30 Times People Saw Cats In Unexpected Places And Decided To Snap Some Pics

Do you ever get the feeling that life is all about cats? The internet’s obsessed with them. Your friends keep sending you cat memes during work. And you keep thinking about cats so much, they seem to pop up everywhere you look. Relax—you’re not alone.

People are posting photos of all the random places and items that they saw cats in and Bored Panda has collected the very best examples of feline pareidolia for you to enjoy.

Scroll down and take a look at all the cats unexpectedly showing up in people’s everyday lives. Don’t forget to upvote your fave pics and if you have any photos of cat outlines meowsteriously stalking you, post them in the comment section, dear Pandas.#1 

This Bag Looks Like A Cat

This Bag Looks Like A Cat

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Raine Soo4 days ago

I have seen this one before, and it always makes me chuckle.15ReplyView more comments#2 

My Wife’s Hot Chocolate Was Visited By A Mysterious Cat

My Wife’s Hot Chocolate Was Visited By A Mysterious Cat

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Raine Soo4 days ago

Cats work in mysterious ways…26ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

Bubbles That Form A Little Cat Shape

Bubbles That Form A Little Cat Shape

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Raine Soo4 days ago

The kitty is surprised.24ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

In an earlier interview with Bored Panda, professor Kang Lee from the University of Toronto explained to us the science of seeing faces and familiar figures in things.

“Pareidolia illustrates the interaction between the visual cortex and the frontal cortex of the human brain. It suggests that our brain is highly sensitive and expecting to encounter and process some special classes of objects in our environment because they are biological and socially important to our adaptions to the environment,” the professor detailed.#4 

Dog’s Shadow Looks Exactly Like A Cat

Dog's Shadow Looks Exactly Like A Cat

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Kath Leen4 days ago

your dog is a cat trapped in a dog’s body28ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#5 

This Shadow Of The Window Frame Looks Like A Cat Is Perched Up There.

This Shadow Of The Window Frame Looks Like A Cat Is Perched Up There.

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Raine Soo4 days ago

The phantom cat…36ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

This Can Of Paint Looks Like A Cat

This Can Of Paint Looks Like A Cat

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Raine Soo4 days ago

This is a beautiful likeness of a cat. It also reminds me of that Japanese print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’.38ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“For example, when you are walking in a dark street in the evening, your brain is on high alert to detect whether any threat will jump out at any moment. In this case, you are more likely to have face or human pareidolia because it is important for you to err on the side of caution if you mistake a tree as a human being.”

He continued: “However, for some people, their frontal cortex’s expectation for certain objects (e.g., faces) become so high that they see faces in many situations where no faces exist.”

According to Professor Lee, this is normal and there’s nothing wrong with people who see faces or figures where there aren’t any.#7 

The Makeup Squirt On My Sponge Resembled A Cat This Morning.

The Makeup Squirt On My Sponge Resembled A Cat This Morning.

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Raine Soo4 days ago

This is the kitty cousin to the toothpaste squirt.20ReplyView more comments#8 

Grumpy Cat In My Apple

Grumpy Cat In My Apple

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Raine Soo4 days ago

That is the cutest angry face I have ever seen!31ReplyView more comments#9 

This Cloud Looks Like A Cat, And A Dog.

This Cloud Looks Like A Cat, And A Dog.

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Raine Soo4 days ago

And, the kitty/doggo cloud jumped over the house…26ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“Pareidolia is different from paranoia or delusion or abnormal vision of individuals with psychosis. In fact, a recent study shows that those people with pareidolia tend to be more creative. Also, people who are religious may be able to see religious icons in non-face objects as well.”

He added that pareidolia shows how powerfully our imaginations (which comes from our frontal cortex) can affect our perception (which takes place first in the visual cortex which is located in the occipital lobe in the back of our head).#10 

The Pattern On My Dogs Chest Looks Like A Cat Mid Sneeze

The Pattern On My Dogs Chest Looks Like A Cat Mid Sneeze

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Helen Haley4 days ago

Look at that face! Give him all the treats!40ReplyView more comments#11 

This Cat Food Bag’s Shadow Looks Like A Cat

This Cat Food Bag's Shadow Looks Like A Cat

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Raine Soo4 days ago

It is trying to tell you something.17ReplyView more comments#12 

This Grass That Looks Like A Giant Cat

This Grass That Looks Like A Giant Cat

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Daria B4 days ago(edited)

Legend says a cat once fell asleep there. Sadly, never woke up. Nowadays the grass and flowers tell us the story about the cat who wandered.55ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“What we see are not things over there in the world but actually the co-creation of what is out there physically and what is in our mind mentally through our expectations and imaginations,” he said.

