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Maru gets competition: best new box cat
November 9, 2012 8:31 AM   Subscribe

Box cat becomes one with the box.
posted by The Devil Tesla (91 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite

 
Why...?
posted by Pendragon at 8:34 AM on November 9, 2012


Because with determination, you can do ANYTHING.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 8:34 AM on November 9, 2012 [11 favorites]


It's sad, really: some cats get to live in towers while others have to squeeze into soda can containers just to get by. We have to do something about box inequality!
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:37 AM on November 9, 2012 [6 favorites]


A new species has arisen: the hermit cat.
posted by permafrost at 8:38 AM on November 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


Okay, Internet, election's over.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:40 AM on November 9, 2012 [4 favorites]


Play us off, Cardboard Cat.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:40 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


this is why cats hate turtles, those bastards get to be in a box ALL THE TIME.
posted by The Whelk at 8:41 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


I was expecting this video to end with the cat crawling into the box and then the cameraman picking up the box, opening the box, revealing that there is no cat inside!
posted by Kattullus at 8:42 AM on November 9, 2012 [11 favorites]


This is how Schroedinger got inspired.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:43 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have no idea how this person got their cat wedged into their box, or why.
posted by notsnot at 8:44 AM on November 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


Why...?

I have no idea why. Or how.
posted by The Bellman at 8:44 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


Curse you notsnot!
posted by The Bellman at 8:44 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


What is it with cats and small, enclosed spaces? Every time I empty my bedroom garbage bin and leave it on the stairs while I take out the trash, my cat hops into that thing like there's no tomorrow. Seems like a bad idea, survival-wise, to wedge yourself into a small spot with only one exit.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:45 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's a Finnish cat, therefore exhibiting Sisu.
posted by Wordshore at 8:46 AM on November 9, 2012 [11 favorites]


Cats can reach out with their claws for fend off predators without having to watch for attacks from behind or predators going for their neck.
posted by Ad hominem at 8:48 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Cats are so excellently weird. I love how this one was all "What'd you do that for?!" when its helper monkey helped it get unstuck the first time.

Now I gotta try this at home. We have boxes, of course, but they're fairly big boxes, more than adequate for a cat. Gotta try a smaller one....
posted by rtha at 8:48 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


That move is technically known as a Scottish fold.
posted by MuffinMan at 8:48 AM on November 9, 2012 [15 favorites]


My fat-ass cat would probably just stick his head in and call it a day. He's tried to get in brown paper lunch bags before, and that's pretty much how it goes.
posted by uncleozzy at 8:50 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


With only the title of the video showing in the tab I opened, I got a mental image of a cat that wants to be baked into a casserole.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:52 AM on November 9, 2012


The Card Cheat: Seems like a bad idea, survival-wise, to wedge yourself into a small spot with only one exit.

I suspect the cat's thought process isn't ooooh this could be a nice place to hide and be safe so much as I bet there's a fluffy little scared thing hiding in there that I can rip to shreds ooooh it's gonna be so fun to watch its innards glisten in the sun. Cats are nature's version of villains from schlocky 70s action bloodfests.
posted by Kattullus at 8:53 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


fat cat in a skinny box
posted by Ad hominem at 8:53 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


most bestest best shot
posted by elizardbits at 8:55 AM on November 9, 2012 [45 favorites]


The human should have helped the cat make the hole bigger, but that wouldn't have resulted in a video on the internet.
posted by arcticseal at 8:57 AM on November 9, 2012


I came over all claustrophobic just watching that. It reminded me why I'll never ever ever try spelunking.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:57 AM on November 9, 2012


Why...?

Dude, have you met any cats?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:01 AM on November 9, 2012 [9 favorites]


Yes, I'd like a 12 pack of cat, please.
posted by Mojojojo at 9:04 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Cat videos? Slow news day or something?
posted by mkultra at 9:06 AM on November 9, 2012


Frenzied cat butt from 0:37 to 0:42 made my day. (Meetup people: the standard has been set. Do not disappoint me.)
posted by maudlin at 9:10 AM on November 9, 2012 [6 favorites]


This would totally be my cat, although he prefers boxes that are somewhat easier to get into and swiping at his toys from the open top. Literally (/christreager) any one toy is six times more fun for him that way.
posted by dhartung at 9:11 AM on November 9, 2012


most bestest best shot

Oh, it's been GIFed already -- excellent!
posted by maudlin at 9:11 AM on November 9, 2012


MAI BOKS

IS NOT YER BOKS

MAI BOKS
posted by Kitteh at 9:13 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


more delightful gifs for all your delightful kittygif needs:

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posted by elizardbits at 9:15 AM on November 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


MAI BOKS?
posted by uncleozzy at 9:16 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


I too liked the "the hell, human?" expression given to the helper monkey halfway through.

