Try Not to Laugh at these Hilarious Cat Fails

Whatever the internet was originally made for, cats have made it their own.  Which is why I thought it would be perfect to combine cats with the Try Not to Laugh challenge.  Maybe you have heard of it?  It’s a trend sweeping Youtube where people compile the funniest clips that they can find, and they challenge the viewer to just try and watch it without laughing!  

I’ve enjoyed failing to keep a straight face during plenty of Try Not to Laugh videos, so I wanted to give it a go on my blog. 

Here’s how it works: you start with 10 points, and you lose one point each time you laugh.  I’ve collected some of the best cat fails on the Internet in gifs, memes, and short videos.  Every single one of them made me laugh out loud, so I’ve already failed the challenge, but there’s still hope for you.  You can succeed where I have failed!  Just go to a really, really dark place, and then start!  


cat stuck window blinds

Cats are elegant, agile, and… derpy.  


just pull

My cat Autumn used to scale the Christmas tree every year so she could hunt down and murder all the bird ornaments.
She chipped one and ripped the feathers off another!
Eventually, I wised up and removed them.  When that still wasn’t enough, I ran a model train around the base of the tree to scare her away.  That’s worked — so far, at least…


Diet fail. 


cat stuck water bottle case

For some reason, cats seem to like tight spaces.  Maybe they find it cozy?  


human i require your assistance




A Note to Sensitive Readers: Don’t worry, as far as I can tell, all of the cats in these clips ended up perfectly fine.  




This one is my favorite!  


Oh, how the turns have tabled!  


So how did you do?  Share your score in the comments! 

Like I already mentioned, I lost it on every single one, so you probably beat me.  

If you got a score of 0-3, then you must be a cheerful person who likes to laugh, the life of the party.  

If you got 4-7, then congratulations!  You are a normal human who laughs at some things, but not at others.  

If you kept your total up around 8-10, then you are a stone-faced god!  (Either that, or my uncle Bob.)  So you are obviously worthy of another, more arduous challenge:

This is one of my most popular posts, and I think it will make even a stone-faced god laugh.  Enjoy!  

And until next week, always remember: stay fuzzy, my friends!  

The Funniest Book I’ve Read This Year: Enslaved by Ducks


I love books.  When I was younger, I could read a book in 2 summer days.  These days, I have far less free time.  Perhaps you can relate; most of us have less time for our hobbies than we might like.  Nowadays, I might read a long book over the course of 2 months.  

But not this book.  

Enslaved by Ducks — I burned through this book in a little over 2 weeks.  I enjoyed it that much!  And here’s why…

For starters, it’s funny.  Very.  The author, Bob Tarte, has my sense of humor — a dry, British sense of humor.  The key is carrying off the most absurd exaggerations with a straight face, as if you really believe them.  

But don’t take my word for it; let’s have the author speak for himself. 

But first, a bit of background.  How does one get enslaved by ducks, you might ask?  One at a time, one at a time… until you have dozens.  And this is how it always happened to Bob Tarte, in his own words: 

“Sweetheart,” [his wife Linda says.]  “There’s an ad in the paper for a parrot that’s supposed to be a really good talker….”
“We don’t need another parrot.  We couldn’t possibly stand another parrot.”  [he replies.]
“I know,” she told me.  “But I’m still going to call the people and see what kind of cute things he says.”
Though I hid in the bedroom with the door sealed shut and BBC world news cranked up on the headboard radio, Linda’s explosions of glee still reached me as the bird’s owner regaled her with endless anecdotes.  I shivered under the sheet in the early July heat as a damp chill foreboding my inevitable fate wracked my body.

We’d been down this road many times before.  Linda was driving a steamroller and nothing more substantial than a plywood cutout of a husband stood in her way.  I might have succeeded in kidding myself that I had gained vast knowledge of animals over the years, but clearly I didn’t have a clue how to say no to my wife, particularly when the question involved a new pet that part of me secretly wanted, too–and that part was the knot inside my pine head.

In addition to humor, here’s another plus: before I read this book, I had always thought that one bird was pretty much like another.  Some are predators, some are prey, and all of them fear humans.  

