Cats Freak Out When Their Parents Use Cat-Face Filters

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartCats, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on November 24, 2019

Oftentimes, we wonder if cats actually know what they look like and if they recognize themselves in the mirror. Luckily, a new viral video might finally prove that they do! On the popular app called TikTok, there is a new filter that turns your face into a rather creepy-looking cat. While this filter might be amusing to us, cats just don’t seem to have the same reaction. A hilarious video was recently posted showing multiple cats reacting to this new filter, and most of them are not happy about it!

Humans use filters all the time to take photos, but we don’t usually ask for our cats’ opinions on the matter. However, cats definitely have something to say about this new trend, so maybe we should start taking their advice more often.

For the filter to work, the person needs to be clearly facing the camera. So, imagine being a cat and seeing your mom or dad’s face suddenly morph into a cat-like image when they look at a screen! That’s something straight out of a horror movie for a poor cat.

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A Compilation of Confused Cats

The video that’s been shared is only 53 seconds long, and it showcases the hilarious reactions of 5 different cats. The video is captioned “when cats meet cat filters…” and it could not be more accurate. Each cat responds to the situation in their own way, but it is apparent that none of them are happy about it.

Once the cats see their parent as a cat, they become aware of it right away. Sometimes their eyes widen, some of them sit completely still, and some even run away. For a few of the cats, they need to do a double take. They look at the screen, then at their human to confirm that they have not really turned into a cat.

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Ever since this video gained popularity, more and more cat parents have been sharing their cats’ reactions online. There are so many cats with shocked expressions, and it is clear that all cats are in agreement that this filter is scary! And honestly, they’re not wrong.

Cats really are smarter than people often give them credit for. Sure, they might not pose for a selfie all the time, but this video proves that they can see themselves and their humans on the screen. Hopefully these poor cats weren’t too scared at the sight of this odd new filter, but maybe they’ll look back on it and have a good laugh like we have.

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