50 Times Cats Acted So Goofy, Their Owners Thought They Were Broken, As Shared By The ‘Cat Virus.Exe’ Page (New Pics)

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Cats own the internet, no questions asked. Their adorable nature, out-of-this-world cuteness, royal attitude, and indescribable logic make people obsessed with looking at their pictures online. Sure, felines can be mischievous at times and tend to come up with perplexing shenanigans to surprise their owners, but they’re still our favorite little goofballs on the planet who make sure we never get bored.

Need convincing? Just take a look at the ‘Cat_virus.exe’ Instagram account dedicated purr-ely to our beloved furballs and their weird behaviors. “Cat art museum,” the creator writes in the description, and we couldn’t agree more. Over 437,000 feline lovers spend hours scrolling through their feeds to witness their favorite creatures acting so goofy that they almost seem “broken.” But fear not — they’re just being their charming selves.

From striking unflattering poses to somehow ending up in the most baffling places, we’ve gathered some entertaining posts from the page that are bound to put a smile on your face. So continue scrolling, hit upvote on your favorite ones, and be sure to tell us what you think about them in the comments. Keep reading to also find our in-depth interview with Sally Chamberlain, a UK-based clinical animal behaviorist.

Pspsps! If you’re in the mood for even more malfunctioning cat madness, check out Part 1 of this feature right over here.

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#1 

Who Gets You Smiling Like This?

Who Gets You Smiling Like This?

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CPooh 5 months ago 

Adorbs! 🥰

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#2 

Noo Dont Take Me Places, I Want To Stay Home

Noo Dont Take Me Places, I Want To Stay Home

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MB 5 months ago 

I feel you

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#3 

A Love Story Better Than Twilight

A Love Story Better Than Twilight

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M M 5 months ago 

Isn’t every story a better love story than Twilight?

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Even though our feline friends have taken the internet by storm, their mysterious antics never cease to surprise us. Since we humans often have a hard time understanding these loveable creatures, we reached out to an expert in the field to learn more about their equally odd and adorable behaviors. “Domestic cats often seem aloof and independent, but this is because they are descended from solitary hunters of small prey animals, such as rodents and birds, and are territorial in nature,” UK-based clinical animal behaviorist Sally Chamberlain told Bored Panda.

The founder of Karma Paws Pet Care and author of the book Power Of The Purr explained that their ancestors rarely came into contact with other cats, apart from mating and raising their young. Moreover, cats perceive the world differently from us and live on their own terms. “Some natural feline behaviors such as scratching and scent marking are usually frowned upon in a human household,” she said. “But by being provided with appropriate resources and enrichment, cats can thrive and their humans can relax.”

#4 

What A Week, Huh?

What A Week, Huh?

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Esha 5 months ago 

“Wake me up in 30 mins…”

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#5 

Yummy Yummy In My Tummy

Yummy Yummy In My Tummy

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Okasan Willis 5 months ago 

Food coma

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#6 

Witness My Power

Witness My Power

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Thee8thsense 5 months ago 

The dog’s leaving? Praise the Lord!!!

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Another reason felines may seem odd to us humans is that they sleep a lot, often around 16-20 hours per day, Chamberlain added. “During waking hours, cats have a need to play in order to satisfy their hunting instincts. Interactive play with wand toys that have feathers or a fake mouse attached is often good for this. It is also important to remember that cats don’t naturally enjoy lots of physical contact unless they have gotten used to this from kittenhood, which is why some cats lash out when they are being petted because they feel conflicted.”

Humans also find felines mysterious when they harshly react to our attempts to gently stroke them. “A lot of cats enjoy being sociable with humans but being touched too much can seem overwhelming,” Chamberlain noted. “They may prefer short but frequent petting, especially around their head and neck area, rather than being fussed over for a long period of time.”

#7 

Splat

Splat

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yowine maddison 5 months ago 

splat cat

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#8 

What Crimes He Do Be Comitting?

What Crimes He Do Be Comitting?

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Riley Warrick 5 months ago 

He too cute

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#9 

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

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cat? 5 months ago 

yeah boss man gave me the thumbs up on it so we’re good to go

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When we notice our little pals acting weird, we immediately feel the urge to document their behaviors and share them with everyone online. What we sometimes fail to understand is that there could be a deeper meaning behind their strange actions. “When a cat or any other animal is behaving out of character, it is important to get them checked by a vet to rule out medical problems,” the animal behaviorist suggested. “Cats will often try to hide how they are feeling because, in the wild, any outward sign of weakness could make them vulnerable to predators,” she added. “Although they are a predator themselves, they are also prey for larger animals such as foxes and coyotes, depending on where they live.”

