KittenQwest Contest

An alert reader sent me this photo, which by my lights is the cutest kitten picture of all time.

If anyone can send or link to a cuter picture of a kitten than this, I’ll send them an autographed paperback of WEIT. Note: I will not be judging this contest, but if the judge deems no entry cuter than this, there will be no prize.  Only one picture per person; contest closes in a week.  I don’t have many copies of the book left, and will accompany the autograph with a hand-drawn cat.

Note: it doesn’t have to be your kitten!

Go!

96 Comments

  1. Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m speechless except to say, awwww.

    On a side note though, why the hell do cats sleep in what looks like the most uncomfortable places when we bust our butts to give them soft cozy places?

    • fullyladenswallow
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 1:02 am | Permalink

      There’s just no understanding it. My cat Sarah usually chooses between 3 places: My desk chair, the bed (sometimes under the covers), or on her pad beneath the bookcase on my desk. Contrast with her, one of my previous cats, Zero. I could rub his belly ’til he dozed off, then slip him into a plastic grocery sack and then hang him on the nearby doorknob where he was quite comfortable and continued to sleep. Maybe some cats just like the “womb experience”.

      • gravelinspector
        Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:10 am | Permalink

        Sounds like a “bat tent”, which isn’t a Hollywood prop, but a type of mountaineering tent for “big wall” climbs. Single point of suspension, some internal poles to stop the user being bent and folded. We’re not cats after all.

      • Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

        Our cat Ives sleeps in the dirty laundry basket.

        • Gregory Kusnick
          Posted June 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

          Nothing strange about that. Laundry smells just like a lap, warms up quickly, and doesn’t fidget.

          • Posted June 30, 2012 at 5:34 am | Permalink

            I don’t consider it strange, just highly catlike considering I had painstakingly set out freshly washed blankets for him all over the damned house.

    • Pete UK
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:32 am | Permalink

      Because they can. The message is clear: we’ll sleep where we want to and when we want to. We are the overlords, and we are indifferent to your transparent wiles.

      • Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

        I’m just waiting until the day they show us their planet. Then we’re in trouble…..

  2. daveau
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    “Yo, Alert Reader. I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the cutest kitten pictures of all time. One of the cutest kitten pictures of all time!”

  3. hcd
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Hah, I has won:

    http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/4972/dsc00658np.jpg

    • BillyJoe
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 4:14 am | Permalink

      You’re dreamin’

  4. Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    No fair…Baihu was already several months old when he came in off the street….

    b&

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      It doesn’t have to be YOUR kitten, Ben!

      • Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

        Oh…well…

        …in that case, I can haz book nao plz?

        http://google.com/search?q=cutest+kitten+ever&tbm=isch

        KTHKBAI

        b&

        • whyevolutionistrue
          Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

          ONE picture per entry, please. Try again, ’cause a Google search is NOT kyoot.

          • Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

            Awww…but there’s too many to pick from! And the winner will probably be somewhere on that link, anyway….

            b&

            • daveau
              Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

              Just throw a dart at your laptop…

              • Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

                Not a bad idea…hang on a minute while I go gra —

                HEY! You’e trying to get me to destroy another laptop, aren’t you? It was bad enough when Baihu knocked over that glass water on the old one….

                b&

              • daveau
                Posted June 28, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

                And I hardly had to talk him into it… ;p

  5. Mary Bierbaum
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Have to delurk for this one. This is Elke.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26575175@N08/4197915008/in/photostream/lightbox/ The cutest kitteh evah!

    • Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      Recursive kitteh!

    • docbill1351
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Seriously? Qute Qats on a MacBook Pro are so five years ago!

      Aren’t they Kink on a MBP?

  6. Marella
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm, that will be tough to beat, sooooooo cute!

  7. newenglandbob
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    These pictures make me want to watch Star Trek’s “Trouble with Tribbles” again.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trouble_With_Tribbles

  8. Gemma H.
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    This is the cutest kitten ever. /Users/gemmah/Desktop/sleeping kitten.jpg

    • Krishan Bhattacharya
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      Gemma, that is not a web URL

      • daveau
        Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

        Tim has it covered at #9. Unless someone wants to supply us with an IP address?

