Maru’s Moving Experience

Maru’s owner is packing to move, and this provides a target-rich environment for the container-obsessed Maru. Some highlights:

0:20: In the dense jungle, Maru tragically encounters the Venus Cat-Trap, a carnivorous plant that swallows its victims whole…
0:38: … and then spits them back out again.
0:56: Up next on The History Channel, a look back at the classic Coney Island Fun House, with its treacherous rotating drum.
2:34: Maru reenacts the classic Monty Python “16-ton weight” gag.

Spotted by Maru-ologist Tanguera.



  1. katiedid says:

    LOL “Was Maru crushed?”
    LOVE the stretchy legs!!!!!!

  2. CindyLou says:

    Totally agree!! @ 2:46 I cried so hard I couldn’t see!! Maru hysterical!

  3. 1:52. The little feet on the air!!
    (Video interrupts because Mugumogu must have gone running to help Maru…)

  4. I heart Maru!

  5. goggiemom says:

    what a lovable goofy kitty Maru is.

  6. Hahaha. Maru is such a doll!

  7. 1:51, 2:46 and the “crushed?” ending all had me in stitches!! i ♥ maru!!!

  8. this may be the best one yet. one almost thinks he does it on purpose…

  9. I love when he’s diving headfirst into the barrel again, with his hind legs wiggling in the air. 🙂

  10. harmlesslittleflea (Clare) says:

    the toe-stretchingks…. THE TOE-STRETCHINGKS….


  11. That cat has SO much personality. I like how it figured out to roll the trash can.

  12. marsheeeee says:

    The “crushed?” was hilarious!!!!! Maru is such a cutie!!!!!

  13. Marianne says:

    I love Maru!!

  14. The leg-wiggling around 1:33 was awesome, as was the “Was Maru crushed?” toe stretching!

  15. ashagato says:

    i love mary so much i feel guilty my kitties will find out!

  16. ashagato says:

    maru, that is! lol

  17. ashagato says:

    i hope my husband doesn’t find out about mary 😉

  18. Does anyone know what breed of cat Maru is? He’s got a very distinctive face and body shape, that’s similar to a few other cats I’ve seen in Japanese films. I was wondering if it was a popular breed there, or just coincidence.

    Also, he’s beyond adorable!

  19. NOMTOM’s ” … and then spits them back out again.” LOL.
    And cackle, cackle at 2:34.

    Maru is surprisingly athletic.

  20. Next: Maru goes to Waste-Basket-Hab.

    Holy crap, just the beginning of this clip, with Maru in the top of the basket, with a grumpface and flicking tail (his tail is AMAZING, btw, like a strange, fat stripey caterpillar), almost put me away completely. Just that was worth the price of admission.

  21. How Maru’s mom is able to hold the camera perfectly steady while he merrily performs all of his antics is beyond me. I would be laughing too hard and the camera would be shaking. The leg stretch and tailio swishing at the end is too much.

  22. @Adria, I think we’ve established that Maru is a straight-eared Scottish Fold.

  23. Kristin says:

    Oh, Maru.

  24. Pussytoes says:

    Did you know Maru was voted “Hot Slut of the Day” on Quite an honor! Maru is a star.

  25. I love the end of the video… crushed? No! He was clearly wasted on box fumes!

  26. Leslie (NTA) says:

    Is Maru moving TO a BoxHab facility? Or is he AT a BoxHab facility, already undergoing treatment, IN this film? Discuss.

  27. nikki she obviously lost it at 1:54, as did i

  28. Jezebel says:

    If I ever meet Maru, I’m gonna give him SUCH a squeeze!

  29. Maru must be Japanese for “silly kitty”

  30. EvilStepQueen says:

    HAHAHAHAHA @ 1:52 his feet sticking straight up in the air, trying to wiggle his way into the trash can hahahaha how funny! OMG!

  31. When his toesies stretched out, my ovaries exploded.

  32. 1. Is there ANYTHING that cat won;t cram himself into?
    2. Has he got any bones?

  33. hon glad says:

    Now Maru will have to go into bin hab,what will he enter into next?

  34. YAAAAY! HON GLAD in the house!!!!

  35. Christy says:

    Best. Cat. Evar.

  36. AuntieMame says:

    Is it just me, or do Maru’s back feets in the “crushed” scene look just like turkey drumsticks at Thanksgiving with the little white paper hats on them?

