Maru-itis is sweeping the nation

Watching Maru may have adverse impact on your daily life. If you should exhibit any of the following symptoms:

Check yourself into Boxhab immediately.


Thank you for your public service, Danielle L.



  1. Hahahahahahahahahaha that was great. I wish I could do that at work.

  2. i_wuvs_puttins says:

    Too funny! You know, I can see Boxercise becoming the hot new way to work out and counter the effects of working in a cubicle all day!

  3. motheralice says:

    !! I luff this kitteh!!! I luff is fluffeh furs!!!!

    Have to go find my own box now.. 😉

  4. somebody buy maru a bigger box, for cryin’ out loud!

  5. kibblenibble says:

    The guy even has the 90 degree “haunch” splayage. 🙂

  6. oh man, this is great. i want a job in a box-friendly workplace.

  7. Can’t- stop- laughing!

  8. BabyOpossum says:

    First it was Kaizen, now Maru. Once again, the Japanese revolutionize the way we get work done.


  10. this neko chan is kawaii!!
    I agree with motheralice, I should have mine one (the box)..


    As much as I LOVE Winston, I think Maru beats him by just a whisker.

  12. hahaha – nice

    btw i love how in the actual maru vid when he is looks like he is trying desperately to get out of the box he is stuck in but then decides to go into the other box 😀

  13. I laughed, I cried, I anticipated, I dreaded, that is just the most entertaining cat in the whole world. The punem, the ‘to; he has it all. I love the dual-box strategy; just bust the first one with your gut!

    Now, the man, the “Maru man”, if I may, clearly has the technique perfectly, right down to the splayage. Niiiiiiiiiice. I just love the sight of all those files out on his desk area and he’s using the box! It is all in the priorities, all in the priorities.

  14. That was pretty awesome.

  15. Love it. Will someone please make a similar video a la the bag-on-the-head-Maru? That’s my favorite Maru.

  16. Awesome!

  17. I literally laughed out loud. OMG, I wanna do it too!

  18. Oh. My. God.

    Not only has Maru outdone himself (add another box to get rid of the first one??), but that guy certainly does it up right.

  19. I would totally hire the Maru employee as my assistant.

  20. *falls off chair laughing*
    Great vids, love ’em both! 😀

  21. Oh, that was just brilliant! I really needed a smile. 😀

  22. He works somewhere that they think enough of their employees’ spinal health that he’s got an Aeron chair. He can probably afford to goof off a bit. 🙂

  23. That guy even got the trademark Maru splayage down.

  24. I have an instant insane crush on this man. Is he single??

    Oh Maru Man, if you ever read this… I love the way you take that very serious moment to stare at the box before you throw yourself at it. xoxoxo

  25. I wonder if Maru’s owner has seen the human re-enactment, and if so, what does s/he think? Flattery? Offense? Ennui? Or just old fashioned deja-vu?

  26. I’ve never seen a cat with vertical stripeage before.

    Also love the fact that a very well fed cat is trying to squeeze into a box labelled DIET.

    [I’ve never seen a cat with plaid before. – Ed.]

  27. very cute

  28. OMG! This is purrrrfect! XDDD

  29. Ok, that totally cracked me up. Both of them. Thanks!

  30. They also have a lady employee cat video obsessed version called “Ninja Employee comes closer without moving”!

  31. That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in months!

  32. Love the abandon of both of the principles as they launch themselves box-wards, and the utter relaxation after they’ve reached their goals.

    Now we need a remake of the Justin Timberlake/SNL song to ‘Geek in a Box’.
    Christmas! Geek in a Box… Hannukah! Geek in a Box … Kwanzaa! Geek in a Box ox ox ox

  33. my favorite part of Maru is the splay. love it!!

  34. Queen Of Dork says:

    Uh-oh! Looks like this crap is contagious. We better get box shots. The splay is outstanding! *must. dive. in. box.*

  35. OMG! I laughed so hard I almost inhaled the computer! xD

  36. and when is the book out in the US of A?

  37. I love Maru and his watermelon striped tushie. He is so very serious about his fun.

  38. Please photoshop Maru in place of the pig in the “Patient Zero” photograph.

    Thank you.

  39. Queen of Dork says:

    How do you guys put those avatars with your comments?

  40. That was waaay too funny! Love it!

  41. Leslie (NTA) says:

    (I attempted to research the book/ release answer, to no avail yet. In my mind it seems I might have read, earlier this summer, that books for BOTH Maru AND Simonscat’s person, were hoping/ scheduled for release sometime Sept/ Oct….however no proof yet; I attempted about 3 different web pages; sorry for no answer)

    (with that out of the way, following, is my Highly Intellectualized Response to the Box, the guy, the Maru impression, the haunch splayage, etc. etc:)

    “Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” (and so forth).

    That is all.

  42. I remember the old days, when I was as deep in my box addiction as Maru-Man is. It didn’t matter where I was or what I was doing – if there was an empty box, I dove right in. Refrigerator box, shoe box, paper box… I was severely addicted. The outpatient program was no good for me. I’d be okay for a day or two… Start out with a kleenex box that I hid in my car, then the paper box I hid under my desk. All the time I heard this little tiny voice – “I think I need a bigger box…”

    It took no time at all before I as freaking out people at the Best Buy – box diving into every box they had in the recycle bin.

