And now for no apparent reason… Kittens… in… Bowls!

For no apparent reason!

God Bless the Japanese.

Lindsey B. couldn’t believe we hadn’t posted this yet. ME TOO.



  1. Weirdos

  2. I have no idea what that was all about, but I watched it all the way through anyway. Cute kittens!

    Any of you Japanese speakers out there care to fill the rest of us on WTF is going on?

  3. MoonCatty says:

    Fluffeh kittens of all types rolling around in rice bowls, live audience cheering and applauding, “Obladi Oblada” being sung in Japanese in an electronic childlike voice.

    I feel like I’ve just done LSD and Fancy Feast sushi…

  4. creepy to say the least…

  5. michaela says:


  6. RomNomThePanda says:

    Wow. i was about too point out that they were singing obladioblada in the background, but then I looked up and saw it in the description. im so observant.

  7. Speaking of cats and the Japanese (the folks who brought us Hello Kitty and Maru)… if you guys haven’t seen this adorable video of a French bulldog grooming (or tenderizing, depending on your POV) his cat, watch it now.

    And for you kitten-loving geeks (i.e., designers and coders), check out

  8. Really. What’s wrong with you. That was the cutest thing EVER! It even had little sounds to match their paw motions. There is every reason to make this!

  9. Mary (the tall) says:

    So basically, if we lived in Japan…and did what we do all the time…which is squee and go “aww, cute!” at cute things…we could be on television. Right?

  10. The really nice thing about this is that once they’re in the clay baking vessals it’s easy to transfer to the oven.


  11. It almost looks like they were trying to see which cats would get into the bowls. No different than Winston sitting in his bowl waiting for bananas…

  12. I think there are sedatives in dem bowls. They all start getting sleepy as soon as they get in one.

  13. Shelley says:

    I think we are going to need some Bowl Hab® sponsors soon…

  14. Those are some of the cutest catseroles I’ve ever seen.

  15. sunnylessmum says:

    Yes Mary, I believe CO would be a TV show as well as a web site! YAY! Insert Theo’s YAY pic here 🙂

  16. chanpon says:

    They’re pretty much just “experimenting” with neko-nabe. Nabe is a earthen stew/soup pot, and some years ago, someone noted that cats like to crawl into and snuggle in them. So they just brought a ton of these nabe pots and voila! Kittens go crawling in as soon as the lids are opened! They’re saying things like “oh, it’s going in… “that’s mine” (when a cat smacked one of the kitties)….and “cuuuuuuuteee”… Pretty random really.

    And with that being said, kawaaaaaiiiiii!!

  17. baby birdie says:


  18. That’s just a variety show with some celebrity appearances. That tv show format is pretty popular in Japan…at least when I was there. Usually they have a small box in the corner reserved to show the reactions of the people guest starring on the show – everyone has to see their oos and aahs!

  19. Bowled over, those kittens were….

  20. I wish I found bowls so satisfying, life would be so much simpler and cheaper too.

  21. baby birdie says:

    Wait, that IS creepy!!!

  22. I’ll take a bowl of kitten. Extra ginger and extra long whiskers, please.

  23. The strangest part has to be the music. Japanese Beatles’ covers are just, well…. odd.

  24. Anyone else think of the teacups ride?

  25. Gigi (the original one) says:

    LOL! Yes I did, all that was missing is if the bowls were on a lazy susan!

  26. The Japanese scientists seen in this video are researchers in the field of Cluster Associative Theory, but have been unable to duplicate the results of their American counterparts when they performed similar tests on a larger scale.

  27. That’s the best TV show ever!

  28. victoreia says:

    😆 Oh, well put!

  29. About 10 seconds into the video, I hit “mute” and still went “awww!” and laughed. A video of cute kittens doing what cute kittens do really doesn’t need a soundtrack.

  30. victoreia says:

    Well, that’s because they included too many variables!

  31. this made my day.

  32. earlybird1 says:

    YES! Well played!!

  33. If this is one of those Japanese gameshows shortly to be rehashed overseas, I call dibs on the sleepy tabby Scottish fold in porcelain, 0:50.

  34. muttluver says:

    Weirdos /can/ be an affectionate term…………

    Not saying that was the case, just pointing that out.

  35. muttluver says:

    ……..disregard this comment.

  36. astropunkin says:

    Haha. Gawker wrote an ‘article’ about this the other day. I was waiting for it to show up on here 😉

  37. muttluver says:

    I got “yay”, “they’re having fun” (?), and “kawaii”. That’s about it.

