Our graceful and elegant feline overlords have another side to them. When they think we’re not looking, they can act like the biggest derps on Planet Earth! Luckily for us, their derpiness is an endless source of entertainment for us and the internet alike.
That’s where the massive ‘Animals Being Derps’ online community comes in. You think you’ve seen what hilarious and wholesome truly looks like? Think again! The r/AnimalsBeingDerps subreddit has a whopping 3.6 million members and has been an active part of Reddit since May 2013. The community is dedicated to sharing photos and videos of animals “acting like complete idiots.” And today, we’re featuring some of the funniest and cutest cat pics from the subreddit to brighten up your day, dear Pandas.
Remember to pet those derpy cattos through your screen, upvote your fave pics, and let us know in the comments which felines won over your heart. Obviously, we want our cats looking fabulous in the derpy photos we take of them, so it falls to us to help them take care of their appearance, no matter how much they prioritize their own cleanliness. Check out Bored Panda’s interview about just that below. Onwards into the Land of Derp!
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One of the things that we can do to make our cats as photogenic as possible is to keep their coats all healthy and shiny. Now, naturally, owners should be concerned about keeping their cats’ coats in the best possible shape no matter if they’re going to be taking fun and derpy photos of them or not.
Anna Ewers Clark, a vet working with the PDSA, a British animal veterinary charity, went into detail with Bored Panda about the proper way to take care of feline fur. From bathing them to what products to avoid.
According to vet Anna, cats are very clean creatures, so we should think about bathing them only in special circumstances. “Most cats don’t need baths, and in fact, many cats find being in water very stressful,” she explained.
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“If your cat does get very dirty or has something you think might be toxic on their coat, it’s best to sponge the area with a damp flannel, or rinse the area with a cup of water, instead of putting your cat in the bath or shower.”
The vet told Bored Panda that we ought to use tap water and avoid shampoos when bathing our cats. Shampoos are only fine if they’ve been prescribed by your vet.
“The smells of shampoos, creams, and lotions can be much stronger for your cat’s sensitive nose and they can strip the oils out of your cat’s coat—even sensitive shampoos can make your cat’s coat look dry and dull or make them itchy.”
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The ‘Animals Being Derps’ subreddit uses the tagline, “Aww, they’re so stupid.” However, you shouldn’t think of it as anyone criticizing these animals. Quite the opposite! Think of it as a compliment that celebrates the range of emotions and behaviors that pets have.
The subreddit’s mods urge all newcomers to read the rules carefully. Joining a new community takes a bit more than posting a bunch of awesome photos—it’s about engaging with your fellow members. That means playing by the rules.
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Members should by no means post photos of animals that are drugged, sick, or injured. What’s more, the subreddit has a hardline stance that there should be no animals in costumes, no staged submission, and no “animals just sitting there.”
What’s more, you should do your best to avoid politics and memes. That’s a lot of rules! But the wholesome content more than makes up for that. In the end, it’s worth it to have an awesome and friendly community that cares about animals deeply.
The mods point out that the animals in the photos themselves obviously must be derps. “Don't forget, though most Derps are incredibly Aww, a lot of Awws aren't Derps,” they explain the distinction.