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Cats are continuing to charm the world with their cute kitty ways! This set of moving images is a perfect window into the feline world: from the gorgeous cat massage above to playtimes in boxes and first-time encounters, our furry friends know how to fill their days with mischief and fun.

This cute GIF collection has been mesmerising netizens in Japan this week, so we felt it only fair to share. Their comments, too, are again benefiting the western world by giving us the best kind of Japanese lesson available: language learning with cats. Study time never looked so good!

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ずるい zurui sly, sneaky, cunning

Kitten’s first zurui attempt. Better luck next time kitty!

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猫ガンダム neko gandamu Neko Gundam

Is it a cat? Is it a box? No! It’s Neko Gundam!

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肉球 nikukyuu paw pads  

Look! Kitty’s saying hello with nikukyuu!

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 ぴょんぴょん pyon pyon hop, skip (onomatopoeia)

Wooden floors make me pyon pyon!

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不自然 fushizen unnatural

You can’t fit in there! That’s fushizen!

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撫でる naderu to pat

Don’t freak out; I just gotta naderu your glossy black fur…

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戦かう tatakau wage a war; to fight or battle

Cat vs Cage: tatakau!

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飛び上がる tobiagaru to jump up, fly up

Look at the tobiagaru! That cat’s toast!

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持ち帰り mochikaeri takeout

Watch out! It’s a mochikaeri cat!

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抱きしめる dakishimeru hold someone tight

Shhh … mama will dakishemeru you and make it all better.

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取りつかれている toritsukarete iru possessed by spirits

He’s not toritsukarete iru. He’s just clever!

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化け猫のじゅつ bakeneko no jutsu the technique of a cat with magical powers 

When you’re backed into a corner it’s time to pull out the advanced bakeneko no jutsu

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必殺技コンボ hissatsuwaza konbo special move combo

Wall and cushion retreat hissatsuwaza konbo!

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愛くるしい aikurushii charming

Kitty’s first ear scratch! Aikurushii!

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可愛らしい kawairashii lovely

What could be more kawairashii than a cat-in-a-box?

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猫背 nekoze hunchback (lit. cat’s back)

This nekoze is like a Michael Jackson dance move!

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好奇心は猫をも殺す koukishin wa neko wo mokorosu curiosity killed the cat

Thank goodness they’ve got nine lives!

Source: Hamusuta Sokuhou