Sarcasm 101: Cat Videos That Hit a New Level

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February 23, 2016

Years ago, a video on Facebook caught my attention and had me laughing. A creative man had given voice to his cat, who, in addition to speaking French, was apparently in the midst of an existential crisis. This unique take on a cat video kept me coming back for more. Paw de Deux, when Henri bemoans being “surrounded by morons” who “beg for cheeseburgers” and explains “the whipped cream in the bathroom is not whipped cream” is my favorite video:

Several years passed before I spotted another set of videos in the same vein that made me smile equally as much. In Sad Cat Dairies, various cats tell their first world feline troubles to their diaries. It nails all of the typical cat annoyances with wit and sarcasm. One cat tells us, for example, “The authorities have closed the door to the bedroom. I can only assume that they have forgotten about me and left me here to die. As a last resort, I will stand post for the rest of the night and sing the song of my people in hopes that they rescue me.” (Warning: the “s word” pops up once in this video.)

Eventually, a marketing team caught on to this fun adaptation of a cat’s life and used the idea to create a commercial for Friskies. Unlike the more depressed cats in the previous videos, Friskies brings us, Dear Kitten, in which an older cat fills the young kitten in on how things work in the home. He shares that the “human larvae” might smell like milk but can “be a little grabby” and advises that Kitten should use “the curtains of invisibility” in order to hide from the monster, “Vacuum.”

The company has continued to make these commercial at a humor level that sucks me in! One that makes me laugh is Dear Kitten: Regarding the Dog. The older cat tells the kitten to “Imagine a cat. Now take away independence, cleanliness, and intelligence. What you have left, is basically a dog.” Then he continues to tell, “The dog is the sort of creature that will decided whether it should put something in its mouth by putting it in its mouth. That’s the level of decision making that goes on.”

Cats- who really knows why they do the things they do? Whether you love them or hate them, you’ll be amused by these commentaries on the very particular personalities of felines.

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