Cats Taking Selfies
January 29, 2014 7:58 PM   Subscribe

posted by wallabear at 8:00 PM on January 29 [3 favorites]

I have no idea how these people got their cats to work their iphones, or why.
posted by Westringia F. at 8:03 PM on January 29 [9 favorites]

I have been trying to get ours to take selfies, but have been unsuccessful so far.
posted by rtha at 8:09 PM on January 29

Those aren't real cats. All those shots display a complete lack of trout pout.
posted by maudlin at 8:12 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]

Simple yet highly effective concept. Cuteness ensues.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:28 PM on January 29

Is the next step "Cats taking selfies at funeral"?
posted by cirhosis at 8:30 PM on January 29 [5 favorites]

Best of Internet, hands down. Er, paws down.
posted by Celsius1414 at 8:33 PM on January 29

i suspect that this may be driven by something like Snapcat which basically replaces your phone screen with a drifting red dot that, if tapped, snaps a selfie.

And, like Snapchat, also carries the implied possibility that the subject of the photo is a little naked.
posted by bl1nk at 8:38 PM on January 29 [11 favorites]

Malicious alert popup at this link for me (chrome on android)
posted by jzed at 8:39 PM on January 29

I die of cute.

(I am not seeing any malicious alerts, but NoScript says there are no less than 16 scripts trying to run).
posted by Mezentian at 10:19 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]

I hit this link so fast...
posted by Danila at 10:25 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]

They need to adopt this style for shelter cats. Lots of "Come snuggle me!" photos.
posted by Goofyy at 10:33 PM on January 29

It's true what they say, Tiggers ARE made out of rubber and springs. They're also fascinated by potatoes.
posted by JHarris at 12:12 AM on January 30 [1 favorite]

I'm kind of pissed off at the OED for picking "selfie" over "olinguito" (scroll down). I do, however, look forward to the olinguito selfies.
posted by trip and a half at 12:46 AM on January 30 [1 favorite]

"It's true what they say, Tiggers ARE made out of rubber and springs. They're also fascinated by potatoes."

Wow. Either that potato just bit that kitten, or that kitten just ate a pound of meth. Or both.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 12:51 AM on January 30 [2 favorites]

Woot! Me!

my bestest friend is silly
posted by Susu pitchounette at 1:05 AM on January 30 [4 favorites]

So nonchalant with it too.
posted by 0 answers at 1:39 AM on January 30

One of those cats was also a Cat About to Sneeze. I think these are stunt cats.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:34 AM on January 30 [3 favorites]

"I think these are stunt cats."

That's the thing about all these YouTube cat videos and cat photo tumblrs and similar sites these days.

They do all the cinéma vérité stuff and, sure, they look like ordinary cats — they're not perfectly groomed and you can see that they're shedding — and we're presented with these weird and exciting narratives about real cats being cute and real cats falling off windowsills and real cats freaking out in an epic fight with a potato.

But it's all fake! These are all professional actorcats! Their cuteness and hijinks are all focus-grouped by media researchercats and scripted by screenwritercats and choreographed by stuntcats, with deliberately amateur-seeming photography (those aren't really smartphone photos) by photocats.

The hilarious cat and baby goat video? Both professionals. That goat has appeared in three national television commercials and twelve YouTube videos alone. The cat just switched agencies and filed a lawsuit against her former representation (MMC).

These supposed "selfies" were all produced in a studio; all of that feline insouciance was calculated professionalism (not that there's any feline insouciance that isn't calculated, to be sure).

It's all a product of the big cat media machine. And people lap it up, like it was, uh, something lappable. In a dish.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:24 AM on January 30 [18 favorites]

I would admit to being in the pocket of Big Cat, but cats do not have pockets. Or Instagram accounts, for that matter.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:27 AM on January 30

they do if they wear fancy waistcoats
posted by elizardbits at 6:43 AM on January 30 [6 favorites]

That's just what they want you to think, GenjiandProust.
posted by rtha at 6:48 AM on January 30 [2 favorites]

Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I am in the pocket of a little cat, so anything I say about cats and pockets may be a talking point of Little Big Cat.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:57 AM on January 30 [3 favorites]

These reminded me of the "selfie" my daughter "took" when she was a baby. Selfie self-link, obvs.

I really enjoyed the cats!
posted by onlyconnect at 7:43 AM on January 30

mister fancy britches
My cat Mobius just said, "omigod I want that."
posted by The Potate at 7:52 AM on January 30

Is that little black cat actually enjoying that dapper outfit? He doesn't seem to be plotting anyone's death at all.

OMG there's moar ...
posted by maudlin at 7:56 AM on January 30 [2 favorites]

Puggle selfie (selfie-link).
posted by k8lin at 9:26 AM on January 30 [1 favorite]

Fancy, yes, but are they britches? They match the vest test best, I guess.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:50 AM on January 30

Yes. This is good.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:06 AM on January 30

Oh my, yes!
Their expressions reminded me of human selfies pages.

Except, you know--cuter.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:05 PM on January 30

Those last two, the close-up of the nose and the one following, had me wheezing and my dog looked at me funny, and how do I explain?
posted by davejay at 11:22 PM on January 31

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