We’re really hoping that 2021 will eventually be better than last year. But wishful thinking isn’t enough—it’s time for some fluffy action. The Bored Panda team is dedicated to picking up your spirits and showing you how much good there is in the world, so we lovingly crafted this post for you about the most wholesome cat posts on the internet.

Remember to give the cattos that you found to be the most adorable a grateful pat on the head through your screen (and an upvote, too), and we would absolutely love to hear some of your own uplifting feline stories, as well! Certified cat behavior consultant and the founder of Fundamentally Feline, Ingrid Johnson, explained to Bored Panda about how owning these gorgeous pets can affect their owners, how to get your cats' attention, and went into detail about what lies behind their instincts. Read on for Ingrid's in-depth insights.

Pssst, Pandas, there’s no such thing as too many cats. So we’ve got some more wholesome cat posts that will warm your hearts and soothe your souls right here, here, and here. Be sure to let your friends know, too—like most things in life, they’re best enjoyed together, even if it’s just through social media.

#1

Just Turned 21 Years. He Has Accompanied Me Through Teenage Years, College, Marriage, And Was Still Able To Meet My 4 Month Old Baby. Thank You For A Lifetime Of Companionship... I Love You With All My Heart

Just Turned 21 Years. He Has Accompanied Me Through Teenage Years, College, Marriage, And Was Still Able To Meet My 4 Month Old Baby. Thank You For A Lifetime Of Companionship... I Love You With All My Heart

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Some Cool Guy
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5 months ago

Looking great for 21 little buddy

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#2

Muy Bueno!

Muy Bueno!

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Aski Markup
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5 months ago

It looks like you're both treasures ❤️

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I’m Her Eyes And She Is My Heart

I’m Her Eyes And She Is My Heart

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Anne Bidstrup
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5 months ago

Beautiful kitty and beautiful sentiment!

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In cat behaviorist Ingrid's opinion, the extent to which cats reduce stress and affect their owners' physical and psychological welfare depends on their personal relationship and bond. In other words, each case has to be evaluated separately. There are positives, for sure; but ignoring potential negatives would be naive. And it all comes down to how much we're willing to learn about our pets: the more we're familiar with cats' needs and behavior, the happier we'll be with them as our pets.

"For many people, our pets are a great comfort, a best friend, a listening ear, and a source of unconditional love. Sadly, for others, their cat might stress them out, or they might find the cat annoying. This is usually due to a lack of understanding about how to best care for their cat and meet their needs, train them, etc. Those pet parents should seek the help of a qualified behaviorist! While some research claims that pets relieve stress and lower blood pressure, other studies have disproven this theory."

#4

A Woman Found Her Cat Alive Sixteen Days After A Destructive Tornado In Joplin, Missouri, In 2011

A Woman Found Her Cat Alive Sixteen Days After A Destructive Tornado In Joplin, Missouri, In 2011

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

The most important treasure was safe.

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#5

When I Adopted Penny From A Shelter 10 Years Ago She Was Scared And Aggressive. Today She Is The Most Loving Cat I Have Ever Met

When I Adopted Penny From A Shelter 10 Years Ago She Was Scared And Aggressive. Today She Is The Most Loving Cat I Have Ever Met

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

THOSE EYESSSS!!! TOO MUCH CUTENESS!!!!

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#6

People: Black Cats Are Bad Luck! Black Cats

People: Black Cats Are Bad Luck! Black Cats

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5 months ago

I wanna boop that blep so much!

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Ingrid also detailed that, in her experience, cats generally don't tend to develop an instinct to protect their owners or the other pets living in the household. "Not to be negative in any way, but cats often self-preserve. This is how they have survived and evolved to be survivors over thousands of years. Their instincts are generally to hide to avoid danger or to flee. They prefer not to fight as that increases the potential for injury. An injured cat cannot hunt and take care of themselves so 'going into battle' is not their first choice," she said.

