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
1 Playing with own tail 100
2 Trying to squeeze into too narrow gaps 74.5
3 Sleeping sprawled out flat 63.0
4 Getting engrossed in play on a table, etc then falling off 55.6
5 Peeking through gaps in doors, etc 48.2
6 Leaping at birds, insects on the other side of the window 45.9
7 Covering eyeswith front paws while sleeping 44.1
8 Cats all sleeping in a pile 43.4
9 Sleeping with back bent outwards 42.9
10= Replying with tail when I’m talking to him 42.1
10= Playing by himself for ages 42.1
12 Sitting with front paws folded under body 41.6
13 Climbing up somewhere high but being unable to come down 37.8
14 Sniffing my finger 36.2
15 Leaping too far after a toy 36.0
16 When he can’t be woken from sleep by being called, stroked, etc 33.9
17 Striking front paws against someone, something when he wants something 33.2
18 Sticking tongue out 30.9
19 Climbing up the curtains 29.8
20 Bumping his head when chasing after something 29.3


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