A virtual court hearing took quite an un-purr-fessional turn when a lawyer was unable to figure out how to turn off the cat filter on his Zoom call.

Rod Ponton, the cat attorney, and his assistant were scrambling to remove the filter, while Judge Roy B. Ferguson of the 394th Judicial District Court presided over the case.

“Mr. Ponton, I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings,” the judge said.

The small, white kitten looked sad with its concerned eyes darting back and forth. The kitten opened its mouth to speak.

“Can you hear me judge?” Ponton said, appearing in the cat filter.

“I’m here, live, I’m not a cat,” he said a few seconds later.

To add insult to injury, the judge told CNN that he walked the lawyer through how to turn the filter off.


“When a child had been using the computer, (the child) turned on a filter,” he said.

“Of course, the lawyer would have no reason to even know that feature exists.”

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