Also, bonus Privacy Tail Action.

Sender-Inner John B. says “Here is a video of one of my foster kittens. She curls up and relaxes when when I scritch her ear and head.”



  1. Oh my. Oh my. That is simply toooo much!

  2. adorable

  3. The amount of anerabuhlness is just TOO overwhelming in this video. WAY TOO MOSHE ANERABUHLNESS!

  4. Yet more proof that all kittens are apparently made out of rubberbands. 🙂

    Why why why is it always the MARMIES?!?!?!

    *sniffles* I wants a marmie.

  5. Of course it has to be a prosh ginger kitteh!

  6. Martha in Washington says:

    The kitteh is adorabuhls! So is the guy doing the scritching. How do I know since I can’t see his face? He is SCRITCHING A KITTEH! Of course he’s adorabuhl!

  7. This kittin has an excess of flopulessness…

  8. Don’t miss the privacy tail action…

  9. thecandiedmango says:

    Oh, my. That’s ridcutelous.

  10. thecandiedmango says:

    Good gravy, I can’t spell tonight. I meant RI-DI-CUTE-LOUS.

  11. My boys love this to and particularly the jaw line but its got to be a good hard skritch
    infact they push down on my fingers.

    Theo, Marmies!

  12. Oh. My. Lord…

    And whenever Scritchy Guy pauses, kitteh looks at him like “Hay, I didn’t say you could stop!”

    (Didja hear the purringk?)

  13. @John B. 😀 You are a very caring guy to take in those little kitties and foster them 😀 I would just love to see a picture of you and your fosters 😀

  14. So floppity! *dies*

  15. LOL!! Tiny head tilt at :33! “Why did you stop???” So cute.

    The man holding the bebeh has big strong hands ;D Mama like. I nom nom nominate him for the CO dating service!

  16. Ohmygoodness i can’t stop hitting ‘Play’ – what a beauty, and so flopsy!
    Perhaps she looked in a mirror shortly before scritchies and was overwhelmed by her own cuteness??

  17. Theo bait!!!!! Theo bait!!!

  18. oooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhurts sweet babymmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. sigh

  19. Please stop uploading cute kitteh pics and vids. I am NOT (supposededly) a cat person but you are making me one!

    Dear lord!!! You MUST go to 0:33 secs and watch again (and again) the look she gives. “Um, why did you stop with the scritchin’?”

    BTW, is ‘scritching’ a CO-type term, or was it a language barrier typo by the submitter. If it is not a CO ‘thing’, I humbly submit that scratching (when involving qteness) be forevermore called ‘scritching’.

  20. S.J. Hartsfield says:

    Just a few ear skritches and that kitteh is to-tally COM-PLAY-CEENT! HEEP-notized!

  21. The floppularity is too much for me! Wantz a marmie.

  22. can I try? pwease?

  23. Kitteh transforms from a solid to a liquid. Like at :35 where he spills out of that humans scritchers.

  24. Boneless kitteh! I have two marmies…there is something special about the orange tabbehs.

  25. bookmonstercats says:

    He has to be one of the Men of CO (for the calendar *hint*). I know we can only see his belleh and knees, but scritchin’ a marmie qualifies him.

  26. blacksheeped says:

    The curled tail! The curled tail!

  27. I love the ‘hey why’d you stop?’ look at :34.

    This works to a less dramatic degree with most cats. My wise and excellent vet always has me rub the heck out of my cats ears when he gives them shots. It distracts and immobilizes them.

  28. hahhaa! too cute! my cats will systematically FLOP over when I do this to them.

    also, a female orangey? most orange cats are male, are they not? this is a delightful event 🙂

  29. KittyMarthaPoo says:

    When my Mom & I scratch & rub her cat, she goes into what we call a “kitty coma” 🙂 She becomes almost unconscious with our gentle rubbing & scratching 🙂

  30. @fegli, yes, I have a female orangey and a few different vets have told us she’s pretty rare!

  31. Awwwww. The way the kitten just falls over, fully trusting, so cute!

  32. I’ve never seen a cat be hypnotized like that, but I have seen a chicken and a crab. I think its kind of creepy how lots of animals have a secret “off” switch.

    I wonder if we have one???

  33. How is he supposed to give her away when that kitten obviously adores him?

  34. dawnkeyotie says:

    marmie cuddlebug!!! awwww…

  35. flittertwit says:

    Oh oh, doin’ teh marmie melt !!! Teh floppulence keeled me ded!!

  36. just a tinnny ball of fluff!

  37. LaureninGeorgia says:

    Get someone to come up behind you and massage first your temples in little circles and then the upper part of your ears. You might not flop over, but you will definitely relax.

  38. Isn’t she the precocious one–to have truly mastered the privacy tail at such a young age!

  39. P.S. The male/female ratio in orange tabbies is about 80/20. So orange females are the minority, but hardly rare (when you consider the total number of orange cats around).