  37. HEART Maru!! Every hilarious second of him.

  38. I’m thinking Maru’s hooman was laughing during those bits where the sound was edited out… Like at the glorious 1:50, the sloooow slide into the bin. Omg.

  39. OH. EM. GEE. That is the funniest Maru video EVAR. I looooove eet when he rolls around in the barrel. That kitteh knows how to make his own fun. And the feets in the air!! EEEEEEEE!!!! The “crushed” bit wasn’t bad either! The FEEEEETSSS!! lol.

  40. GingerBean says:

    @Sara: I read your comment as I was answering the phone at work….LMAO! I’m going to use that in the future!

    Oh Maru, how do I love thee? I have a cat just as goofy but every time I turn on the video camera she stops all goofiness and just stares at me. *sigh*

  41. I’m so glad my co-workers are used to me laughing out loud at my desk.

  42. i think maru might be funnier than my kitty, and i did not think that was possible! 🙂

  43. hon glad says:

    Theresa-Thanks for the welcome, my visits may be few for a while.

  44. wow, actual tears in my eyes from laughing so hard! i was having a very bad case of the mondays and once again, maru came to the rescue! is it wrong to hope that maru never finds a 12-step boxing group? because i am powerless to maru’s cuteness. seriously, this cat is like a real-life “simon’s cat” toon. funniest maru vid yet! i wanna see maru on the big screen, in 3D!!

  45. LyhjeHylje says:

    I know the Japanese are self disciplined but how does s/he prevents himself from giggling continuously?

  46. BonzoGal says:

    Maru is the feline equivalent of Monsieur Hulot, I swear. Or Mr. Bean.

  47. hotclaws says:

    I nearly died laughing at the waving legs.

  48. Copperbat says:

    I love Maru so much! 😀

  49. Comme d’habitude, Maru is comedy gold!

  50. ant man bee says:

    Maru is the Oliver Hardy of the feline world — plump, serious, with that slightly exasperated, put-upon expression on his face, and always walking away from his scrapes as if nothing at all untoward had just happened…

  51. LOL @ feet!
    Have we ever heard Maru meow? He’s the quietest kitteh I’ve ever seen. My cat would’ve been shrieking up a storm if he were stuck in a trashcan.

  52. googlie eyes says:

    Are we enabling this poor bucket-addicted cat? We all sit here callously laughing at his addictive behaviors. Sure, they’re funny now, but what about when he’s living in a bucket on the streets of Tokyo, desperately wanting a better life for himself but always sucked back into that bucket’s dark belly for just one last roll? Is there nothing we can do besides feed his addiction with our tears and laughter?

  53. ok, i want maru …. right now!

  54. Oh, Maru…has anyone ever told you that you’re the most awesome cat in the world?

  55. happybanyan says:

    2:34 would be perfect if Maru had on a pair of ruby slippers (Wizard of Oz)….

  56. Maru = pure awesomeness

  57. Von Zeppelin says:

    That first scene would make a great magic trick. “Ladies and gentlemen, you see before you a large cat resting comfortably in this trash can. (Tap tap with wand) And. . . we say the magic word. . . Pastafazool! Behold! The large cat has disappeared!” (Gasps of astonishment, swelling applause)

  58. I hope Maru’s new home has plenty of things to get into.

  59. hoh-my-goodness. the legs waving in the air and the “i iz ded” leg stretchies are too, too much. what a sense of humor, that maru!!!

  60. @pugsy I have no idea if it’s just a coincidence or not, but my Scottish Fold boy hardly ever meowed, either.

  61. 1:48 those feet! i can’t stop laughing. i can barely type this. what a charecter. never a dull moment at his place that’s for sure.

  62. brinnann says:

    For those of you asking about Maru’s mew, I posted the video in the other Maru thread, here:

  63. VonZep– PASTAFAZOOL!!!??? I didn’t know you spoke Gaelic!

  64. Jean Walsh says:

    I’m going to Japan to steal him. How can you not love him?

  65. Londoner says:

    The toes! The stretchy toes of doom!

  66. I love him!

  67. kibblenibble says:

    Like all of you,
    I love Maru.
    Thank you to Mugumogu!

  68. gravyboat says:

    What a crazy little guy!

