Who has Bricks for Paws and is More Awkward than a Baby Elephant?

Mr. Nimble, of course.

Even the simplest Maru clips contain some serious gems – say around the 1:27 mark, for instance.



  1. Chubby chubster! Hee!

  2. … bleen.

  3. I just love Maru. (I’m always amazed at how steadily his mom holds the camera while she is also playing with him. Talented little family…)

  4. Poohbear says:

    Only now have I noticed how graceful Maru is in spite of his girth. He’s not fat, just round all over.
    Those are some pristine leather chairs. Notice how Maru never puts out his claws.

  5. He looks like a big ball of moosh, but he must have some serious muscleage going on in those powerful legs.

  6. Aw, Maruuuuu… Such grace, such blorpulence.

  7. I loooove Maru!!!
    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  8. Desdemona says:

    As I was watching this, I was thinking, if Maru’s mom puts him through these exercise paces on a regular basis, this is proof positive that he isn’t fat, just big-boned. But then at the end he just lays down on the job and bats at the toy . . . so, the jury’s still out, in my mind.

  9. Rachael says:

    Ker-thump! I love how he lays down at the end and lets the toy come to him. Very zen.

  10. Yeah, Maru isn’t fat, if he can do all that… Look at the size of his head, he’s just a big kitteh!
    How cute!!

  11. Birdcage says:

    Love that butt-shot as he slides over the sofa……I’ve never had a cat (and can’t – too many family members with allergies) but I find them fascinating.

  12. Melissa says:

    Oh Maru. You big ‘ol chunk o love!

  13. Melissa says:

    If you scroll through his other clips, watch the one called brushing and Maru.You can see him smiling he’s lovin his grooming so much. What a sweet boy!

  14. Hunter kitty!!

    I’m amazed that Maru doesn’t claw the heck out of the couch while chasing that toy. He doesn’t seem to be de-clawed … could it be he has restraint?

  15. Why Hello, Maru-butt…

  16. Dawnieangel76 says:

    More proof that Maru does NOT translate into the word “grace”! *L* However, it SHOULD translate into “adorable ball of love”.

  17. Cholmondeley says:

    He’s a blorpulicious chunk o’ cat!

  18. xhodzic says:

    Why do they call it “9”?

    Also, nice to see all the cuteoverload people reciting the list of excuses my mom would exclaim when somebody called me fat at school. He he.

  19. This made me wonder if he was declawed too. I want to see a video of him scratching a pole or something now

  20. I worried that he might have been declawed, too, but then saw some clip where he was obviously using his claws. Quite relieved, I was. Love this big boy, Maru.

    My kittie’s favorite toys, paws down, are anything with feathers. Something about how they sound pfflitting through the air, I think. 🙂

  21. happypiano says:

    I always thought that Maru’s parent is a guy.

  22. There’s no doubt Maru is well-fed, but the Scottish Fold does tend to have a round body shape to begin with. From teh Wiki:

    “The Fold’s entire body structure, especially the head and face, is generally rounded, and the eyes large and round. The nose will be short with a gentle curve and the cat’s body well-rounded with a padded look and medium-to-short legs. ”

    When I saw, “Who has bricks for feet,” I immediately thought of M. Piedlourde from The Kids in the Hall:

  23. Mrs. McCracken says:

    I love the whirly giggy toy! I want one too.
    For my cat.

  24. Love the total bliss-out at the end, when he finally gets it.
    Hope you can digest the feathers, Maru old sport.

  25. Maru is adorable, but when I read the title before scrolling I thought for sure the answer was going to be my ferret Odie.

    Then I remembered I haven’t sent in any pictures. *G*

    So, adorable, huggable, clumsy Maru it is.

  26. marthava says:

    @Melissa – Thanks for the heads up about the brushing vid! I would call this one, “It’s a tough life, but someone’s gotta live it.” lol

  27. Wow, it’s a good thing Maru doesn’t depend on his hunting and catching skills to live!

  28. I think I drooled over the Brush and Maru 2 video………

    he is so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so cute when he’s getting brushed ❤ ❤

  29. Maru needs to meet and hang out with Winston. BFFs for certain!

  30. leaves of cat grass says:

    ah Maru, the crown jewel of the Japanese empire of all things cute…

    and not fat… just fluffy.

  31. binky-mama says:

    My favorite squishy boy!

  32. @ Sher

    Thanks for telling me that

  33. eat less and exercise

    but keep the stubbular ears, they work

  34. Geesh C.O., that was boring and surprisingly below your normal level of amazing cuteness. He’s a charming cat and all, but I mean, seen it. Seen it 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000… times before.