    P.P.S. ‘Scritch’ has been around a long time (for whoever asked). Not unique to CO, but a very handy word none-the-less. Especially when you have kitties and cats that need scritching.

  40. awwwww. Our brown tabby doesn’t like her ears messed with, but husband hyp-mo-tizes her just like this by giving her a good-but-gentle rubnings right between the eyes and down the nose. He discovered the sekkrit spot when she was a baby. Works pretty well on other kittens too, generally.

    that baby is the best! what a lucky kitten and what a lucky foster dad.

  41. It’s like the kitteh version of a q-tip in the ear.

  42. Theo, are you seeing thees?

  43. flittertwit says:

    I miss my little marmie girl. She stayed very small and had the most awesome tailio, which she carried proudly almost straight up with a small curl at the end. The vets always called her ‘him’ until I told them to check the plumbing.

  44. Here’s additional photos of this litter whom I call “Poseidon’s Kittens”


    A fisherman noticed the kittens at the base of a tree as he was heading out on the lake. When he came back four hours later, he noticed the kittens were still there and no mama in sight. He brought them to Purrfect Pals (www.purrfectpals.org) and they were passed onto me to care for them until they are old enough to be adopted.

    It is suspected that they were dumped there because they are not feral and the fisherman probably came along just after they were dumped because they were still in good condition.

    They smelled like fish so the staff at Purrfect Pals gave them fish names: Perch, Sockeye, Chinook, and Seabass. I dubbed them Poseidon’s Kittens for if they were dumped earlier than that morning, someone kept an eye out on them.

  45. Is there a rule that if you’re an apex predator (eg. shark), you can be hypnotized when turned on your back?

    Love the curled up back legs. My dad used to tell us if you pick up a kitten, if the back legs are curled up, then it’s a mouser. Not sure if that’s true.

  46. The Dutchess of Cupcake says:

    Ahhh….I needs me a kitt-ehn!!

  47. *ith twu parzawyzed bai teh kewt twu twype pwoperwy*

  48. LeAnn (not LeAnna or Lee Ann) says:

    Now I want to hear some early Fleetwood Mac.

  49. warrior rabbit says:

    John, they are too cute! Thanks for sharing (your home with them, them with us).

    Maybe the orange one should have been called Roughy, for the fish theme… nyuk nyuk nyuk.

    @mamabear, CO’s come up with a lot of terms, but skritching’s been around a long time. I thought ‘om nom nom’ was a CO term, but I saw something online recently that gave 4chan credit. Maybe I should ask the folks at AWWW (A Way With Words).

  50. John B, you’re a gem! And your little orange girl is a peach!

  51. And wow, Poseidon’s Kittens are all marmie all the time!

    Of our four kits two are marmalade, one male, one female. The girl is teeeeny @ 6.5 pounds fully grown, but tough as a truck!

  52. it’s sooo flufffffffffffffffy!!!

  53. Our George has one of those tails too, flittertwit. It reminds me of a lemur tail!

    And yes, he’s quite mad and sleeps in the most awkward positions. That’s marmies for you.

  54. 0:32 – “Why have you stopped, human?”
    0:35 – BIG BELLY

  55. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ LeAnn (not LeAnna or Lee Ann) :

    ok, now MANY peeps know Fl Mac after the point when they had already become an Ubergroup, mid/ late 1970s. When you menshon “early” FM….

    the recording
    (we called ’em “albums” in those days of the Pleistocene Era)
    called “Buckingham/ Nicks”, recorded before Stevie Nicks and Lyndsey Buckingham were even PART of the “other group” Fleetwood Mac.

    Somewhat rare to locate for purchase but wondrous.
    It’s still in my personal List of All-time Top 10 acoustic blues-y R n R List.

    Here’s a link with some descriptive reviews & such.

  56. @wearanimals.com

    it’s called “cuteoverload.com,” of course!


  57. i most definitely took note of the privacy tail. argh. so cute. ARGH!!!

  58. fatgrammafinn says:

    i luvz da marmies. built in bangle bracelets. our first cat together was a big boy marmie, completely tailless, named george. actually, all of our cats (past and present) are officially george (i.e. at the groomer or vet), but we call them all kitty. but i think the coolest name for a marmie is kumquat. or Lyle’s Golden Syrup.

    (our) Kitty doesn’t like earskritches, but apparently she has the itchiest chin in the Alpha Quadrant. She actually leans into the hand doing the chinscritching. so into it she drools. after my husband and i get out of our shower, she walks back and forth on the back of the couch rubbing her face in our wet hair. weird. i think she is scentmarking. our vet says she can’t be 18, no grey hair and all her teeth, still pearly white. i tell the vet that her anger keeps her young.

  59. Leann – as I was scrolling through the comments, I was humming “Hypnotized”, too! Glad to hear – erm – read that there are other fans out there . . .

    I was waiting for the Venus Cat-trap to snap into action.
    Lookitme – all defenseless on my back, with a soft, snorgglebul belleh — *pounce* *rawr*.

