Man Who Became A Cat Doesn’t Get 9 Lives

He called himself “Stalking Cat” or “Tiger”, and he had extensive extreme surgeries to make himself look more feline than human, but in the end, the poor man was only given one life – a life that he apparently chose to exit via suicide.

Via Daily Mail UK (h/t iOTW):

Dennis Avner, the Nevada man who spent years trying to morph his body into that of a cat has died. He was 54.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Avner underwent a series of radical body modification procedures to make himself look like a female cat, from whiskers and ears to a mechanical tail.

His body was found in his home in Tonopah on November 5.


Avner’s operations have included bifurcation (splitting) of his upper lip, surgical pointing of the ears, sillicone cheek and forehead implants, tooth filing, tattoos, and facial piercing.

Avner, from Tonopah, Nevada, likes to go by his Indian name ‘Stalking Cat.’

‘I am Huron and following a very old tradition have transformed myself into a tiger,’ he said on his now-defunct website. MORE HERE

I wonder if all of the body modification caused him chronic pain? May he rest in peace.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I am sorry he felt compelled to kill himself. Did he see the Twilight finale before he did so? That might explain his motivation.

    • Zilla of the Resistance

      Yeah, me too. I’ve lost friends to suicide, it’s always a terrible waste, and people who knew Dennis Avner said he was a nice man.