Maru the Catfish

Well, it’s finally happened. After years of squeezing himself into smaller and smaller spaces, Maru’s mind has snapped and he now thinks he is a fish. I suppose the early warning sign came when Maru tried to crawl into a fishbowl last week, but at least now he’s found a fish tank that’s a bit more his size. A bit.

It’s betta this way, Andrew Y. and Gigi the cat lady.

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27 thoughts on “Maru the Catfish

  1. Dana September 16, 2017 / 10:26 am

    This is the ultimate proof that Maru is 99% fluff. How else could he squeeze his entire body (tail not included) into that fish tank making himself HALF the size of Hana? That aerial shot was priceless.

    • Duckie 🐥 September 16, 2017 / 11:56 am

      Dana, I think the tail made it in, too! At :52, it seemed to be encased.
      Everything but the ear tip.

      • Dana September 16, 2017 / 12:28 pm

        Oh yes! I was so focused on the very end. The more fitting feel. 😹

  2. Andrew September 16, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Definitely one of my fave Maru videos now XD

  3. Circe September 16, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Maru… proving that a round peg CAN fit into a square hole.

    • Gigi the cat lady September 16, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Good one!!

  4. dubravkamcvmd September 16, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Maru is getting weirder. I realized that he is actually looking for small things to squeeze into. I think it’s his version of cuddling.

      • dubravkamcvmd September 16, 2017 / 2:54 pm

        That’s fascinating. I read a book by a woman with autism, Unfortunately I’ve forgotten her name but she’s famous. She wrote that when she was young she built a contraption that she could lie down in and it would mechanically enclose her, sort of hug her. She could not stand to be touched by human beings but wanted to be hugged.

          • dubravkamcvmd September 16, 2017 / 4:11 pm

            That is so sweet and touching. It’s wonderful that the dog’s humans could help her eat that way and survive..

        • allein 🐾 September 16, 2017 / 3:47 pm

          Temple Grandin.

          You can buy various squeezy contraptions for kids with sensory issues. (I think my friend’s son has one; he’s not autistic but he has a sensory processing disorder.)

          • dubravkamcvmd September 16, 2017 / 4:11 pm

            Yes! Thank you.

          • Amyliz September 16, 2017 / 6:36 pm

            Just today I bought a squishy ball for a two-year-old in my classroom who appears to fall on the autism spectrum; hasn’t been diagnosed yet but hopefully soon so we can get support services in place for him.

            Maru, on the other hand, is just delightfully weird!

        • Smartypants September 16, 2017 / 3:57 pm

          That’s so funny, I just thought of the Maru / Temple Grandin similarity for the first time this week – prompted by seeing a how-to-sew book for making cozy weighted wraps and blankets for people with anxiety/PTSD in addition to autism spectrum disorders. Similar to Thundershirts/swaddling, etc. Small world!

        • Faye September 16, 2017 / 9:21 pm

          That is Temple Granden. She wrote an autobiography which was made into an award winning movie. She teaches and works with cattle.

      • allein 🐾 September 16, 2017 / 4:08 pm

        I like that she still gives him an A on huggability.

        He looks huggable, and I guess that’s all that matters.

  5. allein 🐾 September 16, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    This post is gold, Mike.

  6. Faye September 16, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I could watch this all day. Very relaxing. Similar to an art performance piece. Cat In 3D Rectangle. Good physics lesson too. Does Maru have the same volume outside and inside the tank?

  7. debg September 17, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I agree that Maru seems to be getting weirder, and I love it! What a wonderfully goofy cat.

  8. Wuyizidi September 17, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Growing up I had this weird idea of wanting a glass topped desk that is also an aquarium. Now I want a glass desk that Maru would want to climb into instead.

    • allein 🐾 September 17, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      • dubravkamcvmd September 17, 2017 / 4:47 pm

        How do you find all these images!!!!!!!

        • allein 🐾 September 17, 2017 / 5:19 pm

          Google image search. 🐠

      • Amyliz September 17, 2017 / 5:01 pm

        Is this a real thing? I love it!

      • Wuyizidi September 18, 2017 / 3:02 am

        Oh very nice. Maru would approve!

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