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May 14, 2007

From the desk of Martha Stewart

"Here's a Spring Cleaning time saver. [say in Martha Stewart voice] It's May 14., and after you finish changing glue in your glue guns and scrub the north face of your house with Borax, I have a suggestion for you... vacuum the cat. Stop shedding where it starts. Your couches will look fabulous."

Jon B., YOU are fabulous.  (Cat provided by Laekroth.)

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That is one FAT beautiful cat!

Another Amy
 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Oh, if only it worked that way....

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:26 AM

that's unbelievable!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Fantastic!!! I tried doing that to my bunny the other week and he's been hiding under the bed ever since...

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Chubbeh kitteh! Poor Polly is terrified of the vaccuum and I'd never get to do this. This kitteh seems to be enjoying it immensely however.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Mmm - gotta love that vacuum cleaner massage action! Purrrrrr ...

Stooges Woman :-)
 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:27 AM

This would be great to do but...what cat isn't afraid of the vacuum?

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Floofy pillow!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:28 AM

hahahahahhaahaha... that is freakin hi*lar*ious!
my cats all skedaddle as fast as their little legs can carry them as soon as they see/hear the vacuum. I can't even imagine trying to do that with them.
day-yum, I love how cats are so unique!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:29 AM

That is brilliant! My mom used to vacuum her beloved Mr. Tiger ages ago. It's true that most kittehs hate the sound but some of them are easygoing around household appliances.

Krys O.
 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:31 AM

If I barely touch my vac whilst even glancing at my cats, they would band together and go ninja pirate batshit crazy on my ass when I fall asleep! Seriously!

Juniper Jupiter
 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:32 AM

That cat is like a malleable snowball. with legs

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:33 AM

I love being able to vacuum my cat. I used to have one that would chase you around and sit on the power head of the vacuum until you took it off and vacuumed him.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:36 AM

whatever muscle relaxant/mood suppressor they have that cat on...can i have some please? LOL! My cats hide if I just pull the vacuum outta the closet!!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:39 AM

Juniper Jupiter: LOL same thing in my house too. I get penalized if I move when all of us is settled into bed at night. (By all of us I mean the cats on top of me, usually when I'm in my least comfortable position)

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:40 AM

Looks like they really need to clean the fat kitty's pooper. It's the only dark spot on an otherwise white cat. Our kitties aren't that plump and we need to chase after them with a wet rag from time to time to get rid of the dingle berries.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:41 AM

OK, it's totally obvious that this cat WANTS to run but simply cannot because of its great heft. It is a sad, sad video.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:41 AM

I don't see it that way, PNY. If you go to the YouTube page & read the blurb, apparently big kitty's been deaf since birth. The vacuum-cleaner noise *can't* bother her.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:44 AM

Good lord, I wish I could vaccuum my cats.

They both have very long hair, but as soon as I pull the vaccuum out they run and hide under the bed.....

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Yeah, all of my animals head for the hills as soon as I switch it on, so no vaccuuming my pets. But....maybe if they were too fat to run away....????

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:46 AM

I used to have a cat just like this. He probably tolerates the vacum because white cats tend to be deaf. If he could hear the vacum I think it would be a different story. Mine wasn't deaf by some freak chance, but he hated the vacum. Very cute and a great idea if you have a white cat!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:50 AM

bwahahahahhahaha!!!!! i dont know what is better -- that the cat is so adorably FAT or that she's getting vaccumed rotfl XD hehe... my cat is scared of it though... he's too stuck up to permit such a violation of his fur *le meow*

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:51 AM

Fabulously lint-free rotundipuss. Free with your new Dyson.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:52 AM

What if they accidentally suck his eyeball out?

Lady Chroe
 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:53 AM

This would be a waste of time on my two short hair kittys as they shed 24/7/ 365. But the two long hairs it might be helpful on. And then there is that attack you in the middle of the night for revenge thingy. HMMMMM... maybe I won't be trying this on my kits.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:53 AM

aha.. Theo.. that was what I wondered as I was watching: "maybe (being white) she's deaf and that's why it doesn't bother her." Thanks for confirmation. Although, I have seen non-deaf cats who don't mind it. I did have a long-hair cat who loved to be blow-dried and it's about the same amount of sound as a small dirt-devil type vacuum. If I ever get another long-haired cat I think I will try to get her used to the vacuum so I can do this.

