Henri the Existential Cat was visited in his dreams this Noel by three distinct cats, who each had a lesson for him much like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. First comes a young cat whom Henri deems far to simple minded to learn anything from. Next is an outdoor cat who seems to know a lot about the world. Henri learns to appreciate the small things in life such as the fact that he’s alive and he’s not a dog. Finally comes the older cat, who has taught Henri some of the most important lessons throughout the years: ”Never let them [the people] pet you. Never expose your belly. Never sit on a lap voluntarily.”
Still Henri can see in the older cat’s eyes he needs approval from humanoids and becomes even more depressed that this might be his inevitable future.
Henri is now a big star and has one a slew of awards but he’s still not letting the fame get to his head — I mean, he’s always been kind of self-righteous. The new video “The Worst Noel” isn’t very merry but it’s about as cheery as you can expect from the cat.
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Halloween is very difficult time for Henri the Existential Cat, whose naturally gloomy disposition is only highlighted during the season of ghouls and pumpkins. He’s tired of the “nonsense” decorations — fake fruit and homages to dead friends — not to mention such inauthentic costumes.
It is all pointless, he says.
In the past, Henri has talked about world domination and going to the vet. His existential rants make me want to pet his head and go “d’aw,” which would probably all be a terrible pity to someone who has the soul of Albert Camus and the body of Felix the Cat.
Poor little party pooper, he just wants to be taken seriously.
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A couple days ago we were graced with a new grumpy cat named Tard. It’s often difficult to tell whether the furry feline is happy, angry or a combination of the two. Though we’re not quite ready to give up Maru or Henri as our favourite Internet cats, if Tard keeps up her grumpy misdemeanour, they could have some fierce competition. I’d love to see an Internet cat convention with these three stars meeting for the first time. Someone please make it happen.
My neighbours used to own two black cats with very different personalities. Felix was a happy-go-lucky feline who happily ate generic food over the seemingly tastier name brand. Jimmy on the other hand was what I now know to be an existential cat. He grimly sat by the window, either ignoring us or giving us a look of “I’m to good for this” disdain when we tried to pet him. Sadly, he had a corkscrew-shaped tail that I’m sure made him feel insecure.
If Jimmy met Henri, perhaps he’d at least feel another cat understood him. In this video, Henri, the existential cat ponders his dull existence and learns a few difficult truths along the way.
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