  35. frogboots says:

    i adore Maru, of course, but I am also endlessly fascinated by the fact that he seems to live in the Cleanest House in the World. all that clean and white! and a cat! HOW DO THEY DO IT?

  36. Hon Glad says:

    Like my big boy Stan, Maru can jump as well, as the more athletic looking ones.

  37. marthava says:

    @Hap, ya’ll must not know how to count… 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 is not enough of Maru.

  38. Leslie K says:

    I love that guy. He is so uncoordinated, I just want to hug him and give him a shoebox. I bookmarked his japanese website at home and check him out after I look at what you cute-sters are up to here…..

    but i still cannot believe you did not wish him happy birthday!!! (He was 3 years old last week you know….)

  39. Snowpea says:

    Lazy Maru is lazy LOL!

  40. Frogboots, I’m with you! How the heck do they have such a pristine living space? Do they tie swiffers to Maru before his daily play sessions or what?

  41. that took him a really long time to get the birdie. cute.

  42. Maru just celebrated his 3rd birthday a few days ago too.. there’s a birthday video with some of the “best of” on his website. Fun stuff.

  43. I love this cat.. ! 🙂

  44. Katrina says:

    I think Maru would eat anything left on the floor, but kudos to the housecleaning team, wow, that is one clean house!

    Maru twice! Gakkk!

  45. @Jen s

    Maru basically IS a Swiffer!

  46. Good grief, I would NOT want to be the downstairs neighbour below THAT! 😉
    I love myself a festivaly plump Maru… who wouldn’t!? Awwww…

  47. Oh Maru how I love your impeccable coat and spotless white fur.

  48. Tigress says:

    I love the audible “thumps” whenever he lands. But the best part, for me, is near the end, when he’s on his back with both front paws around the toy. The toy gets pulled away and he’s all “hey, I was eating that!” giggle

  49. Qween Kim says:

    fat kittehs are so adorable in their ineptitude!!

    you gotta admit, at least Maru jumps around…. the fat kittehs around here just lay on their backs and wave their paws around.

  50. Space Cowgirl says:

    Freaking Japanese people. I had to go sweep my apartment after watching this.

    Maru is so beautiful, sleek, happy, and well-loved and cared for-looking.

  51. Maru is not fat. He is, like one of our dear late boys, “cobby”– chunky body, shortish legs, kind of like a pony. And very lovable.

  52. Elsajeni says:

    Can anyone recall, have we ever heard Maru make a noise in any of his videos? I find it hard to believe that he has nothing to say — I imagine Maru as having many important opinions — but he never seems to meow.

  53. Maru got such a nice birthday cake too


    Lucky boy ^_^

  54. Maru is plush, plump and perfect. I could never get enough of that cushiony cat. I just want to squish my face into the plushy, well-tended entity that is Maru.

  55. Elsajeni, Maru does indeed talk. Mugumogu has a couple of vids called “Miaow miaow Maru”, have a search for them. He also chitters when he sees an insect.

    Wow, I’m such a Maru geek. Sad.

  56. whiskers says:

    Lovin’ 2:30 and 2:50: Itsa burd an I’m gonna eet it!! *om nom nom nom nom nom*

  57. @marthava.. Thanks for posting the Brushing video.. That cat has a look of pure bliss! 🙂 I want to hug him tight..

  58. My fave part (as forewarned by Prongs) was when he tried to scoot over the couch and got stuck. Oh, the humanity!

  59. MamaLana says:

    Oh Maru-u-u-u-u-u-u-uuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!

  60. DreamspinnerCheryl says:

    Love Maru, but I have to admit,I love that floor, too. Laminate, maybe? That rug, on the other hand….ewwwww. I thought it was rough concrete at first. Oh, well-I watch for Maru antics-if I want to critique decor, I’d watch HGTV.

  61. Noelegy says:

    It’s great that I got a pop-up ad for Cover Girl mascara during this. Like any manmade cosmetics could ever measure up to kitties’ (like Maru) natural eyeliner!

  62. *sigh* Maru, my dream kitty cat boyfriend, how I love you!

  63. I wish I had Maru with me. I’d brush his belly all day long.

  64. 😀 AWW 😀 Maru is definitely one BIG KITTY 😀

  65. It is quite possible that Maru gets plenty of exercise and is fat anyway.

    Japan is, after all, the land of sumo.

  66. Maru or Winston?…………….Though I love them both, who’s your fave?

  67. Bleeeen! 🙂

    Maru is definitely not fat, he is just heavy built & rounded. My boy Lugosi is quite large, weighs 6kg (Maru probably weighs 8 or 9 kg though from the looks of it!), and simply is just a big cat, but not fat – just like some humans have petite builds and some are heavily boned.

