‘WATERPROOF’ CAT MYSTIFIES INTERNET IN VIDEO VIEWED 5 MILLION TIMES
Source: Newsweek (Extract)
Posted: September 13, 2021
It’s not hard to find a cat video on the internet, but one clip showing a seemingly water-repellent feline is currently amazing millions.
British shorthair cat Huffie seems to like water, even if he can’t exactly enjoy it in all its glory—it runs straight off him.
Shared by his owner on September 8, the video showing Huffie’s “waterproof” abilities has been viewed over 5 million times, and liked by over 800,000 times.
“When you’re trying to take a shower, but you’re waterproof,” wrote Huffie’s owner in the video. Huffie can be seen pawing at the running faucet, as the water falls onto his fur and seemingly runs straight off.
Although viewers questioned if magic or trickery had been involved somehow, Huffie is simply a British shorthair cat. According to Pets Best, shorthairs have a “water-repellent coat” that is “short, dense and soft.”
Still, the waterproof effect has amazed viewers online, who have flooded the comments with jokes.
“Officially changing our name to Cat Protect,” commented U.K. sneaker rain and stain protectant spray brand Crep Protect, after many joked Huffie had been sprayed with the product.
“When you want WAP but it just ain’t happening,” quipped one TikTok user.
“When did they release waterproof cats,” asked another.
British shorthairs like Huffie are often deemed to be the perfect pet, due to their easy-going nature. “They’re active without being boisterous, they’re affectionate without being cloying, and they’re smart but don’t feel the need to show off by figuring out how to open your refrigerator. British shorthair cats are easy-going and will treat everyone in the family (including dogs and other cats) like a good friend, especially if socialized as kittens,” reported Daily Paws.
Huffie’s shower might have made him viral, but he’s also hopped on another popular TikTok trend, which sees cats “remember” their past lives being worshipped in ancient Egypt.
“This is supposed to remind cats of when they were worshipped in ancient Egypt,” they wrote, before a sound played.
The cat stared deeply into the camera as it played. Of course, it’s unlikely it actually reminds them of being worshipped, considering it never really happened.
Julia Troche, an Egyptologist, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University, and author of Death, Power, and Apotheosis in Ancient Egypt: The Old and Middle Kingdoms, told History.com: “Though it is hard to say the Egyptians thought one thing or another, since so much change happened across their 3,000+ years of history, the ancient Egyptians, in general, did not worship animals. Rather, [they] saw animals as representations of divine aspects of their gods.”
Egyptians would however honor their feline friends, with more than just likes and views as the modern world does. Instead, they would adorn them in jewels and feed a diet fit for a king.
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