Cat Pictures: Matilda's Party

Catch some snapshots of the glamorous recent part for Algonquin Hotel cat Matilda.

By Sandy Robins | Posted: August 29, 2012, 2 p.m. EST

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Sphynx Cat in Dragonfly Cufflinks
The Algonquin let Matilda's famous mewdel friends party in the new, two-level Barrymore Suite.
Algonquin Hotel Cat Matilda with Gift Basket
For the first time, Matilda treated guests to gift bags sponsored by Fancy Feast, with samples of the brand's new Morning's breakfast-inspired foods, coupons to purchase more, new dinnerware from Loving Pets, a Zoom Groom from Kong, toys from Worldwise, a calming collar from Sergeant's and beautiful silver-framed photograph of the hostess herself.
Savannah Cat Dressed as Bunny
Some cat models, like tiny Savannah Lightning, fell asleep on the bed of the Barrymore Suite of the Algonquin.
Sphynx Cat in Regal Outfit
Guests could interact with cat models at Matilda's party.
Cat with Carmen Miranda Headdress
As the hotel's Directfurr of Guest Relations, Matilda's provides a fur fix for guests missing their own pets while they travel.
Over the years, CatChannel has recorded every paw print and tail flick of the famous Matilda, resident Algonquin Hotel cat. This month, she hosted a party to celebrate her return to the hotel after a five-month absence while her landmark Manhattan residence was being renovated.

The Welcome Back Matilda party was held in two locations: the famous lobby and Round Table restaurant, and in the new John Barrymore suite, named for the actor who gave the very first Algonquin cat the name of Hamlet, a role Barrymore played on Broadway at the time.

In past years, these famous show cats modeled extravagant outfits on a catwalk in front of an admiring crowd. This year, the cats dressed for the occasion and hung out with guests, allowing them to get up close and purrsonal and pet them.

“It was definitely an improvement on past years,” said Lora Carbonara, an ardent Matilda groupie. “I've never been able to get close enough to admire the detail on the gowns and pet the cats of course. It was wonderful. Very thoughtful of you, Matilda.”

Cats from Bidawee were available for adoption on-site. Matilda herself was an abandoned cat, left in a box on the doorstep of an animal shelter when the hotel found her and took her back to this legendary landmark.

All funds raised at the event were donated to New York Save, an organization that helps pet lovers fund expensive surgeries of their fur kids that they otherwise would not be able to afford.

Visitors to the hotel on West 44th Street in Manhattan can have their photograph taken with this Matilda if they stop by for a visit. She loves to welcome incoming guests from her vantage point on a luggage cat around 3.00 pm every afternoon. And of course you can follow her on Facebook.
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Walt    Ludowici, GA

9/4/2012 6:20:52 PM

Looked like a fun time

Candice    Lincoln, NE

9/3/2012 1:14:17 PM

Cute shots. My cat won"t tolerate the clothing.

i    i, ID

9/2/2012 11:55:51 PM

poor kitties

Pam    Sepulveda, CA

9/2/2012 5:16:11 PM

I still think cats look silly with clothes on! Fur is much more fashionable! :)

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