If there’s one thing that could save us from chaos, misery, and that hard-to-pin-down feeling of emptiness, it should be cats. In 2019, CNN estimated that there could be around 6.5 billion cat pics on the web, and in 2020, hoomans have officially lost count. And honestly, who cares—our love for felines is infinite anyway.

Bored Panda has compiled a list full of the most wholesome kitties that have all the essential emotional nutrients, from feel-good to feel-awesome. Scroll down, upvote your faves, and share with friends and family members, because we all need that pure purrfection.

And if your purrmometer needs even more cuteness overload, check out our previous posts with wholesome cats here and here.

#1

My Cat Learned That The Alarm Sound Means I Wake Up, And She Snuggles On My Chest Right After. I've Been Setting My Alarm 30 Minutes Early Every Day To Give Her More Happy Time

My Cat Learned That The Alarm Sound Means I Wake Up, And She Snuggles On My Chest Right After. I've Been Setting My Alarm 30 Minutes Early Every Day To Give Her More Happy Time

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Debby B
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4 months ago

Excellent decision making!

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The Time I Rescued A Crying Kitten Outside My Cat Cuddled Her

The Time I Rescued A Crying Kitten Outside My Cat Cuddled Her

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Rissie
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4 months ago

Aaawwww

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#3

Just 5 More Minutes!

Just 5 More Minutes!

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4 months ago

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The charm of cat pictures and videos is such a universal thing, it crosses all boundaries of culture, age, and social background. Our common interest in all things cat-related can be interpreted as an international language of friendship and fun.

Maria Bustillos, author of the book “Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong,” writes in her essay “Hope Is the Thing with Fur”: “they make every message to which they are appended feel softer, lighter, easier.”

In fact, “loving a cat,” writes Maria, “is a way in which a person can feel and express goodness and happiness, and cats express these things back to us in return.” Cat pictures and videos document these subtleties of human and non-human relationships in a form that’s understandable to anyone on earth.

#4

This Is Tiger. He Just Turned 31. We Are Told He Is The Oldest Cat In The State Of Illinois

This Is Tiger. He Just Turned 31. We Are Told He Is The Oldest Cat In The State Of Illinois

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Peachikeen
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4 months ago

And you wouldn't think it to look at him! You're only as old as you think you are lol

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#5

I Work In Remote Areas As A Geologist. Was Leaving My Camp This Morning And Heard Mewing. Turned And This Little Fella Followed Me And Climbed Me And Promptly Fell Asleep. I Think I’ve Been Chosen. World, Meet Spud. He’s Asleep In My Field Lab Now After Wet Food And Water

I Work In Remote Areas As A Geologist. Was Leaving My Camp This Morning And Heard Mewing. Turned And This Little Fella Followed Me And Climbed Me And Promptly Fell Asleep. I Think I’ve Been Chosen. World, Meet Spud. He’s Asleep In My Field Lab Now After Wet Food And Water

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Light
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4 months ago

Handsome fellow, and so is the kitten.

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#6

Dad: We Are Not Feeding That Feral Cat. Also Dad: I Set Up A Heated Cat House In The Backward And Put A Camera So We Can Make Sure She’s Home Safe Every Night

Dad: We Are Not Feeding That Feral Cat. Also Dad: I Set Up A Heated Cat House In The Backward And Put A Camera So We Can Make Sure She’s Home Safe Every Night

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Laugh or not
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4 months ago

Well, she can probably fed herself, but heated cat houses are a rare commodity. So, good choice!

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Meanwhile, Abigail Tucker noted in an opinion piece for The New York Times that cats’ virtual success is rooted in their biology. “Cats are solitary, asocial hypercarnivores built to do one thing: get meat.” And this stalking and pouncing modus operandi is “perfect for a six-second Vine or a pithy tweet.” Just think about it—how many cat pictures and videos show them acting on something without warning? Springing like rockets without sound, they give us that rare feeling of unexpectedness.