What's more, the cat behaviorist pointed out that cats "often like us best when we play hard to get," so our desire to smother them with love and snuggle up to them can make them want to run away. "Respecting an individual cat's preferences for engagement is a good way to respect them," Ingrid told Bored Panda. She highlighted that there are plenty of ways to show our cats our love besides feeding them and that just providing food, water, and litter isn't enough.

"Providing a feline-friendly environment that meets the cat's needs is the best way to ensure you have a happy cat that feels safe and will 'love you back.' This means offering vertical space cat trees or cat condos, playing with your cat daily to offer opportunities to hunt and relieve stress, offering multiple outlets for scratching, and offering different substrates (they all have unique preferences) and just providing an engaging environment."

#7

A Hiker Woke Up In The Night Feeling A Weight On His Legs. He Took A Photo With His Phone And This Is What He Saw

A Hiker Woke Up In The Night Feeling A Weight On His Legs. He Took A Photo With His Phone And This Is What He Saw

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

Now, they own the hiker

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#8

Could You Please Say "Hi" To Peany?

Could You Please Say "Hi" To Peany?

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Pamela24
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5 months ago

Hi, Peany!!!

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#9

When You See A Guy Bottle Feeding A Kitten On The Subway

When You See A Guy Bottle Feeding A Kitten On The Subway

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Lis Daglish
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5 months ago

You marry him.

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The joys of owning a cat are countless. For one, you get a companion for life who’s happy to see you when you come back home (even if they sometimes pretend they’re a tad aloof).

But besides being your buddy and your pal, your cat can actually improve your health, according to some scientists. For example, one study showed that cats (and other pets, too, don’t worry, dog lovers) have a calming effect on their owners and help reduce blood pressure and heart rate levels.

This leads to better stress-management and overall improvements in physical (not to mention psychological) health.

#10

Every Day At The Same Exact Time, This Stray Cat Meets The Train's Conductor For A Treat

Every Day At The Same Exact Time, This Stray Cat Meets The Train's Conductor For A Treat

A conductor on the Pskov-Moscow train feeds a cat named Felix sausage during short stop in Staraya, Russia. Felix shows up every day at 22:40 & has for several years. All conductors are aware of Felix & prepare sausage in advance

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Cat Whisperer
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5 months ago

I hope Felix is a sort of "Russia"-specific stray: with babushkas who feed him and and a place to sleep (a shed or hallway), maybe in this case he lives in the train station? By the looks of him, he is well-fed and obviously knows the train-lady

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#11

Woman Goes To Pet Cats At A Shelter And Finds Her Cat Who Had Been Missing For A Year

Woman Goes To Pet Cats At A Shelter And Finds Her Cat Who Had Been Missing For A Year

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HiItsMe
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5 months ago

That is why you chip your pets!

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#12

Nimbus Leveled Up From Crinkled Tissue To Supermodel

Nimbus Leveled Up From Crinkled Tissue To Supermodel

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5 months ago (edited)

Adverts be like: "This chick turned from top photo to bottom photo in a matter of a few years. Click https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ now to learn the secret!"

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Meanwhile, another study has shown that owning a pet for just a month already brought about a “highly significant reduction” in minor health issues, such as colds, back pain, and headaches. The study suggested that getting a pet can have “positive effects on human health and behavior, and that in some cases these effects are relatively long term.”

One thing that researchers noted, however, is that dog owners actually got far more physical exercise than cat owners or those people without pets.

Do you have a cat and think you’d like to prove these scientists wrong? Consider getting a harness and a leash so you can take your cat for a walk outside. Just be sure to talk to your vet about whether that’s a good idea; and remember to not force your feline to do anything it doesn’t want to do. Some tabbies are housecats and they prefer it that way.

#13

Mother And Her Baby

Mother And Her Baby

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

Beautiful eyes!

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#14

This Weirdo Yells Until I Let Her Join Me In The Bathtub

This Weirdo Yells Until I Let Her Join Me In The Bathtub

I take baths with my cat by letting her float in a plastic box. I keep the box in my closet. I only started doing this about a month ago, but now when I turn the bathwater on she runs to the closet and jumps in her box

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

This is too cute.