        • Tim
          Posted June 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

          No, that’ll do. =)

  9. Tim
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    My wife Gemma’s nominee:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/24630436@N05/7457520088/in/photostream/lightbox/

  10. Posted June 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    No, *I’ve* got the cutest kitten, Me, Me, Me!:

    https://plus.google.com/photos/117707560069665179412/albums/5758864060237258321

  11. Krishan Bhattacharya
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    My submission

    http://i.imgur.com/0zgrr.jpg

    – Krishan Bhattacharya

  12. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m rather partial to this one:

    http://whyevolutionistrue.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/valentine-heart-cat.jpg

    • Caroline52
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      That is awesome. But today’s CD-Cradle Kitten is even cuter IMO. Unbelievably cute!

  13. John Yates
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I saw this in r/aww over at reddit,com, and even though it’s quite well knownn I think it has to be a contender! http://images.plurk.com/3674141_4f8ceab43de07d0c5299f53b6650c90f.jpg

    • docbill1351
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      Except for the big freaking dawg!!!

      • daveau
        Posted June 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

        Srsly. That’s some dog apologist who knows full well dogs aren’t cute.

  14. Posted June 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Coyne, I am holding you responsible for the LAG TO THE ENTIRE INTERNET that will result from this contest.

    Now let me raid my photo archives…

  15. Melissa Johnson
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    When I saw the title of your posting…I thought, oh sure I have so many cute photos of me kittehs… I will win!! Then I scrolled down and I saw the dang picture. You’re right!!! They can’t much cuter than that.

  16. Posted June 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    How about this one?

    http://catnday.com/photo/4481/funny-pic-i-loves-you-mommy/

    • Melissa Johnson
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:46 am | Permalink

      adorable!!!!! beyond words, really.

  17. Posted June 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    There is no such thing as an un-cute kitten (or puppy, for that matter).

  18. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Apparently it’s not just us who think kittehs are cute, it seems to be an inherent property of kittehs.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10815958

    • Kevin Anthoney
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

      That can’t be true. If it was, it’d mean that PZ Myers is a freak of nature!

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:35 am | Permalink

        Well, I can’t help feeling there’s something fundamentally weird about tentacles! 🙂

  19. Kevin Anthoney
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if it beats Jerry’s, but I’ve always loved this one:

    http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=1986320&size=lg

    • Posted June 28, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

      Oooh… that is pretty darn good. Are professional photographer shots cheating though?

      • Kevin Anthoney
        Posted June 28, 2012 at 7:07 am | Permalink

        I don’t think so. We’re looking for the cutest kitteh photo of all time, no compromises.

        I don’t think it’ll win – while it’s probably a better photo, all things considered, it’s not as cute. But it’s worth looking at anyway!

  20. Dominic
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Clearly that kitten has No Fear!

  21. MKray
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    I’m glad to see that WEIT followers have the good taste NOT to think putting clothes on animals makes them look cute, and do NOT think breeding cats to have squashed in faces makes them cute. Am I the only one to think that Cheezburger has gone to the dogs lately?

  22. Kingasaurus
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    I just think it’s funny that the kitten is peacefully sleeping near DVD’s/Games called “FEAR” and “PUNISHER.”

    LOL

  23. Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Whenever I try to read in bed I just go to sleep.

  24. lezurk
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Two of my kittens, Boo and Hubbert, from a couple of years back taking a nap

    http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g141/lezurk/toocomfortable1.jpg

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      That gives me an idea…

      http://www.dailykitten.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/676-CIMG0116.jpg

      Now how could Jerry possibly resist that?

      • whyevolutionistrue
        Posted June 28, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

        Almost impossible not to–that’s why I’m bringing in an outside judge!

        • Gregory Kusnick
          Posted June 28, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

          Unfortunately I was unable to find any pictures of kittens with pastrami.

  25. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Google’s “Unsupervised” Self-Learning Neural Network Searches For Cat Pics
    At last – the computer revolution does something useful.

  26. Miss May
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Awww, it’s baby Ceiling Cat in his manger

  27. Miss May
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Correction – “His” manger

  28. CR
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I love the curiosity evident in this one:

    http://chzdailywhat.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/even-computers-love-cats-of-the-day1.jpg

  29. Daniel
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    Conchita, my cousin’s cat.
    http://instagr.am/p/LEQBDxr-8o/

  30. jeroenversteeg
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Here are my sister’s two cats when they were still young:
    https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3mhFgEEyeiwOC15c1RieWNuckU
    The one on the left (called Lana) is, of course, the winner for this competition. It’s hardly fair for you other competitors, I know.