#7

Fireman Rescues A Cat

Fireman Rescues A Cat

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Michelle Muirhead
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4 months ago

Poor baby

Jodie Johnson
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4 months ago

My exact thought, she's holding on tight to her rescuer.

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Hans
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4 months ago

You seldomly see an animal so afraid...

varwenea
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4 months ago

Poor kitty looks to be in shock and grateful at the same time.

Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

Fire strike incredible fear into every living being. And you can clearly see that here..

Nicolas Pilot
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4 months ago

This is indeed quite wholesome. Up vote this pic, it's better than currently being number 5.

Braineating Spleen
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4 months ago

That cat has seen some things.

Kiss Army
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4 months ago

At least that cat looks grateful! angry-cat-...a553da.jpg angry-cat-5ecfcf1a553da.jpg

Nicolas Pilot
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4 months ago

lol

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glowworm2
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4 months ago

Don't worry, you're safe now.

deanna woods
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4 months ago

He/she looks relieved and scared at the same time.

Perfumista Perfumista
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4 months ago

Thank you, thank you, don't let go!

Nora H.
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4 months ago

I love cats! And firemen...

Rex the Rat
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4 months ago

I'm always terrified that if a fire happens I won't be able to save my pets

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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4 months ago

Rex, some pet supply stores and veterinary practices will sell or provide stickers free of charge that say "pet inside, please rescue." These stickers can be placed on windows of your home, and in the event of an emergency (hoping that nobody will ever have one) like a fire or flood, they alert emergency personnel that you have a pet inside that needs to be rescued.

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Jennifer Courtemanche
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4 months ago

Poor baby! SO scared ...

Cat Anderson
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4 months ago

poor baby looks terrified

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

You are in safe hands now.

Dave Chapman
Community Member
4 months ago

I have been bitten and scratched many times doing this, I had a 4 month old kitten bite right thru my leather glove once, never would have believed it but a terrified kitty can have super-kitty strength too! Good work Brother!

Donald Holder
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4 months ago

Those eyes breaks your heart!

Bettye McKee
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4 months ago

Yes, the cat looks traumatized.

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Rose Brien Harrington
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4 months ago

Traumatised, but doesn't look sooty so I'm guessing it hid out somewhere until the fireman found it and brought it out. It's a lovely pic.

Alix BLAIR
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4 months ago

name a SINGLE REASON why you wouldn't rescue a cat

Rudrani Love
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4 months ago

I can see two angels.... <3 <3

Bryn Tillberg
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4 months ago

good fireman

Teresa Spanics
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4 months ago

AWW 😻

Mark Wiley
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4 months ago

Good for you.

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
4 months ago

Aw!

Elsahthescienceguy
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4 months ago

He said “👁👃👁”

Donna Mayotte
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3 months ago

thank you

Doreen Keesler
Community Member
3 months ago

That cat looks so afraid. Congratulations to the firefighter and I pray he can find a good home for her.

Karen Klinck
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3 months ago

And we are hanging on for dear life, too.

Susan Miller
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3 months ago

Their faces say it all!

Kim St
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3 months ago

the cat looks so scared.

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4 months ago

awwwwwww!!!!!!11!!11

Madonna Rose
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4 months ago

Thank you for rescuing this beautiful baby

Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

The firefighter looks so contented with his day's work. The owners will never forget this.

Christine M Quigley
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4 months ago

She looks so worried...

Jinal P
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4 months ago

oh the cat looks so troubled and frightened

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
4 months ago

Traumatized

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

so frightened, safe now!

spharoe
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4 months ago

Angel. So scared 😟

Monica Koziol
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4 months ago

Her brain is really in high Beta in this pic. Poor Baby!

Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

Everything gone.Maybe this guy will take me home.

Gail Cloutier
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4 months ago

Look at that face. He's traumatized! Poor baby.

Rodno7493527
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4 months ago

Cat: " I've seen some things. "

Karen Morana
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4 months ago

Thanks for the cuddle.

Carolyn McCully
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4 months ago

The cat's face really says it all, poor thing.

Jane W.
Community Member
4 months ago

Lucky kitty

CharliAnn Olney
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4 months ago

The eyes are killing me!

