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The 10 Best Cat Videos

Presenting one writer's opinion of the 10 most amazing cat clips -- period. Think she's got it wrong? Prove it in the comments!

Stephanie Harwin  |  Jun 20th 2012

In a world where cat videos are coming at us from every direction, how do you sift through what is simply funny or cute to find something that is truly amazing? I decided to stick to the definition of “causing surprise or sudden wonder” when selecting these ten clips, which I hope will delight, inspire, and most of all remind you how amazing our furry little felines can really be.

Of course, my choices are subjective, and I am just one lady with two eyeballs who did her best to remember every cat video she’s ever seen. If there are any other amazing videos you feel I missed, please let me know in the comments!

1. Yoga Cat

Cats are natural yoga practitioners, but this feline teacher takes it to a whole new level, painstakingly overseeing every aspect of his student’s mat routine.

2. Cat Shell Game

This fluffy kitty’s cognitive skills are fascinating to observe — just watch the little wheels turning as he decides which shell to paw next. Sure, his batting average may not be 100 percent, but from where I come from, two out of three ain’t bad!

3. Happy Inside – IKEA Cats

In 2010, IKEA UK released 100 house cats into its Wembley store in the middle of the night to see what would happen. The result was a beautifully shot, emotionally resonant commercial, which is truly a sight to see.

4. Cat and Dolphins Playing Together

Interspecies friendship videos are a dime a dozen these days, but the unusual pairing of Shiloh the dolphin and Thunder the cat was unlike anything we had seen before.

5. Oskar the Blind Kitten and His First Toys

The day after Oskar was adopted at 8 weeks, his owners gave him some toys to play with for the first time. Watch as the extraordinary little cat, who was born without formed eyeballs, tosses around jingle balls using only his sense of sound.

6. Kitten in Slow Motion

This high-speed video was shot at 400 to 800 frames per second, allowing us to admire the calico kitten’s every sinewy move. More than just a video of a kitty frolicking in a garden, the slowed-down clip gives us the opportunity to witness the majestic quality of cats at play and draw similarities between them and their larger, wilder cousins.

7. Nora the Piano Cat

Keyboard Cat made us laugh with his assisted keyboard-playing skills, but it was Nora the Piano Cat who showcased raw talent as she wowed us with her precise paws and uncanny ear for music.

8. Standing Cat

Cats emulating human characteristics are always cause for wonderment, as in this classic kitty video featuring a French feline who totally thinks he’s people.

9. Cat Uses Sign Language to Ask for Food

It’s nothing new to see a kitty hovering near mealtime looking for a morsel, but this smart cat takes it one step further, using sign language to inform his owner that it’s time to eat!

10. Tornado Victim Is Reunited with Her Cat

While it may not be a traditional cat video, this news report out of Tuscaloosa after last year’s devastating tornado is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Judy Pugh had already found two of her three missing cats after the tornado ripped through her home, but nearly a month later, her 10-year-old cat, Cadie, was still missing. While surveying the damage with a local news reporter, the missing cat miraculously appeared out of nowhere. The resulting footage is a tearjerking reunion that you won’t want to miss.

Did I miss one? I’m sure I did. Let me know in the comments!