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[Guest Post] 30 Days of Cats on the Internet Challenge by Chris Killen.

June 8, 2011 \pm\30 5:48 pm

As a show of my deepest affection for you, the internet, I have compiled Chris Killen‘s 30 Days of Cats on the Internet Challenge that he did in April/May on Facebook. Yes, I know. I love you, too, babes.—Ani

Day 1: your favourite video of a cat or some cats on the internet.

I really like all sorts of different videos of cats on the internet, but if I had to choose an all time favourite, I guess it would be this one. It still counts if it is kind of a compilation of sorts of various videos of cats on the internet, right?

Singing Kitties

Day 2: your least favourite video of a cat or some cats on the internet.

Without doubt, it’s got to be this one. So many reasons: hard to tell which way round the cat is, can’t even see its face, too much zooming, only 10 seconds long, and it’s not even in widescreen! I want my 40-50 seconds back! (Watched it 4 or 5X total)

My cat boring video

Day 3: a video of a cat or some cats on the internet that you watch to feel good.

Definitely this one. Once watched it ~1,000,000 recently while working an 8-hr shift in a call centre to ‘keep up morale’. Being only 4.5 seconds long, it seems to demand repeat watchings. Seems multi-layered somehow. Lots going on. I love it.

BEST 4 SECONDS EVER!

Day 4: a video of a cat or some cats on the internet that you watch to chill out to.

I find this incredibly relaxing. Feel like if it was 17+ mins long I might be able to reach some kind of meditative state. Think the only way it could be made even more relaxing would be by adding a Boards of Canada soundtrack maybe.

Cute dreaming kitty (Original!!)

Day 5: a video of a cat or some cats on the internet that makes you feel sad.

According to their owner, both kittens “died from th[eir] condition in Oct 2010” (something I was unaware of when I first saw this). Whereas initially I viewed this video as a happy distraction, I now see it as a ‘one-way ticket to heartbreak city’.

Fainting goat kittens – original video

Day 6: your favourite video of a cat or some cats on the internet playing a piano.

Has to be this one. As it says, “better than the original!” — really into Norah’s playing style. I’ve never been 100% convinced by the intermission at 1:40, but otherwise this is a solid, engaging video of a cat playing a piano.

Nora The Piano Cat: The Sequel – Better than the original!

Day 7: your favourite video of a cat or some cats on the internet speeding through the water.

I love this video. Sometimes nature can be so wonderful/confusing/awe-inspiring. That cat really is racking up some incredible speeds, too!

My Speed Boat doing a 50 meter roost

Day 8: your favourite video of a cat or some cats on the internet not really doing anything.

Marred slightly by the noises (I’d advise muting), this is an otherwise great video of a cat not really doing anything. It’s the closest thing I have found so far to a 100% pure video of a cat ‘just existing’.

Cat doing nothing

Day 9: your favourite video of a cat or some cats on the internet that you have chosen by typing ‘cat’ into YouTube and linking to the first result.

This is definitely my favourite first search result for ‘cat’ on YouTube (as of 25th April, 2011).

Funny Cats

Day 10: your favourite video of Stewart playing with a feather.

I think this is my favourite video of Stewart playing with a feather because Stewart looks like he is really enjoying playing with a feather in this video of Stewart playing with a feather.

Stewart Playing With Feather- Again!

Day 11: your favourite video of 100 ways to love a cat.

Really can’t think of a better or more comprehensive ‘100 ways to love a cat’ video than this one. I consider this pretty much the Wikipedia or dictionary.com of ‘100 ways to love a cat’ videos.

100 Ways To Love A Cat: Ways 1-100

Day 12: your favourite video of a cat or kitten riding on a tortoise (or other living animal of your choice that in some way resembles a tortoise).

Easy. It’s got to be this one.

Kitten riding tortoise

Day 13: your favourite video of a cat getting married that you watch to feel confused/mildly depressed.

I find this video of a cat getting married to a toy penguin both compelling and bleak. An engaging and topical look at a cat getting married to a penguin in a girl’s bedroom. Two thumbs up.

my cat’s wedding

Day 14: your favourite video featuring a photo of a cat eating spaghetti.

Not sure. Either this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXHqoPHZCUM

or this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_OV24G-NfI&feature=fvsr

or maybe this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw0PdHdqK1s

Day 15: your favourite video of a cat “making biscuits.”