Anna Bertane
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4 months ago

Oh my... My heart is breaking :'(

Mary Dellenbusch
Community Member
4 months ago

Just look at her expression....

Linda Adams
Community Member
4 months ago

Essential Hero!

Heather Dennis
Community Member
4 months ago

The look on her face says it all. Thank you Sir Fireman

Arenite
Community Member
4 months ago

“I saw fishie toy. He was on fire. The horror, the horror!”

Katherine Heasley
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a face that says, "You would not believe the day I've had!"

ArhomR
Community Member
2 months ago

All hail firemen for their bravery and humanity.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
4 months ago

thank you!!!!!

Heather Hayllar
Community Member
4 months ago

Lovely man and the cat is sweet.

SF Angel
Community Member
4 months ago

Kitty looks so scared 😟

Starlee87
Community Member
4 months ago

How beautiful inside and out

Jill S
Community Member
4 months ago

It’s those sweet moments...

Joni McMillan
Community Member
4 months ago

❤️

Janet Chaney
Community Member
4 months ago

That cat knows he's safe....stressed, but safe

Sue Sanders
Community Member
4 months ago

Thank goodness for firefighters. Blessings.

Thomas Ewing
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4 months ago

Award-winning photo.

LSR
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4 months ago

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LET ME DOOOWWWN NOWWW, HOOOOOOOOMAN

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#8

My Friend's Wife And Cat Watching A Shy Stray Kitten Eat The Food They Put Out

My Friend's Wife And Cat Watching A Shy Stray Kitten Eat The Food They Put Out

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Debby B
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4 months ago

Great picture!

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#9

Hey Everyone! Back In July I Posted Our Sweet Little Rescue, Kyra. Everyone Asked To See Her Progress, Here She Is In All Of Her Glory!

Hey Everyone! Back In July I Posted Our Sweet Little Rescue, Kyra. Everyone Asked To See Her Progress, Here She Is In All Of Her Glory!

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aussie snowdropper
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4 months ago

stunning kitty !!!!

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#10

Benefits Of Being A Vet

Benefits Of Being A Vet

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Emerald Joanna
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4 months ago

BEST. DAY. EVER.

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#11

My Cat Looks Like He Just Told His Favorite Joke And He’s So Proud Of Himself

My Cat Looks Like He Just Told His Favorite Joke And He’s So Proud Of Himself

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Moriarty2
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4 months ago

It was definitely a dad joke by the looks of it.

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#12

My Kitten Has Hearts Behind Her Ears!

My Kitten Has Hearts Behind Her Ears!

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Light
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4 months ago

The best beauty mark there is! In these strange times we live in, posts about pets are the most therapeutic thing there is!

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#13

Dad Passed Out After A Long Day With The Kids

Dad Passed Out After A Long Day With The Kids

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R L
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4 months ago

Kids, on the other hand, are wide awake

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#14

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This With You

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This With You

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R L
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4 months ago

Aaaawwweeee! So tiny.

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#15

Copycat

Copycat

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Weim Central
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4 months ago

Stylish collar too!

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#16

A Cat With Her Little Baby!

A Cat With Her Little Baby!

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Kathy Baylis
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4 months ago

A cat with their own personal Mini-Me!

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#17

The Day I Brought Little Owen Home vs. 1 Year Later. He Grew Into Quite The Majestic Floof

The Day I Brought Little Owen Home vs. 1 Year Later. He Grew Into Quite The Majestic Floof

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Debby B
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4 months ago

Quite the transformation ❤️

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#18

My Boyfriend And My Cat Have A Special Bond.... I Feel Like The Third Wheel

My Boyfriend And My Cat Have A Special Bond.... I Feel Like The Third Wheel

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David Wong
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4 months ago

I think they are talking about you.

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#19

My Cat Keeping My Mom Company While She Prays

My Cat Keeping My Mom Company While She Prays

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Marion Capriotti
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4 months ago

I love that kitty has his/her own prayer rug! Comfort and companionship. So obvious that animals have spiritual lives just like us.