However, pareidolia isn’t only a visual phenomenon. “Pareidolia is a broader phenomenon as it extends to touch and sound and other sensory channels. For example, you sometimes sense your phone vibrating when it is not, it is a tactile form of pareidolia. When you hear voices in a noisy environment, it is an auditory form of pareidolia.” So technically you could feel a cat brushing up against you or hear a feline meowing, too!#13 

This Crack On The Stairs Looks Like A Cat

This Crack On The Stairs Looks Like A Cat

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Daria B4 days ago(edited)

Legend says it will make you trip down if you walk by that spot. ♡27ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

The Reflection Of This Watch Looks Like A Logo For Some Cat Super Hero.

The Reflection Of This Watch Looks Like A Logo For Some Cat Super Hero.

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Raine Soo4 days ago

A cat superhero would be very welcome.23ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

Cat Formed By Cracks Above My Light Switch

Cat Formed By Cracks Above My Light Switch

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Raine Soo4 days ago

Aww, this one is sweet.18ReplyView more comments#16 

The Way My Lotion Squirted Out Looks Like A Cat

The Way My Lotion Squirted Out Looks Like A Cat

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Raine Soo4 days ago

Oh, it’s so cute! It even has cute little ears.19ReplyView more comments#17 

This Chip In My Window Looks A Bit Like A Cat

This Chip In My Window Looks A Bit Like A Cat

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Raine Soo4 days ago

Even in glass, a cat will judge you.44ReplyView more comments#18 

This Kitty Has A Picture Of Another Cat On Its Forehead

This Kitty Has A Picture Of Another Cat On Its Forehead

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The ultimate cat bun4 days ago

Cat on cat!14ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

This Tree Behind My House Looks Like A Cat Turning Back To Look At Me

This Tree Behind My House Looks Like A Cat Turning Back To Look At Me

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Raine Soo4 days ago

I see it! This is great.15ReplyView more comments#20 

This Thread On My Floor That Looks Like A Cat

This Thread On My Floor That Looks Like A Cat

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V3 days ago

That’s art!12ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

My Roommate Made A Cat Out Of Foam

My Roommate Made A Cat Out Of Foam

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Pauline Bennett4 days ago

Just call me bubbles.25ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

This Parking Spot Has A Salty Cat On It

This Parking Spot Has A Salty Cat On It

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Tabitha L4 days ago

Complete with tail curling in front.10ReplyView more comments#23 

This Popcorn That Looks Like A Cat

This Popcorn That Looks Like A Cat

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Raine Soo4 days ago

This kitty kernel looks like it’s made out of ceramic.19ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

This Lil Squirt Of Lotion Looks Like A Tiny Cat

This Lil Squirt Of Lotion Looks Like A Tiny Cat

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Raine Soo4 days ago(edited)

Ah, another skin care kitty.21ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

The Tigers On These Socks Look Like House Cats When Turned Inside Out

The Tigers On These Socks Look Like House Cats When Turned Inside Out

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Raine Soo4 days ago

They look like tortoiseshell kitties.26ReplyView more comments#26 

The Way The Glass From One Building Reflects Onto The Brick Into The Image Of A Cat.

The Way The Glass From One Building Reflects Onto The Brick Into The Image Of A Cat.

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Stephanie Did It4 days ago

It looks Siamese, if you please.26ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

My Banana Has A Bruise That Is A Silhouette Of A Cat.

My Banana Has A Bruise That Is A Silhouette Of A Cat.

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Katherine Boag3 days ago

Ceci n’est pas un chat8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

The Thorax Of This Bug Looks Like A Cat With Sunglasses

The Thorax Of This Bug Looks Like A Cat With Sunglasses

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Raine Soo4 days ago

That is one cool cat.20ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

The Markings On This Fish Look Like A Cat

The Markings On This Fish Look Like A Cat

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Kesyra4 days ago

Catfishing!26ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

The Shadow Of This Box Of Tissues Looks Like A Cat

The Shadow Of This Box Of Tissues Looks Like A Cat

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Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm1 day ago

Well, cats DO love boxes…9ReplyView more comments

Note: this post originally had 58 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations. A huge fan of literature, films, philosophy, and tabletop games, he also has a special place in his heart for anything related to fantasy or science fiction.

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