  38. Ahem. The calico scottish fold needs to come live at my house, pronto.

    I wonder if speaking Japanese would make this make any more sense. From reading other people’s descriptions of what they’re saying, I have to say…probably not.

  39. muttluver says:

    Actually, I much prefer this to the Beatles version……… *gets out fan shield*

  40. muttluver says:

    Hahaha probably. I’ve watched enough anime (heh) to pick up the general gist of what they probably might be saying, and basically, they’re just cooing over kitties. Not much explanation. (I think. O No?)

  41. I lost it when the lady cried out “KAW-aaiiiiiI!!!!” in exactly the same inflection we’d say “CUUUU-uute!” (Yes I know it means cute!)

  42. Lorel J says:

    I will take the orange kitty with eye boogars (1:03) who looks like he’s a wee bit nauseated.

  43. Kathryn says:


  44. Perhaps they turned up the heat so the kittens would go straight for the cool ceramic bowls. Quick, who’s got kittens? Let’s experiment.

  45. Considering this could be food in some cultures, then yeah it is a weird thing.

  46. muttluver says:

    They’re pets in this culture. Please go away. I’m sorry, but this is a site for cute and I’mreallysadrightnow and I WANT MY CUTE WITHOUT MY MENTION OF PEOPLE EATING WEIRD THINGS

    …….they’re cute kittens in bowls. We don’t think they’re food. Please don’t remind us here.

  47. Parker Bowles says:

    I find it interesting that there seems to be no correlation between the size of the dish and the size of the kitkat. Some have a predilection for snugness; some like to straich out; a tail can be chased regardless of space.

  48. I’m going to respectfully disagree that there is “no apparent reason” for the kitty’s
    in the bowls. the reason is soooo obvious ………………..They took the lids off !
    That’s all the reason these kitty’s need !

  49. Quiet_Desperation says:

    I want the gray poofy one! WANT TEH POOFY KITTY!!!!

  50. From your blog, Winston: “If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please back off. ”

    That sounds like really good advice. I think everyone on the internet should adhere to it…

  51. The singer in the background is the ukulele boy! You can find his videos in Youtube, he’s the cutest ever!

  52. arachnophile says:

    OK I am ignoring all other comments. I just have to say that the ENGRISH version of that song is so – AMAZINGLY cute.

    Honestly, if you are caught up on what you think is the “cultural issue,” I urge you to follow Maru or Fugu!

    It’s sad. MANY cultures, including any that had companion animals – also ATE them. I hate it too but It’s TRUE – get the heck over it!

  53. arachnophile says:

    LOL, exactly. Winny and other beloved net-Kitties are oft in such weird but – really normal situations. These kitties are well loved and… UGH… SO. NOT. FOOD… One would thing this was obvious but… alas, no.

  54. I felt the same way. The whole time I was like, “What IS this?”
    But at the same time, it was too cute for me to care that much.
    So… what IS this?

  55. Now *that’s* funny (first video) – snorfle, growl, lick, repeat!

  56. Inexplicable, but cute nonetheless!

  57. Martha in Washington says:

    “No apparent reason” is my favorite reason for doing anything!

  58. Let me try my Japanese skillz out. It’s pretty much what you’d expect.
    At first the girl says “It’s kitty bowls!”. Then the announcer says “We have a bunch of pots and a bunch of bowls, will the kitties go into the pots?”
    When the first cat steps into the bowl, the guys say “Look, it’s going in!” and the girls say “Cute!”
    The announcer says “The kitties really like the small bowls. When they find a big bowl, they roll around. (zoom in on the orange kitty) He’s really made himself at home. All the kitties are having fun.”
    Then the hosts go gaga for the little white and orange kitty rolling around, saying “Cute” and “Great!”
    At the end the announcer says “Nearly all the kitties are fitting snugly in the bowls. Kitty Bowl was a huge success!”

  59. Not to mention the random cartoonish “boing” and “sproing” sound effects played as the kittens roll over or chase each other’s tails or whatever. WTF! Where can I get some of what they’re smoking?

  60. Oooh, I’d wondered if they’d rubbed catnip in there – they were sniffing at the holes in the lids, and then the kitties in the bowls were sleepy, playful or aggressive – my cat gets sleepy, playful and aggressive on nip!

  61. I spent that entire video murmuring unintelligibly and sneaking guilty glances at my own kitty. I am bookmarking this video and watching it whenever I am sad. It sounded silly but OH MY GOSH SO CUTE!

  62. I iz ded.

  63. Sadly, it´s *bowl-hab* for most of these kitties. This show is simply a mock-up of a diagnostic tool to find out which kitty is ill and needs treatment.