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#20

Never Thought This Little Fella Would Change My Life. Ptsd Is So Difficult To Deal With, This Little Fella Makes A World Of Difference. Purr On Playa.

Never Thought This Little Fella Would Change My Life. Ptsd Is So Difficult To Deal With, This Little Fella Makes A World Of Difference. Purr On Playa.

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Michelle Muirhead
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4 months ago

Yes, cats are very receptive to your moods and can really comfort you.

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#21

Stopped My Car In Traffic To Save This Kitten.

Stopped My Car In Traffic To Save This Kitten.

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Debby B
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4 months ago

Way to go and thank you!!

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#22

Kitten Wheel

Kitten Wheel

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Väinö-Oskari Astala
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4 months ago

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#23

Born 3 Days Apart, Met Just Last Week, Already Best Of Friends

Born 3 Days Apart, Met Just Last Week, Already Best Of Friends

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Light
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4 months ago

Sweet babies.

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#24

The Smile That Made My Day

The Smile That Made My Day

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desert29rat
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4 months ago

How precious!

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#25

My Girlfriends Horse Got A New Friend

My Girlfriends Horse Got A New Friend

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David Wong
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4 months ago

Another one is coming.

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#26

"He's Feral, He'll Never Be A Loving Cat". Meet Fuzz Aldrin. Born Feral, Now Colossal Suck.

"He's Feral, He'll Never Be A Loving Cat". Meet Fuzz Aldrin. Born Feral, Now Colossal Suck.

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Michelle Muirhead
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4 months ago

The look of love!

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#27

The Way My Cat’s Fur Lines Up When He’s Asleep

The Way My Cat’s Fur Lines Up When He’s Asleep

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Night Owl
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4 months ago

Like someone went with a paintbrush while the cat slept

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#28

Mister Weez Was Always My Big Chonk. After A Year Of Diet And Exercise, He’s Now My Small/Medium Chonk

Mister Weez Was Always My Big Chonk. After A Year Of Diet And Exercise, He’s Now My Small/Medium Chonk

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Marion Capriotti
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4 months ago

Good job! He's even more handsome now.

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#29

Mom Was Worried Somebody Would Step On The Cat, So She Put Cones Around Him

Mom Was Worried Somebody Would Step On The Cat, So She Put Cones Around Him

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Debby B
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4 months ago

Totally understandable!

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#30

I Work As An Industrial Climber. Cats Are Always Happy To See Me

I Work As An Industrial Climber. Cats Are Always Happy To See Me

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Debby B
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4 months ago

Love that you take the time to take pics!

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#31

Head-Bump Loving Cats Are The Worst When They Have The Cone Of Shame!

Head-Bump Loving Cats Are The Worst When They Have The Cone Of Shame!

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Catlady6000
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4 months ago

It's like someone's head or face is being sucked off by an alien, but I can't tell which is which

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#32

I Had To Get Him His Own Keyboard To Get Any Work Done

I Had To Get Him His Own Keyboard To Get Any Work Done

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Pusfarm
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4 months ago

Make sure to occasionally "type" on kitty's keyboard so he doesn't get wise to your decoy.

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#33

My Cat Ripped Open His Favorite Toy. This Is My Grandma Sewing It Back Together.

My Cat Ripped Open His Favorite Toy. This Is My Grandma Sewing It Back Together.

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desert29rat
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4 months ago

Anxiously awaiting the outcome of the surgery.

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#34

Convinced My Boyfriend We Should To Adopt A Rescue. It's Only Night 1 And I'm Perfectly Okay With This Outcome

Convinced My Boyfriend We Should To Adopt A Rescue. It's Only Night 1 And I'm Perfectly Okay With This Outcome

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Pusfarm
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4 months ago

This bodes well for your cat future.

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#35

Packing The Essentials

Packing The Essentials

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Väinö-Oskari Astala
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4 months ago

You weren't thinking of leaving without us, were you?

