Bunny Thumper Challenge

Ruby says she’s up to a challenge. A bunny thumper challenge. Big feets!! I explained to her that it’s really not fair comparing Maine Coons to other cats and at least one prize has to be by random selection and one prize should be for dainty feet (Maine Coons are not known for dainty anythings). So here it is:

Post a picture of your cat(s)’s bunny thumper (the rear foot) with a ruler next to it (if your cat will stay still long enough), along with the measurement from longest toe to the end of the heel (like you were measuring your cat for socks) and mention the link in your comment to this post so Ruby can go look. Full grown cats only. (sorry baby kitties) One entry per cat. (so Blogless Kim if you had a blog you’d get X number of entries. Just leave me the measurements in your comment or by email)

1 knitterly prize for the longest foot.
1 knitterly prize for the daintiest (shortest) foot.
1 knitterly prize by random selection of all entrants.

Contest closes midnight January 17.

(Ruby also thinks we need to have a contest for widest cat butt but I nixed that plan.)

Fire Fighter Girl thinks she would be taking her life in her hands if she tries to measure and photographer Mimi’s bunny thumper. In cases such as this, try to include a photo w/o ruler, and publish the thumper length in your comment. Maybe taking the measurement while the little one naps.


66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dave Daniels
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 14:15:55

    Miss Lulu could win as pinkest toes. Now, to see if I can get her next to a ruler…


  2. knitplaywithfire
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 14:51:48

    I am sorry Ruby, but I like my fingers attached and without claw marks. I am not going to try and measure Mimi’s thumper for you. Meezers are very funny about being touched. Maybe she will let me get a good photo for you of her thumb. Would you allow her to enter your contest under the thumb category? I promise you that she really does know how to use it.

    And she was offended that you would want to have a widest butt category for cats only. She feels that it would be more interesting if it was for the humans cats own.


  3. Jennifer
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 17:29:15

    I’m off to stalk my cats.


  4. heideho
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 18:45:26

    I shall attempt to photograph my kitties’ feetses. I doubt that Tasha will even stir, but I’ve no idea how Bonny will react to being touched. She’s an “independent” kitty.


  5. dreadlordvellan
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 19:13:54

    What about canine cats? Do they count?

    My Yuki has bunny thumpers that are as cute as any cat’s!


  6. Jennifer
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 19:38:23

    I just posted pictures and measurements on my blog. My Hazel has 4.75 inch bunny thumpers, and my 9 month old cat (totally understand if his age disqualifies him) has 5 inch bunny thumpers. 😮 Yep, he’s going to be a big boy. Here’s the link http://craftylilly.typepad.com/yarnandbeads/2008/01/the-bunny-thump.html


  7. Chris
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 07:32:32

    Well, that was certainly a challenge! May has 4.5-4.75″ bunny thumpers and Chaos has 5.5″.


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  9. Connie
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 08:10:02

    My cat Tigger came in with 5.75 inches of bunny bumper love! I posted a picture of it on my blog http://www.scrapovers.com/blog/?p=216


  10. Dotty
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 13:36:53

    And here’s my entry. Both cats measure in at around 5″ which looks to be a fairly average size.


  11. sannybug
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 14:13:44

    Sannybug’s foot length, of http://sannybugknits.wordpress.com (post will be ready as soon as I get the second kitty photoed….if I can catch her that is), is 4.75 inches she is 11.5yrs old, and Charlie’s foot length is 4.50 inches she is 3yrs old. Sannybug is a Manx mix and Charlie despite bein fat is a very daintilly boned Tuxedo kitty. In my blog I will also post pics and sizes for my 2 14 wk old boys who I am sure will have feet longer than either girl 🙂


  12. stariel
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 16:51:47

    Alright, Pan and Java have joined in here: http://stariel.blogspot.com/2008/01/bunny-thumpers.html


  13. Knitnana & Meezer
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 18:43:22

    We’ve posted photos (and a video, but not of behind paws) and a description here:



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  15. Laura
    Jan 12, 2008 @ 11:04:34

    Scout, Cleo, Elly want to join in, too!

    See their entries here:

    (Incidentally, Scout is a full-grown cat. She’s a little more than 5 years old.)


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  17. Michelle
    Jan 12, 2008 @ 13:40:32

    Kitty feet were measured and I have all my fingers still! Callie was 4.75″ and Peaches is 4.5″. Seems to be about average. 🙂


  18. heideho
    Jan 12, 2008 @ 14:23:45

    Whoo hoo! I have pictures of Bonny and Tasha’s Thumpers out on my blog now.


