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Screengrab via 마약망부냥럽미/YouTube

When life imitates art.

Here comes the purrfect way to kill some time on the Internet.

If you have little interest in watching nobodies thirst for attention on Facebook Live, turn your attention to livestreamed cat reality show Cats Meok Bang. As Dami Lee at the Verge noticed, it's essentially an IRL version of feline phenomenon Neko Atsume, the kitty collector game.

Koo Eun-Je, of South Korea, is the man behind the show. He started the livestream channel so he and his wife could watch the stray cats that he helps feed. Apparently there are up to 17 cats on some days, and at other times there's just one. 

Soon enough, other people were tuning in to watch the cats visit the little kitty camp and chow down. And now viewers have begun to send in cat food and other donations to help keep the show going. 

While you may not be able to pet or interact with the kitties, you'll surely take joy in just watching them show up and hang out—much as with Neko Atsume. 

Unfortunately the livestream is only available in Korea at the moment, but there's no shortage fan-uploaded highlights on YouTube.

H/T The Verge, Associated Press

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This Japanese game about collecting cats is the antidote to Internet stress
At some point during the winter, feeling smothered by grey weather, the sudden loss of a pretty good job, and the noxious climate on Twitter, I deleted the Twitter app from my phone and started collecting virtual cats. Neko Atsume, a.k.a. Kitty Collector, is a game you play by putting out food and toys for adorable kitties, and then ... actually, there's no "and then." That's the whole game. It's clever and intensely therapeutic.
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