  69. Mary (the first) says:

    I have nothing to add except that Maru’s legs wiggling in the air is a visual that will never leave me. When I need a laugh, I can bring that out into my brain and .. LOL all over again. Even at work.

  70. Mary (the first) says:

    (oh, and, Ashagato, you skeered me for a second there 😉

  71. berthaservant says:

    Wow. Now THAT’S a cat that knows how to take advantage of a move. For three weeks I’ve been surrounded by boxes and leave them tantalizingly around and open, but Bertha is not succumbing. (Although when all the boxes were stacked up the night before the move she did find her way to the top for a snooze).

    Viva Maru!

  72. Venus cat trap? … really? Cuz looks like something else to me….

  73. Von Zeppelin says:

    Theresa–Yes indeed, I am mellifluously fluent in Gaelic. “Pastafazool” is an ancient apotropaic blessing uttered by Celtic wizards to ward off tasteless food consisting mostly of potatoes. It was recently found to have an unexpected secondary effect of making Japanese cats disappear.

  74. We need a Maru tab, fast!

  75. 5^^now8ing says:

    Von Zep – “ancient apotropaic blessing” Snerkity-snerk!

  76. 5^^now8ing says:

    Y’know, we have figured out that one of the reasons we keep cats is their great entertainment value for the dollar. If someday I can’t keep cats myself any more, I hope there is a Maru-site to console myself with.

  77. Sara-Bell says:

    You missed one: at 1:27 when Maru spotted her person filming, and was setting up to “get” her. Pesky itch distracted Maru & saved the Mom from a pouncing!

  78. @5^^now8ing, my family is Irish and Italian, and they speak Apotropaic to each other all the time.

  79. 5^^now8ing says:

    Theresa – Is that while they’re holding the shamrock or the St. Christopher’s medal? 😉
    (I cheated – I hadda Google apotropaic to know what it really meant.)

  80. Oh, 5^^now8ing, they run around tying red ribbons around EVERYTHING.

  81. catloveschanel says:

    Oh Maru, you’ve done it again!

    (Remember that old Mr Magoo cartoon? Anybody?)

  82. Maru > Winston

  83. 5^^now8ing says:

    catloveschanael: I do! I do!
    Theresa: The cats (and anteaters) must look very festive!

  84. I am in love with Maru! Few things have ever made me laugh so much that I cried, but he is truly hilarious.

  85. I think you had better get Maru an agent. Maru looks like a star. Don’t tell Maru. It would ruin everything. Beautiful cat. Here kitty, kitty, kitty……

  86. catloveschanel says:

    Thanks 5^^now8ing!

    In the last scene, Maru was so happy he died and went to box heaven. No rehab for Maru! But he kept twitching his tail, so he better get with his acting coach before he gets interviewed on Bravo’s Actor’s Studio w/ James Lipton.

  87. You left out 1:54: “Oh crap! I’m upside down!”

  88. The finest moment in my life thus far is seeing the moment where Maru dives head first into the trash can, only to get stuck with his back paws defiantly sticking straight up and out.

    Maru so deserves his own tv show. I know I’d watch it.

    And for whoever was wondering, Maru’s a Scottish fold. Says so on the blog. He just doesn’t have the folded ears (as many scottish folds don’t).

  89. Anybody else want to chip in and buy a “pet cam” for Maru? Just imagine 24/7 Maru! AAAAAAAGGGGGHHHH, I’m going into kitteh-overdose! Off to Kittehab for me!

  90. Oh, I want that kitty SO BAD! He’s just so smooshy and goofy and funny! How does Maru’s mom get anything done at all? I mean, I’d be just spending ALL of my time, watching him, video camera in hand!
    The fall, the rolling, the stretchy toes…I’m in heaven!

  91. Maru is utterly content covered by the big box and goes on to stretch out his fat white toesies at the end.

  92. Squiggles says:

    See also: The first few episodes of “Chi’s New Address.”

    (Actually I’d recommend all of “Chi’s Sweet Home”/”Chi’s New Address”, they’re astoundingly cute.)

  93. Dragonflye says:

    Maru is so, so cute!!

  94. christine says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Acadamy Award goes to Maru for his riveting death scene in ” Box Hard – Box Another Day” .

    Seriously, this kitty is too much! The toe stretching…OMG!