THIS BOCKS IS AWESUM, I WILL CONCKER IT.
posted by Jilder at 9:19 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Need to fix a typo? HAH!
posted by Jilder at 9:19 AM on November 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


Didn't we just do Sand Cats yesterday? They live in tiny caves in the desert. Maybe that's what these cats getting into boxes is all about.
posted by charlesminus at 9:20 AM on November 9, 2012


What is it with cats and small, enclosed spaces? Every time I empty my bedroom garbage bin and leave it on the stairs while I take out the trash, my cat hops into that thing like there's no tomorrow. Seems like a bad idea, survival-wise, to wedge yourself into a small spot with only one exit.

Cats like defensible positions.

Every time we bring our 14-year-old angrycat to the vet (where the examination rooms have an examination table, a countertop, a sink, and some cabinets), the second she gets out of the cage in the vet office, her every ounce of energy is focused on a single burning goal: get to the sink.

Once in the sink, her idée fixe is fuck you I'm in a sink. It is like the garbage disposal unit swarmed up and took over the entire thing. If you put your hand anywhere near the sink, there is a 93.2% chance that you will be looking at a stump and a fine red mist of blood and bone.

The vet has special gloves that she uses to get her out of the sink. When the zombies come, my first stop will be at the vet office because those gloves are Apocalypse proof.
posted by Shepherd at 9:22 AM on November 9, 2012 [75 favorites]


The vet has special gloves that she uses to get her out of the sink.

The vet should use those extendable grabby clamps like they have at the delly to get the cereal off the top shelves.
posted by elizardbits at 9:24 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: fuck you I'm in a sink.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:26 AM on November 9, 2012 [41 favorites]


Speaking as Shepherd's wife and the original owner of said 14-year-old cat, ze clamps, zey do nuffing.
posted by Kitteh at 9:27 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


"I was expecting this video to end with the cat crawling into the box and then the cameraman picking up the box, opening the box, revealing that there is no cat inside!"

Or they opened up the box and the cat was still alive! (or not)
posted by iamkimiam at 9:32 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was half-expecting it to conclude with front paws out the front, back paws out the back, and a triumphant march down the hallway and out of sight.
posted by Flunkie at 9:39 AM on November 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


Not seen two minutes after the camera is shut off: kitty fast asleep
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 9:41 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


> Yes, I'd like a 12 pack of cat, please.

Here you go!
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:41 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


It is a fierce and unquenchable passion, the passion of Cat for Box.
posted by ottereroticist at 9:43 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


> Cats like defensible positions.

Makes sense, but you'd better be sure your defensible position is a good one because in that case there's no plan B, it's just fuck you I'm in a sink. However, cats are pretty good at being cats and I suppose they know what they're doing.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:45 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Happiness is (still) a rectilinear cat.
posted by blackfly at 9:45 AM on November 9, 2012


However, cats are pretty good at being cats and I suppose they know what they're doing.

I don't think you and I have met the same cats.
posted by Johnny Assay at 9:53 AM on November 9, 2012 [10 favorites]


> > Cats like defensible positions.

Makes sense, but you'd better be sure your defensible position is a good one because in that case there's no plan B, it's just fuck you I'm in a sink.


Well, we are talking about a creature whose brain is the size of a walnut but is also about as armed as Freddy Krueger. fuck you i'm in a sink is probably the best they can think up but it also seems to work pretty well.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:54 AM on November 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


Cats are way better at being cats than any of us tourists will ever be. They do that shit for a living.
posted by echo target at 9:56 AM on November 9, 2012 [4 favorites]


I knew the human would step in to rescue the cat, and I knew the cat would wait exactly that long and then try again.
posted by JoanArkham at 9:59 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


most bestest best shot

That bit reminds me of how my neighbour's very persistent, shamefully neglected cat dives through the cat flap whenever I chase her out of my bedroom and the house, with those two back paws wiggling...
posted by MartinWisse at 10:19 AM on November 9, 2012


I literally cheered out loud, alone in my home, when that cat finally got all the way into the box.
posted by chowflap at 10:31 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: Frenzied cat butt from 0:37 to 0:42
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:33 AM on November 9, 2012 [7 favorites]


I am now doing my best to share this with the rest of the internet. Seriously best cat box video ever.
posted by gingerbeer at 10:43 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


I've watched Maru on the Youtubes. I've lol'ed at Maru. Maru is a legendary meme. Sir, you're no Maru.

alternate: Imma let you finish yadda yada maru best box cat all time yadda yadda
posted by dgaicun at 10:46 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


Inspired by the cat box tower guy, I made a mini cat tower out of boxes myself. My cats just love it, and that works for me because it was free!

