We love our pets, and it’s only natural for us to think that our own pups and kittens are the cutest in the entire world. Which is interesting if we stop to think about it, because they actually have no idea how adorable they are (well, the cats maybe do). Having a little animal at home is fascinating and highly entertaining, because we get to watch what it is like to function solely on instinct.
Things that we as humans have learned to deal with from a very young age are completely foreign to a dog, or to a piglet, and it’s always hilarious to watch them interacting with objects we take for granted. Placing a mirror in front of our pets, for example, can yield the funniest reactions, as we can see from the examples below. From the doggo who seems to be giving himself a pep talk to the cat discovering her own ears, we’re loving these pets who are seeing themselves in the mirror for the first time.
‘I’m… a cat!’
Apricot was adopted shortly after his birth, and he grew up hearing that he was “a part of the family,” so he figured he was a human just like his “mom” and “dad.” Sure, he was significantly shorter than them, but hey, people come in all shapes and sizes, right?
Then came the day when he decided to climb the bathroom sink. One look in the mirror, and Apricot realized he was never a human. He was – gasp! – a cat!
There can only be one
This pup was the family baby, and he got all the attention he wanted from his humans. He was happy being an only child, until he saw that other dog staring at him from the other side of the room.
“Oh no, you don’t,” he said to the strange dog. “This is my house, and my humans!” And for the next few hours he sat there barking at his reflection, because he needed to prove his point that “there can only be one.”
You gotta know your angles
One of the first things they teach you in modelling school is that you need to know your angles. It’s not enough to have a pretty face – you also need to know how to work it for the camera.
Practicing in from of the mirror is a must if you want to do a good job during a photo shoot, and this kitty is showing how seriously she takes the craft. We can see that she has the potential to be the next Clawdia Schiffer.
‘You can do it, Al’
There’s something about this dog’s posture, and the way he’s standing with his front paws on each side of the sink, that makes it look as if he’s giving himself a little pep talk.
We can almost hear him whispering something like “You can do it, Al. You’ve been a good boy. You deserve this promotion. Go talk to the humans and tell them why you should be the next assistant branch manager. Yeah. You’re gonna nail this interview, Al.”
Who’s the fluffiest of them all?
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fluffiest of them all? Why, it’s this little albino fox who’s so cute, she actually looks like she jumped out of the pages of a children’s book.
It’s not difficult to picture her as the adorable and spirited sidekick of an adventurous Disney princess. The way this photo was taken makes it easy to imagine, too – those fairy lights bring an element of magic to the scene.
Being your worst enemy
The phrase “to be your worst enemy” relates to self-sabotaging, and it applies to situations where you unintentionally make things harder for yourself, creating problems where there once were none.
This cat apparently heard of the concept, and now she’s taking things a little too literally. She thinks she’s her own worst enemy, and now she want to destroy her reflection in the mirror, like “why did you eat all the wet food in one bite??”
The hairy dog
This sweet pup who is seeing herself in the mirror for the first time is definitely not self-aware. She doesn’t understand that the hairy dog looking back at her in the mirror is actually herself, and she thinks she is just meeting a new friend.
This friend, however, doesn’t seem to know how to play. The pup keeps rolling her ball to the hairy dog, but the hairy dog doesn’t roll it back. Not cool, hairy dog. Not cool.
Almost like a Renaissance painting
This photo of cat looking at herself is so perfect, it almost looks like a Renaissance painting. First of all, she’s so beautifully poised, and the golden details around the mirror could easily be mistaken for a fancy frame in any museum.
Notice the triangular composition, as well as the use of contrast between the dark background and the light color of the wall. This looks like a work of art – and the cat knows it!
His humans would tell him things like “oh no, don’t give me those puppy eyes,” but the little doggo had no idea what they meant. They would tell him that whenever they were eating something tasty, but it’s not like he was begging them for a piece of their sandwich; he was just looking at them.
It was in this moment, when he saw himself in the mirror for the first time, that he understood what they meant. “Wow,” the puppy thought. “If I had a sandwich right now, I would totally give it to myself.”
Owls are a symbol of wisdom, but the fact that they have a smart look to their faces doesn’t necessarily mean that they know everything in the world. This owl, for example, doesn’t seem to be sure about what’s going on right in front of them.
They’re confused about their reflection, and we are completely mesmerized by the way they’re moving. We have no idea how they’re doing that thing with their neck, but we’re sure about what they’re thinking – “Hoo’s this?”
The cat from the Upside Down
In the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, the Upside Down is an alternate dimension – a parallel universe that has a similar layout to our world, but is inhospitable to humans, and just overall completely terrifying.
The kitty here seems to have found her own Upside Down reality, and what she discovered is that she’s adorable no matter how she looks at herself in the makeup mirror. On a scale of one to ten, this cat is an Eleven.
When it comes to things that make us go “awww,” this piglet seems to be checking all the boxes. Well, she’s tiny. And she’s pink. And she’s wearing a little bow around her neck.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, she had the cutest reaction after seeing herself in the mirror for the first time. She wanted to come closer to her reflection, to give it a little “eskimo kiss.” It was a clumsy one, because her nose is so big compared to the rest of her face, but it only made her even cuter in our eyes.
