As much as they’d like to be known as royalty and the rulers of our homes, cats aren’t always the elegant, refined, and noble creatures they present themselves as. And there are plenty of unflattering snaps of felines to prove this!
Twitter is simply obsessed with the Unflattering Cat Photo Challenge, and there’s a whole bunch of weird and unphotogenic new pics that we’d love to share with you, dear Pandas. Upvote the best of the worst pics as you scroll down below and, when you’re done, have a look through Bored Panda’s previous post about the challenge right here.
And you know what? These photos make us relate to cats that much more because they remind us of our own imperfect selves. Now those are the kinds of cattos I could imagine having around the house—they know they’re not perfect, like us. And that’s okay. Especially in 2020. But just in case you want to take some amazing cat photos, read on to learn some handy tips and tricks!
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My cat Wednesday
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Lint’s preferred sleeping position
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Pet photographer Karen Weiler, who is based in Toronto, Canada, told Bored Panda that lighting is “everything in photography.”
“So, set yourself up for success by moving a favorite blanket, bed, piece of furniture into a place that has great light. If they enjoy indulging in catnip, you can spread some there too. It is simple really: if your kitty enjoys hanging out there, you’ll have more opportunities to photograph them. They will be relaxed and happy and you will have great light—a winning combination!” Karen gave some great advice for all of us who want to take great snaps of our kitties.
Karen added that cats respond to movement more than sound, so you can use certain toys or items with lots of movement to get their attention. What’s more, getting down to the level of the animal you’re photographing creates new perspectives and composition.
got some pics with my cat at our Halloween party last night…. these were the results
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#unflatteringcatphotochallenge my boy Merlin. He had the zoomies
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Taking an unflattering pic of your cat and then sharing it for the entire internet to see is all very well and good. But if you suddenly decide to branch out and become a world-famous ‘catfluencer,’ you need to know your cat’s behavior inside and out.
Bored Panda previously spoke about what other things owners can do to take the best possible photos of cats with cat behaviorist and feline expert Ingrid Johnson, founder of Fundamentally Feline.
According to Ingrid, anyone who wants to take a good photo of their cats has the best chances of success when they do the photo shoot in the animals’ environment.
Chloe is broken.
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#unflatteringcatphotochallengeI bring to you, the death stare whilst pooping…..
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#unflatteringcatphotochallenge the 10th picture on your phone is what’s making Ollie retch
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“Taking cats out of their home for a photo shoot is often where things go awry. Use natural light and play with them to encourage them to look confident and alert.”
Ingrid also suggested using toys to get the cats to look where you want them to. “You can shake treats, click, make some sort of sound to get them to look at the camera. As far as keeping them calm, again, it’s about working with what they are naturally giving you rather than trying to force something,” the cat behaviorist said.
Seal not just sleeping, but passed the @#&% out.
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Caption this #unflatteringcatphotochallenge
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Someone kept running away and I couldn’t get the sticker off (for an obligatory “I voted photo” )
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My new kitty Charlie, not even had him 24 hours but he’s settled in well
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Kai get down from there. He is such a handful sometimes.
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Does your cat even lift?
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Flying high on nothing at all (catnip has no effect on this idiot)
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jasper is theatrical to say the least ( judging the dog)
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LUIGI IS A BEGGAR AND A THIEMF!
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I’m so glad I found this group! I have 2 cats, but only one is a little psycho Meet Veronica!
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This is my Toby. He has ninnies. When I asked the vet about it she just smiled and said, look how big they are! Evidently it’s not an uncommon thing!
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‘Draw me like one of your French girls’
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I have a few derpy cats.
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This is my Fluffy Sadie Goose, caught her being unflattering for the camera
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