Boy was I wrong!  I never knew that birds had such varied personalities!  Tarte eloquently captures the essence of each feathered character, making them come right off of the page.  Indeed, he is so skilled at this that he might even rival the beloved vet-author James Herriot.  

Thanks in part to Tarte’s book, I’ve come to realize that all animals have personalities, if only you look closely enough.  

There is only one drawback to this book: it is not for kids.  Once or twice in the book, Tarte talks about his animals’ weird habits when it comes to “love”.  In particular, I recommend skipping the chapter called “Howard the Romantic”.  

But one bruise does not ruin an entire apple.  Far from it!  If you are an adult, then I highly recommend this book.  You will cry a little, learn a lot, and laugh even more.  Enslaved by Ducks is definitely going on my Goodreads shelf of favorites.  

So what about you, dear reader?  Have you read any good books lately?  Leave a comment and let me know!  

And until next week: stay fuzzy, my friends!  

Curious Zelda Tweets That Are Comedy Gold

For those of you who don’t know, Curious Zelda is a cat on Twitter who “tweets” hilarious content; really, it’s not exaggerating to say they are the best tweets I’ve ever seen!   

They make me laugh out loud!  

But of course, many talented comedians are on Twitter, so what makes Zelda so special?  

Well, for one thing, she “writes” poetry. 

And it’s not like that vague, silly stuff which you were forced to read in high school.  This poetry is grounded, interesting, and 100% feline.  Take a look:  


Cat owners every where are laughing!  And for those of you who don’t own cats: yes, it’s true.  Sweet little kitties really do hunt down bugs and then eat the gross things.  I’ve seen my kitty, Autumn, munch on plenty of insects; spiders are her favorite. 


Hilarious, am I right?!  

As you can see, Curious Zelda has big, round eyes, so she looks startled all the time.  


Which clearly makes for great comedy, as almost any caption becomes side-splittingly funny in an instant.  


Judging from her tweets, Curious Zelda also likes to stare.  A lot.  


It’s just something about her expression which says: “I’m either going to run or bite.  In 0.2 seconds, you’ll know which.”  


Curious Zelda is, not surprisingly, a curious kitty, but she is also very energetic and loves to play.  Whenever she plays, her eyes get all big and cute.  

Despite all this exercise, Curious Zelda at least appears to be a bit chubby.  

But, in my opinion, that only makes her even more adorable!  


How can something so cute be so disgusting?  Truly, all cat-lovers, including myself, grapple with this same existential question.  It is but one of the many paradoxes that make up cats.  


I’ve found it’s best not to watch when cats decide to lick their, uh, “waste ejection port” (Brunner and Stall).  


Don’t ya just hate it when that happens?


Those eyes…  I’m dying…  


There you are, the comedy gold.  I hope you enjoyed the tweets as much as I did!  

If you are on Twitter, you should follow @CuriousZelda.  I cannot recommend her enough. 

If you would like to look at my humble account, it’s (  My tweets are not as good as Curious Zelda’s, but I’m getting there.  

For more laughs, check out my post of the best cat memes on the Internet.  

It starts by saying:

“It’s official.  Cats have conquered the world via the web.  But at least we can get in a few laughs at their expense before our adorable dictators send us to the catnip mines…”




Note: For those of you who read my post last week, I know I said that this week would be about dogs.  But I had to change my mind when I was scrolling through Curious Zelda’s feed and realized just how uproarious each and every post was!  



1. Brunner, David, Dr., and Sam Stall. The Cat Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance. Illustrated by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum, Quirk Books, 2004.

15 Hilarious Horse Memes to Carry You Through Monday

When I was a kid, I thought that horses were noble steeds who roamed the wild plains with their manes flowing in the eternal wind.  But then I actually met a horse, and well… 

Let’s just say that their dignity isn’t as complete as I thought it was.  

In fact, often it vanishes entirely, much to the enjoyment of their human owners.  

Fortunately, we now have the Internet, and everyone everywhere can laugh at these equine escapades!  




Come with me if you want to live.  



I can’t wait to hear this!  


close enough

As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side of the metal pole fence that you are stuck half-way in.  But everyone knows that.  




