Caturday felid trifecta: New product enables you to lick your cat, German cat commercial, Minneapolis Cat Video festival saved,

The first item this week is one of the most bizarre devices I’ve seen for cat-lovers: a big artificial tongue that enables you to lick your cat! The LICKI brush, described on this Kickstarter page, already has over 1800 backers, and, with 8 days to go, has exceeded its $36,500 goal by almost $12,000! The description:

LICKI is a high-quality, soft silicone brush, designed to feel pleasurable to your cat’s sensitive skin. Gently grasp LICKI’s bite portion with your teeth, slowly approach your cat when she is sleeping or in an otherwise pleasant mood, and ease into the soothing and mutually beneficial licking behavior of cats. Don’t be surprised if your cat licks you back.

Here’s the Kickstarter video, and it’s not a joke.

I don’t understand why a simple brushing wouldn’t do just as well, unless you have some kind of furry fantasy of being a cat. But seriously, how many readers would get one of these. Be honest!

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Reader Monika send links to two videos, the first showing a cat-themed ad for Netto, a German discount chain, and the second explaining how the first video was made.

Note that one of the cat “stars” is named Jerry! It starts in German, but there’s a lot of English in it, and it’s pretty much self-explanatory anyway:

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Finally, the Internet Cat Video Festival in Minneapolis, which became wildly popular against all expectation, has been saved. Started in 2012, the festival, which screens internet cat videos outdoors (with many viewers donning cat costumes), has drawn crowds of up to 13,000. This year, however, the organizers from the Walker Art Center decided to cancel it, on the stupid grounds of “a lack of evolution in ‘the form‘ of silly-cute cat videos and a desire to do something new.”

However, the St. Paul Saints and myTalk 107.1 are keeping the festival live, and here are the details from City Pages. Kids under 5 get in free, and $1 of each $10 admission goes to an animal-rescue organization

Cat Video Festival
CHS Field
Tuesday, August 9 at 8:30 p.m. (gates open 6 p.m.)
$10-$75
Tickets: On sale Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m.
saintsbaseball.com; 651-644-6659

The happy viewers from last year’s festival:

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h/t: Zach

10 Comments

  1. Merilee
    Posted June 18, 2016 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Sub

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 18, 2016 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Trying to figure how they got a guy to do that licking video?

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted June 18, 2016 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Millennial. I blame the chem-trails.

    • somer
      Posted June 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      at least there was no bum sniffing

  3. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 18, 2016 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    unless you have some kind of furry fantasy of being a cat.

    And there you have it.
    (Also answers Randall @ 2.)
    And I bet their sales at the next “Internet Cat Video Festival in Minneapolis, […] which screens internet cat videos outdoors (with many viewers donning cat costumes),” will be substantial.
    Rule 34 has activated. “Furry” licking pr0n. Sorry, but it was inevitable.

  4. E.A. Blair
    Posted June 18, 2016 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    “Don’t be surprised if your cat licks you back.”

    My older cat, Isa, licks me every chance she gets, and she also like to have me rub my face on her fur. It wouldn’t be a big step to use a Licki brush, but she’s happy with the regular ones. All I have to do is hold the brush horizontally and she walks herself under it.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted June 18, 2016 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    The Licki brush is a sign of our civilizations’ decline. Here are some more signs that we are approaching the end-times.

  6. allison
    Posted June 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Re: ‘Licki-brush” – “Have you ever wanted to lick your cat?” – uh, no, not really…

  7. Jenny Hoffman
    Posted June 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    For a generation that misses its “binky”? All the cats look like “what the f . . . ?” except the one in which the kid is “licking” the wrong way – that cat looks like it might do something back alright!

  8. Posted June 20, 2016 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    A product I will not need, and a cultural activity of dubious quality (internet cat videos????) What a world!


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