But cats seem to like it when the hole is /just/ big enough to squeeze through.
posted by Malice at 10:46 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's a pretty obvious solution to fuck you i'm in a sink. You must really love your cat.
posted by maryr at 10:52 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


Man I must have been exposed to too many violent video games and zombie movies because when you said only solution that is not where my brain went.
posted by skrozidile at 10:58 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


You must really love your cat.

My Siamese adores water. Wouldn't work unfortunately.
posted by Malice at 11:04 AM on November 9, 2012


Cat videos? Slow news day or something?

Yes, thank the baby jeebous.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:07 AM on November 9, 2012 [7 favorites]


Our beloved Soren, RIP, also loved water, to the point where he would climb into the shower and sit where the water was coming down hardest. He also really hated the vet, despite being a very mellow and tolerant cat in all other circumstances. His file at the vet's had the notation "Fractious" on it, and vet techs would have to put on the welding gloves to wrangle him.
posted by rtha at 11:08 AM on November 9, 2012 [7 favorites]


There's a pretty obvious solution to fuck you i'm in a sink.

Turn on the water, lose a face, human.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:13 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


I've lived with cats that loved batting and splashing water, loved drinking running water, and loved licking wet bathtubs, but never a cat that didn't hate actually getting wet.

But cats seem to like it when the hole is /just/ big enough to squeeze through.

Doesn't a perfectly sized hole mean that no larger predator can get in after you as well?

While you're considering that, here, have a jar of kitten and a pot of cat.
posted by maryr at 11:15 AM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm embarrassed to admit how many empty Amazon/miscellaneous boxes are in my house because Zuzu loves each one deeply and uniquely.

And now this weekend, I'm going to have to go out and find a soda box.
posted by mudpuppie at 11:28 AM on November 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


Cats are the only liquids that seek out their own containers.
posted by JHarris at 11:29 AM on November 9, 2012 [18 favorites]


Our beloved Soren, RIP, also loved water, to the point where he would climb into the shower and sit where the water was coming down hardest.

Our Kona does too. If you don't let him in the shower while you're bathing he'll SCREAM until you do. He'll even sit in your arms while you shower, which can be a big pain in the butt because that's what he wants.

Weird cats are weird.
posted by Malice at 11:31 AM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Our Kona does too. If you don't let him in the shower while you're bathing he'll SCREAM until you do.

Oh my God, Zach used to holler at me while I was in the shower - he'd stand outside on the edge of the toilet and holler and try to pull the curtain open, and then he'd look in and howl at me. And every time, when the water splashed into his face he'd freak out and book it.

Around that time, I heard Ellen Degeneres make a joke about her cats doing the same thing, and she speculated that what her cats were trying to say was "oh my god! It's water and it's all over you!"
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:44 AM on November 9, 2012 [6 favorites]


Around that time, I heard Ellen Degeneres make a joke about her cats doing the same thing, and she speculated that what her cats were trying to say was "oh my god! It's water and it's all over you!"

I remember that joke! How funny. I can just imagine them saying that!
posted by Malice at 11:48 AM on November 9, 2012


I thought that was Paula Poundstone.
posted by mudpuppie at 11:49 AM on November 9, 2012


"When I take a shower it's the most incredible thing my cats have ever seen."
posted by mudpuppie at 11:51 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


My memories from that time may be imperfect. I was spending a portion of every day trying to protect my naked bits from a wet cat.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:53 AM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


"oh my god! It's water and it's all over you!"

Roswell does this. He sits on the toilet lid and shouts and howls while I'm in the shower; I shout and howl back. After I've gotten out and am drying off, he shouts until I lean down enough for him to sniff me and make sure I haven't been damaged by the water.
posted by rtha at 11:57 AM on November 9, 2012


10 lb kitteh in 5 lb box
posted by charlie don't surf at 12:03 PM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: dives through the cat flap
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:10 PM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


After I've gotten out and am drying off, he shouts until I lean down enough for him to sniff me and make sure I haven't been damaged by the water.

