who’s into SEO. Ok, except for Nickey

  43. bd_

    Might want to look into your feedburner config – when reading your blog’s feed via google reader I was linked to http://feeds.mattcutts.com/~r/mattcutts/uJBW/~3/111478831/ , which had no particularly obvious way back to the real post – and nonfunctioning poll buttons :)

  44. Brian, you hooked me. There’s the lolcat builder at
    http://www.kscakes.com/LolCats/

    and it’s easy to make it say anything, e.g.

    Fun stuff..

  45. l’Optimiseur, I’m surprised you’d ask that question!

    Everyone knows that you have to have a cat in order to become an ultra-villain and control the world.

    From the How To Be A Villain handbook: “…Gradually expand your turf, and be sure to pick up a fluffy white cat to stroke constantly…”

  46. Your Ozzie has a striking resemblance to my Tigger (sorry photo lacking). Does he like to open cupboards, dispell contents, and hide in them as well?

  47. Ozzie looks just like my cat Tiga (although Tiga is much fatter). She is also very vocal and streaks around like crazy. My husband calls her “Cracky” because he says she acts like she’s on crack.

    Thanks for letting us see your kitties!

  48. Nice cat, but I have to stick with my dog. He causes fewer allegeries. Although he does occasionally eat one of my shoes.

  49. rob

    He looks like he’s hard as nails too – I vote he’s saying ‘come an have a go if you think ur hard enough’ failing that ‘you want some’

  50. Harith

    And the winner Brian White for generating this one !!

  51. What is it with all these cats people? The more I try and ignore them, the more they taunt me.

    http://cavitate.net/flashpoint/2007/04/hairball.html

  52. sweet.. that lolcat builder is nice. Going to have some fun with that.

    For those of you considering breeding / getting more cats, get a bengal. They’re part leopard part cat. Just like a regular cat but faster, stronger, longer, better at climbing, not afraid of water, and less fuzzy (short hair.)

    Mine’s awesome. She plays fetch, hide and seek, swims in the bathtub, and answers when you talk to her.

    I’ve almost got her trained to walk on a leash too. After that comes using the toilet instead of a litter box.

  53. Sweet, but I prefer dog:
    http://www.bagros.home.pl/mini/MINIWWW03.jpg
    this has 6 months, beautiful boxer :)

    BEST REGARDS FROM POLAND!!

  54. Matt,

    I went out with a veterinary surgeon for a good few years and scratches were all part of the fun :)

    During that time I invented and perfected a cool way to avoid scratches when transporting cats.

    You know those ‘knitted rugs’ that granny used to use on her rocking chair? Try and get hold of one. Should have plenty of holes in it, and be min 1m x 1m. Lay it out on the floor, flat.

    Take cat, position cat on one corner of the rug. Give cat a pat, and then tightly roll moggie in rug like a burrito.

    This makes the cat immobile, keeps him warm and comfy, lets him see and breath through the holes and is guaranteed to make your vet crack up laughing.

    Cheers,

    doc

  55. Yup, dockarl. After getting scratched up taking Oz to the vet for a check-up, I learned about a wonderful technology called a “towel”. Wrapping them in a towel apparently makes things much easier. :) The “grab the cat and push them into the carrier” technique had worked up until then. Oh well, you live and learn. :)

  56. hehe.. that’s a good version too.. just WHATEVER YOU DO.. don’t keep ozzie waiting in the car while you organise the next toolbar PR push, unless there is plenty of food water and balls of wool to keep him amused :P

    doc

  57. Bad poll, bad poll. I have both cats and a dog. Must offer multiple options. I shutter to think that if you can’t get a simple pet poll right, what other mistakes are you making at Google? Sorry I’m so critical, but it’s a pretty basic thing. Many people have multiple pets.

  58. I do have a dog.
    most interesting, a friend of mine has a monkey as a pet.

  59. I had many but now no.

    >> Googlebot, a pet, that will be interesting
    Every website having one pet of its own, which can be managed (fully or partially) by the website owners (in collaboration with Google). How will that help? Hmm… Improved crawling for advance users. Afterall a pet should be pet, not profitable always.

  60. It’s hard to admit to people I have 2 cats, it’s sort of emasculating. It my wife’s fault really! I’m a dog man but I moved to Florida and I think it’s just too hot for dogs. Cats are cool.

