Maru Gets a New TARDIS

To our favorite boxaholic, every container has more space on the inside than it appears to on the outside—it’s just a question of finding the proper entry vector.



  1. If he sits there too long, he’s gonna come out with corners. :mrgreen:

  2. Lewis n' Clark says:


  3. Hahahahahahhahahahahaghha!

  4. THAT is 10 lbs. of flour in a 5 lb. sack. I love Maru – he is an absolute salted nut bar.

  5. Lewis n' Clark says:

    (never mind)

  6. I LOVE the tail swish of irritation. You can just hear his brain clicking away, trying to figure out box logistics.

  7. Really??

  8. Obviously not that kind of doctor 😀

  9. SheepishKitty says:

    looks like somebody needs another session at the boxhab. LOL!!
    how does he fit in that?!

  10. SheepishKitty says:

    must be thinking inside the box.

  11. 260Oakley says:

    Animals that like to hang out in pouches: Marsupials
    Animals that like to hang out in boxes: Maru-pials

  12. Esmemeow says:

    I love Maru, but the cleanliness of his house makes me feel inadequate. No visible cat hairs on the white couch, even. If my cats so much as look at my couch, I have to get out the lint roller.

  13. victoreia says:

    LOVE the hop-in back-flips! (wanders off, wondering how many points to award for that…..)

  14. Wonderful Maru. What he lack in spatial perception he more than makes up for in persistence.

  15. Maru: Must. squeeze. self. in box… ehn… enh… umph… GET IN THERE!!

  16. leaves of cat grass says:

    whatever gets you through the night…

    whether you’re a kitteh addicted to boxes, or a human addicted to videos of kittehs addicted to boxes, it’s all good…

    and I can’t believe that that’s all of Maru in that last shot, with just his little head sticking out!! there must be a false bottom to that box!!!

  17. Chloe's Mom says:

    A warning to others…please refrain from drinking any beverages just prior to watching or during the duration of the video. 0:16 made me laugh so hard I now have a puddle of iced tea on my lap :/

  18. Michelle says:


  19. WendyLady says:

    I love the harumph of contentment at approx. :57 or :58. It’s like Maru is saying “Finally” and then comes the happy cat.

  20. This post is a win-win for Doctor Who and Maru fans!

    Thanks Not That Mike the Other Mike!

    (Of course what the video fails to show is Daleks suddenly appearing in Maru’s living room and the Tardis narrowly escaping just before the Daleks attempt to exterminate Maru.)

  21. His humans are thinking before shooting. I see a lot of photos in my work and lots of people don’t think about picking up the beer bottles, empty food plates, underwear, hairballs, or to take the photo without Aunt Harriet puffing on a Kool in the background. Which is why all of my kitty photos are outside! 😉

  22. A new word for the CO Glossary! Perfect

  23. Bwahahahaha!

  24. Love how he even carefully tucks his arms in there, for that complete enclosure feeling.

  25. marthava says:

    Not only the preternaturally clean home, but the fact that woman has NEVER laughed nor has the camera ever looked shaken from repressed laughter. I’ll never know how she does it. *walks off shaking head*

  26. Darling Creature says:

    I love at 1:08 or so where Maru sinks into the box, eyes blinky, after all that effort.

  27. That is your best yet.

  28. I know cats like boxes. But… Maru doesn’t just LIKE boxes. I have NEVER seen a cat so readily run and jump into one. My cat’s sorta like “oh, cool, a box…wonder if I can fit inside”…but Maru is like “OMG A BOX I MUST GET INTO !!!!!” then he gallops into said box, regardless of how much of himself he can actually fit inside it. His enthusiasm is seriously unparalleled.

  29. That is one content, sleepy, adorable hunk of blorpitude, that Maru! 🙂

  30. Emmberrann says:

    @MM: Ah, but we don’t see what happens to the tailio. Ees eet tucked in, or ees eet cazhully draped out?

  31. That is a Japanese home, and that is a tatami floor — yes, the room will look like that, my bedroom was always that neat in my apartment in Japan.. Easy, when there is very little furniture! I did not have a kitteh, though. I wonder if Maru likes to shred the sliding shoji door covered in rice paper — the kitteh next door used to crawl over the partition between balconies and come to my balcony, then he inserted his claws in the shoji door to slide it open, helped himself to any food on the kitchen counter, then left the same way ! I had to repair the door quite often.

  32. Emmberrann says:

    Maru is, I think, a prime candidate for boxhab. He may be an extreme example. I once had a large cat (and he really was just large, his non-polydactilic paws were as big around as 50-cent pieces) who liked only shoe boxes, which were usually just a teensy bit too small for him. What wound up happening is that he would squoosh himself in carefully and leave his tail draped over the side because it would Not tuck in.

