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Cat Bearding for the Bored | A Crazy Craze

Updated on July 6, 2015
Woman Holding Black Cat to Face
Woman Holding Black Cat to Face | Source

Cat Bearding for the Dog Days of Summer

This introduces you to the cat bearding craze. A properly held cat can make a fine fashion accessory. Check out the photos, the videos and learn how you can can take up cat bearding.

The dog days of summer mean silliness and tom-foolery and lazy fun. It's a time when your favorite hobbies just don't cut it and you want to let loose with something wild. Good news, then. Put away your knitting needles, your scrapbook paper, your beads and your woodwork.

Grab a cat, preferably a house cat and not a lion or jaguar, and take up the latest craze of cat bearding.

Woman Cat Bearding with White Persian Cat
Woman Cat Bearding with White Persian Cat | Source

HUH? Cat Bearding?

It's the latest Internet craze. You know how it goes. Somebody does it and posts a picture and faster than you can spit up a hairball, everybody is cat bearding and bragging about it.

What do you do? You hold your cat so the head is under your bottom lip. The cat's body hangs downward, giving the appearance of a beard. Then you take a picture.

Oh, and most importantly, remember to post your pictures on the Internet, making full use of all social media sites.

The gal in the picture is cheating, if you ask me. True, she has an absolutely adorable cat. It looks like a Persian. The gal is a super cute cat herself, plus the way the cat curls around her neck is SOOOO darned sweet.

Nevertheless, for a purist like me, she is is cheating. True cat beards are made with the cat's head under the mouth and the body hanging down.

Some people are always looking for the easy way out, if you ask me.

Will you be cat bearding anytime soon?

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Calico Cat in Basket
Calico Cat in Basket | Source

Step by Step Instructions

How-to do Cat Bearding

Cat bearding may sound simple to do, but in practice, challenges may occur. To master the craft, follow the steps below.

1. Obtain suitable cat.

2. Acquire suitable camera person, or try the time lapse feature on your camera if you dare.

3. Bribe cat with belly rubs, tuna treats and promises of a catnip reward.

4. Pick up cat, placing cat's head under your bottom lip, with cat's body hanging downward.

5. Clean up broken ornaments and spilled coffee that occurred during Fluffy's successful escape.

6. Wash the scratches and claw marks on your hands and legs and apply antiseptic.

7. Repeat until photograph is obtained. Better yet, take a video.

8. Upload photograph to Flicker, YouTube, MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter, Blogger and any others that you can think of.

There. Easy, wasn't it?

No Cats Are to be Harmed!

Use humane, ethical methods to sedate Tabby and convince her to participate. Belly rubbing may work.

Big Ragdoll Cat Being Held Up
Big Ragdoll Cat Being Held Up | Source

Getting Kitty to Co-operate

Subdue, Sedate Not Medicate

Some practice may be required when encouraging a reluctant feline to act as your beard while being photographed.

It may be necessary to sedate or otherwise subdue Fluffy to ensure his or her cooperation.

Good way to sedate kitty-cat

1. Rub his belly

2. Scratch the back of her ears

3. Offer tuna treats

Really BAD way to sedate kitty-cat

1. Stun gun

2. Your leftover Prozac

3. Johnny Walker

Ragdoll Cat Sitting on Counter
Ragdoll Cat Sitting on Counter | Source

Cat Bearding FAQs

Please read the FAQs before submitting your question to technical support staff. If your question is not answered here, open a support ticket and expect a catty response within several weeks.

  • Is cat bearding truly a form of craft?

    Yes, absolutely. It's right up there with cow tipping.

  • What type of cat should I use?

    It's a matter of preference, but I would go with a domestic house cat. True, jaguars, lynxes and tigers are exotic but some challenges have been noted when using them for cat bearding.

  • What color or markings work best?

    I would look for a colour or pattern on the cat that best compliments your skin tone and hair colouring. Consult your local Mary Kay representative for tips on color coordination.

  • Could I just Photoshop the cat into the picture?

    Gasp! Absolutely not. Cat bearding via Photoshop is SO yesterday.

Cat Bearding Video - Patience May be Required

Links to Cat Bearding Sites, News and Pictures

Shouldn't you have your own blog showing your very own pictures showing how you wear Fluffy on your face?

Comments for Caterwauling Cat Bearders - What do you have to say?

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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      4 years ago

      Thank Gawd I'm allergic to catz!

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      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @qikey1 lm: Cat bearding is suitable for all age groups! LOL

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      qikey1 lm 

      5 years ago

      :D I wish I had more time to cat beard! One of my favorite pass times is to curl up with my kitties to read- which I hardly ever get to do! Love the silliness. I will tell my kids- who are currently loving taking web cam shots of each other. I am sure they would love the idea of cat bearding! :D

    • LoriBeninger profile image


      5 years ago

      This is just too cute! Thank you for the laugh.

    • Mommy-Bear profile image


      5 years ago

      Cat bearding is cool (if slightly nuts) its going around the social media sites lately!!!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Pat Goltz: My mission is to reach the uninitiated and uninformed so as to spread this craft to the masses.

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      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Haven't heard of cat bearding until now. There is no telling what a bored person will come up with to pass the time! Great article.

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      5 years ago

      Oh my. Very cute. But that is boredom to the nth degree. ;-) Love your sense of humor.

    • mrdata profile image


      5 years ago

      Awesome! :)

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      5 years ago


    • choosehappy profile image


      5 years ago from US

      lol, never seen such a thing. Always something new popping up!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Cute way to bond with one's cat

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      Pat Goltz 

      5 years ago

      This is hilarious! I had never heard of it.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @LynetteBell: Yep, its the latest and greatest new fad! LOL

    • LynetteBell profile image


      5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I only heard about this recently when I saw some pictures in the newspaper. Such fun!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ArtByLinda: Thanks! That makes me just want to curl up and purr!

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      Art Inspired 

      5 years ago

      Your lens on cat bearding is the cat's meow! Thanks for the laughs!

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      Linda Hoxie 

      5 years ago from Idaho

      Hilarious, love this idea as much as my silly lens on 3D Chair Experience. Anything silly and fun that bonds families and friends together with laughter is a good thing. You just got my vote for the best summer crafts!

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      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Virginia Allain: Oh, what a shame. Sometimes the neighbour's cats can be enticed in with tuna treats.

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd have to borrow someone else's cat. I'm currently cat-less. Fun.

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      5 years ago

      Very entertaining! A great read, and fun video.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Absolutely hysterical. Loved this.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Absolutely hysterical. Loved this.


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