Our graceful and elegant feline overlords have another side to them. When they think we’re not looking, they can act like the biggest derps on Planet Earth! Luckily for us, their derpiness is an endless source of entertainment for us and the internet alike.
That’s where the massive ‘Animals Being Derps’ online community comes in. You think you’ve seen what hilarious and wholesome truly looks like? Think again! The r/AnimalsBeingDerps subreddit has a whopping 3.6 million members and has been an active part of Reddit since May 2013. The community is dedicated to sharing photos and videos of animals “acting like complete idiots.” And today, we’re featuring some of the funniest and cutest cat pics from the subreddit to brighten up your day, dear Pandas.
Remember to pet those derpy cattos through your screen, upvote your fave pics, and let us know in the comments which felines won over your heart. Obviously, we want our cats looking fabulous in the derpy photos we take of them, so it falls to us to help them take care of their appearance, no matter how much they prioritize their own cleanliness. Check out Bored Panda’s interview about just that below. Onwards into the Land of Derp!
#1 The World’s Most Interesting Lamp
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#2 Learning How To Cat. Progress Is Slow
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#3 This Last Second Photo I Just Took Of My Cat Stretching Her Arms And Sneezing. I’ve Been Uncontrollably Laughing For The Past 5 Minutes Now
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One of the things that we can do to make our cats as photogenic as possible is to keep their coats all healthy and shiny. Now, naturally, owners should be concerned about keeping their cats’ coats in the best possible shape no matter if they’re going to be taking fun and derpy photos of them or not.
Anna Ewers Clark, a vet working with the PDSA, a British animal veterinary charity, went into detail with Bored Panda about the proper way to take care of feline fur. From bathing them to what products to avoid.
According to vet Anna, cats are very clean creatures, so we should think about bathing them only in special circumstances. “Most cats don’t need baths, and in fact, many cats find being in water very stressful,” she explained.
#4 When The Human Asks Where All The Catnip Went. “Aliens”
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#5 When You Like The Present But It Ain’t For You…
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#6 Got Him A New Water Bowl. I Think He Misunderstood What It Is. And Yes He Sits In The Water…
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“If your cat does get very dirty or has something you think might be toxic on their coat, it’s best to sponge the area with a damp flannel, or rinse the area with a cup of water, instead of putting your cat in the bath or shower.”
The vet told Bored Panda that we ought to use tap water and avoid shampoos when bathing our cats. Shampoos are only fine if they’ve been prescribed by your vet.
“The smells of shampoos, creams, and lotions can be much stronger for your cat’s sensitive nose and they can strip the oils out of your cat’s coat—even sensitive shampoos can make your cat’s coat look dry and dull or make them itchy.”
#7 If I Lick It, No One Else Can Have It
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#8 The Guardian Of The Box
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#9 Your Package Of Derp Will Arrive On Caturday
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The ‘Animals Being Derps’ subreddit uses the tagline, “Aww, they’re so stupid.” However, you shouldn’t think of it as anyone criticizing these animals. Quite the opposite! Think of it as a compliment that celebrates the range of emotions and behaviors that pets have.
The subreddit’s mods urge all newcomers to read the rules carefully. Joining a new community takes a bit more than posting a bunch of awesome photos—it’s about engaging with your fellow members. That means playing by the rules.
#10 My Roommates Cat Sometimes Sits Like A Goblin
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#11 You Ok?
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#12 Catto Being Curious
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Members should by no means post photos of animals that are drugged, sick, or injured. What’s more, the subreddit has a hardline stance that there should be no animals in costumes, no staged submission, and no “animals just sitting there.”
What’s more, you should do your best to avoid politics and memes. That’s a lot of rules! But the wholesome content more than makes up for that. In the end, it’s worth it to have an awesome and friendly community that cares about animals deeply.
The mods point out that the animals in the photos themselves obviously must be derps. “Don’t forget, though most Derps are incredibly Aww, a lot of Awws aren’t Derps,” they explain the distinction.
#13 The Two Friends You Had In Middle School That Your Parents Didn’t Like
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#14 Mlem Cat
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#15 I’m Speeeeed
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#16 How Is She Real??
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#17 Because I Can…
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#18 Nia Likes The Fire
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#19 Bill’s Having An Existential Crisis
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#20 She Is My Beautiful Derp
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#21 Stayed Like This For About 5 Minutes
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#22 The Derpiest Of The Derps Is Observing Me In Silence
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#23 This Cat Is Named Crazy Eyes Olive
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#24 My Parent’s Cat Being An Absolute Loaf
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#25 A Bird Landed On Our Balcony Today…
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#26 Hope You Enjoy It!
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#27 Hi All, First Time Posting Here. I Present My Beloved Taylor For Your Amusement
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#28 Kittens On The Lookout
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#29 He’s Not The Sharpest Tool In The Shed…
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#31 New Parents Often Have A Hard Time Getting Enough Sleep
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#32 He Was In The Middle Of Grooming When Someone Rang The Doorbell.. Sat Like That For 10-15 Minutes
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#33 Clumsy Ninja
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#34 I Honestly Don’t Know
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#35 Send Help
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#36 Doesn’t Need A Title
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#37 Not My Picture But Funny
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#38 Cat Refuses To Play With Anything… Until I Get A Bit Of String Out
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#39 The Expression Kills Me
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#40 He Likes To Sleep Like This
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