  95. The little leggies just KILL me. And Maru’s got to be *the* Extreme Sports Kitty Champion…. 🙂

  96. emmberann says:

    NTMTOM: done it again, have you? I’m at the library, trying to follow library rules, and I am UNdone! Splort at Maru, and people to the side of me wonder where the funny noise is coming from.

  97. How can it be that, even while moving, Maru’s person’s apartment is SPOTLESS. Even the garbage cans are clean. Maru is one lucky gato to have such a servant!

  98. darling.creature says:

    Did you know you can leave a comment for Maru on his blog? Let him know how much you love him!

  99. PeppaMama says:

    oh. ded. maru-overload.

  100. Why don’t they have dust bunnies on the floor like we do at my house?


  102. I can’t get enough of Maru’s antics and these are the funniest yet!

  103. HAHA! When he went to the trah can the 3rd time i was like, “Oh gosh…”

  104. wuyizidi says:

    @January – as you can imagine Japanese residences are much smaller than ours. It’s always been that way. The design solution is to do away with chair. Now many other furniture, like the table, can be much smaller, freeing up space for storage…

    Now that you are sitting and spending much of your time on the floor, the floor must be really clean. Also, when your place is small, you cannot have any clutter. In that kind of environment people probably clean and tidy up their home everyday. From what I have seen this level of cleanliness is pretty common in Japan.

  105. Frances says:


  106. Tidy people with goofy cats – that’s the Japanese, alright.

  107. melissa says:

    Is that not the cleanest trash can you’ve ever seen?

  108. Yitzysmommie says:

    I must come out of lurkdom to joyously greet a new Maru adventure! Maru is my favorite online kitty (Yitzy, is, of course my favorite kitty.)
    Maru rules. Anyone know what it means?

  109. It must be hard to move with Maru around. You’d have to keep checking the boxes to make sure that they were kitty free.

    As an aside, my dad got emailed a Maru video the last time I was visiting them. He quickly called me and my mom in to watch with him. I then pulled up Maru’s YouTube channel, and Dad happily spent the rest of the day watching Maru. He has another fan! I’ll be sure to let him know about this video.

  110. Bathos Q. Hauteur says:

    Apparently Maru has a book out now … with a DVD.

  111. My first born to anyone that can translate the Japanese info so I can buy Maru’s book! I’m serious, he’s 22 and potty-trained and everything 😉 Maru just slays me, my new fave video; the crushed ending, the feet flailing in the air, the spinning tube, it’s just too much cute for one 3 minute video. All hail the Maru!

  112. Notice how at around 150, when Maru dives head first in the bien, just a bit before the segment is cut, the camera moves. I am sure, contrary to her usual cool, here Mugumogu silently cracked up, hence the camera´s shaking.

  113. omigod! I was seriously crying w/ laughter thru the garbage can part! I’ve seen a lot of stupid cat vids (including many of my own :)), but this is one of the funniest!

  114. i luv you maru!!!!!

  115. Leslie (NTA) says:

    @ Yitzysmommy (hope I got the sp correct)

    In the past 24 hours, I was I’net browsing/researching, etc. ….evidently the term Maru is a basic word in some dialect of Japanese (not certain of the whole Hirigana, etc. breakdown) ……for , simply enough “joke”.

    I saw some description which implied / described someone who often commits what we in Amurrika think of, as “practical jokes”/ pokes in the rib, etc., etc.
    Yours in Affection for Japanese Cute Things & Cats in General

  116. Yitzysmommie says:

    Thank you Leslie! Knowing that Maru’s name means something like practical joker makes me laugh even more at him. His human knows him and showcases him very well.

  117. Maru is soooooo cute!!! She is the most adorable cat I have ever seen besides my sisters cat Beans who is also adorable!! Go to “” and search “Beans and the Ski Pants” and see the most wonderfully funny video. Oh and don’t forget to leave a comment!!

  118. @Leslie: that’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that before, but of course Japan has several dialects, so it’s quite possible. Can I ask where you heard that? I’d like to read about it myself.

    I know that maru means round, or circle. I always thought it was just a reference to his big round face. XD

    As for the hiragana thing, Maru’s name is just spelled with hiragana ま (ma) and る(ru), and I couldn’t find any place where the word maru was spelled with kanji. So there’s nothing to break down there, spelling-wise, if I understand your meaning correctly.

  119. This is just fantastic!! the last bit was hilarious…. what a character!