#10 

This Is My Final Form

This Is My Final Form

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M Kawai 5 months ago 

Attack of the pod kitties

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#11 

Happy 2022

Happy 2022

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M M 5 months ago 

Worship the God Cat. S/he has come to judge those who are worthy.

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#12 

This One Hits Hard

This One Hits Hard

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Thee8thsense 5 months ago 

Dude, the colors, oh the colors…

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But once you notice your cat acting strange, it might be a sign they are unwell or in pain. Then, seeking veterinary treatment should be the first port of call, Chamberlain noted. “They may not intentionally be trying to tell us something, but any change in behavior is a good indication that something is not right.”

If the vet gives them the all-clear, she added that a review of the cat’s living environment must be carried out. This is to “ensure that they have all of the resources and enrichment that they need and there is nothing causing them any undue stress, such as seeing other cats through the windows or them not getting on with other pets in the household.”

#13 

The Chances Of You Getting Killed By A Cat Are Low, But Never Zero

The Chances Of You Getting Killed By A Cat Are Low, But Never Zero

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Riley Warrick 5 months ago 

I will murder you in your sleep

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#14 

No Talk

No Talk

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Fabulous Pigeon 5 months ago 

Me angwy

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#15 

I Have To Do Everything In This House

I Have To Do Everything In This House

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Esha 5 months ago 

“NO ONE HELPS ME AROUND HERE!!!”

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The animal behaviorist pointed out another reason for their strange behaviors: felines sometimes simply act on their instincts. “Cats are highly intelligent, but their survival instinct will kick in if they are feeling unwell. They also have needs that should be met in order for them to feel relaxed and happy in their living environment. Depending on their behavior, it could be that they are feeling frustrated or stressed about something, which is causing them to act out of character.”

To make sure we don’t miss any alarming signs, Chamberlain explained how to understand when our cats feel safe and when they are in distress. “When a pet is happy and relaxed in their living environment, they will be eating, drinking and toileting normally and not showing any signs of fear towards the humans in the household. A pet that feels safe will be happy to interact socially and have normal activity and sleep patterns.”

#16 

Angy

Angy

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Winter 5 months ago 

It looks like a snarling bat that lost its wings.

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#17 

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat

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Enigma wrapped in a paradox 5 months ago 

The eyes look totally cartoon lol

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#18 

Trust No One, Not Even Yourself

Trust No One, Not Even Yourself

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Riley Warrick 5 months ago 

MOM!!!!! The mirror is talking back! 🙀

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On the flip side, animals in distress will most likely spend their time hiding. “[They will] only come out when nobody is around to eat, drink and use the litter tray. They might also behave aggressively or fearfully if someone tries to interact with them or pick them up.”

“More subtle signs of stress in cats include a hunched body posture, dilated pupils, ‘pretending’ to sleep to avoid interaction, urinating or defecating around the home and generally seeming subdued. They might also pace around and vocalize a lot or even try to escape through windows and doors,” Chamberlain said and stressed that any changes in cat behavior require veterinary attention.

#19 

Ugh

Ugh

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Riley Warrick 5 months ago 

Gross, Mom! How can you eat this stuff!?

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#20 

Don’t Mind Me Just Planning Nefarious Things

Don't Mind Me Just Planning Nefarious Things

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Riley Warrick 5 months ago 

Cats vs dogs

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#21 

Saturday Chill

Saturday Chill

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Rabbit-Of-ill-Portent️ she/her 5 months ago 

I want to be cool like this kitty

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If you’re interested in learning more about their perplexing behaviors, there is plenty of material that will help you arm yourself with knowledge. “When looking for sources to learn about cat behavior, it is important to ensure that they are credible, supported by science, and do not advocate any form of punishment. I would recommend doing some research about the authors to ensure they are suitably qualified, such as having a degree in animal behavior and being a Clinical Animal Behaviorist or equivalent.” According to the expert, a couple of websites she could recommend are Cats Protection and International Cat Care.