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#15

My Husband Has Been Working From Home Since March 27 But Marty Still Waits For Him At The Front Door At 5pm Every Day

My Husband Has Been Working From Home Since March 27 But Marty Still Waits For Him At The Front Door At 5pm Every Day

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E Menendez
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5 months ago

He should come around from the back to the front door to make the cat's day consistent.

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#16

Saved A Cat In The Freeway Today I45 No Hesitation Pulled Over Immediately, Grabbed From Traffic

Saved A Cat In The Freeway Today I45 No Hesitation Pulled Over Immediately, Grabbed From Traffic

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Marette
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5 months ago

Thank you for the update 😊

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#17

My Mom Runs An Organization That Only Takes In Unwanted Cats. This Is One Of Them! Meet Milo

My Mom Runs An Organization That Only Takes In Unwanted Cats. This Is One Of Them! Meet Milo

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Aroace tiger
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5 months ago

Give milo to me ❤️

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#18

You Will Always Be In Our Hearts

You Will Always Be In Our Hearts

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5 months ago

😥😥❤❤

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#19

Lol Lol

Lol Lol

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Owen Salmon2028
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5 months ago

i wish there was a law wich meant you couldnt abadon cats or dogs or you would be arrested and jailed 12 years

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#20

2 Months Ago: “We Absolutely Are Not Getting A Cat.” Now:

2 Months Ago: “We Absolutely Are Not Getting A Cat.” Now:

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Very good for your health. Lowers your blood pressure. And feels like heaven. Dear man.

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#21

Triple Hearted

Triple Hearted

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Actually quadruple hearted, but who's quibbling?

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#22

Fireman In My Town Saving A Kitty From A House Fire

Fireman In My Town Saving A Kitty From A House Fire

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Daria Z
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5 months ago

Bless them!

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#23

Desk Buddy

Desk Buddy

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

No matter how big he grows, he will always fit in those arms.

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#24

The Day I Found Him Scared And Alone Taking Shelter Under My Car vs. Today

The Day I Found Him Scared And Alone Taking Shelter Under My Car vs. Today

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Love and care work wonders.

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#25

Cats Are A Real Treasure

Cats Are A Real Treasure

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

So much better than dead or semi dead mice and birds.

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#26

She’s Been With Me For 22 Years And Is Still Going Strong

She’s Been With Me For 22 Years And Is Still Going Strong

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5 months ago

Gorgeous!

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#27

Cat And Deer

Cat And Deer

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

*In Sir David Attenborough's voice* Oh deer, ir seems that Tom have found a new friend. Let's hope their friendship lasts for eternity.

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#28

After Seeing These Signs For Months, I Finally Found Some Good News On My Walk Today!

After Seeing These Signs For Months, I Finally Found Some Good News On My Walk Today!

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Itsbloodyalbatrossflavour
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5 months ago

I wish everyone would do this! Updates on your missing pet posters should be obligatory!

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#29

This Is Kieth. He Has No Front Teeth, No Tail And Special Needs. He Likes To Blow Raspberries When He’s Hungry. I Found Him When He Was V Smol. I Hope His Little Tongue Makes You As Happy As It Does Me

This Is Kieth. He Has No Front Teeth, No Tail And Special Needs. He Likes To Blow Raspberries When He’s Hungry. I Found Him When He Was V Smol. I Hope His Little Tongue Makes You As Happy As It Does Me

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Dana
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5 months ago

Oh my gosh, I really want to hear a cat blow raspberries! XD

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#30

Don't Think It's Effective But It's The Thought That Counts

Don't Think It's Effective But It's The Thought That Counts

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

The boy is raised right.

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#31

Best Picture I Could Ever Hope To Get Of These Two...

Best Picture I Could Ever Hope To Get Of These Two...

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

Doge: "Do as I do, it's fun." | Kit: "OK."

