Cats are famous for having some pretty peculiar behavior. They seem to be able to defy gravity when it comes to climbing up trees or finding a way on top of doors, and they can somehow sleep in contorted positions that look anything but comfortable. So it’s not surprising that cats get caught on camera doing silly things often, and no one knows that better than the followers of Unexplainable Cat Images.

From hilarious kitty memes to adorable pics of feline menaces, you'll find some of the most purrfect photos from this Facebook page down below, as well as conversations we were lucky enough to have with cat expert Alexandra Taylor, RVN from International Cat Care, and Cathrine Garnell of the Bionic Basil and The B Team blog!

To learn more about the internet’s favorite animal, we reached out to Alexandra Taylor, Registered Veterinary Nurse at International Cat Care and Cat Wellbeing and Behavior Advisor, and she was kind enough to have a chat with Bored Panda. First, we wanted to know what Alexandra loves most about kitties and what makes them so special. “That’s a tricky question to answer – what’s not to love?” she asks.

“Cats are intelligent, beautiful, agile, and adaptable animals. People say cats are independent, but this really stems from the fact that they are programmed to be little survivalists. Because their ancestry lies with the African wildcat – they have not really been domesticated that long compared to other domestic animals. Cats are all essentially little wildcats in one way or another, and I think that makes them very special indeed.” Alexandra also shared a link to more interesting information about the origins of the domestic Cat at International Cat Care right here.

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troufaki13
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All theorems came through observation! I think he's on the verge of some great discovery!

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Oliver
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I CANNOT THE CAT CAT IS SMILING MY LIFE IS COMPLETE

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We also asked Alexandra if it’s common for cat parents to have many inexplicable photos of their kitties in their camera rolls. “Most cat caregivers take and keep lots of photos of their cats, as they are so photogenic!” she told Bored Panda. “I have thousands of photos of my own cats Spud and Mr Monkey Business,” she added, attaching two of her favorites in her email to me. One is a hilarious close-up that looks like a curious cat taking a selfie, and the other is a cat completely sprawled out on a sofa, appearing to have more human than cat proportions with two “arms” and 2 legs. Both could definitely earn a spot on Unexplainable Cat Images!

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Rats Inc
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i do not know why but that face reminds me of lenin. i literally cannot unsee it

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Shyla Bouche
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Of course the kitty is innocent. There is no other kind of kitty.

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As far as why cats make such wonderful pets, Alexandra says, “They provide companionship and can form very strong bonds with their caregivers. Cats can be fun to spend time with, especially during playtime (or watching them zoom around the house!). Studies have shown that interactions with cats can help lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress in humans.”

“However, it is important to recognize that, as a species, cats have very unique needs which are our responsibility to understand,” she adds. “Us humans have a habit of anthropomorphising and assuming cats have the same needs we do, but in many cases they don’t, and this can result in unintentional stress. More information about what cats need and making your home cat friendly can be found on this International Cat Care webpage."

Alexandra also addressed some of the common misconceptions people have about cats. “There are many, but [one] is how we feed cats living in the same household,” she noted. “I think this is because humans see eating as a social behavior and might assume that cats like to eat this way too. I can see why cat caregivers might feed cats together, i.e. to save time, but cats are solitary hunters and feeders.”

“This doesn’t mean that cats won’t eat next to each other, they will do so because the drive to access food overrides the need to eat alone,” she went on to explain. “However, the downside of feeding cats this way is that it can cause stress over competition for food (which is a valuable resource) and can result in cats eating too quickly (and regurgitating their food), being underweight because they cannot access their food, or conflict and fighting."

“For these reasons, I would always recommend feeding cats away from each other, or at least giving them the option to do so,” Alexandra says. “Conflict can also arise during food preparation too, so keeping cats separated during this time can help maintain harmony in a multi-cat household.”

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troufaki13
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I suffer, you suffer too. It's called solidarity.

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Manic Mama
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seems like someone has history with the bathtub. Possibly when it wasn't empty.

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"I would like to signpost all cat caregivers towards the International Cat Care website for reliable advice on feline health and behavior," Alexandra went on to say. "It is a fantastic resource, written by experts and packed full of useful information. Our vision at International Cat Care is a cat friendly world where each cat, owned and unowned, is treated with respect, compassion and understanding. We strive to create knowledge and engaging learning experiences to motivate change and inspire more people to understand and care for cats.”

“I am also running a half marathon for the charity in May," she added. "So if anyone would like to sponsor me and help raise funds to help others understand cats and improve feline welfare, please visit my JustGiving page.”

