"No One Knows About Daracheh Cats"

Isfahan, April 2010

Not to be mistaken with Bahman Ghobadi's "No One Knows About Persian Cats" :)


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Fouzul Bashi

PERS66 jan - That was beautiful!

by Fouzul Bashi on

And of course, the landscape looked so much like in Iran ..  As you say for those who have lived closely with animals, losing them is a painful experience, particularly so, that, unlike people, they are totally benign ;) I still have the ashes of my golden retriever after 10 years.  I miss him so much.  We called him our "guardian angel"!  I wanted to make sure I will stay where I put it down.  This summer I will scatter it in the sea and shore where he loved to run and swim into the horizon ... Thank you for the film, it was wonderful.  I will read the book this summer ;)


Merci Fouzul Bashi jaan

by PERS66 on

Merci Fouzul Bashi jaan,

I’m sure pishi khanoom is an in better place or perhaps has reincarnated into a human and reborn as some cultures believe!

That’s the hard part about keeping pets, you spend many years with them and when they are gone it feels like you have lost a close friend or family member, but that’s all part of life ;)

For those friends that have pets or have had pets in the past, especially Dogs, I recently read a fantastic book that I highly recommend: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stine You can see a short film based on the book:


cheers ;)


Red Wine

دولتی گربه‌ها پر بار و طولانی باد

Red Wine

چه خوش به یاد داریم که در عمارت قدیم ما،شمیران،گربه‌ها به با غمان میامدند و موجب دل خوشی‌ ما میگشتند... عجب فرح بخش ایامی بود.

این گربه در برابر آن چیزی که گربه‌های من امروزه انجام میدهند،هیچ است !

به زودی مطلبی در مورد گربه‌ها ،در قدیم و جدید... خواهیم نوشت.


Fouzul Bashi

Dear Pers 66

by Fouzul Bashi on

Sorry about your cat ;(  May he/she have a good time in the Heavens and plenty of frogs and mice to chase ;)  I find your explanation reasonable.  Let's hope that was the case.  He certainly did look a street fighter, but plenty of Iranian cats are!


Gorbeh Gardan Koloft ;)

by PERS66 on

I really don’t think the cat was injured by the short fall, if you notice the distance from the wooden bridge on the wall and the surface of the yard is only about one story high and that’s a much shorter distance than 9 stories… a walk in the park for the cat.

I am also an avid cat lover and have always been fascinated by these mysterious creatures, no wonder the Egyptians worshiped them in old times! My cat of 18 years just passed away last march ;(

I believe this is an alley cat ( not a pet) and the reason it put up such a fight to hang on may have been that someone was standing in the yard and verbally taunting it, the cat preferred to climb back up rather than land in the yard, if you notice the cat takes off as soon as it hits the ground.

Fouzul Bashi

Thanks Ari jan

by Fouzul Bashi on

Very useful information.  But even if the cats survive on most cases, sustain little injury by landing on their feet, the fact that the cat did not choose to jump down, indicated she was frightened and the exercise in bad taste. 

Ari Siletz

High rise syndrome

by Ari Siletz on

Cats sometimes do hurt themselves falling, but here's a surprising study of cats that have fallen out of high rise buildings (eg. pouncing at birds near open windows). 90% of those treated by the vet survived. 30% did not need treatment!

A cat's innate ability to land on its feet is known as the "righting reflex." A pishi that falls seven stories or more is actually more likely to survive (some studies dispute this) perhaps because she has time enough to fully spread her paws out, forming a better parachute out of her body.

Please don't try falling experiments with your cat. Just ask pishi how she does it, or some may understand this famous paper which explains it for humans.

Fouzul Bashi

Farnoosh khanoum - the cat and the safe landing!

by Fouzul Bashi on

Don't be so sure!  I hope this cat landed safely but cats don't always 'land on their feet' regardless of height!  That was why the cat did not jump down and was struggling to hold on to the pole!  I have always had cats and do have a cat now.  This was torturing an animal and an act of cruelty.  


Cats always land on four feet

by cyclicforward on

It is something that they learned through years of evolution. I am sure nothing happened to the animal. It did however did put up an excellent try to get back up.


No kitties were hurt during this film!

by Farnoosh on

People who know about cats know that there was nothing anybody could do to "give this kitty a boost"!  Cats don't let people give them boosts when they are negotiating heights!

I am 100% sure that cat was good as new when he did fall after that excellent try for hanging on. 

Lighten up people, there was no animal cruelty here. Long live pishi's!

Jahanshah Javid

Poor pishi

by Jahanshah Javid on

I know he didn't hurt himself, but he must have been scared to death...

Fouzul Bashi

That was disgusting!

by Fouzul Bashi on

If the cat judged he could jump safely he would have.  This seemed cruel .. and stupid.

Sargord Pirouz

Couldn't the filmmaker have

by Sargord Pirouz on

Couldn't the filmmaker have just given the poor kitty a boost?