  60. I think I first encountered the word scritch in the Peanuts comics in a comment about Snoopy by Charlie Brown.

  61. I NEEEEEEEEEED another marmalade kitty. This makes me want to have another kitten so bad. It would be payback for all the 5:45 am wake up calls my cat gives me.

  62. That. Is the best kitten ever.

  63. PRIVACY TAIL! *thud*

  64. WANT!!!!
    Nuff said 🙂

  65. John B. I love the milky faced kittens 🙂

  66. Martha in Washington says:

    @fatgrammafinn and other PNW’ers–Roadtrip? I just visited John B’s website purrfectpals.org and he is IN OUR AREA!! Issaquah is only an hour or so from me! Now I wanna go adopt a cat. And meet John B.

  67. fleurdamour says:

    That looks like fun.

  68. And this , my friends, is why kittens….ARE THE CUUUUUTEST THINGS ON EARTH!!!

  69. Even better than the head tilt at :33 is the tummeh view immediately afterwards. TUM!!!

  70. It’s never easy passing these kittens on to their adopted owners but there’s always another litter who needs help to ease things. These guys are my 15th set of foster kittens, vicious circle!

  71. Prosh scritches. Future biscuit-maker.

  72. Sasha's Mum says:

    We call it “kitty oo-mox” in our house. For the benefit of non-Trekkies … “oo-mox” is foreplay practiced by Ferengi, for whom the ears are erogenous zones. 😀

    Anyone else notice the other kitty shown for about a second at the very beginning of the vid? How come he doesn’t get the same treatment? Nofairnofair!

  73. Want.

  74. I just want to add… Kittens are cute… but a Guy who fosters cute kittens has got to be cute and lovable … is he available?

  75. picture 9705 made me shriek/squeal. Skreek? Anyway.


  76. And John, where do you live and can I have one?

  77. I have a Pomeranian who reacts the same way. You start rubbing that ear and the spine liquefies.

  78. Kit-a-dillo action!

  79. I am in LOVE!

  80. @ GNDtn
    North Seattle area and they’ll be ready in around a month.

  81. Queen of Dork says:

    *to passerbys, I have become but a blur and the rememberance of a windy feeling because of me running like a mad thing with outstreched grabby hands to this place where these kittens are*

  82. My (full-grown) kitten is also hypnotized by ear scritches. She tilts her head into them and closes her eyes, sometimes starts to drool, and falls asleep. ❤

  83. Daphne Moss says:

    Clearly any guy who can make a tiny abandoned marmy so happy is a sweetie. And thanks for posting where people can go to adopt these little darlings.
    I know they’ll get good homes.
    Bless you, John, for saving them!

  84. @queen of dork

    >>outstreched grabby hands to this place where these kittens are*

    MWAHHHH! everyone is being so funny today!

  85. 😈 OK 😈 Everyone here make a dash for North Seatle and Purrfect Pals to give those four kitties loving homes 😈 and maybe John B. 😈

  86. I’m definitely Hyp-mo-tized by that widdle face. I think if we play this enough times that we’ll invoke theo to pop up from his bunker.

  87. blair knight says:

    aww! so adorable! 🙂

  88. My Spider does a similar thing. When I rub his ears (I call it “giving my kitty umax” – Star Trek fans will get this one, hehe), his head s-l-o-w-l-y goes down down down until his chin hits the ground and he´s totally cat-atonic, LOL. 😉

  89. Too cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. KILLED!! I am teh ded of teh qte! That was one of the most adorable things I’ve seen, and I actually go LOOKING for adorable! I wanna orange kitteh!!!! Gimmegimmegimme…

  91. LeAnn (not LeAnna or Lee Ann) says:

    Okay, O NO, maybe not way early F Mac, but at least during the Bob Welch years. “Hypnotized” is one of my favorite songs of all time.
    I haven’t listened to “Buckingham/Nicks” yet, but it’s on my To Listen To list.

  92. Oh, okay! I am single.

    Though I have been told that my 9 cats (big house) is like having a girlfriend.

  93. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    LeAnn (not LeAnna or Lee Ann): 🙂

  94. TOO MOICHE ANERRRABBUUULLL (slides out of chair)

  95. I want!! Can you ship her to London?!

  96. oh my. *ded*

  97. Kittens ‘n’ Krotches?

    I kid, I kid. The creamsicle baby is precious, and kudos to John B. for being a foster daddy!

  98. @wearanimals.com – I had foot reflexology a couple of months ago and the reflexologist applied equal pressure to the geographical center of both feet for about 30 seconds. My entire body went limp like this kitteh — the reflexologist confirmed that was the point!

  99. @n. fritz

    >>foot reflexology

    best. ever. very relaxing. drooly.

  100. Right around .33, the kitty is like “HEY. Why did you STOP? I’m gonna LEAVE now…MmmmmmaybeNot.”

  101. what is CO?

  102. nvm 🙂 totally adorable vid btw. me want marmie ^^