Other variations include: “playing the piano”, “kneading a pizza”, “moving its paws strangely” and “doing its milking”. (Coincidentally, this video also encompasses Day 16’s challenge: your favourite video of a cat falling asleep while doing something.)

Sleepy kitty “making biscuits”

Day 16: your favourite video of a cat falling asleep while doing something.

See day 15.

Day 17: your favourite video of a cat lifting a dumbbell.

It seems like a 1-3min video of a cute cat successfully lifting a massive dumbbell is the ‘holy grail’ of videos of cats on the internet. Rumours often circulate of such a clip, but this is the closest thing I can find. 9/10 for effort.

Cat lifting dumbbell

Day 18: your favourite video of a jumping kitten.

Faultless/surprising.

Jumping kitten

Day 19: a video that always makes you get up and dance.

Don’t know if it’s the catchy synth line or the pumping beat or the wonderful surprise at 1:09, whatever it is, this video never fails to get me out of my chair, dancing (and also learning something!)

How to give a cat a pill

Day 20: your favourite video of a kitten eating an ice-cream.

Always filled with questions after watching this one. ‘Is the hat glued on?’ ‘What happened to the cone afterwards?’ ‘What flavour ice-cream was it?’ ‘How much out of 10 did the kitten enjoy it?’ ‘Is that a man’s or woman’s hand in the foreground?’ etc.

Kitten Wearing a Tiny Hat Eats a Tiny Ice-Cream Cone

Day 21: your favourite video of 10 kittens on a sofa listening to music.

Just a great group of kittens on a sofa really getting into the music. Lovely/life-affirming/what am I doing with my life?

Techno Kittens

Day 22: just a video of a cat on the internet doing something for whatever reason etc.

Little Kitten So Tired. Cutest vid ever!!!

Day 23: your favourite video of a cat playing a theremin.

ch the benchmark cat-playing-a-theremin video on the internet. Future theremin-playing cats could do a lot worse than studying it before deciding whether or not to record their own theremin performance. (Also: great bonus cat at 0:34.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ONJfp95yoE

Day 24: your favourite video of a cat repeatedly appearing from beneath a duvet.

This cat seems to be taking its job of repeatedly appearing from beneath a duvet very seriously indeed. I wonder how many times it has appeared from beneath a duvet in its life so far. (400?)

http://youtu.be/oZJaKwuU7UY

Day 25: a motivational video of a cat on the internet.

Feel like we could all learn a lot from the way this cat handles its Japanese bath. Instead of complaining, Kissy makes the most of the situation by a) hydrating herself (0:09), b) having fun (0:54), c) letting herself be washed (2:09), and d) just ‘being zen’ (whole video).

Cat taking Japanese style bath (towel on head)

Day 26: a video of a cat shutting down a computer.

I wish that every time i was finished using my computer I could ring a bell or something and Patrick would appear and climb onto it and shut it down using his body. then maybe afterwards i would stroke him and/or feed him a fish.

My Cat Shuts Down the Computer

Day 27: your favourite video which is just a slideshow of cats living their lives.

From what i can gather, this collection of pet cats live in a flat or house full of silver audio equipment, woollen rugs and old tea towels and spend their days listening to instrumental Muse-like music and/or hiding in plastic bags. Lovely.

My Pet Cat’s SlideShow Part 1

Day 28: your favourite video of a cat “making its toilet.”

While there may be an abundance of first-rate cat “making its toilet” videos on YouTube (usually focussing on the City Kitty toilet training technique) hardly any feature the cat flushing afterwards. As Roseartblue says in the comments, “That cat is really smart and cute.”

CAT USES TOILET THEN FLUSHES

Day 29: your favourite video of a cat jumping in and out of a box.

Maru seems, to me, to be the “Johnny Knoxville” of cats jumping in and out of boxes. irreverent, energetic and fearless. seems incredible that MTV haven’t made a full TV show of cats doing stunts, setting themselves on fire, getting tattoos, being sick, etc, yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdhLQCYQ-nQ

Day 30: a video of a cat doing something futuristic.

Iggy seems to be preparing for a day when even things for cats are touchscreen. in his playful, inquisitive way he demonstrates an optimistic vision of the future where cats and iPads and people w/ good-quality camera phones can all hang out and have a nice time together. lovely.

iggy investigates an ipad

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2 Comments
  1. June 8, 2011 \pm\30 5:56 pm 5:56 pm

    if you watch any of them, watch day 13 you guys, jesuschrist

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