  19. ladylungdoc
    Jan 12, 2008 @ 17:06:12

    My cats were still groggy from their late afternoon nap, so I was able to establish that Somerset (11 years) is very dainty with her 4 and 3/8 inch Bunny Thumper, and Greedo (10 years) is a manly 5 and 3/4 inches! See it all here:http://purlthis.blogspot.com/2008/01/bunny-thumper-contest.html


  20. Tanya
    Jan 12, 2008 @ 19:46:44

    Hi there, caught her mid nap. Looks like 4.75-5. SHe is very fuzzy and it was difficult to see the joints and bends! She is about a year old, we guess. Someone moved last spring and must have abandonded her, so she adopted us. We call her Stalker. Here is the link though.


  21. rhelynn
    Jan 13, 2008 @ 14:20:52

    4 inches and 4.5 inches 😉 Our canine cat tried to participate too, but she doesn’t count I’m sure. Pictures here: http://knitowl.blogspot.com/2008/01/bunny-thumper-challenge.html


  22. Allison
    Jan 13, 2008 @ 20:07:52

    Thumper may not have the longest foot (5″), but how many have feet that are 1 3/4 inches wide ?


  23. Allison
    Jan 13, 2008 @ 20:09:06

    I guess putting the url in the url field doesn’t count:
    Thumper Feet


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  25. Wendy
    Jan 14, 2008 @ 16:14:53

    Lucy’s bunny thunmpers are 3.5″ long 🙂



  26. Bella
    Jan 14, 2008 @ 17:42:19

    This was definitely a curious experience. Having 3 hands might have helped! For a while, <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/21456415@N08/2193290557/”this was all I could get Felix to agree to. He mistakenly thought that me sitting next to him with a tape measure was some sort of new game involving rubbing his head up and down the tape. I finally petted him into a frenzy of purring that let me (very quickly) put the tape measure somewhat in <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/21456415@N08/2194077060/in/photostream/”place.
    Final result – Felix’s thumpers are a respectable 5.75″


  27. Bella
    Jan 14, 2008 @ 17:44:05

    Lol, well that attempt at inserting the links failed miserably. The pics are at:


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  29. Melissa
    Jan 14, 2008 @ 23:13:03

    I couldn’t resist this challenge! Artemis has a modest 5.125″ bunny thumper, while Apollo’s is somewhere between 5.75 and 6″. See them here:


  30. kate
    Jan 15, 2008 @ 10:16:17

    can the blogless still enter? my 17 pound cat has GOT to be a top contender! where do I send my photo??


    • Happy
      Jul 17, 2017 @ 16:20:42

      You're wasting your time trying to convince these nihilists to breed. In another generation or two, they all will have gone extnect.Bisides, would those nihilists have been good parents at all? I for one admire their honesty and self-perception in doing the world a favor and not breeding and burdening the world with their offspring.


  31. Elizabeth
    Jan 15, 2008 @ 11:39:54

    My big ginger guy (Dude Man) measures up at 5″, and the little calico (Thisbe) is 4.25″. Also, she put some teethmarks in my plastic ruler! Mmmm…delicious polymers.


  32. Carol
    Jan 15, 2008 @ 20:48:43

    Princess Micha. Yes, we call her that. And with a silly voice. It is required. Well, the Princess has 5 inch bunny thumpers. See ’em here:


  33. Geri
    Jan 15, 2008 @ 22:50:01

    My Ollie’s bunny thumper measures 5 1/4″

    I’ll post a pic on my blog: http://NotJustAboutKnitting.blogspot.com


  34. Geri
    Jan 15, 2008 @ 22:59:30

    More accurately, my Ollie’s 5 1/4″ bunny thumper picture is at the bottom of my blog on this day: http://notjustaboutknitting.blogspot.com/2008/01/change-of-plans.html


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  36. Cathy-Cate
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 10:57:24

    This is too fun.
    Here’s my average-size orange tiger cat’s bunny thumpers:
    — 4 3/4 inches, for the record.
    Someone’s got to be in the middle!


  37. thursday
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 13:37:17


    I’m not so good with posting links… oh well. Some big bunny thumpers here! I’ve got 4.5, 4.75, 5.25, and 5.5″ bunny thumpers – no, not on the same cat! Four kitties, all slightly different. And quite average it looks like!


  38. Lori
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 14:41:27

    Yay for Bunny Thumpers!
    Here’s mine: http://yarnbeans.typepad.com/yarnbeans/
    I can’t wait to see who has the biggest! hee hee!


