THIS JUST IN: Kitteh licks (and licks) Fennec Fox

I know we’ve had a virtual cinema today with all the movies—when it rains it pours, right?

But in the immortal words of Sender-Inner Arlo R.: “HOW COULD THIS NOT BE POSTED YET!?”



  1. rosamundi says:

    that is one very clean fox!


  3. Fennec fox taste like tuna?

  4. wait… are fennec fox’s legal pets???? and if so, where can i aquire one (or three)?!?!?!

  5. Paunchie says:

    fox seems to like it until the little spaz out at the end.

    (turn off sound, gah!)

  6. Allie Catt says:

    i love how the fox escapes as soon as it knows the cat is distracted.

    *ricochet sound*

  7. GingerBean says:

    I love how the fennec fox runs away the moment kitty’s attention wanders away from him. And omg those ears!!I was waiting for the kitty to start licking inside the ear…he’d get lost in there!

  8. Wow! I assume the fox is a rescue or foster, but I guess you never know.

  9. That’s really weird, and also sort of sweet. To Lauren: yeah, they’re legal in some U.S. states (not in California), but they don’t really make good pets, regardless of what the fox freaks, I mean enthusiasts, say. They’re nocturnal, burrowing, food-hoarding little wild animals that are better off in the wilds of North Africa than in your living room.

  10. If there’s anything every cat knows, it’s that all other animals have filthy, filthy ears.

  11. BWAAHAHAHA! The cat’s all, “And I shall love him, and pet him, and call him George.” Did my ears mistake me, or did the fox freak out when the background “music” change from meowing to barking?

  12. This cat makes me wonder… what DO fennic foxes taste like. Maybe I’ll just have a nibble…

  13. christine says:

    the kitten loves this because there’s so much ear to wash!

  14. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    It would appear that at 1:15 the fox received a top-secret message through his eartennae.

  15. Cute, but….did anyone else notice the music in the background? Eeeesh…

  16. scooterpants says:

    love the death-grip the kitteh has on the foxes neck.
    cat is all-
    “this fox is absolutely filthy and I shall NOT have eet! I dont care if I have to lick all of his fur completely off, he shall be clean!”

  17. I was pretty sure the fox was comatose for the first minute or so. Or heavily drugged. I was relieved to see it perk up at the end!

  18. Judging by how that cat is gripping the fox, I’m not entirely sure he isn’t “tasting” him rather than cleaning him!

    And yes, as soon as the barking started the fox looked around and got nervous.

  19. kibblenibble says:

    Love how kitteh has a tight grip on foxy’s head as she grooms: “Oh, honey let Mama groom just a bit more…it’s for your own good…no, really sweetheart, you’re not quite clean yet…” and Fox is just resigned to his fate until kitteh gets distracted by her own paw, and then…FREE at last!!!!

  20. Ltlraystl says:

    Uh-dor-uh-buhls!!!!!!! Also loved the cats singing Danse des Merlitons in the background.

    By the way, there are fenec foxes at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and they are like cats in the fact that they dig a hole to go potty and then cover it up when they’re done. If only my cat would do that!

  21. Best friend or delicious lollipop?

  22. Michelle A says:

    The music in the background was Meowy Christmas by Jingle Cats!

  23. Kitty looks bewildered by the vast expanse of ear.

  24. Also, what the HECK is playing in the background??

    [Hmm, OK, I guess that’s been answered already… – Ed.]


  26. Okay, you know what makes this so disturbing? Kitteh goes about licking Mr. Fox as though he were simply an extension of Kitteh. Like, “Oh, and what’s this here? A bit more of me to lick. When did my ears get so big?”

  27. Michelle, I noticed it too! It’s from the Nutcracker ballet.

    Poor fox has a very wet head.

  28. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    In the clutches of an obsessive-compulsive cleaning kitteh.

    “If I stay very still maybe the cat won’t notice I’m here.”

  29. Loving the cat’s kung-fu grip headlock on the fox, with his aggressive licking: “I shall leeck you and you shall like eeet!!”

  30. Cat licked foxy’s head so hard, she gave him a comb-over. Fabulous!

  31. Lizzy Lee says:

    My favorite is when the black kitteh tries to get a piece o’ the action right at the beginning…Lickin’ kitteh is all “I don’t think so, sister!”

  32. it takes a lot of licks to clean ears that big!

  33. Someone has an ear fetish.

    Or is the L’Eau du Kibble behind foxy’s ears?

  34. I can’t believe this isn’t posted in “I shall leeck you!” 😛

  35. Both of my cats loooove the taste of earwax. I can’t even imagine what they’d do with those fennec ears.

  36. The look on the fox’s face is all “Sheesh!” But the fact that they are spooning is adorable. Kitty looks like she is on a mission.

  37. platedlizard says:

    I love how the fox is like “Help me, someone please!” while the kitty leecks and leecks.

