Strange but cute Japanese cat actions


Today is the Day of the Cat in Japan, since the 22nd of the 2nd month may be read as “nyan nyan nyan”, the Japanese equivalent of “meow meow meow”. So, to celebrate, goo Ranking looked at strange but cute cat actions.


Between the 22nd and 26th of January 2009 1,071 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 51.8% of the sample were male, 6.9% in their teens, 14.3% in their twenties, 28.9% in their thirties, 27.8% in their forties, 11.3% in their fifties, and 10.8% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

For reference, two years ago the cat survey was on cats’ cutest actions, without the strange clause.

If you want some cat kaomoji facemarks, will surely meet your needs. ~(=^‥^)ノ◎~ (Cat with toilet paper)

Most of the animal shows on Japanese television have regular segments featuring cute but strange cats, so here’s three entertaining clips from YouTube:

Ranking result

Q: What cat action do you find cute yet strange? (Sample size=1,071)

Rank Score
1Playing with own tail100
2Trying to squeeze into too narrow gaps74.5
3Sleeping sprawled out flat63.0
4Getting engrossed in play on a table, etc then falling off55.6
5Peeking through gaps in doors, etc48.2
6Leaping at birds, insects on the other side of the window45.9
7Covering eyeswith front paws while sleeping44.1
8Cats all sleeping in a pile43.4
9Sleeping with back bent outwards42.9
10=Replying with tail when I’m talking to him42.1
10=Playing by himself for ages42.1
12Sitting with front paws folded under body41.6
13Climbing up somewhere high but being unable to come down37.8
14Sniffing my finger36.2
15Leaping too far after a toy36.0
16When he can’t be woken from sleep by being called, stroked, etc33.9
17Striking front paws against someone, something when he wants something33.2
18Sticking tongue out30.9
19Climbing up the curtains29.8
20Bumping his head when chasing after something29.3
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