Taufik's clever cat goes viral online, and inspires new album

Straits Times Animal Antics

SINGAPORE - Singapore Idol winner Taufik Batisah may have to be careful if he makes a trip to the toilet in the middle of the night, because he may find his cat, yes his cat, there.

On Oct 30, a day after National Cat Day, he put up a 15-second video of one of his cats peeing into a toilet bowl on Facebook. Accompanying the video was this caption: "Yes I trained my cats to use the toilet like a BOSS!"

 

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It is not clear when the smooth crooner turned cat lover, but he goes on to profess his love for his cats Shoozay and Kleeo. The cats were adopted off the streets, and Taufik encourages others to save community cats like he did.

The video is part of a series uploaded by him with the hashtag #awakkatmane, which means "Where are you?" in Malay. Fans have responded to his videos with their own parodies, and the hashtag went so viral that it became the inspiration for his latest album.

There was also no shortage of cat-in-toilet and cute cat photos from fans. Taufik gets A+ for social media engagement, and oh, for cat-training too.

jalmsab@sph.com.sg