Snowball, the Monster Cat: Comments
(most recent posts first)

I happen to be a cat lover & you can hold both of my cats the same way as the guy in the picture!
Tuesday, November 04, 2003 at 15:31:24
What's going on with that cat's tail? It's far too small and stubby to be a cat's! I think the guy with the idea about the dog has something. The guy who held the cat may say it is a cat, but that tail tells a different tale, so to speak.
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 07:06:06
Just look at the hand under the hock. It would mean the man has fingers that are 10 inches long, but Good Job on the alterations.
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 06:01:06
From a newspaper article, It's unclear if it's the Ottawa Citizen, or The [Portland] Oregonian, but, ""My daughter wanted to send an electronic photo of her cat to her friend. I got a little carried away. When we sent it to her friend, we never dreamed anyone would believe the photo was real." Truth is, he isn't. ... His son held up the cat for one photo, proving you can suspend a cat in that fashion, and Mr. Hauglie stood in the same light for the next shot." You can find the quote here
Bob S. Yunkle
Monday, October 06, 2003 at 13:04:04
This is certainly a hoax IMO. I have great suspicions about cats getting that big, but it may be a real freak of nature. But more practically, the look on that man's face is not that of a person holding 87 pounds worth of cat.
Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 23:25:58
I saw that cat on Bourkes Backyard here in Australia last year. This is no HOAX!!!! That cat is as real as you or me!
Monday, July 07, 2003 at 22:36:17
Regarding Snowball, the monster cat, I've got a cat who is Snowball's double and is overweight at about 15 lbs. My real point is about the comment from Jeff S who says that no cat would let you hold him like that. Jeff, my cat would let me hold him like that - or any other way, just so long as there was food in it for him!
Sunday, June 22, 2003
I liked the story about Snowball the monster cat. When I first saw it I knew it was fake,but thought it was done using something like a Hollywood prop. Any "cat" person would tell you that a cat wont let you hold it in that fashion.
Jeff S.
Friday, May 02, 2003
Well darn... But it is good to know the truth behind the tale. Let Cordell know that that is an excellent work up. Looks very realistic. Great site, BTW. I had a lot of fun perusing it.
April 30, 2003
Philip, I contacted Cordell Hauglie, the guy who created the picture of Snowball (he's the one standing in the picture), and his exact words were, "I can assure you it is a cat -- and what that fellow thought was a rib cage is just plain fat hanging down!" So there you have it.
The Curator
April 29, 2003
When the pics of snowball first circulated, I made an examination of the pic and compared it to various animal skeletons. FWIW, I believe the photo is actually that of a real dog with a cat's head superimposed as opposed to a complete forgery. The original work has long since been lost, but I have attached a hacked up few pics to illustrate the basics. Of particular interest is the shape and length of the rib cage and the size and location of the scapula (shoulder blade). The main idea is that the natural joint angles and locations are much more like that of a canine skeleton that that of a feline skeleton.
snowball the dog
April 25, 2003
Noooooooo, please not *Snowball* the monster cat!! I was so suspicious when the first picture arrived in my email but after being told the man made an appearance on a tv show and the cat was real, I was a believer. Now I see his picture on this site so whats up with that?
April 11, 2003