  38. Yeah the little foxy fennec in the headlock of clean is adorable.

  39. DaytimeDeb says:

    Going through my head as I watched this video:

    How many licks does it take to get to the center…

    OMG They are SPOONING!

    I keep hearing meows.. just how many cats does this family have?

    OMG it is Nutcracker, kitty-style!

    Periscope – UP! Dogs approaching.

    Psych! It’s just the song, silly. Made you look!

  40. Oh. MY. GAWD!!!!

  41. Stefanie says:

    I love how the fox has just one eye opened most of the time, like “Is it safe to come out yet? Please?”

  42. Sahrawi Wife says:

    AWWWWW!! I used to have a Fennec FOX!! His name was Merlin cos he could get out of any cage ! No matter how you locked it he would get out and be waiting for me in the morning . He used to run just like that when the Iguana would come in and he would chase Samson (The Iguana). Samson was 4 1/2 feet long from nose to tail and was very lovable to all except Merlin . Merlin used to love to steal Samson’s Veggies! I miss them both so much . I had to sell them when My First Husband got so ill .

  43. Raemie L. says:

    I’m amused at how kitteh’s all,
    Kitteh: *lickliickleek* You taste different. What do I taste like?
    …and then he’s absorbed into cleaning his own paw.
    Fox: You’re done? I’m off! *scrambles* *zoom*

  44. Good God, the background music – “The Sugarplum Fairy” renders in meows and woofs. O_o

  45. YourMother says:

    Title should be “Foxy Lady Takes a Bath”

  46. all through i was thinking, does fox actually enjoy being groomed by kitteh? or does he just know better than to try and fight off kitteh’s advances?

    clearly the latter 🙂

  47. aww kitteh looks so sad when he lost his cuddle buddy!

  48. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    Reminds me of the Tootsie Pop commercial with the owl who wonders how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. “[slurp] A-one, [slurp] a-twooo, [CHIZZOMP]… Two.”

  49. Eh? What is this? Ah, but of course! This small one she is wish to put on her face before we continue with ze wooing.

  50. Thrrrree, Argyle. And you hafta roll the “rrrr”.

  51. Once again, the Japanese hand us our ‘tocks to us on a plate with their mastery of TEH QTE.

    Love how foxy and kitteh are almost the same color.

  52. you what this reminded ME of? (cute cute cute vid, btw)

    This reminded me of the one time I had head lice (age 5 or so) and my mom was on a MISSION, she would NOT let me go till my head was clean.

    soooorry, but that totally popped into my head LOL

  53. Michelle S. says:

    I could watch this all day. That fox looks like he’s having a day at the spa.

  54. That is a SERIOUS headlock there. Poor kitty, that’s a lot of ear to lick!

  55. Hon Glad says:

    We’ll soon lick you into shape young Fenny.

  56. Every good kitty deserves a fox lolly! slorp.

  57. Aawwwww bless! So cute. And is that the “Meowey Christmas” Album in the background? 😀

  58. I love how at 1:17 the fox leaves and kitty is all “Where are you going? There’s some licking to do!”

  59. Gail (the first one) says:

    Kitteh: I’m the mommy!
    Fox: No you’re not!!
    (from the Big Book of Kittens video)

  60. Paunchie says:

    LOL@ Gail!

    and “Like, “Oh, and what’s this here? A bit more of me to lick. When did my ears get so big?”

    You guys a’crack’a me uppa!

  61. Gail – that’s what I was thinking!!! hahahahahahaha

  62. Kitteh is like, “So… much… ear… to… CLEAN!”

  63. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    @Theo: I forgot about the thrrrree — it’s been a long time. Good thing nobody’ll be trusting me with a holy hand grenade anytime soon.

  64. EvilStepQueen says:

    The face on that fox says “I know it’s gross, but it feeeeeeels sooooooo goooooood” LOL

  65. noramaria says:

    It kills me how easily cats get distracted while licking. My cat starts out licking my hand… then her paw… then the couch.

  66. fox-sickie?

  67. Aww, how adorable! Fennec foxes are my favorite!

  68. No, Argyle Donkeypants, never again.

  69. What’s the deal with the kitty cat Nutcracker music?

  70. Color-coordinated pets! That’s fabulous!

  71. i wuv foxes!!!! so cute 😀

  72. Sesslie- not the sugarplum fairy, but the marzipan dance. Which seems perfect, since the fox is obviously so yummy.

  73. Bamboo_rose says:

    what was that spaz out at the end?
    “RUN!!! not there! and that’s a wall!

  74. So funny…the cat has the fox in a choke hold…lOL

  75. Aww this kitteh is doing the same thing my cat used to do to my mom’s totally neurotic half-feral kitteh. He’d set to cleaning her and for a while she’d bliss out and be happy and calm. Of course it all usually ended with biting and hurt feelings.