  61. Liam

    Am I right in guessing you too are a fan of Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas”? Only other possibility I can think of is that Ozzie was named after the well-known Brummie musician. Slightly surprised that no-one else has theorised about the origin of your pet’s name yet.

  62. By the way, Googler Craig Nevill-Manning has given me permission to show his incredibly cute cats, Lady Penelope and Brains. :) Here’s the link:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/craig.nevillmanning/LadyPenelopeAndBrains?authkey=gGI1ewxDZmg

    Liam, for Ozzie’s name, think more about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. :)

  63. I really like your cat, I had 11 cats before two of them have been crashed by a train and 3 of them mysteriously disappeared. Now I have 6 of them and I can say that cats are animal that is easiest to take care of. Dog brings very big responsibility and looking after him whole time. I had a dog too two years ago and I can say that taking care of 11 cats is lot easier that taking care of one dog.

  64. grassbudgie

    I have a Budgie. William is his name. Cats are a big problem for wildlife in Australia. I rescued a small possum recently that was being harassed by a cat.

  65. ak

    Matt – You got pet insurance for your talking felines?

  66. Thats a good Image, cats can be such fickle subjects.

    Googlebots are nice if you have a hair allergy, but they want to eat different things on a regular basis. The other day all we had in the pantry was a can of spam and now our Googlebot hasn’t returned in a few weeks. We made a sitemap and posted it on some telephone poles but there has been no update so far.

  67. Liam

    Ah! Thanks for the explanation, Matt. Obvious that a cat should be named after a werewolf, really. %>}

  68. Just love cats! I have a bunch of them, to be exact 12 i think :p, one just like yours. Also have 2 dogs, cows, rabbits. What can I say, I live on a farm :)

  69. I don’t have an actual pet, but a virtual one. I recently read an article about my bank, Wells Fargo, in a story I discovered on http://www.webnewsblog.org/ and it talked about how they are going to be joining the Second Life realm. Well, I decided to check out Second Life as well. Long story short, I eventually acquired a pet dragon that follows me around!

  70. Why dont you have a button for Saltwater Fish? I have a reef tank that i love..haha….I dont like the smell of crap so it works for me..
    But if I did have a cat, i would like a grey one with blue eyes…..

  71. I think the google web history feature should be turned off by default.

  72. I have a dog, The Baron Earl. Baron is a 1 year old Bichon that also give his “ruff view” on what he likes to look for in a home.

  73. Lol. Its tough to get pictures of cats. I mean, I had a cat when I was 10 years old and I believed that it is the cutest in the world. But, I can’t take a picture of it to show off !! Bad.

    I don’t have a kitty now. I’m 16. Having a pet is uncool in this age. :)

  74. Hmm, I like cats, but I’m allergic to animal hair, so – no cat for Tobsy.

    On this picture I’m not sure what to say. Either “Oh, he’s cute :-)” or “Uhm, he looks scary. Does he eat fat German dudes?”. Pick one *g*.

  75. Matt,
    I didn’t like cats… I am on my second one by now :)
    Still love dogs, had them for most of my early years.

  76. I love dogs.but I don’t have a dog.

  77. I love dogs very much and I am even trying to do some business in dog clothing!

  78. Hi Matt,

    I only care for ducks, they are the coolest animals on the planet.
    In fact, I like them even better than humans :)

  79. Red

    My cat has the same colouring, she even has her own blog and myspace page!

  80. Joi

    Ozzie’s a handsome little guy. I have two male cats, two female cats, and an invisible bulldog named Duchess.

  81. ‘Cats have the same look on their face; whether they look at a butterfly, or an axe murderer.’

  82. Ozzie is quite a poser!My cat Spot is a sleeper and his best friend is rottweiler Xing!

  83. Matt,

    Cool cat!

    Your poll should have checkboxes! Some of us have dog(s) and cat(s)!

  84. I don’t know why, but cat seems a “careless” creature to me. While dog responds to all your emotions.

    May be I am love “hungry” guy, but it is really hard for me to hug a cat while she seems very careless about “Hug”.

  85. Thats a good Image, cats can be such fickle subjects.

    Thanks again!!

  86. seo

    Your poll should have checkboxes! Some of us have dog(s) and cat(s)!

  87. We can safely assume that cats are the IT industries friends then? I am missing animal company at the moment as my girlfriend is scared of all animals……. except me of course!

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