Meanwhile, my current cat hates the vacuum and pouts for hours even after it's been put away.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:54 AM


I am sitting at my desk with a great big grin. Love the way the kitty rolls around in sheer bliss at the feel of the vacuum!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 10:58 AM

This is Just Wrong.

Everybody knows that in the wild, cats and vacuums are natural enemies.

Because Nature Abhors a Vacuum.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:02 AM

It is so hard to even guess at what is going on in this pudge-cat's head, but I'm going to take two shots:

1.) When's lunch?

2.) That's not the right attachment for my head!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:02 AM


You win teh Interwebs for that comment.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:07 AM

[inclined to agree with Llism]

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:10 AM

A coworker of mine had two cats, one of which was deaf and loved being vacuummed. After several months of observation, the other non-deaf cat decided that it was safe, and wanted to be vacuummed too.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Too, too much! I know my kitty cat always clears the ground by a foot whenever she hears me even open the closet that contains the vacuum. Once, I couldn't find her after vacuuming the apartment, and then I noticed the big ol' lump under my blankets...

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Cripes! If I tried that with any of my cats I'd be DEAD within ten seconds! Although my old dog loved a good going-over with a Dustbuster...

Alice Shortcake
 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:18 AM

Too, too much! I know my kitty cat always clears the ground by a foot whenever she hears me even open the closet that contains the vacuum. Once, I couldn't find her after vacuuming the apartment, and then I noticed the big ol' lump under my blankets...

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:22 AM

I have a black cat is as furry as this white kitty, but slightly less rotund. I have to hand comb him every morning, or he won't leave me in peace. I bought a Dyson pet hair vaccuum for the house; maybe I should just apply it directly to the cat.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:22 AM

Dr. Dicentra, Thank you for that wonderful disertation on Cats and Vacuums-Why they are enemies. All of our science majors at CSU (Cat Science University) Salute you.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Holy GEEZ that is...
a) one big, floofy, patient cat,
b) flippin' amazing,
c) and something I wish I could pull off around here. *eyes two kitties and snickers*

Really though, that is pretty cool. Both of my cats just freak out when I vacuum. Spot hides under the bed and Buttercup will stay on top of it - all fluffed up in defense mode - and swat if I come too close.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:25 AM

Good one Dicentra!

This video cracked me up all over, especially the look on kitty's face when his ears got vacuumed.

I tried to vacuum my cat once. As soon as I touched him with the upholstery brush he gave me a dirty look and scooted over, but he didn't run away. Maybe he's hard of hearing too.

Angela W
 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:28 AM

My mom used to do that to her dog. She loved it!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:31 AM

pny - haha! I hear the same thing:

"must escape vacuum... but so very, very lazy... *snorrrrrrrrrr*"

I think cats of all sizes debate that very thing when confronted with Objects of Terror: Run away scared and risk losing the perfect spot of sun, or just look the other way and pretend you don't care.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:35 AM

He's all... you may now vacuum the royal left side.
Oh, and dicentra, I bow to your comment brilliance.

Jules The Red
 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:44 AM

LoL! I think the explanation of this wacky vid. cracks me up the most: "This is a video showing us vacuum cleaning our cat. She is huge and totally deaf from birth." That's it. Not a "yeah, we know this is odd" or "she fell in love with the vacuum one day as a kitten while we were cleaning." Nope: they're just vacuum cleaning the cat, OBVIOUSLY.

Another great posssst!


 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Martha Steward is a whiney little bitch and a criminal...

(Kitties are cute!)

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:46 AM

I love this video but cringed while watching it. I still wear a 2" scar on my chin from 15 years ago when the apartment custodian vacuumed too close to the front door of my apartment when my cat was sleeping on my stomach.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:52 AM

I like the part where hees leelte ears get sucked up in thar!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:54 AM

Our Himalayan cat Tao loved to be vacuumed. He would come running whenever he heard us turn the vacuum cleaner on.

He also liked being swept with a broom.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:55 AM

The amazing part is that the cat seems to be enjoying it. My cat would have scratched my eyes out from the first millisecond she saw the vacuum comming at her!

 |  May 14, 2007 at 11:55 AM

okay, very cute... but I gotta say, maybe next time avoid the ears. That much suction and noise and you could end up damaging their hearing.

 |  May 14, 2007 at 12:01 PM

dicentra: "Everybody knows that in the wild, cats and vacuums are natural enemies.
Because Nature Abhors a Vacuum."

[standing ovation]

fish eye no miko
 |  May 14, 2007 at 12:08 PM

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