‘I’m not that ugly… am I?’
Cats are often seen as narcissistic animals (it’s not their fault, really – the thing is that they were worshiped as gods in ancient Egypt, and they have not forgotten this), so we would expect to see a cat checking themselves in the mirror and looking quite satisfied with that they see.
This kitty actually looks a bit distressed, as if they’re thinking “I’m not that ugly… am I?” No, kitty, you’re beautiful. The mirror is just distorting your reflection.
But first, a selfie
Even though most smartphones nowadays have great front-facing cameras, the mirror selfie is still the best way to get a good shot of your outfit without asking for another person’s help.
This dog was on his way out for a walk when he realized his outfit looked awesome that day, and they decided to take a photo of it. Sure, they weren’t actually wearing anything, but who cares? They’re a cute dog talking a mirror selfie.
‘Are these my ears? Wow, they’re adorable’
Pet lovers will tell their cats that there isn’t a single thing they don’t love about them – their tiny paws, their fluffy bellies, their little triangular noses, their adorable pointy ears. This cat has listened to her human talking about her ears for a while now, and today she finally got a good look at them.
She seems fascinated by her discovery, as if she’s thinking “Are these my ears? Yes, these are my ears. Wow, they really *are* adorable.”
Enter: inside Cheez-It
Within the microcosm of this cat’s (whom we’ve dubbed Cheez-It) being is an unfamiliarity with the figure before him. He looks into the mirror and this figure returns his gaze. A paw up, and the mirrored mammal mimics.
This matching orange fur, what is this oddly familiar countenance Cheez-It finds before him? The mystery has only just begun for poor Cheez-It, as he enters the existential grapple with the most difficult subject yet: comprehending the very furry-fibers that make up his orange coat.
Cat realizes it’s a bobblehead
The great poets have described the evolution of the self as the lifelong accumulation of conscious thought and self-realization. This begins with one’s understanding of their own physical self, which usually occurs around childhood.
This cat had, by all means and measures, paid no heed to such theories but for one critical aspect. The poor guy never saw himself in a mirror. Blessed day, this cute poof has discovered he is in fact a bobblehead. Suddenly, having had a heavy head makes all the more sense.
Threat level: Midnight
Cats are not typically regarded as the iron-clad guardians of home-defense. Save, of course, for this one. This strange portal has revealed some sneaky intruder who would have gotten the best of the owner’s wellbeing, had it not been for this knightly kit.
This overgrown kitty-cat has already sneered fear unto this unwelcome racketeer. The cat also has not yet realized he is the very villain he is protecting against! Tune in next week to find out how this tale ends. Spoiler alert: he just looks into the mirror again and again for hours.
You really don’t look that bad
Some cats want to judge you for no particular reason. They can be bratty like that. Can cats judge other cats? The answer is definitely a strong and definitive yes. But here lies the real kicker: can cats judge themselves?
We don’t know for certain, but this cat definitely does not seem to be happy with its discovery in the mirror. To be fair, we can’t know for certain if its barber goofed up his fresh cut, or if it forgot something important. Case in point? This little bud looks less than elated.
Brain meets Pinky
In an origin story for the ages — and a live adaptation of the blockbuster Spielberg cartoon epic from the 90s — we’ve got this chinchilla. This is Brain, the world’s smallest mouse-meets-chinchilla hybrid. He’s about to meet what will become his best friend of all time, and actual mastermind henchman, Pinky.
A fancy story for a less epic reality, this chinchilla playing with its reflection is adorable. They both look so surprised to finally meet, but you know what’s no surprise? What they’re going to do today. (Hint: try to take over the world.)
Furry funhouse phantasm
This mirrored image doesn’t look real, does it? That said, it;s definitely real, but we are just as aghast as this little dude is with it. His neck is long, but it somehow looks different in the mirror. It’s as though the mirror is warping and distorting his image, and the kitty’s face says it all.
A true visual cacophony of emotions and questions here, this silly encounter was probably disorienting for a first time look into a mirror. Neither the cat nor this audience can stop looking at it.
Our furry feline friend Nacho got the coolest mirror, and it’s the kind that makes it sort of look like there’s an alternate version of you. This one has the unique property of creating illusions of stretched necks.
It is so silly how the cat somehow manages to look less occupied with its own reflection than with the strategic advantages the mirror possesses. It quickly adapted, though, and has learned complete mastery of mirrors — he didn’t even have to turn around! Will Nacho use these powers for good…or the funny?
Who is this slothly spectre before us? It is but a silvery illusion of the plump and pensive plop propped passively against the wall. This reflective riddle keeps this would-be sage at his mental peak as he works to discover the nature of this mimicry. He wonders if the orange and transparent mime on the other side also thinks the same.
The answer here is obvious: it’s clear that they’re both kind of bored and want to get a snack, proving that great minds really do think alike.
A young cat’s game
This is a hilariously staged and manufactured photo operation, but we’re all for it. In true Ansel Adams fashion of sharp contrasts and full tonal range, we have exaggeratedly minimal touches of light for this pretentious purrer’s photoshoot.