    I was finally admitted into the 28 day inpatient program. They gave me this great drug that helped distract me from boxes. They call it catnip. This stuff is great. I don’t care about boxes any more, I can grow it myself without going to jail, and it works wonders. Any time I see a box, I pull a sock out of my pocket that’s been filled with catnip and inhale. Oh it’s heavenly…

    Maru-Man, I have plenty. I’ll be happy to share if you’d like to try it. Really, all the kids are doing it.

  43. BRILLIANT. Also, remember the two people who sang/performed “O Don Piano”…? It’s out there in the youtubes…

  44. Queen of Dork says:

    I still love boxes. Help me.

  45. Queen of Dork says:

    Hey Jello, you’re right. If Maru was green he would look exactly like a watermelon with that stripe action.

  46. Oh. My. LORD. I’m pretty sure that tops everything on the internet. A human Maru!

  47. i have said this before, and i will say it again:


  48. Maru’s cuter. :p

  49. It’s totally not the same thing. He does not have a tail to swish around afterward.

  50. Dude, that guy nailed the leg splay. Impressive.

  51. Proof that boys with an awesome sense of humor are the cutest by far! 😀 😀 😀

  52. lol… that’s the best video in a long time..that fat Japanese cat is no match for this guy…

  53. Now I have seen everything. Thank you, interwebs.

  54. Stay on that diet long enough Maru & you’ll squirt through those boxes in no time !!!

  55. oh my god, the spreading legs… hahahahahahahahahaha

  56. I fancy having a go but I don’t think my knees will take it.

  57. I just love Maru~ he is so comical and entertaining….. 8 )

  58. Hahahaha, fantastic!

  59. That brought tears of laughter to my eyes. Maru more so than the guy, but brilliant Maru style action there. 🙂

  60. Ha!
    Were gonna need a bigger box!
    My favorite part is when Maru realizes he is ‘stuck’ and totally pulls out the ‘I meant to do that’ look while still being annoyed about being stuck.


  62. I love that guy! I love that video. I love Maru. I’m in a happy place right now.

    @Blondie…didya havta do 90 in 90 after the program?

  63. Awwh Maru popped that box with the big kitteh belly ❤

  64. Excellent! I’m going to contact HR and tell them that “boxing” is the new office exercise of choice.

    The employee in the video is apparently resorting to desperate measures in his efforts to deal with office clutter.

  65. Yup, boxes and naps for all employees- fewer mistakes, fewer arguments, much more job satisfaction. A free-range 25 lb. office bunny would help, too, (but you knew that).

    Have a wonderful day, Peeps!

    “Turtle Young Lady”, I’m sending you happy thoughts- can we have an update on how you are doing? Today I’m OK and much better than last week! Hope you are too!

  66. That is just GREAT….I laughed very hard!!

  67. I love ’em both, but especially Maru’s “mine” paw at the end.

  68. ROFL… that was hilarious

  69. Thanks you for the big smile on my Monday face!

  70. Aaaaaaah, Maru’s fat marshmallow paws will never cease to make me grin.

  71. OMG… I just lost a contact. I laughed so hard I cried and now I’m blind!! I’ll be giggling all day! I luff maru.

  72. I Just LOVE Maru!!!!!!!!!!!! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    He is an awesome cat!!

  73. HAHAHAHA!!!! Love it.

  74. Katrina – would it be ok to take our naps IN the boxes? After doing boxercizes?

    Human video = perfect example of art imitating Life! [or vice versa – Ed.]

    Maru video – my favorite part is when the box around his middle pops open, and his ears go back, like “what the —?”.

  75. Oh, Maru… you are TOO MOISHE! Love the bit when he slides into the table leg. Couldn’t see his face but I just know he was thinking “I meant to do that.”

  76. Well, yes Rooanne, I think that would be very nice and we can all share petting the bunny. Maru’s ‘middle’ breaks the box, yes, Rooanne, that is the highlight for me, too! Just too, too!

  77. Alright now this is just getting silly.

    [Only now, huh? 😉 – Ed.]

  78. AWESOME!!!!!! 😆

  79. what type of cat is Maru? beautiful markings

    [Japanese Domestic LOLcat. 😛 – Ed.]

  80. I want a box!

  81. Ed, Maru is a Scottish Fold. They don’t all have the folded ears because the gene is recessive. Or something.

  82. Maru’s markings are Classic Tabby markings.

  83. 😆 another silly kitty 😆

  84. Queen of Dork says:

    Almost bed time for me here on the West Coast. In my bedroom, I’ve replaced my bed with a box in which I’m going to sleep. Boxes facilitate the best dreams.

  85. the cutest part is when he splays his legs out behind him after he takes the box-dive. SO CRUTE! 😀

  86. I didn´t read any other comments, so I am sorry if I am repeating, but: does anybody else notice anything ironic about the fat cat diving into the diet box??