  39. Michele
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 15:28:45

    Wow, that was a fun experience! My cats chalked in at 5 1/2, 5 1/2 and 5 inches. Not petite my felines 🙂


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  41. Tracy
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 16:05:11

    How funny to see all the kitty feet. Quite an experience!

    Here is our contribution –
    at 4.5, 5 and 5.5 inches.
    Thanks so much!


  42. Jeanne B.
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 17:15:59

    My camera is being moody and difficult about whether or not it actually has battery power (despite fresh batteries). The photos are forthcoming (I hope). But Zander’s thumpers are 5.25 inches long. There are five felines in this household, and he’s the biggest of all possible cats so I’m submitting his. Goodness, this is fun!


  43. Chelle
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 18:32:44

    This was too fun. My cats aren’t hostile, thank goodness, just squirmy.
    Mango — 5.75 inches.
    Butter — 5.50 inches.
    Midnight — 4.50 inches.


  44. bea
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 18:34:50

    Fun contest idea! I’ve got my two cats bunny thumpers measured. I really didn’t realize how difficult it would be to photograph the thumper of a hairy black Maine Coon with zero interest in playing along with me. My three year old cats are Penny (8.5 lbs with a 5 inch foot and 1.25 inch toes – a fourth of her foot length is in her toes!) and Ozzy (a large, black Maine Coon, with feet somewhere between 5.75 and 6 – I’ll say 5.75 because I think its closer to that then 6?). Their photos are here…



  45. Nell
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 19:39:12

    Milo and Eva tried to stay still for photos. But they were not excited about it.

    I tried! Milo’s bunny thumper is 5 inches and Eva’s is 5.5 inches. They are big kitties. So they need big feet!


  46. Jen
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 19:55:42

    My two kitties are here:

    Both Bellatrix L’Orange and Karlton are around 5 inches.


  47. Valerie in San Diego
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 22:23:55

    Well, clearly she didn’t win, but Laila’s got at least 5 3/8″ bunny thumpers. Which, sadly, she’s used to thump a lot of bunnies.



  48. Chris
    Jan 17, 2008 @ 06:42:26

    Maybe I’ll go for the artistic photo competition. 😉


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  50. Sherry
    Jan 17, 2008 @ 10:35:34

    You know – I was starting to leave the link to my entry with my cats feet – and I look up and I’ve already done it (#49). My apologies!! I don’t remember doing it and I don’t know what I did (because it looks wrong!!). Sorry – don’t mean to be a duplicate poster and a bad one who doesn’t know what she’s doing at that!!


  51. sophiekat
    Jan 17, 2008 @ 18:25:27

    here ya go:
    the tubby 18 year old (no, its not a typo) is 3.75″ and the wily 7 year old is 3.4″, link is http://sophiekatknits.blogspot.com/2008/01/bunny-thumpers.html


  52. Andi
    Jan 17, 2008 @ 19:41:32

    Okay, I posted photos on my blog: http://www.andi-woundtootight.blogspot.com
    Diesel has 5″ bunny thumpers – and he did NOT appreciate my interrupting him to get my measurements. Snorted at me even. He’s a big, lanky Maine Coon and my sweetie pie.


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  54. Sarah-Hope
    Jan 17, 2008 @ 22:03:04

    The cats are very excited to be in a contest (not). The results:
    Damian: 5-1/2″
    Archy: 5″
    Maggie: 4-1/2″
    See their feet in all their glory at http://www.whatifknits.com


  55. Penny
    Jan 17, 2008 @ 23:00:22

    I am posting a photo now to my blog of my Solara’s thumber. You can find it here: http://pennypurlsandkittyknits.blogspot.com/


  56. kathy b
    Jan 20, 2008 @ 12:24:23

    Oh I missed it! I have the BEST . AL made them a year or so ago. I may have to post them.


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  58. stacey
    Jan 21, 2008 @ 09:18:58

    Here’s my contribution: http://peaknit.blogspot.com/2008/01/prjoect-spectrum.html

    My cat’s thumper is between 5.5 and 5.75″ – he is awful hairy so it is a bit tricky to tell. What a fun contest and another great opportunity for me to snuggle with my cat – he thanks you!:)


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  60. Bunny
    Jun 22, 2008 @ 07:36:01

    My Topaz is so tiny she doesn’t have a chance of winning for the largest foot. She was in a bad mood today so wasn’t up to letting me measure her foot anyway. Her loss…


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