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Videos We Love: Cats and Their Many Unexpected BFFs

A sloth? An owl? Not all these feline friends make sense, which makes them even cuter.

Angela Lutz  |  Jul 10th 2015


Not all friendships make sense, especially in the feline world. My cat Bubba Lee Kinsey, for example, is best friends with my boyfriend’s smelly shoes, and my other cat, Phoenix, is madly in love with his dirty laundry.

As is the case with most inexplicable relationships, the pushing of boundaries and broadening of horizons can end up being a good thing, leading to amazing cat-on-sloth snuggle sessions, for starters. Check out these kitties who ignored the threat of stranger danger and made some weird, wonderful friends.

1. Cat + sloth = love

Apparently Prince the sloth loves hugging and kissing cats — especially her best friend, Daisy. Lucky for us, the duo was caught cuddling on camera. I’ll bet that sloth’s talons make for the most incredible chin scritchies that cat has ever experienced.

2. Cat + bunny = love

This magical interspecies cuddle session features air biscuits and headbutts set to “1234” by Feist, along with both participants gazing longingly into the camera. I’m pretty sure the whole thing was shot through some kind of “guilt-free lazy summer afternoon” filter. Seriously, I want to go to there.

3. Jaguar + dog = love

“It might look like this dog’s days are over,” this video begins. “But things are not always what they seem.” Turns out Bullet the Jack Russell Terrier and Jag the jaguar are actually inseparable pals, spending their days together at a sanctuary in South Africa.

4. Cat + owl = love

According to this video, Fum the black cat and Gebra the friendly barn owl have been playing together their whole lives, with the cat trying to swat the owl out of midair before the owl swoops in for a snuggle. I want to see a miniseries about these two solving crimes.

5. Kitten + crow = love

Nature dictates that cats and birds should be enemies, but as this cat-crow duo demonstrates, friendship could totally beat nature in a fight. The tale of this unlikely pairing is told by the elderly couple who watched the whole thing unfold from their front porch, and it is adorable. Happy Friday.

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About the author: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.