harvey cat joins 8 angry cats

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This livid cat swimming in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters doesn’t look thrilled about becoming a meme

Here, kitty, kitty. Actually, never mind.

Sep 4, 2017, 4:31 pm

Internet Culture

Josh Katzowitz 

Josh Katzowitz

If you’re of the opinion that dogs are always happy and that cats don’t want to hear any of your bullshit, consider the case of these two pets made famous by Hurricane Harvey.

You probably already know about Otis, the dog who was spotted gallivanting around Sinton, Texas, with a bag of dog food in his mouth, ready to take on the world despite the constant downpour. He’s a good dog.

But had you heard about this cat, snapped by Getty Image photographer Scott Olson, as the animal swam through floodwaters to presumably try to find a dry spot? The cat is resilient, and there’s little doubt that it’s a feline badass and a meme in its own right. But man, do not even think about going near it.

That right there is the anti-Otis. That cat is furious with Harvey, with the water, and, perhaps most dangerously, with you. Because you’re looking at it and taking a photo. It looks like it wants to bat your head around like it’s a ball of yarn and then use your body as its own personal litter box. As the internet was quick to note, the cat looks beyond pissed.

https://twitter.com/lindsayism/status/904455195928735744

https://twitter.com/goldietaylor/status/904465674390654980

Beyond the obvious explanation—that the cat is having to swim for its survival—there is another reason the cat might look so ornery. Where’s the help when the cat needs it most?

As for the photographer who took the picture, it sounds like he knew better than to approach that cat. Thus, we don’t know what happened to it.

https://twitter.com/olsongetty/status/903473492925923328

You may not like Hurricane Harvey cat. You may straight-up hate it. But goddamn it, you have to respect it.

H/T People

Additional photos via PetteriO/Flickr, Chris Erwin/Flickr, and Peter Stevens/Flickr

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*First Published: Sep 4, 2017, 4:31 pm