Gone are his halcyon days of youth and the dreams of an academy award. But hey, the stage lights shine upon us again with the limelight of daybreak, it’s just showbiz, baby. The cat had a well-deserved fancy iced tea after the successful photoshoot.
Weekend at the Hampton (Inn)
This cute pup just discovered its own reflection and it could not look more proud and happy. That’s a social media profile pic if we’ve ever seen one. This dog just looks so proud and its enthusiasm is contagious.
You can’t help but smile and imagine it wagging its tail as it bounces around excited to play with its new buddy in the mirror. Make sure to pay the room fees, though, just in case the pup tries too hard to rediscover the dog in the mirror and accidentally cracks it.
The most eloquent centerpiece
This is the fanciest dog to ever live. This Victorian pose is second to none, and it is super cutely juxtaposed by the cartoonishly small reflection. The intent stare and subtextual amusement only adds to the humor of the image.
Honestly, it’s a sheer stroke of luck and coincidence the dog noticed itself on a mirror that small, and even more so that it stayed in place long enough for us to enjoy having a photograph of the moment. The zoom in is an instant screen-saver classic.
Most beautiful cat
This cat is so freaking pretty, and it knows it. If confidence could have a face, then this would be it. This cat has a likeness that would mirror (no pun intended!) that of the mythical Narcissus. Having rapt intrigue and appreciation for every whisker and wisp of fur is so characteristic of this cutie.
It could also be that the bright LEDs are making the cat have to squint really hard to see. In any case, this very symmetrical cat made for a really funny self-discovery. That’s what makes it beautiful.
It’s hard to believe this cat is just now, this very second, discovering itself in the mirror. While it may seem as though the cat is definitely surprised and is pawing at itself to form a tangible relationship between image and physical space, the more obvious answer is quite simple.
Clearly, they’ve met before. It’s obvious that the cats had known each other and, who knows, probably shared some chicken or tuna? Now they’ve accepted their differences and are shaking paws on a truce treaty…nice.
In classic homage to Iron Man Vol. 1 No. 128 (clearly, we’re very particular about our comic book fandom!), this bunny rabbit owner has perfectly recreated detail-for-detail the cover of the iconic magazine.
That could be a bit of a stretch, but the bunny does seem to be thinking about some pretty important stuff, and the glass bottle only adds to the symbolism. The droopy ears are also super cute. On the other hand, the bunny could also just be shy to meet its mirrored self.
This one is immediately a favorite, and it’s hard not to love it…there’s just so much going on here. Is the little otter shouting, smiling, screaming, or maybe it’s just a little surprised? If we had to venture a guess, we’d probably say all of the above.
It could be happy from a fresh swim, just spotted a tasty fish, just seen its long time buddy, or it could just be excited because life as an otter is pretty dang sweet. Rock on, otter, you clearly seem to have it all figured out.
Confused good boy
This Rottweiler is confused about who the good boy standing before him is. He is so adorably uncomfortable with the sight of his own reflection, and honestly, it’s just such an innocent and endearing image. It truly embodies a deceptively tough looking dog with a very visible soft side.
The chain necklace only adds to the whole ordeal, don’t you agree? Hopefully he realizes he’s a good boy. Someone please step in and give this dog some treats and good belly rub…he needs it desperately.
What in the blazes?
It’s ridiculously cute to see babies and pets tinker and interact with their newly-discovered self-projections. But this cat? It got the complete opposite. A fiery and Dante-esque dimension, this cat must be very intrigued not only who is in the pane of glass, but what that glowy ghoul actually even is.
It looks so silly because of its intensity and the plainness of the disembodied cat staring back at it. The cat probably saw it and just simply thought it itself, “Hm. Neat.”
Morning pup talk
We all need a pep talk at our lower moments. This dog is no different. He either was already in need of some help, or stumbled upon his image suddenly, needing the unplanned pep talk in turn.
The way it has its front legs laid out in a commiserate pose, implying it swooped in and immediately saw itself needing a bracing, is adorable. We can almost hear his thoughts: You’re a good boy, and you know it. And you’ve always been a good boy, the best there ever was.
This spot taken?
This cat was trying to reach the peak of the dresser, an insurmountable feat for all of kittenkind. That is why it looks so surprised and impressed to see another cat made it here first! It may have more to do with the nature of mirrors and its discovery of the never before seen, though.
This cute cat is just the perfect encapsulation of the curiosity and enigma reflections are to animals. It looks like it accidentally walked in on itself and is saying, “Oh shoot, whoops, my bad, this is your spot.”
A sinking sensation
For many cats, there’s that one tiny nook or cranny in the house that they alone have discovered (or so they think!) It becomes their favorite hideaway, a private retreat away from the world that they can reflect on the mysteries of yesterday’s tuna and kibble, and make plans for the future.
For little Midnight, this bathroom sink was the perfect place to cool down during the night, but during the day, she discovered a pitch-black intruder had been secretly sharing her hideyhole all night. The horror!