What Can I Say? Chicks Dig Me!

When a Chinese farmer’s cat came across thirty chicks that escaped from their enclosure, the farmer feared the worst — but instead, the cat became their mother hen, licking and playing with the Chicken McNuggets.

Found by Barbarella, aka The Mad Cat Lady (via this Dutch site, where you can see more pics)



  1. Bluemenro says:

    Cute or sad?

  2. Fird Birfle says:


  3. Fird Birfle says:

    Kooky = fun!!!!

    “Chicken McNuggest” & “tastes like chikken” = HAW!!!!

  4. skippymom says:

    How would you see this as sad?

  5. Fird Birfle says:



    — *sigh*

  6. wow… I wonder if the kitten knows what those things are. 🙂

  7. What a pretty kitty! I am glad that this story has a happy ending. I love the “cat as perch” in photo one.

  8. Susan L says:

    Well fed predator animals — like most of us — don’t feel the need to kill all food type animals they meet but can enjoy the cute just as we do.

  9. tracylee says:

    Carmen Miranda kitty’s been singing boom chicky boom all day long!

  10. Good question, skippymom. It COULD well have been sad, but luckily no harm came to the chicks, so it’s definitely only cute.

  11. skippymom says:

    Actually, I think McNuggest tastes much better.

  12. 4leafclover says:

    I’m such a chick magnet…

  13. Very cute, you just want to go AWWWWW!
    And as a bonus, I now know Dutch words for previous and next!
    I just love C.O.!!!!

  14. skippymom says:


  15. scoobie says:

    Notice how the number of chicks left goes down from photo 1 to 3. And there’s just a peek of a feather in the cat’s mouth in the final shot…

  16. “Well I told ya mom. I became an ornithologist, and look how many chicks I met.”
    “Okay my kitten.”

  17. Oh man, this is fantastic! Sooo many fun cuddly cat posts lately!

  18. Kitten in picture 2 is all: “No, I swear I wasn’t going to eat him! I’m just grooming him!!” *lick, lick, lick*

  19. STINKIN’ cute, I say.

  20. Indeed. I enjoy a little extra nugg. Makes all the difference.

  21. Fleurdamour says:

    Such a good kitty.

  22. I’m having a cuteverdose!

  23. Noelegy says:

    I want to know what the Chinese words on the quilt/tablecloth thingie mean.

  24. Tutu Tango says:

    Allow me to quote the great Joel McHale, “Chicks, man”.

  25. Calamity Jane says:

    That cat is a cheep date.

  26. It’s literally translated as “Wind, Flower, Snow, Moon”, the actual meaning isn’t so literal but I have no idea how to put the idea across in English. Maybe someone who’s better in Chinese like Wuyizidi can give you a better explanation.

  27. wuyizidi says:

    The words are Feng Hua Xue Yue (风花雪月) – wind, flower, snow, moon, elements usually found together in classical poetry to depict scenes such as this:

    In modern usage, it has another meaning, similar to the phrase Hua Qian Yue Xia (花前月下) – in front of flowers, underneath the moon, used to describe romances. As in “we were just reminiscing about our youth, our Feng Hua Xue Yue days.”

    By the way, the cat’s name is Niu Niu (pronounced “new new”), an affectionate term for “little girl” commonly used in the countryside.

  28. This reminds me of a YouTube video of a hen who thinks a kitten is her baby and nearly went out of her feathered mind when that kitten went missing. The kitten was found and returned and mommy hen was happy again.

  29. wuyizidi says:

    It’s hard to explain because after a while, the once interesting combination of “Wind, Flower, Snow, Moon” has become so formulaic and cliched in literature, it has come to stand for something that is “lofty in language, high in style, but light in substance”. So it’s not a phrase we use according to its original meaning (beauty of nature) very often. Except here, In China it’s still pretty common to see home decorations printed/sewn with passages from classical literature.

  30. Thanks for explaining! 🙂

  31. Stephany says:

    anyone else notice how there’s less and less birds in the pictures…? lol!