5. They told me I could be anything.  So I became…




I believe it is the rare creature known as the Equus Aviarous.  



I feel like there’s a life lesson to be learned here…



The dog: “My life is a lie!”  


horse trainer

At least trainers still have it better than most horse owners; what the average owner actually spends most of her time doing is shoveling endless piles of manure.  Yay.  




air amateur

Good news: they also provide rewards for frequent flyer miles.  


friesian meme


horse wash

My dog used to do this, too!  Why is it that animals delight in frustrating us?!  


Grand Prix

I’m sure we can all relate to this.  Whenever you’re first learning to ride, there’s always that one lesson horse who decides to bust a move…

15. But if you think about it, horses have it pretty rough, too.  


And there you have it!  15 horse memes to put a smile on your face.  

Which one was your favorite?  Feel free to tell me in the comments!  

But if you’re still feeling a case of the Mondays, then no worries, I’ve got you covered.  How about 15 more memes, this time about the crazy antics of dogs?  They made me laugh, and I hope you enjoy them, too!

So until next week: stay fuzzy, my friends!  


15 Hilarious Dog Memes to Brighten Your Day

We all love dogs.  After all, what would we do without their goofy, hysterical antics?  They say laughter is the best medicine, so get ready for a heavy dose!  



He has the second part down.  Still working on the first part, though.  



So close, yet so far.  



I’ll bet he’s thinking: “Next you’ll be telling me that the earth is not round, or that the trash can is not a food dispenser!”


dog vomit

Shakespeare’s got nothing on this guy!  

5. eat that



Those eyes…



Great.  Now I want a Husky.  Don’t ask me why; I just do.  



Is it just me, or does this pup look super cute?





Why does the song have to be so loud, though?!



While my dog Dyna was never quite that wild, she did chew through a solid wooden fence to join me on a walk once.  Has anyone else ever had this kind of “wood chopper” problem?  



Dog: “You’re lucky I survived!” 



Listen to the dog, human.  He has the glasses of smartness.  





Those eyes are freaky!  Dog eyes glow like that for the same reason cat eyes do — they have a special membrane that humans don’t.  It’s called the tapetum lucidum, and it helps animals to see in the dark.  If you are curious to know more, consider reading this:

But if you’d prefer more fun and less facts, then give this post about cat memes a try.  Dogs may be dumb, but cats are crazy!

So until next week, remember: stay fuzzy, my friends!  



20 Cat Memes to Make You Laugh

It’s official.  Cats have conquered the world via the web.  But at least we can get in a few laughs at their expense before our adorable dictators send us to the catnip mines…


The dog’s face is priceless!



Looks almost like this kitty is wearing kitty ears.



How can something so cute be so evil?



This one made me laugh so hard!



Awww, I could never be mad at something so cute!  Wait…  Hey!



Clever girl…



The “cats are liquids” trend is hilarious, in my opinion.  If you want to check it out, you could start here:


melting cat

The photo says it all.



Is it just me, or do cats choose the most uncomfortable places to sleep?



I rest my case.



I’m sure we’ve all seen this.  It’s called “the zoomies”; it’s when your cat suddenly races around like a madman, usually during the middle of the night when you are trying to sleep.  Simon’s Cat captured the madness perfectly.



Cat logic!



This reminds me of how my cat Autumn used to scale the Christmas tree every year so she could hunt down and murder all the bird ornaments.
She chipped one and ripped the feathers off another!
Eventually, I wised up and removed them.  When that still wasn’t enough, I ran a model train around the base of the tree to scare her away.  That’s worked — so far, at least…



Amazing!  Even big cats obey this law of nature; for every cat knows: if I fit in something (boxes, bags, you name it), I must sit in it.



At least it’s more original than the “my dog ate my homework” excuse.  Give it an “A” for effort?



The gift that stays with you — whether you want it to or not.



This meme is dangerously close to reality…


suspicious 2

Some of life’s mysteries may never be solved.  And we’ll just have to accept that.



Hear, hear!  This night owl agrees with you!



If you liked these, please leave a comment and let me know which one was your favorite.  As for me, it’s hard to choose, but I think Grumpy Cat memes might be the best.  Anyway, I’d love to hear what you think!

