By David Emery
Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Jan. 2011
Status: Fake (see details below)
Email contributed by Kathie J., Feb. 2, 2011:
FW: Did you lose a cat?
This is probably the most amazing picture of 2011!
Analysis: You guessed it, the picture was Photoshopped. Versions of the image have been circulating online since 2007 or thereabouts sometimes with cat, sometimes not, sometimes with fire extinguisher, sometimes not. The earliest version I've found with the cat because, apparently, a picture of a raccoon begging in a doorway by itself isn't cute enough was posted in January 2011. If you're interested, you can view three different versions side-by-side.
Last updated 10/16/13