  33. It’s as though he’s saying, “Stop being so small, box! Are you calling me fat?”

  34. That or Maru is actually all floomf and bones, contrary to previous analyses.

  35. Desdemona says:

    Maru is an example of cat intelligence. His problem solving skills never cease to amaze me. Check out how his early trials at jumping in the box (head first and at full speed) fail, but then he tries carefully stepping into it. Voila!

    I have seen other videos of him actually pulling a tall box closer to a chair so that he can jump into it.

    He’s a very special kitty, that Maru. In a good way.

  36. mplsredd says:

    He went pot over tea kettle while launching himself into that box!!!
    What form and grace Maru!!! 10 out of 10 my friend…..

  37. Probably my favorite of his – glad he was able to figure it out in the end 🙂

  38. Maru is seriously amazing!!! I wonder if he knows just how
    fab he is??? LOVE YOU MARU!!! ❤

  39. But we just KNOW this house never sports empty food plates, hairballs, or underwear lying around! Simply could not be. I don’t think this house was staged to film Maru.

  40. wuyizidi says:

    Up until the final close-up shot, that box looked so small in comparison to Maru, and what with all that red lettering on the sides, it looked as if Maru was trying to squeeze into a container for Chinese takeout.

  41. He makes addiction both funny and endearing, doesn’t he?

  42. SheepishKitty says:

    Maru must have found Narnia, but the door is a bit small even if the inside is big.

  43. what?

  44. The love I feel for this cat is immense and all out of proportion to reality. I’m okay with that.

  45. Yeah, even if they clean up a bit beforehand, you don’t get that kind of clean in 15 minutes. And that house is totally uncluttered. I am in awe.

  46. Sammy2121 says:

    I love Doctor Who! But hate Matt Smith the new doctor. he is so ugly.

    I love Maru also!!!! squeeeellllsssss!!

  47. Fird Birfle says:

    AND Cuteness. Don’t forget the Cuteness!!!

  48. Fird Birfle says:

    Once he gets the box to cooperate with his objective, his face seems to say:
    “Okay, human, let’s get with the canopener and the Special Liver Platter flavor!!!”

  49. Sammy2121 says:

    When Japan had that horrible earthquake and suddenly got a whole lot of radiation. I mostly worried if Maru was okay. is that bad, thinking about maru first and then worrying about the people living in japan???

  50. Ha. That’s awesome. I hope he’s a talking cat in Narnia.

  51. That’s cool. 😀 My decor is Japanese. I want a tatami room, but I’m afraid to go full Japanophile. I love that a cat sneaked into your home to raid your treats. I would have had to punk him somehow, though.

  52. I am in awe…..

  53. Kathryn says:

    The only reasonable explanation is: that box leads to another dimension.

  54. Not only is Maru’s enthusiasm unparalleled, but so is his behind, which is in an unparalleled universe, while his frontquarters are in ours. Squared.

  55. WendyPinNJ says:

    I’m pretty sure that couch is leather. Leather doesn’t collect cat hair. And yes, the house is immaculate and completely free of clutter–and mostly free of furniture as well!

  56. WendyPinNJ says:

    Those types of photos and videos drive me NUTS!

  57. WendyPinNJ says:

    Kitties don’t have ARMS silly! 😉

  58. WendyPinNJ says:

    I just luvs me some Maru. He really is the handsomest, most endearing kitty I’ve ever seen (just don’t tell my kitties I said that!). And he’s so solid looking. Which makes it all the more amazing when he finally blobs himself in to that little box!

  59. If there was a like button, I would have clicked it a thousand times. Instead I has to comment.

  60. Christy says:

    That’s what I was thinking. Take out Maru! I’ll have one please!

  61. People forget that a lot of cats’ blorpage is caused by fur. I bet Maru isn’t super overweight for a cat. 🙂

    That being said – excellent gymnastics and the satisfied “Oh yeah, THIS is how it works” look FTW.

  62. Melissa says:

    “Does this box make my butt look big?”

  63. wuyizidi says:

    Maru will look like one of those square Japanese watermelons we keep hearing about. There’s just no dignified lurkenspringing out of this box. It’s so tight Maru might as well been in a Nuffer’s Jar.

  64. Martha in Washington says:

    Love the “See I TOLD you I could fit” look at :40!!