If you are looking for more hysterical photos of cats, consider checking out my post “15 of the Best ‘If I Fits, I Sits’ Cat Photos on the Internet”.


UPDATE: Do you like dogs as well as cats?  Then here’s another post with funny memes, this time about (you guessed it) dogs.  Number 7 made me laugh out loud!


Hilarious Hashtag Explodes as Animal-Lovers #rateaspecies

What if animals got Yelp/Amazon reviews?  Animal people everywhere pounced on the idea, and the results made me laugh out loud!

It’s called #rateaspecies.  It was started at the end of last week, on Friday the 9th by the Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo).  Since then, the hashtag has rocketed into fame and even gone viral.

#rateaspecies is still a popular tweet to this day, so it’s not to late to join in.  But perhaps you would like to see how it’s done first?

At any rate, here are 12 of the best tweets I could find on the topic.  Swallow any food you’re chewing, because you’re about to laugh!






As Bored Panda author Allana Rose said so aptly: “Just don’t prematurely bury it!”



Bored Panda user Jiří Schindler summed it up perfectly when he commented: “Jabba wants his kid back!”  (



I’m sure it’s just misunderstood…  …Right?



This creepy creature is actually named Claude.  He is albino and thus lacks any melanin (pigmentation) in his scales; this unusual condition also makes his eyesight very poor.  (



I used to own frogs as pets when I was a kid, but none of them looked like this!



This review makes the baby turtle sound like the cutest cellphone in existence.



Comes in small, medium, and kraken.


turkish van

This perfectly describes my cat Autumn!



Sorry that the gif isn’t available, dear reader.  It shows the fox face-planting into the snow.  Hilarious!



This one seems a bit dangerous, but I suppose as a professional employee of an animal Sanctuary, she knows what she’s doing.  Still, it’s probably a good thing wolves aren’t used this way.  Otherwise, pillows would be out of a job.



There, I hope you enjoyed the list.  Which one was your favorite?  Leave a comment and let me know!  Personally, the tweet I liked the most was the baby turtle one.  It’s just too cute!

On a side note, special thanks to Giedrė from the for writing a great article which brought this phenomenon to my attention.  (

And until next time: stay fuzzy, my friends!

Dog Wrecks Soccer Player and Steals the Ball



Remember when Rally Cat ran on field during the Cardinals vs Royals game back in August?  Well, this dog is the spiritual successor to that cat.

Both animals invaded a sports event.  Both did not want to leave the field, and before they eventually did, they trolled a few humans first.

Rally Cat was a mackeral (grey) tabby cat who ran onto the baseball diamond; the Cardinals won the game.  Now he’s a sort of good-luck charm.


Although he certainly did not bring good luck to Lucas Hackmann, the grounds crew member who picked him up.  Rally Cat gave Hackmann 3 bites for his trouble.  (Read more here:

A similar event happened on November 9th, when a playful dog ran onto the soccer field during a match in Argentina.  Like with Rally Cat, this yellow canine saw fit to mess with the humans a bit.

First, the dog ran into a player’s legs from behind, causing him to trip and fall. described this canine “player’s”  behavior this way: He “heinously tackled the man with the ball from behind to gain possession. It was a reckless challenge worthy of the red card….”  (In case you didn’t know, the red card is when a player is thrown out of the game.)


Without missing a beat, the dog rushed up to the ball and claimed it as his own!

After that, I almost expected the unknown canine to head for the goal.  But no, he did not.  He just cheerfully wagged his tail, guarding the ball, as the player he had tripped walked over.  The player picked Fido up and carried him off the field while the crowd clapped.

One would think that this would be the end of the dog’s antics.


About 20 seconds after the next kick-off, Fido runs back on field, seemingly eager to join in the fun.  He dashes in front of the goalie, then lays down, perhaps hoping for a belly rub.

Instead, he gets carried off the field, for good this time.

The punishment for this double offense was, appropriately, several dog treats.


Thanks for reading.  Come back next week for a spoiler-free book review of Marley & Me, the hilarious yet touching novel about a dog as dumb as a post yet as loyal as Old Yeller.

Until then, enjoy the video!