    To find out the same thing about who needs to go to box-hab, they should try and replace the bowls with boxes….

  64. maybe, but not in Japan.

  65. but hey, they´re so cute, I could just eat them all up! 😀

  66. OMG. That is the best idea I have heard this millennium! 😀 Meg Meg Meg, can we have a CO TV show, please? Pretty Pleasseeee!

  67. LOL! 😉

  68. Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie says:

    HAHA! “Who can stay longest in their bowl without punching anyone? starting now!”
    Supercute, both the people and the kittehs 😀

  69. Just google ‘neko nabe’ (and ‘nekonabe’, just to cover all bases) – cats in casseroles is big news, apparently!

  70. bookmonstercats says:

    They looked so happy and contented, I sneakily wondered whether the bowls had been…. just the… teensiest… bit… warmed up.

    Hush yo’ mouf!

  71. They aren’t food in Japan either, they eat what we eat in America. Cute is part of their culture, it’s called Kawaii Culture, things like kitties in cups are just ridiculously cute and they love it

  72. What’s going on is actually exactly what you think. They decide to test a theory that the cats will go into the nabe pots when they take the tops off them and sure enough at the end “most” of the kittens are in one or in a top lid so they declare the Mission: Kitty in Nabe pot a huge success. Throughout the video they’re really just giving the cats a voice, like when one bops another one the guy says “Back off, this is MY nabe pot, yo!”.They make comments about how some of the cats are realizing their nabe pot is only big enough to stand in, not curl up in. Pretty standard cuteness commentary. The girl just keeps saying “cute” all the time, and boy is she right!

  73. TedMaulDisturbs says:

    There’s a simple principle being demonstrated here, if you put a bowl on the floor a kitten/cat will sit in it. Lots of kittens, lots of bowls, same result.

  74. All I know is that “neko” means cat and whenever the girl screams “KAWAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIII~~~~~~~~~~~~” that basically means “SO CUTE!!”

  75. Polly, please stop killing me. That was deadly!

  76. I just tried this on my cats. They all just sniffed the bowl and looked at me like “where´s the food then?”. Maybe it only works with young kittens who haven´t quite learned that bowls are for eating from? 🙂

  77. ingemary says:

    This comment made me roll over , bravo !

  78. One bowl of sweet, sweet marmalade for me, please!

    Somewhere I’ve got a picture of my dear departed Steve sitting in a big cooking pot, with just her little ears peeking out the top. She loved containers of any kind.

    Scottish Folds must be pretty popular in Japan – there seemed to be a lot of Maru’s little cousins in that vid!

  79. baby birdie says:

    The music is creepy, not just weird. It’s like something you might hear in horror movie.

    Speaking of horror movie-worthy singing/talking, my mom and I once found these teddies in a store that recited a prayer when you pressed a button. That wasn’t creepy. The creepy part happened if you played about three of them at the same time. THAT was creepy.

  80. One of the funniest things I ever heard was sitting in a Vietnamese pho shop with some coworkers, and all of a sudden realizes that they’re playing a Vietnamese cover of “Girls on Film.”

    We were all sitting there going “What, wait? Huh?”

  81. My thoughts exactly, MudBig: “Reason? What reason? It’s a bowl, I’m a kitten–it’s inevitable.”

  82. OOOOHH! I see ‘happy blinks’! You know, when a cat does the slow, two-eyed blink? I just love to see that.

  83. Susan L says:

    I had a kitten who believed that bowls served both purposes simultaneously, as she would sit in the bowl while eating from it.

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

    I *might* be able to do that…. Here goes:

  85. Maribeth says:

    And they were all independent variables, bringing the experiment close to chaos…!

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

    Muy excellente!!

  87. baileysgrandmom says:

    Wonder how they trained all those kittens to each get in a bowl? (Yeah, I know better–just thought I would offer an alternative solution.)
    Does anybody remember the “herding cats” Superbowl commercial of a few years back? That was high-larious. I would love to see it again, if anyone knows how to post it.

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

    (embarassed) (Me no understand vewwy much conversational Japonais…I were only about a 2nd grade munchkin at the time…)

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


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

    “We don’ neeeeeeeed no STANKIN’ reasons!!!”

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

    Were the bowls that you tried this with, ceramic or pottery (which would be a much-different temperature than plastic ones)???

  92. I always thought it sounded like they were singing “Cows on film” (in the original, that is.) I liked that idea better, I think. COWS ON FILM… Cows on film.

  93. This is the sounds I made.



    That totally made my morning more awesome!

  94. That helps a lot–thanks!

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

    YAY for Lauren’s translating !!