I actually started keeping Zach's cat brush in the bathroom because invariably he'd be sitting on the edge of the sink when I came out, ready to shout at me. I could then grab him with one hand real fast and then grab the brush and give him a couple brushes before he'd figured out what was going on. This was when I first got him and he was still in his "what the - AAAAAHHHH!!!! NO!!!! NOT THE BRUSH!!!!" Phase. Which in time gave way to "NOT THE BRUSH NOT THE -....wait, that feels kind of good...." and then finally gave way to "oooh, she's in the shower, i get brushed when she gets out".

Then he would still stand on the edge of the sink and shout at me, but instead of "OH MY GOD YOU HAD WATER ALL OVER YOU" it was "hurry up with that combout, I've got another appointment with a pigeon in ten minutes" shouting.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:13 PM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


The vet should use those extendable grabby clamps like they have at the delly to get the cereal off the top shelves.

They exist, and they are actually called cat tongs. (Now I'm singing the Batman TV theme song in my head and replacing "Bat-man!" with "Cat tongs!")
posted by trillian at 12:21 PM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Surely there will be some baby mice at the end of that burrow!
posted by geeklizzard at 1:17 PM on November 9, 2012


Had a neighbor once that would get suckered into watering his lawn with a hose for hours because my Siamese cat would come running anytime water was involved. This cat loved being soaked. If you turned on the faucet and left the hose running the cat would walk over, carefully wrap its paw around the edge of the hose, lift up and bury its face in the stream.
posted by M Edward at 1:35 PM on November 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


My probably-Maine Coon (he was abandoned, we'll never know for sure) loves showers too. Every morning he's all, "woohoo bestest time evar, human's gonna turn the water on and then I can partaaaaay".

ignore the mold stains in my shower, the previous owners of my apartment left them for me and vinegar doesn't get rid of it all. I'm going to replace the whole thing eventually. sigh.

He also likes to sit in rain puddles and stick his head under the (running) water faucet.
posted by fraula at 2:08 PM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


They exist, and they are actually called cat tongs.

The only way to serve cat salad.
posted by orme at 2:47 PM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


ignore the mold stains in my shower, the previous owners of my apartment left them for me and vinegar doesn't get rid of it all.

I know it's chemical but Kaboom with Oxy Clean (random Youtube review just to show you) gets rid of that stuff easily. But be forewarned, it is VERY STRONG, it smells stronger than anything I've ever used. But it DOES work.

posted by Malice at 2:58 PM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


This isn't something one gets to say very often, but those YouTube comments are kind of heartwarming. Cyrillic, kanji(?), and roman alphabets, chiming in from around the world to appreciate the goofiness of cats.
posted by yarrow at 3:26 PM on November 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


Santeen will eliminate the toughest mold and mildew stains. Warning: contains 23% hydrochloric acid.
posted by charlie don't surf at 4:32 PM on November 9, 2012


> most bestest best shot

elizardbits i have to tell you something. At exactly :38 into that video this exact thought went through my mind: "holy shit elizardbits is gonna go crazy for this"
posted by chela at 6:09 PM on November 9, 2012


I Went Looking for Internet Cat Freaks, But Instead I Found Myself
posted by homunculus at 9:20 PM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Santeen will eliminate the toughest mold and mildew stains. Warning: contains 23% hydrochloric acid.

Holy smokes, you should definitely wear gloves with that. And keep the cat away from it! But at that point, why not just use bleach?
posted by maryr at 9:22 PM on November 9, 2012


Holy smokes, you should definitely wear gloves with that.

Chemical resistant gloves, and a respirator (NIOSH certified for acid vapor, color code yellow).

Personally, I just use the "one breath" technique. Turn on the bathroom vent fan, take a deep breath, apply the stuff while holding my breath, then when I run out of breath, I run out the door and shut it. Recover, hyperventilate a little, then go back in while holding my breath for about 15 seconds at a time.

Warning: do not use with bleach or cleaning products containing bleach like Comet, due to risk of chlorine gas emissions.
posted by charlie don't surf at 6:35 AM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes, bleach does an excellent job of being super reactive and that would be Bad.
posted by maryr at 8:38 AM on November 10, 2012


Household bleach and trisodium phosphate make a good mildew fighting team. Yes, you can mix them safely.

Also, it's a lot easier to work with than 23% hydrochloric acid.
posted by [expletive deleted] at 5:01 PM on November 10, 2012


Trisodium phosphate? Too weak. How about 20% phosphoric acid?

Anyway, sorry fraula, you should know better than to tell us not to notice your grout.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:11 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


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