Surprised kitten is surprised

As Sean Bonner tweeted over the weekend, this may well be the best 17 seconds of your life.

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  1. That’s some Bodhisattva right there — those 17 seconds could save all beings from suffering. Thank you!

  2. I was going to send this to my friends over the weekend, but that dang ShareThis widget every blog has had expanded itself over the video and refused to disappear. I certainly wasn’t about to click on any part of it, so thank you BoingBoing for taking up the slack. :)

    1. Actually Hitler loved animals. Sadly he would have loved this video were he still alive today (god forbid).

  3. If youtube and lolcats have yet to cause a dramatic increase in cat adoptions from animal shelters, this video sure will.

  4. Godwin’s law on the second comment! A new record!

    But seriously, newborn humans do this too. It’s called the startle reflex.

    1. Baby humans do it so they’re ready to grab tree branches or Moms fur when dropped (go go monkey reflexes).

      Baby kittens do it because that way 5 out of 6 ends are sharp.

  5. Slightly offtopic: thank you for posting a link to the youtube vid as well as embedding it. It makes it much easier for people for whom Flash won’t work reliably to watch it by other means.

  6. I don’t think she’s surprised, she’s just emulating the fingers of her mommy or daddy. But that doesn’t make it less cute!

  7. Watching this again and again, and then sending it to all my co-workers, has made years of carefully constructing a dark, tough-guy persona dissapear down the drain.

  8. The kitten isn’t surprised. That’s just its natural defensive posture when on it’s back. Pretty much all kittens do it when playing with their siblings (or in this case, human).

  9. Awww, how adorable! I wish I could get a kitten… but they aren’t allowed in my dorm. This video tickles my cat-lovin’ heart, though.

  10. I’d say less surprised and more in the traditional on-back-defensive position.. limbs ready, claws poised.. ready to defend a fuzzy little tummy that needs ta get -tickled-!!
    ==tickletickletickletickletickle==

    also. SO ADORABLE!!

  11. “If this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve seen, check your ID as you may in fact be Hitler.”

    Meaning Hitler is the only person to have seen things more cute than this?

    “If you don’t think this is cute ….”

    FTFY.

  12. The best 17 seconds of thumb-biting squeeking giggling. Feel that sweet dopamine rush come on? Thank you Xeni!!!! <3 <3 <3

  13. That’s pretty bloody cute, but I’m damn glad I can recall many instances of having more fun than this vid provides.

    Warranted a ‘heh’ and a smile from me.

    Maybe I’m Hitler… come to think of it, I was ranting in favour of genocide the other day

  14. “If this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve seen, check your ID as you may in fact be Hitler.”

    Meaning Hitler is the only person to have seen things more cute than this?

    Yes Hitler had a secret bunker where he hoarded all the cute collected from all of Europe and part of Africa.

  15. Thorny paws and needle teeth.

    Many’s the war wound I’ve incurred this way. But try explaining to some people that it’s fun having your cat put your wrist in a clench with his front paws while gnawing on your hand and kicking the crap out of your forearm with his hind legs.

  16. “If this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve seen, check your ID as you may in fact be Hitler.”

    Meaning Hitler is the only person to have seen things more cute than this?

    Actually, I think the implication is that Hitler was incapable of recognizing cuteness, so nothing has ever been the cutest thing he’s ever seen.

  17. Who cares why the kitten is actually freaking out. It’s just super cute. Life needs more moements like this.

  18. This literally is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen … every time I need a pick-me-up from now on, I’m totally watching this.

  19. 1) This is unbelievably cute and I’m going to use this video to get close to this chick I’ve been seeing :D

    2) Why is a discussion about the cutest thing on the internetz so closely intertwined with a discussion about Hitler?

    1. It’s the internet. If you stripped away all detritus and all the flimflam, yep, you’d find that pure internet is kitties and Hitler.

    2. Because every conversation on the internet turns to a discussion of Hitler within twenty comments or so. True fact.

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