As a kid, I was never terribly fond of Whack-a-Mole, that carnival game that necessitates the use of a giant, padded mallet to smash the heads of animatronic moles that pop up at random through several rows of holes. Having recently seen Toy Story, I felt for the moles. They must have massive headaches, I assumed.
Turns out when you slow the game down, make it gentler, and add kittens, Whack-a-Mole suddenly looks fun — though kittens have that effect on most things. Here are five cats who are in it to win it — whether they’re whacker or whackee.
1. Too cute to lose
Complete with sound effects, this game of whack-a-kitty featuring an indeterminate number of gray kittens is so adorable that even the losers feel like winners.
This orange tabby is so good at whacking her human’s fingers every time they peek through the holes in the box that I’m pretty sure she deserves a jumbo, neon-green catnip mouse, or some other equally hideous carnival prize.
3. Master craftsman
I’m not sure this pretty striped kitty — nor his ginger companion, for that matter — understands the object of the game, but this handcrafted, cat-size version of Whack-a-Mole is clearly the work of a genius.
4. An added challenge
One reason it’s so hard to win at Whack-a-Kitty: Unlike those animatronic moles, it’s really hard to get the cats to stay in the box.
5. Cat vs. cat
Okay, so this is less like Whack-a-Mole and more like kittens popping in and out of holes while taking turns dominating each other — but it’s really cute, so use your imagination.
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About Angela: 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.