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#36

Hooman Seat Comes With Kitten Compartment

Hooman Seat Comes With Kitten Compartment

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Rissie
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4 months ago

Ideal!

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#37

My Baby Reinhardt Turns One Today!

My Baby Reinhardt Turns One Today!

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Debby B
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4 months ago

Beautiful!!

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#38

Looks Like Their Engagement Photo

Looks Like Their Engagement Photo

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Emerald Joanna
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4 months ago

It looks like kitty might be having second thoughts

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#39

My Friend's Cat Was Recently Put Down, And The Vet Gave Him This Paw Print Of His Cat That Is Full Of Flower Seeds To Be Planted

My Friend's Cat Was Recently Put Down, And The Vet Gave Him This Paw Print Of His Cat That Is Full Of Flower Seeds To Be Planted

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Michelle Muirhead
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4 months ago

Oh, dear! Those blooming onions have struck again!

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#40

He Sleeps Like This

He Sleeps Like This

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R L
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4 months ago

Looks like he's saying his prayers.

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#41

Light Refraction On This Kitty

Light Refraction On This Kitty

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Kendra Keller
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4 months ago

Extra majestic

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#42

Most Of Our Friends Don't Believe We Have A Cat. We Don't See Him Much Either As He Mostly Hides Behind The Bed. Today, While I Was Working, He Was Brave Enough To Come Out For Pets. This Is My 15 Year Old Cat, Elwood.

Most Of Our Friends Don't Believe We Have A Cat. We Don't See Him Much Either As He Mostly Hides Behind The Bed. Today, While I Was Working, He Was Brave Enough To Come Out For Pets. This Is My 15 Year Old Cat, Elwood.

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Peachikeen
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4 months ago

Those eyes. Like emerald pools. Beautiful.

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#43

Cats Are Good Boys Too. She’s Been To The Vets, He’s An Ace Big Bro. They Stayed This Way All Day

Cats Are Good Boys Too. She’s Been To The Vets, He’s An Ace Big Bro. They Stayed This Way All Day

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Kathy Baylis
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4 months ago

People think cats only care about themselves. So untrue, as this picture illustrates. They can be incredibly compassionate—-more than most people I know, unfortunately.

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#44

Snuggles And Purrs To End A Long Day

Snuggles And Purrs To End A Long Day

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Kathy Baylis
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4 months ago

The absolute BEST way to decompress is with a warm fuzzy cuddling close!

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#45

Still Love To Sleep Together

Still Love To Sleep Together

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Kathy Baylis
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4 months ago

I just love to see cats and dogs getting along like this.

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#46

My Husband Couldn't Have Pets Growing Up. When We Bought Our First House I Got Him A Little Surprise...

My Husband Couldn't Have Pets Growing Up. When We Bought Our First House I Got Him A Little Surprise...

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Marion Capriotti
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4 months ago

Your husband is a lucky guy to have not only this adorable kitty, but also you!

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#47

My Kitten Has Taken A Liking Almost Exclusively To Me Since I’m Home With Him All Day. Well Today When He ~finally~ Hopped In My Boyfriends Lap, I Snapped This Gem

My Kitten Has Taken A Liking Almost Exclusively To Me Since I’m Home With Him All Day. Well Today When He ~finally~ Hopped In My Boyfriends Lap, I Snapped This Gem

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Peachikeen
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4 months ago

I need that little face! How cute! It's like cuteness overload!

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#48

Kisses With A View

Kisses With A View

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Night Owl
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4 months ago

So romantic <3

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#49

All 3 Boys "Help" Me Get Ready For Work Every Morning.

All 3 Boys "Help" Me Get Ready For Work Every Morning.

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Viktor Feurer
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4 months ago

The one on the floor does not like your outfit... :D

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#50

Our Cat Is Obsessed With Blanket Forts, So We Made Him This. He Has Wares, If You Have Coin

Our Cat Is Obsessed With Blanket Forts, So We Made Him This. He Has Wares, If You Have Coin

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mph seti
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4 months ago

I bet he's way harder to rob than the ES Khajiit merchants.

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