“Ohly-ohly-ohly” said the nude cat

by Matthew Cobb

Vine of man spooking a nude cat by wearing an animal head. The cat responds “only-ohly-ohly”. If you can’t hear the sound, there’s a button on the bottom right of the Vine you can click. Be kind to people in your space – don’t leave it looping for too long or you’ll all go mad.

h/t Joe Hanson (@jtotheizzoe)


  1. nightglare
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    It’s funny, but why do people breed cats without fur? The poor thing looks like something from a horror movie.

    • Amy
      Posted November 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      I can’t like naked tails! Is Mathew Cobb a genuine cat fan? :)))

  2. Posted November 11, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Some cat lovers are allergic.

    I adopted a pair of rex cats some years back. Among the most affectionate I’ve had.

    • nightglare
      Posted November 11, 2014 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Seems mean to the kitty to deprive them of fur for human benefit!

      • GBJames
        Posted November 11, 2014 at 10:58 am | Permalink

        I don’t know. Humans are deprived of most of our fur and it hasn’t been all that traumatic.

        • Gregory Kusnick
          Posted November 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

          We have prosthetic fur called “clothes”.

          Also, small mammals have much higher skin-to-mass ratio than we do and lose body heat correspondingly faster.

  3. Posted November 11, 2014 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I would like a chance to cuddle one of these kinds of cats. I had heard they are like a warm, purry water bottle.

  4. Sastra
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Many years ago my daughter went as a cat for Halloween and for fun I put on the furry ears, got on the living room floor, and said “Hey, kitty” to our cat Minna as she strolled unaware out of the kitchen. Her reaction surprised us. She stopped dead in her tracks, hunched her back, and hissed.

    When I began speaking to her in a soothing voice, she stared and stared, gradually relaxing but looking very confused. My daughter thought it hilarious.

    Obviously something was triggered by the shape of the ears viewed against the light of the window, since everything else was the same.

    • Kevin Meredith
      Posted November 11, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      I’ve seen the same thing when my wife puts on a winter hat that features cat ears. Several cats (but not all) stop, stare, turn and arch in the same way they do when confronted by a strange cat. I suspect there are a few neurons in the evolved cat brain specific to identifying the unique shape of cat ears (two equilateral triangles perched at the top of the cranium). When these neurons are stimulated, they prompt further behaviors based on context. When the ears are on top of a human body, they trigger the WTF portion of the cat’s limbic response system, resulting in behaviors like this cat’s.

      • Mark Sturtevant
        Posted November 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

        This is interesting. We have a strong pattern recognition for seeing faces (two eyes + a mouth), and maybe cats have a similar thing for seeing other cats — and its in the outline of a head with triangular ears.

      • stuartcoyle
        Posted November 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

        I also have a fur hat with ears, it does elicit a reaction from both my cats, and not the usual “feed me now” type of reaction.

  5. Jim Knight
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    This is an obvious case of “cat bullying!” I am not happy with this mean behavior, and obviously the cat isn’t either…!!!

    • Maria
      Posted November 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      I agree. I thought it was a little mean to intentionally scare the poor kitty. 😦

    • Posted November 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink


      There are a lot of videos online of dogs or cats being frightened or bothered so we can be entertained by the way they react.

      I told my kids that pets should be respected, and never bothered when they are eating, sleeping or grooming themselves. They’ll provide lots of entertainment without our having to frighten or tease them.

  6. Posted November 11, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Though the cat’s vocalizations are funny, I didn’t like that the man deliberately scarred the cat for amusement.

    Incidentally, because of the mutation that makes them furless, they have nothing to wick away skin oils so they must be bathed regularly.

  7. Paul Davies
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Our cat has been terrified several times by the children wearing fancy dress. Interestingly, he doesn’t seem to recognise them even if their faces are basically uncovered, provided there’s a big enough change to the overall body shape. It says something about how cats recognise their humans (e.g. they don’t use smell much and we all look alike). BTW the kids never scare him on purpose; they would think it was unkind to do that, and I’d agree.

    • Posted November 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      Interestingly enough, I can put on all manner of disguising things and Baihu isn’t even fazed in the slightest. Hat, dust mask, goggles…singly or in any kind of combination, to the point that even I wouldn’t be able to identify myself, and he still doesn’t even think it could be somebody else.


      • Paul Davies
        Posted November 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        I might well have a stupid cat. It could also be his youth (he’s only one). Or perhaps my kids are better at dressing up than you are. It’s one of life’s little mysteries.

        • Posted November 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

          Or, perhaps, as others are suggesting, my gardening (etc.) gear doesn’t include pointy ears….


        • Posted November 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

          Our cats never liked anything that resembled snakeskin (fabric prints, etc). They would get all creeped out and would cautiously check out the reptilian invader. The dogs would get excited and bark at masks, and we wouldn’t dare wear fuzzy animal slippers! A chase scene would invariably ensue!

  8. Paul Davies
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    PS Of course, it’s supposition on my part that he’s failing to recognise them on these occasions.

  9. tubby
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I don’t blame the cat for being disturbed by a naked guy in a wolf mask!

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      This gif is just generally yucky all around!

  10. merilee
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink


  11. Posted November 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I had to laugh at the funny cat sounds, but poor kitteh, all the same. Nekked guy was too creepy in any case; I might have said “Lordy, lordy, lordy!”, meself.

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