    Cheers,
    Jeroen

  31. jeroenversteeg
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Uh, not sure whether my previous post made it through (I had to log in using gravatar, but I can’t see my post).

    Here’s my entry: my sister’s two cats when they were young and cute:
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3mhFgEEyeiwOC15c1RieWNuckU

    The one on the left begging for teh hugz, Lana, is clearly the winner. Hardly fair for the competition, I know. Dei seez Lana beeing all cuets – dei hatin’

  32. Rachel
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Anikin is not my cat, but he captured my heart a few weeks ago: http://oi50.tinypic.com/30sy6ua.jpg

    I’m a sucker for hard-luck cases, and this little tadpole had the misfortune of being born with neither hind legs nor pelvis. O_o Fortunately, he seems to have found his way into a loving home: https://www.facebook.com/AnakinTheTwoLeggedCat

    I worry about what’s going to happen when he gets too heavy to walk on his forepaws.

  33. Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Let’s see if this one does it for you! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=438550546167651&set=a.123290884360287.13113.113544412001601&type=1&theater

  34. Cluisanna
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I looked at all the pictures posted so far, and I have to tell you I am very sorry, but these are, hands down, the cutest kittens ever. However, they are wild cats (black-footed african cats), so I don’t know if that counts…
    http://www.zooborns.com/.a/6a010535647bf3970b0168eac2b000970c-500wi
    (source: http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2012/04/ferocious-black-footed-kittens-at-cleveland-metroparks-zoo.html – check out the whole site, it’s amazing!)

  35. theRFD
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s old (Tullia’s a cranky old lady now), but still has something to it:

    http://chrisleavins.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/06/05/tullia_colorado_robert.jpg

  36. Posted June 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/terminal01/2011/9/14/17/enhanced-buzz-12978-1316036551-2.jpg

    Kewt Kitteh knoshes on blue octopus for da win!

  37. Sai
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    I think this is the cutest kitten picture of all time

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=404701869575943&set=a.236815493031249.60543.236124369767028&type=1&theater

  38. Lochsloy
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Tess – So innocent looking but a major pain for her 14 year old “sister” cat. This one does not know when to stop.

    http://www.twitpic.com/a2x4he

  39. Posted July 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Coyne,

    I’m writing for several reasons. First of all, it’s my birthday. Yes, I’m trying to shamelessly abuse that. I’m turning 30, so I’m feeling slightly traumatized. 😉
    Secondly, I’m hoping to enter the KittenQwest contest. Admittedly, I could possibly find a cuter kitten than this, but this is my boy, and while I’m biased, I think it’d be difficult to find one cuter than this: http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm43/aegisfire/allegro/0616081422.jpg
    His name is Allegro, and he’s adorable: http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm43/aegisfire/allegro/0616081352a.jpg
    The main reason I want to enter the contest is that my girlfriend would really LOVE a signed copy of the book, and I’m just shameless enough that I’m willing to pimp out my cute kitten to get her what she wants. Even if I can’t win the contest, I’m hoping there’s some way I can obtain a signed copy of the book for her, so please let me know what I can do in the oh-so-unlikely event that Allegro doesn’t win the prize for me. 😉

    Thanks,

    Daniel

  40. Posted July 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Coyne,

    I’m writing for several reasons. First of all, it’s my birthday. Yes, I’m trying to shamelessly abuse that. I’m turning 30, so I’m feeling slightly traumatized. 😉
    Secondly, I’m hoping to enter the KittenQwest contest. Admittedly, I could possibly find a cuter kitten than this, but this is my boy, and while I’m biased, I think it’d be difficult to find one cuter than this: http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm43/aegisfire/allegro/0616081422.jpg
    His name is Allegro, and he’s adorable: http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm43/aegisfire/allegro/0616081352a.jpg
    The main reason I want to enter the contest is that my girlfriend would really LOVE a signed copy of the book, and I’m just shameless enough that I’m willing to pimp out my cute kitten to get her what she wants. Even if I can’t win the contest, I’m hoping there’s some way I can obtain a signed copy of the book for her, so please let me know what I can do.