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

    Also worth consideration: Animal Planet broadcasts “Puppy Bowl”.
    Now [somebody in] Japan is offering its parallel: “Kitten Bowl”.

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

    *pitiful whimper* Really? Moderashun for THAT????

    *is puzzled*

  98. Oh no! What a mess! 😉

  99. Hmmm, good point. Ceramic. But I don´t have plastic bowls. *goes out and buys some* 😉

  100. Independent cute-ables! 😀

  101. I want the ginger one near the beginning. OMG. SO WANTS!

  102. also, maybe bowls are as potent as boxes.

  103. bookmonstercats says:

    Everything is food in one culture or another, including human beings. So to extrapolate from your comment, @Winston, if it’s weird to show media images of potential food, we shouldn’t have TV shows, newspapers, magazines etc showing images of people.

  104. it was a HUGE success.

  105. baby birdie says:

    I’ve heard that catnip doesn’t work on kittens.

  106. Perhaps there is no other culture than the Japanese that so gets the concept of cuteness for its own sake.

    Which I guess makes us COers honorary Japanese.

  107. wuyizidi says:

    I don’t even know why this is necessary, but just want to point out again that the cultures where cats are eaten, they generally have one thing in common – they are poor. Being poor in third world country is not like being poor in United States. Poor people there don’t have TV’s, refrigerators, or cell phones. And they are thin. Because they don’t have enough to eat.

    Judging by consumption patterns in more well-off countries, it would seem people prefer beef, pork, chicken, fish – anything really, over cat. I’ve lived in some very poor places, and never once have I heard people say they like the taste of cat (or dog).

  108. Never!

  109. I agre that weirdos can be an affectionate term..I live with a buncha crazy weirdos!! =}

  110. I assume that everyone here already knows about

    Bowls, boxes, sinks—it doesn’t matter. It’s the enclosed space that they are addicted to, not any particular enclosed space.

  111. Oh, but it does matter! Cause not all kitties are addicted to all of them (well, maybe *some* are).

    Some cats have a definite preference for one or the other – mine are not into boxes or bowls, but one of them is into sinks. Another of my kitties is into shopping bags (literally, hehe), but the other two are not interested at all…. can´t but them all into the same box/bowl/sink here. 😉

  112. Fleurdamour says:

    Live, from the Kitty Bowl!

  113. kodalai says:

    Ahh, I love the sound effects!

  114. muttluver says:

    Haha oops!! Sowwy.

  115. muttluver says:


    One of my favorite memories is of my dad and I (my sister was there, but I don’t think she participated as much) driving down the alley, singing “WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN BAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNKKKKKKK!!!!!” At the top of our lungs out the windows. (Another bank had just opened up.)

  116. muttluver says:

    Well, sorry to annoy you, but I was having a bad day.

  117. bookmonstercats says:

    Love cats-in-sinks.

  118. muttluver says:


  119. Hi, b., posting is beyond me, but I can give you a link:
    It’s one of my favourites, too: ‘look at him, he’s just ripped to shreds’ . . . ‘but I wouldn’t do nothin’ else’.

  120. Lol, or vice versa, posting without linkage

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

    hee hee.

  122. mamabear says:

    *Applauds this post*

  123. yep, I am glad you backed off my blog.

  124. ratchic says:

    I was beginning to think it was the people who needed help, as they are addicted to cute animals doing cute things. Heck, they are even providing their own paraphernilia (sp) so they can get their ‘cute animals doing cute things’ fix!

    I bet wicker baskets, plastic bowls, clay pots and laundry piles would elicit a ‘cute animal’ behavior for human addicts. lol!!

  125. Oh hell, if you put it that way…. we all need to go to CUTE-HAB here!!!!

  126. ratchic says:

    OMG I just realized I could probably get my fix from doing the bowl thingy with my rats!! ooh, ooh!!!

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

    Kristi — glad to see ya and good point.

    Winston — not suhmuch.

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

    IMHO, “random cartoonish “boing” and “sproing” sound effects” have the potential to improve nearly anything (with the exception of actual devastating BAD events).

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

    so twue.

  130. Your dad and mine sound like kindred spirits.

  131. I bet if I understood Japanese I still would not understand that….but it is pretty damn cute! But what’s up with the kid singing “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” ?

  132. Actually, considering Japan’s fascination with all things cute, I wonder how many people on this site are Japanese….
    Show of hands?

  133. Charlotte says:

    Nuuuuuu, I want her/him! The colouring is just ~gorgeous, half tabby, half ginger kitteh! 😀

    I loff that kitten, but they’re all so adorable! ❤

  134. WendyPinNJ says:

    Thanks so much for the translation! The Japanese sure to televise the oddest stuff. Imagine trying to do something like that here?