    Also, just got into the whole Doctor Who thing (Thanks to Netflix) so I understand the TARDIS reference!! YAY! 🙂

  65. I’m not sure if it’s bad but you probably feel as though you have a bond with Maru and his owner/box enabler. They’re a tie to Japan in your mind and Japanese ambassadors to the world.

  66. This reminds me of the fitting room of Filene’s. Women determined that this is their size as they struggle to find some sort of quantum equalibrium in mere spandex and cotton.

  67. Maru = Absolute Joy!!!! ;D

  68. 😆 Looks like Maru needs boxes big enough for him curl up inside 😆


  70. [eye roll]

  71. edmundh says:

    Somebody should mail Maru’s caretaker human a card-box TARDIS.

  72. I love how angry and tail-thrashy he gets when he can’t fit in right away.

  73. Fird Birfle says:

    *telephones Emily Litella*

    [aka Gilda Radner, orig. SNL, 1970s]

  74. Fird Birfle says:

    WAIT marthava!!!

    Does it help any, to know that you earned *Bonus Vocabulary Points*
    by selecting and appropriately using the term “preternaturally”???? 🙂

  75. fallengirl says:

    I think she must cut out her laughter from the soundtrack. There are moments when all of the sound cuts out but you still see Maru being his silly self.

  76. Fird Birfle says:

    Also (sometimes) similar/ relevant: the events at
    the Kleinfeld Bridal store, TLC program “Say Yes to the Dress” 🙂

  77. It’s a Japanese thing. They don’t do messy; eh, I mean messeh.

  78. I live with a blue point siamese equal opportunity ‘boxer’ cat but she is not quite as focused and determined as Maru though. She likes shoe boxes too, and gets that same smug look of accomplishment – just fitting into the lid! I mean does she think she’s a Maru? Not!

  79. Stunbunny says:

    That’s what I like about the Japanese: generous portions! None of this “contents may settle during shipping” nonsense! You order a box of cat, you get a box filled to the brim with cat!

  80. Alice Shortcake says:

    Does anyone else suspect that Maru’s owner buys tons of stuff she doesn’t need just to keep Maru supplied with boxes?

  81. I love you, Maru. That is all.

  82. omg i ♥ maru. he looks so happy at the end. ahhhhn.

  83. I have to say, I love “Big Bliss.” Because frankly, everyone is not a size 2 but every woman deserves to feel special on their wedding day.

  84. Maru AND a Doctor Who reference? OMG. (!!!!)

  85. I get the same look of accomplishment when I squeeze into skinny jeans. 😉 Same approach too, running leap into them with sufficient force, and then *lots* of wiggling…

  86. Doctor! Will you sonic me? I need to boost the signal in this box!

  87. I love Maru. He never gives up!

  88. isn’t he?!!! very ugly….

    the best Dr. Who is Tom Baker – not attractive but very funny and very enigmatic – ‘Would you like a Jelly Baby?!’

  89. That’s an interesting theory! Especially since her apartment is clearly so minimal.

    (It seems like what was in that box was maybe some type of food, though.)

  90. ratchic says:

    Is back-in parking only! Haha!

  91. Fird Birfle says:

    Most perceptive AND hoomerous!!!!

  92. I share your sentiment. I recognize Maru in places one wouldn’t expect him. I know the dot on his nose. I talk about him with my friends. I want to hug him and kiss him and call him Qte.

  93. Cleanest. apartment. ever.

  94. Fleurdamour says:

    The Doctor’s Companion is now squashed.

  95. Fleurdamour says:

    What was needed here was a Sonic Marudriver.

  96. Fleurdamour says:

    Right? Where does the stuff go that comes in all the boxes he plays with? Hmmm….

  97. SheepishKitty says:

    I’m sure he would be! The question should be what would he say?

  98. *sigh*Keep coming back Maru.

  99. But you know, everyone needs a doctor in their life. (And I suspect Maru might be a very good TARDIS cat…)

  100. Fleurdamour says:

    That’s Doctor Maru to you.

  101. There are Doctor Who fans on Cute Overload?!?!?!? *has a heart attack of sheer and utter joy* : D

  102. Hairnett says:

    I think Maru is on the Autistic spectrum and likes to be in a squeeze box. Look how contented he looks!

  103. Just love the cat 😉

  104. LOVE the Dr. Who reference, especially as Maru proves the chameleon circuit WAS working on this TARDIS, and…I’m almost afraid to ask…did anyone else think that, just for a moment, Maru, in a totally cuter way of course, looked like Jabba the Hutt there for just a moment as the final, um, settlement occurred? Anyone? I’m not trying to be offensive or anything, but Maru distinctly looked like, “Why haven’t you paid me?” there for a second…