We also reached out to the kitties at Bionic Basil, and their “purrsonal assistant and cat staff”, Cathrine Garnell, was kind enough to have a chat with us too. Bionic Basil is a UK-based “supurr fun cat-centric blog featuring feline enrichment tips, hacks and ideas, cat health, book reviews, adventure stories for all ages, Crafting with Cats, Gardening with Cats, Colouring with Cats, Brain Training with Cats, product reviews and lots more.” 

When it comes to what Cathrine loves most about cats, she shared, “I love all animals, and have had the pleasure of owning many rescue dogs, horses, donkeys and even cattle, though I find cats are inherently unique in their ability to be completely independent; they make up their own minds, have their own rules and are not adverse in the slightest to letting their human staff know what they like, when they like it and how they like it. I love their quirky personalities and their desire to do what they want and when they want to; they are so fluid, spontaneous, playful, and free in how they live their lives.”

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Maya Pac
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ooh I'm going to Poland for the summer this year. Where is that?!?!

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“All the cats I’ve had the pleasure of being guardian and custodian to over the last twenty-six years, every single one, has been completely different, and special in their own distinctive way,” Cathrine went on to tell Bored Panda. “They all have their likes and dislikes, their favorite places, their favorite way of being held and petted, when they like to be brushed, where they like to eat, etc. They are very intelligent, and sometimes rather complex companions, but the love and loyalty of a cat is rather magnificent. They make excellent listeners too. They never judge or give you poor advice.”

Cathrine also revealed that she has amassed an impressive collection of over 45,000 photos of her cats, plus many videos. “Being part of a cat blogging community, I know many of my blogging friends have similar, if not more, as fresh content requires new photos every week,” she added. “And who can resist taking pictures of their very own supurr meowdel? Melvyn, our youngest kitty is a catwalk/runway veteran; he struts his stuff every Wednesday on our blog wearing the very latest cat bandana fashions.”

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Frosty
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1.Because he can 2.Because why not

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“Cats make wonderful pets, or companions as I like to call them, because of their independent natures, supurr cuteness, and who doesn’t love to listen to a rumbly purr!” Cathrine says. “And believe it or not, they are quite low maintenance compared to other pets. Cats are also great entertainers and love to play, which is brilliant for us too, as the more we interact with them on their level, it can create a stronger bond and friendship. A huge bonus for me is, as we live in 200-year-old property, sometimes rather large spiders pop up around the house when you least expect them, which Melvyn kindly takes care of, and I don’t have to be petrified with fear as my furry hero always saves the day!”

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Kinetics Loves Apples
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This Photoshop is quite possibly one of the worst I've ever seen lol.

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Cathrine also shut down some of the common misconceptions that people assume about cats. “Some schools of thought think that cats are difficult to train. Since my very first cat C.J. Catkin arrived unannounced on my apartment doorstep in 1997 and promptly adopted me as his human, I’ve always trained all the cats to come to my whistle,” Cathrine shared. “And after moving back to the countryside after a brief stint in the city, that came in very handy, especially when Basil was off on hunting missions down the field behind our house. I would stand on the drive and whistle, and he’d come running from wherever he was deep in the undergrowth straight to me. Cats can be trained fairly easily; you just need the patience to do it.”

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Xenon
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just looking out for my little friend!

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“Over the years, I’ve met many people who had never liked cats in any capacity, yet once they’d met Basil and The B Team and spent a little time with them, their mindset instantly changed to where they often would go to a local rescue and adopt a cat of their own,” Cathrine added. “I think for anyone who never had a pet growing up or had very little interaction with animals, they often don’t realize that some cats just can’t be approached and petted suddenly. We should always approach cats with respect and caution, and see whether they are in the mood for attention and having their purrsonal space invaded.”

If you’d like to check out Basil and The B Team’s blog and keep up with their adventures, be sure to visit their website right here!

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Madster
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What's going on with it's legs? Is it another cat?!

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How are you finding these unexplainable cat pics? If you have a kitty of your own, I’m sure you can relate to many of them, and if you don’t, perhaps you’re feeling inspired to adopt one! Keep scrolling through this list and upvoting all of the photos that you find particularly inexplicable, and let us know in the comments what the silliest thing you’ve ever seen a cat do was. Then, if you’re interested in viewing another purrfectly pawsome article from Bored Panda, we recommend checking out one of our lists featuring little cat criminals right here!  

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Stary_cat
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mum used to have a cat that if you didn’t feed or say goodnight to it you would wake up to it scratching your face

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Lou Cam
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How to tidy up your cat collection. Provide boxes and they do the rest.

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Chicken Nugget
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

back in ancient egypt, cats were revered as animals of the gods and were showered with gifts and gold. Maybe this cat is a reincarnation of those cats?

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