The Internet loves cats staring at food, but not enough to share a bite

Just a nibble! Please!


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published Mar 10, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 2:43 am CDT

Some people have Instagram accounts; others have year-long visual narratives about tempting food and the cats who want to eat it. Two couples have recently received attention for their photo journals of kitties who yearn to sink their little fangs into every dish their jerk humans cook. But, alas, they are cats, and must eat cat food only.

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One tabby sat patiently through every meal her parents ate at home last year. For the cat owners, it’s a document of delicious food shared in a loving life together. For kitty: an extended, unanswered plea. I’m hungry just looking at it, and I live on a strict diet of people-food.

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Even some wine would be nice, please. Anything that’s not an accursed kibble or bit!

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This persistent tabby found some public sympathy this week from the animal lovers at The Dodo, but has yet to get what her heart truly desires: table scraps.

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She’s also not the first cat to be cut out of the sweet dinner action and photographed while pining—it’s a trend. Check out these two Japanese cats who are taunted nightly by sumptuous fish, ramen, pastries, and even cat-shaped bento portraits—the precise definition of “rubbing it in.”

Naomiuno has posted nearly 5,000 photos, and nearly all depict her long-suffering cats. Truly, this is the most important thing on Instagram now. 

And until cats rise up and take their revenge for the countless times we’ve denied them the best treats, I’ll continue to think it’s extremely cute. 

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Photo by naomiuno/Instagram

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*First Published: Mar 10, 2016, 4:04 pm CST