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Watch Cats React to the Arrival of the Exploding Kittens Game

Cats are shocked at the appearance of the crowdfunded card game that raised $8.8 million.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Aug 4th 2015


Instagram has been taken over by early adopters posting pictures of Exploding Kittens, the crowd-sourced card game that netted its creators a whopping $8,782,571. I noticed this when a friend published this picture of her cat, Frida, checking out her copy of the game.

While Frida seems level-headed about the appearance of this volatile addition to her calm world, it’s safe to say that most kitties across the world are not exactly enamored with the way their humans have helped promote the Exploding Kittens movement. Here’s how they’ve been fighting back.

Special delivery

Master Wayne is concerned about the contents of this box. @theoatmeal #explodingkittens #kittenpix

A photo posted by Lauren (@lauren_rdeal) on

This smart black cat knows that there’s definitely something suspicious about this package.

A state of denial

Lily is unsure of this box. #explodingkittens #catsofinstagram

A photo posted by Amanda Cassidy (@amcassidy) on

Lily here is doing her best to simply deny the existence of the offending parcel.

Something whiffy

Spaz keeps trying to eat my #ExplodingKittens … #CatsOfInstagram

A photo posted by Rachel Trautmann (@racheltrautmann) on

An olfactory investigation of the contents of the blue box by this fearless ginger trooper confirms that Exploding Kittens is not cool for cats.

We shall not be moved

Burr claims #explodingkittens as his own.

A photo posted by @profgoff on

This long-haired lovely is captured taking a righteous stand on the front lines as he attempts to prevent his human taking control of this so-called “card game.”

The horror

The sheer look of horror on the face of this upstanding feline lets you know just how heinous the Exploding Kittens propaganda is.

In the trenches

GAME NIGHT!! Flavia approves of #explodingkittens #game #cardgame #theoatmeal #kickstarter

A photo posted by Victoria De Armond (@ipowervicky) on

Cats across the world have been instructed to fight back with the classic tactic of simply sitting on the game’s instructions. This tortoiseshell is a sterling foot soldier.

Advance wars

#myloveballoffluff and #explodingkittens this day has been #glorious

A photo posted by Katie Forte (@juneanddecember) on

This feline general is displaying battle expertise as he obscures almost 90 percent of the enemy’s tactical plans.

Drastic measures

Quit playing with the #explodingkittens cards and rub my belleh! #bunnyraptor #greycatsrule

A photo posted by Henry Noodle Botasky (@henrynoodle) on

Sometimes the battle demands extreme maneuvers. This honorable kitty is literally throwing himself in the line of duty to hinder any Exploding Kittens play sessions.

Go ahead, box me in

But with humans showing few signs of ceasing their dishonorable playing of Exploding Kittens, a new response is called for. Yep, he who controls the box gains the ultimate spoils!

About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.