  68. I just adore this chubby little fluff ball, he is sooo cute

  69. I am SO pleased that others notice the immaculate condition of that house… I watch Maru oohing and ahhing at how entertaining he is, then ooh and ahh at the clean white couch! The shiny hair-free floor! Of course, you could probably put a cloth around Maru and he would clean with his belly… awww Maru you’re so lovable.

  70. snorglepup says:

    Speaking of clean; I couldn’t even see stray fur in the brushing vid.
    Maru must have a full time staff to cater to him…

  71. Love Maru, I could watch him all day. “This is Maru 2” has got to be my fav so far.

  72. @Barbarella

    OMG, “Lugosi” is the best cat name I’ve heard in a long time! May I venture to guess that he’s a tuxedo cat?

  73. Maru is the King of Cats! (He’d do a better job than Tybalt anyway.) *puts English geek hat away*

  74. FinnMacCool says:

    good thing he’s in Japan….I want to go cat-nap and snorgle him!!!

  75. Catch the golden snitch, Maru! Gryffindor will win the house cup!

  76. psychethos says:

    I just really, really, really want to go live with Maru and his owner. They seem to live such blissfully calm lives, filled with naps and petting and playing, and all in such an immaculately clean, sunlight filled and beautifully minimalistic house. I suppose that Maru’s owner must have a job of some kind, but she certainly seems to have enough time at home with Maru. It’s always so quiet there, and you can just feel the love.

    Maru’s house is my happy place.

  77. Cute cat, but seriously? Three minutes of that? A bit too much.

  78. Killjoy says:

    That’s a cute kitty and a fun toy — but those tinsel streamers on the ends of the wings can be deadly if eaten. They should be removed. Sorry!

  79. Heather and the Boston Terriers says:

    Is Maru a British Shorthair? He’s Chunk O Lishus!!

    I think Maru could sell Jenny Craig better than Valerie Bertinelli. Or they could do a commercial together, without that red-headed woman who acts as though her head might fall off at any moment…

    People would watch Maru and buy Jenny Craig. And they wouldn’t care a fig if Maru lost one single ounce -or not.

    Cute Maru!

  80. Heather and the Boston Terriers says:

    Wait…he’s a Scottish Fold? Did he miss the part about folding ears? Or did he miss too much of the recessive gene to get the folding ears??

    Maru, I still love you.

  81. It’s the luck of the draw whether a Scottish Fold kitten’s ear will develop the actual fold. The one I had as a kid had one folded ear and one straight one. We called him “The Scottish Semi-Fold.”

  82. Somewhere (can’t find it now, darn it) I read an online interview with Maru’s person, who is a guy. No picture, but the text of the interview made it clear. Will keep looking and post the link to the interview here.

    Also, last April Maru had a bath. With his fur slicked down he doesn’t look fat at all, which lends credence to the “fluffy” theory.

    And now you know my secret…I’m Maru-obsessed.

  83. For those who are interested, here’s the link to the interview with Maru and his person: http://lovemeow.com/2010/04/interview-with-maru-the-cat/

  84. Matahari says:

    @Lisa (#71): Thanks ever so much for that vid! It made me laugh out loud several times. *goes to watch it again*

  85. me ❤ Maru.

  86. Has anyone else heard of a kitty with those markings being called a money cat?
    He’s so cute!

  87. Mary (the first) says:

    Seems cruel at approx. 2:30 when Maru who is clearly underfed and on the brink of starvation, had his snack pulled away just as he was getting a good grip on it. Cruel, I say.

  88. O NO he (she/it) DI-unt says:

    aw man I got only a coupla things ta say:

    #2)Prongs is running a close second to the Inestimable NTMTOM for lennnngthiest
    caption storylines….and that ain’t such a bad thang.



  89. Rachel H says:

    I laughed so hard at this that I scared my own cat into falling off the couch.

  90. O NO he (she/it) DI-unt says:

    ok here’s another option:

    “Maru be nimble Maru be quick”…

    [WAIT HE IS quick; we’ve all been suitably impressed w/ his Speedy Gonzales imitation, hmmmmmmmm]

    “Maru, jump over the [is there a word for sofa which rhymes with “candlestick” and has 3 syllables?

    The I’m Not a Poet But I Play One on TV Department.

  91. @TUM nope. Lugosi´s a classic tabby boy. Tabbies RULE! 😀

    If you search for Lugosi, Spider, Janelle & Ruby on youtube.com you´ll find some vids there.

  92. awww. he is so cute.