Tabby Cat Demands Attention From Praying Monk

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on January 10, 2020

If a cat rules your world, then you’re familiar with the lengths a kitty cat will go to in order to get your attention. Especially when you’re right in the middle of something important. Thailand’s tradition of free-roaming cats means Thai kitties are well-practiced at making themselves at home in the middle of people’s lives.

Buddhist temples see many cats hanging about as devotees believe in respect to all living things, which Thai cats have learned means bowls full of food and friends in saffron robes. One tabby cat at Wat Udomrangsi, a temple on the edge of Bangkok, knew this well as evidenced by his comfy behavior with one of the monks during New Year prayers.

Prayers had been going on for almost five hours and midnight was closing in. Luang Pi Komkrit Taechachoto was one of the monks conducting prayers and was surely feeling the fatigue of the long session, but the tabby cat decided she wanted Komkrit’s attention anyhow.


When it appeared the tabby cat would stay and welcome the New Year with Komkrit, Nophayong Sookphan had to video the moment. Once posted to the Facebook group “Cats’ Slaves”, the video gained instant popularity. From multiple reposts to media attention, the video of a cat being a cat has entertained thousands.

Cats Will Be Cats Even In Reverent Moments

The video opens with the happy cat stamping back and forth across Komfrit’s lap, whipping her tail around. When this doesn’t gain the attention she so desperately seeks, the kitty darling stands on his shoulder.


The 25-year-old monk tries with gentle hands to urge the cat on as she was kneading the flesh on his bare shoulder. Cat lovers know full well a cat in a fit of making biscuits can really sink those needles deep in their happy frenzy. The battle of will continues on, even catching the attention of the senior monk at Komkrit’s side.


But the grey-striped cat makes a perch on Komkrit’s knee with a smile on her kitty lips. Komkrit accepts the kitty is there to stay and pets the demanding feline.

“I was trying to read the book. But I was more focused on the cat,” Komkrit admitted.

The grey tabby is known around the temple, one of about a dozen that hangs out there regularly. Of the cats at Wat Udomrangsi, Komkrit said, “They’re all fat.”

In cat speak, fat means loved…