Xeni Jardin at 12:09 pm Mon, Jan 10, 2011
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(Thanks, Tara McGinley!)
At the end, the one on the right looks up and says, “Okay, Fun Boy. But tonight we piss on your pillow.”
Love the huge smile on the cat in the background.
Shouldn’t that have a Tangerine Dream soundtrack?
And what’s even more amazing, those cats were meditating on apples.
man every cat i ever was in the presence hated citrus aroma. those are some super mellow cat’s or some rather non-fresh Satsumas or Clementines or Tangerines or whatever
‘Distractions both inside and outside the mind are part of that reality, â€œso simply observe themâ€, without ignoring or reacting to them.’
I’ve never had any cats that would have put up with that. Though they were all spoiled creatures. So I wonder if these cats were drugged.
in a rare editorial error “kitteh” was misspelled in the headline.
Not one shit. Not one.
Not totally surprising that I initially misread ‘MEDICATED cats balancing tangerines’
That would explain why they’re so docile and don’t seem to care that he’s placing the tangerines down rather carelessly onto their paws.
My cat would not sit idly by while I stacked things on its paws.
Cats in Japan often behave differently than cats in North America.
I’m not at all sure why, but Japanese cats tend to be more docile and relaxed. You can observe it in a contemporary setting by comparing American cat videos with their Japanese counterparts; you can further reinforce those observations by noting how cats are historically portrayed in Japanese media.
It may, oddly enough, be a cutlural thing. How we treat our animals influences how they behave. Domestication ties an animal very closely to the humans it lives with. Most folks will agree that a bad owner will create a problem pet – I would suggest that it isn’t a stretch to say that the culture a pet lives in also has strong affects on its behaviors.
it’s catlural, actually.
I’m not at all sure why, but Japanese cats tend to be more docile and relaxed.
I agree! The cats and the women in Japan are more docile, submissive and relaxed. I have learned this from traveling extensively in asia and from dating only asian women. I can tell that D Walker and I are kindred spirits.
Ugh. No, Asian women in general, and/or Japanese women in particular, are not all docile and submissive.
My wife for one certainly isnÂ´t.
There’s also a fourth cat curled up in the Amazon box in the background.
and that one is neither dead or alive! well, at least below that one ear anyway…
This is GREAT!!! Perfect example of how little cats give a single CRAP what humans do or think or say or do…perfect.
Suspicion: Adhesive used to secure upper tangerines to lower tangerines.
Did anyone notice the 4th cat asleep in the background?
Balancing? Or rare earth magnets?
The left-most one at about 0:20 is a dead giveaway. Gravity generally doesn’t hand out rainchecks.
Cute video, but this is all I could think of after reading the headline: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SuTLMp6Ytw
It does not come as a surprise to me that Japanese cats are more bizarre than other cats.
Whoaaa, that’s good nyborg, man….
this is an example of what makes the internet great.
plus – their paws are so cute! :D
I guess in this case OMMMMMM wins over OM NOM NOM
Great video! Japanese cats are more docile and relaxed? Then I would REALLY love to see the video substituting mice for those tangerines.
When they start the chanting, call me
haha, the shape of the tangerines on the kitties’ paws reminds me of kagamimochi (or maybe it’s just the new years vibe that’s left over)
“Sssh…shh…don’t be afraid…it’s ok, I won’t hurt you…me big American man.”
Monk: “Master, does a cat have the Buddha mind?”
“Wee iz dooin it wit are MIIINDSS!!!”
I think this is also supposed to look like Kagami Mochi, which is a New Year tradition in Japan where people place balance tangerines on top of mounds of white mochi (pounded rice). I like this kitteh version better! <3
A song for these 3 cool cats:
(I hope the accompanying art doesn’t distract the calm kittehs too much.)
is this being played backwards?
1) Cats are complex creatures and many cats would not like a game like this. Many cats don’t care, or even enjoy, having things put on them. Some cats are solitary, and some love sitting with their friends in a group. Some cats love manhandling and personal attention. Some are happiest alone in the window. I can’t believe anyone would make a post suggesting that because their cat wouldn’t like it, then these cats are obviously drugged or mistreated! These cats are just having fun and don’t mind fruit on their paws.
2) Tangerines are not slippery. Balancing 2 tangerines, in order of size, is not a difficult task. They grip one another and they are far from spherical. No tricks needed to be done to make them stack.
It’s the adhesive property of the group snuggle/heat/purr!
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