  32. Let’s hope our farmer keeps the cat well-fed … it has hostages now. >.>

  33. So a bit like purple prose?

  34. Or a good cheeperone. 🙂

  35. In the third picture, kitty has her butt up in the air like she’s trying to teach the chicky to lurkenschproing.

    “OK, step one, put on your thousand yard stare. Step two, get your back legs ready. Butt up, wiggle back and forth a few times. Ah-ah, no blinking!….”

  36. I’ve known a sweet little kitty and she was as mellow as this one until one day she walked away and couldn’t find the way back again. She was lost for three days. After that the change was appararent. All of the sudden she could kill mice and eat them. Another cat who lived next door was a clever hunter but he only played with the mice he found. The two of them killed an amazing lot of mice.

    Apparently the killing instinct of cat is only unveiled after they’ve been really hungry.

  37. The hovertext just about killed me!

  38. My well-fed predatory feline would jump at any chance he got to nibble on a tasty critter.

  39. Kitty is patiently waiting for the chicks to grow up in order to maximize her lunch investment.

  40. Woot! Since Janelle´s Boxhab video (on youtube here: http://youtu.be/xXU9PaaluEQ) I finally got another submeeshon of mine published on CO!!! 😀

    Thanks to “matahari” who found the link in the first place. 🙂

  41. ‘Chicken McNuggets’ ….*Dies in the middle of a Sqeee*

  42. Emmberrann says:

    Ya know, I think Mama cat is spit-bathin’ them there chicks and lettin’ em wander off as she finishes them. That way, she’s not washin’ em twicet. Also, it’s good to let ’em out of apron-string range, to let ’em sorta establish their in-dee-pen-dence.

  43. SlavetoCat says:

    Momma cat is going to be so upset when the Farmer comes looking for his chicken dumplings in 6 months.

  44. starling says:

    Mine too, the evil little *** regularly catches birds. It’s OK when you catch him on time, since he carries them like kittens, but when he’s been “playing” with them for a while … oy.

  45. TrixandSam says:

    Am I the only one who thought Gulliver’s Travels with that first picture?

  46. In the second pic, it definitely looks to me like the cat is gnawing on that chickie.

  47. Catwhisperer says:

    LOL – “Lurkenschproing” 😀 I loff eeeet!!!

  48. Fird Birfle says:

    @ skippymom: 🙂

  49. Fird Birfle says:

    “oops” !!!

  50. Fird Birfle says:


    This in a nutshell shows why it’s so hard to ‘splain to people that Chinese/ Japanese languages are complex to learn.

    *is floored by this insightful analysis*
    *bows deeply toward wuyizki*

  51. Fird Birfle says:

    *waiting for Theresa, daughter of the Spit-Bath King, to find this*

  52. Empressgoth says:

    uh Chicken Mc Nuggets? ..don’t encourage eating them..think cuteness think cuteness

  53. Dear Cute Overload,
    As a confirmed dog lover who has always been suspicous of cats, you are keeling me with all of these sweet, huggy kittehs! I think I might dig cats after all.

  54. Chris B. says:

    Both my Cockatiels and rats trained my kitty to leave them alone. She will play with feathers but if you put them on a toy, she stays far away from it. They trained her well.

  55. Fird Birfle says:

    Noelegy should see this (recalling the awesome vid he?she? posted the other day about the crow and the kitten…)

  56. My cat was really well fed yet loooooooved to kill. And hid her loot behind the fridge until we figured out where the random mini maggots were coming from. That was fun.

  57. Alas, I cannot take credit. Lurkenschproing has been around CO for a while. Can’t remember whether it was a commenter or a front pager who came up with it though.

  58. I think if it were a chick-mauling they really wouldn’t put it on this site….

  59. Um…there were 9 chicks in the first pic. I’m just sayin….

  60. Thomason says:

    Shame there’s no video for this, its the kind of one pictures don’t do justice!

  61. chanpon says:

    Live peeps! Even tastier.

  62. Calliope says:

    What adorable pics! My sister just brought home a few heirloom chicks to keep as pets–but her two full-grown cats sniffed the nesting box, decided they were scared of the chicks, and ran away in a hurry!