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#32

If I Fits I Sits

If I Fits I Sits

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Three baby sitters.

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#33

I Love Moo

I Love Moo

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Iggy
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5 months ago

That calf is beautiful!

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#34

Cake Day Update: Hit 28 Months Sober Today, Got Extra Snugs From My Best Bud

Cake Day Update: Hit 28 Months Sober Today, Got Extra Snugs From My Best Bud

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Pamela24
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5 months ago

Well deserved!

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#35

People Prefer To Stand Instead Of Removing The Stray Cat

People Prefer To Stand Instead Of Removing The Stray Cat

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Maddie Star ⭐
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5 months ago

Yay for the human race. See I knew there were some goodens.

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#36

This Cat Climbs The Tree Every Day To Say Hi To The House Cat

This Cat Climbs The Tree Every Day To Say Hi To The House Cat

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5 months ago

Cat inside: "Hey Ralph, wanna hang out?" | Cat tree: "OK, lemme get down first."

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#37

Thank You, Avant-Garde, For This Citizen

Thank You, Avant-Garde, For This Citizen

Thank you, "Center for Security of Citizens of the Avant-Garde Community" for the little life saved today! Thank you for your work, for your efficiency, for helping and saving the unfortunate cat, which somehow got stuck in a concrete slab

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

There are a lot of bad news in today society, but once in a while, we have this.

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#38

When You Want A Golden Retriever But Are Only Allowed To Get A Cat

When You Want A Golden Retriever But Are Only Allowed To Get A Cat

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5 months ago

That is one magestic floof.

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#39

This Is How I'm Starting My Year I Guess

This Is How I'm Starting My Year I Guess

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

The perfect way to start a year, or a day.

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#40

This Cat Has A Plush Of Itself

This Cat Has A Plush Of Itself

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

Cat: "Now I have mini-me, my most trusted companion"

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#41

Even Smol Cats Get A Step

Even Smol Cats Get A Step

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

I'd want to keep them all.

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#42

When I Move Him He Complains Until He’s In The Same Spot Again

When I Move Him He Complains Until He’s In The Same Spot Again

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Baby has a loving dad.

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#43

Had A Bad Case At Work And The Clinic Cat Decided To Comfort Me

Had A Bad Case At Work And The Clinic Cat Decided To Comfort Me

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

We all need a cat at work!

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#44

This Gem Of A Human Feeding The Stray Cat At My Apartment Complex And Giving Him An Umbrella Since It's Raining

This Gem Of A Human Feeding The Stray Cat At My Apartment Complex And Giving Him An Umbrella Since It's Raining

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

And a few minutes later, this cat will own this gem.

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#45

My Daughter Said 'I Love You' For The First Time Yesterday, Of Course It Was To The Cat!

My Daughter Said 'I Love You' For The First Time Yesterday, Of Course It Was To The Cat!

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5 months ago

Of course it was to the cat, who else would it be to.

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#46

My Cat Returned After 7 Months Of Searching. My Second Cat Found And Brought Him

My Cat Returned After 7 Months Of Searching. My Second Cat Found And Brought Him

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Mia Trabucco
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5 months ago

omg im so glad you have him back so pretty

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#47

Just Two Guys Walking Their Cats In Strollers

Just Two Guys Walking Their Cats In Strollers

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Cat
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5 months ago

Paws & pals! Love it!!

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#48

Ladies And Gents, I Present My Husband Who Did Not Want A Cat

Ladies And Gents, I Present My Husband Who Did Not Want A Cat

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engineer_nope.avi
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5 months ago

*insert Circle of Life song*

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#49

She Watches The TV, And Then I Watch Her

She Watches The TV, And Then I Watch Her

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5 months ago

hehe...boop

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#50

Freddie Became Freda!

Freddie Became Freda!

Turns out, Freddie wasn't male. And he wasn't becoming fat the last few weeks...

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Aunt Messy
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5 months ago

People assume that orange cats are male because most of them are. Among orange cats, only one in 75 is female. Genetic oddness.

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