    Anyhoo, the kittehs are all so freakin’ cute. I love all kittens, but I have a real thing for the floofier ones!

  135. WendyPinNJ says:

    Cute as heck. But kittens always are. I’m so grateful for the translations and explanation as to what the heck was going on there. Still, the Japanese televise the weirdest stuff! Imagine trying to do a show like that here?

  136. Haha! I love the Japanese.

  137. Emmberrann says:

    Agree about kits-in-bowls: Here is bowl, there is cat. Poof! Cat in bowl, like magic!
    And I think the rollingks-around is to test size of bowl, to see if bowl is too big for maximum squishage in minimum space. My very former cat, Cool Paw Luke, had to use a shoebox, but had to have only a shoebox that would allow him to fill up every square milimeter for squishage and still have only a little bit of spillover of floof, tail, etc. If he could fit inside quite comfortably, the box would be rejected. I do love kittehs.

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

    Theresa, how *IS* the Spit Bath King??

    How’d the recent medical sicchyashon go?

  139. this sure beats ‘the price is right’!

  140. Have you ever watched “Puppy Bowl” on Superbowl day?

  141. agreed.

  142. No, no, make the Cute continue! Said the Human, “Evermore” (cute, that is).

  143. 😆 I would of asked if a person is allowed to pick up those kittens and cuddle them 😆

  144. meh… do I know you? Do I care that I don’t know ya? I dont think so. Sod off plz

  145. gollumizer says:

    there is an apparent reason to put kittehs into bowlz: to bring sunshine and joy to my bleak existence. ahhhhhhhnerable

  146. gollumizer says:

    there is an apparent reason to put kittehs into bowlz: to bring sunshine and joy to my bleak existence. ahhhhhhhnerable

  147. Suzan B says:

    I found myself oddly worried that as soon as the cameras stopped rolling, someone would pop te top on those casserole dishes and microwave the babies . . .

  148. Juniper Jupiter says:

    Naw, I think they heated the bowls!

    Mmmm….toasteh kittehs! 😀

  149. Rapwnzel says:

    I watched the related video, Buster in the bowl, and I couldn’t help but picture the Obladi Oblada music and laugh quietly to myself.

  150. I had a cat who loved instrument cases. She could squeeze herself into a piccolo case, and stretch herself out to fill a guitar case.

  151. Trolls will be trolls. No matter what website it is. Do you want us to troll your website?

  152. say goodbye, winston.

  153. Masharu says:

    Here! I am Japanese and I often visit this site to recharge my cute-battery. 🙂

    This “Kitty Bowls (Neko-Nabe)” thing started in 2007 since a Japanese farmer posted her video on the internet. The video captured her multiple cats comfortably sleeping in bowls.
    The video got really popular – even they released DVD, books, and calenders about the cats in bowls.
    Here is one of the books.

    Yeah I have to tell you sometimes I wonder what heck our TV shows are broadcasting… but oh well… 😛

    Also let me be clear that Japanese don’t eat cats or dogs!

  154. Masharu says:

    Here! I am Japanese and I often visit this site to recharge my cute-battery. 🙂

    This “Kitty Bowls (Neko-Nabe)” thing started in 2007 since a Japanese farmer posted her video on the internet.
    The video captured her multiple cats comfortably sleeping in bowls.

    The video got really popular – even they released DVD, books, and calenders about the cats in bowls.
    Here is one of the books.

    I think the TV show used the kiddish “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” to crate cute atmosphere. Probably it works for Japaneses, but not Americans???
    It might be something about the language barrier???
    Anyway I have to say we have so many weird TV shows… :p

    Also let me be clear that Japanese don’t eat cats or dogs!

  155. trinlayk says:

    my Japanese is pretty lame…

    I did catch Neko (cat) Nyanko (kitten) and Kawaiiieeee ( I am ded of cuteness)
    I think that’s the only part that was important. 😀

    I suspect that the idea of this exercise was the way that cats just love to get into whatever container like thing is around. (see also “How to determine the volume of your cat” and Maru)

  156. My 1st cat, as a kitten, liked to sleep in a basket that was just big enough for him to curl up in. Fast forward a few years, to when he’s an 18 pound mega-tabby…and still loves that basket. Only now it only holds his tummy. The rest of him, all 4 legs and head, surround the basket on the floor.

  157. swimmer love says:

    CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  158. Cats and containers are like peanut butter and jelly – you can’t go wrong. Leave it to the Japanese to make it into a TV spot! Kawaii!