I'm not trying to start anything, but I think you guys are overreacting a little bit.... I highly doubt that cat was dead .... Scooter sleeps extremely sound and you can pretty much put anything in his paws. Also, the photo manipulation is very easy to do. I've seen this picture on the one funny site before, I just cannot remember the name of it.... It's the one with all of the funny pictures of animals.
And, like Debby said.... the cat looks perfectly healthy!