#22 

A Mimir

A Mimir

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M M 5 months ago 

My current kitty used to drool so much when she was a kitten she’d leave puddles beneath her. A couple times, while staring at me from her (high) perch, I’d watch it drip down into her nose and she’d sneeze. Drooling is normally a behavior associated with complete relaxation and happiness, so I always love seeing drooling kitties – they are being well taken care of.

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#23 

I Have No Idea What I Am Doing

I Have No Idea What I Am Doing

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M M 5 months ago 

A physics student! It doesn’t even matter if they are feline or human at that point…

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#24 

This Could Be Us

This Could Be Us

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M Kawai 5 months ago 

That better be the remote!

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“Cats can form strong social bonds, but a lot of that is built on trust, and the more we make an effort to understand our feline companions, the stronger those bonds should become. Cats like to feel in control and have consistency and choice in their lives so if we ensure that their living environment is as feline-friendly as possible, the happier and more secure they will feel,” Chamberlain concluded.

#25 

Yeah, Whatever

Yeah, Whatever

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Alison Kennedy 5 months ago 

Teen cat.

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#26 

Polite

Polite

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The Fabulous Killjoy 5 months ago 

*every yearbook photo ever*

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#27 

Tongue

Tongue

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Fabulous Pigeon 5 months ago 

It seems to have eyeliner!

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#28 

Am I In Heaven?

Am I In Heaven?

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Riley Warrick 5 months ago 

I don’t know what to do with all this…FOOD!!!!!

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#29 

Loaf Of Bread

Loaf Of Bread

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Thee8thsense 5 months ago 

More like a bread stick.

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#30 

They Are Growing In Trees Now

They Are Growing In Trees Now

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Zorena Deckard 5 months ago 

I don’t think I like this simon says game,

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#31 

Minecat

Minecat

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CosmicWolf1031 5 months ago 

Must have been hard to tame it.

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#32 

Cat

Cat

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Argie Smith 5 months ago 

Truth in labeling

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#33 

Enjoying His Air Mattress

Enjoying His Air Mattress

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Thee8thsense 5 months ago 

I likes to nap here, because I wakes up chipper.

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#34 

Another Kaiju Captured

Another Kaiju Captured

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M M 5 months ago 

This is a future I’d like to live in, even if it wouldn’t be for very long.

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#35 

Teef

Teef

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Thee8thsense 5 months ago 

Ssthay, is there something in my teef?

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#36 

For You

For You

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Stephanie Did It 5 months ago 

Angy blep.

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#37 

Flat

Flat

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ll think of a username soon 5 months ago 

There are so many irresponsible owners these days, they completely forget to reinflate their cats!

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#38 

Kinda Sus

Kinda Sus

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Winter 5 months ago 

This looks like a chocolate Easter bunny that sat in a hot car all afternoon.

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#39 

It Was This Size, I Swear

It Was This Size, I Swear

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Olivier Caissy 5 months ago (edited) 

Uh huh, sure!

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#40 

Teef

Teef

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Devil child 5 months ago 

Aww ickle tuttie pegs

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#41 

Im Tired Of Waiting

Im Tired Of Waiting

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Devil child 5 months ago 

Cant get the staff these days huh

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#42 

Just Chillin

Just Chillin

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Devil child 5 months ago 

It was a long day at the cat food factory just gonna rest my eyes Susan. Picture taken 2 seconds after.

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#43 

Meowtini

Meowtini

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Bailey Nelson 5 months ago 

Tends to bite if you try to drink it, though

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#44 

French Cat

French Cat

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NoDak Pirate 5 months ago 

Damn! That was 9 wasn’t it?

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#45 

I Guess She’s Having Internet Issues Again

I Guess She's Having Internet Issues Again

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Mentally unstable person 5 months ago 

Me contemplating my existence…

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#46 

Chomp

Chomp

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CosmicWolf1031 5 months ago 

Mm taste like chicken

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#47 

He Loves It So Much

He Loves It So Much

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Kevin Garren 5 months ago 

Spagcatti.

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#48 

Don’t Forget To Drink Water

Don't Forget To Drink Water

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Susan Bosse 5 months ago 

We have to put cases of water away because TJ will sharpen her claws on them and ends up puncturing the lids. I was shocked that the lids are so super thin. I didn’t believe my son at first when he told me she was the culprit.

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#49 

It Hit Hard On Him

It Hit Hard On Him

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Gina Babe 5 months ago 

It’s too little to drink like that

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#50 

He’s Back To Get Revenge

He's Back To Get Revenge
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