    Thanks,

    Daniel

  41. Amanda
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I love this contest. Photos of cute kittens make everything good.

    Here is my entry:
    A photo of a kitten my cousin is taking care of. This kitten resides in Austin, TX and is in need of a good home…hint hint if anyone knows someone.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=251955288237598&set=a.147422408690887.22855.100002693872674&type=1&theater

    -Amanda

    • Amanda
      Posted July 4, 2012 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      Boo. I don’t think my link is working, due to fb permissions. Must enter this kitten!

  42. Posted July 4, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Hello!

    We are an animal charity in London – The Mayhew Animal Home – which is experiencing the full force of kitten season at the moment. We are absolutely jam-packed with abandoned and neglected litters of kittens.

    Here is a photo of one such kitten which we think is quite possibly the cutest thing to wander the earth. Little Pea, as she’s called, also happens to be a fan of our merchandise.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150987354207801&set=a.10150987175142801.448916.76933407800&type=3&theater

    We’re keeping our fingers (and paws) crossed!

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted July 4, 2012 at 5:16 am | Permalink

      Okay, anybody who adopts this kitten and can provide proof will get a free, autographed copy of WEIT, even if Little Pea doesn’t win. I know there are readers in London, and some must want a kitten as adorable as this one.

  43. heleen
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    http://www.beleefdelente.nl/clips/401

    Interested face and nice shoulders.

  44. Posted July 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Here is my entry:
    http://sterlingstarling.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/raise-your-paw-if-you-need-some-aww/

    I base my contest entry on the first picture, but there are plenty of others there that will tickle you kitty-cuteness-bone.

    Those photos represent my precious twin kitties–Castor and Pollux. (I’m pretty sure their names alone should win me something!) They look identical, but Pollux is a Manx (no tail), while his brother is “normal” (by outward appearances, anyway). They were rescued during a winter storm a few years ago. (The post has the full story if you’re interested.)

    They’re also the “stars” of their own mini-movie! Check it out here: http://sterlingstarling.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/the-twins-help-make-the-bed/

  45. Janice C
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    With so many cute kitten pictures floating around it was difficult to choose just one. Finally, I decided on this shot just because it makes me happy: http://cats-and-stuff.tumblr.com/post/462020774/theanimalkingdom-via-fc00-deviantart-net

    p.s. Little Pea is the cutest thing ever. I hope she & all the other animals at Mayhew find forever homes.

  46. Nyanko Sensei
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    It’s probably too late to enter but I love this little kitten:
    http://khongthe.com/wallpapers/animals/red-maine-coon-kitten-41315.jpg

    My fav cat breed: maine coon.

    • Dominic
      Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:11 am | Permalink

      awwwww!

  47. Posted July 12, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    http://cuteoverload.com/2007/07/16/people-that-loo/

    Hodag is so adorable that I was able to convince Cute Overload to use a photo that included a hoomin in it. He is also so adorable that he started a new category on Cute Overload.

  48. DD Lind
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Here’s my entry:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4351729270550&set=a.4351718430279.182364.1207184272&type=3&theater

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      This link doesn’t appear to work; you need to set your Facebook security so everyone can see this picture. Alternatively, send it to me via private email.

      • DD Lind
        Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

        Sent to you via private email

  49. Jesse
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Say hello to my friend Brittany’s kitty, Boris!

    http://instagram.com/p/MUxWJwJRrQ/

  50. Fernando
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi John

    This is our little Senna:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=385999841460921&set=a.126898370704404.19091.100001527256944&type=1&theater

  51. Jesse
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I know this won’t count since I already submitted but I think you’ll like this one too.

    http://instagr.am/p/M930WTprbT

  52. Randy Sherwood
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    The litter that my ex and I had:
    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/3626_647515267878_375147348_n.jpg

    Brought back many memories as I dug through thousands of pics to try to pick my favorite. It was not an easy choice.

  53. Notagod
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    After looking at all the kittens on the internets or those that appeared within several minutes, I’ve chosen this one due to the resemblance to a childhood pet.
    http://thelintscreen.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/CuteKitten.jpg


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