'Purrfect': Internet Loves Rescue Cats' Front-Row Seats for Birdwatching

Whether chasing them around the garden or chattering through the window, all cat owners know how much their pets love birds. If they can get a front-row seat to watch their feathered friends (and possible lunch), well, that's even better.

One pet owner has gone viral on TikTok for ensuring her four pampered pussy cats get the VIP treatment. Not content to watch birds from a windowsill, these tabbies get their own cushy seat and deck-side view to enjoy the show.

The footage was posted by the account myjerkcats on Sunday, April 10, along with the caption: "When you give the cats a front row seat to [bird] watching #rescuecatsoftiktok."

The video, which can be viewed here, has been seen over 2.8 million times and received over 300,000 likes.


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The account is owned by Kim, from Peterborough in Ontario, Canada. She has five cats in total—Larry (far left), Daryl (center left), Dean (center right), Bruce (far right) and Gina (not in the video).

She told Newsweek: "These boys all love watching and chirping at birdies together. They are always hanging out as a group. As you can see from the video they have ruined my beautiful mid century modern chairs' leather seats."

She also owns three dogs, including Pepper the whippet and Mister the greyhound mix, who can be seen having their view of "squirrels and chipmunks blocked" by the cats' escapades.

She added: "I could tell [they] were annoyed that I blocked their view of the squirrels and chipmunks. We call it their daily 'Squirrel-valence.'"

Although it's adorable how fascinated cats are with birds, it's much better for local biodiversity for cats to watch them from inside (you can even join them for some quality bonding time, like this guy).

A 2020 study found that their presence and predation can disturb local wildlife, including birds, mammals and reptiles, and cats have been implicated in the extinction of at least 63 species worldwide. PETA recommends keeping cats indoors, not just for the local wildlife, but for the cats themselves. Indoor cats are at less risk of infectious diseases, as well as safe from hazards such as cars and dog attacks.

Kim is also currently fostering three older kittens and has taken care of more than 100 cats over the past three years. She volunteers for Operation Catnip, a "TNR group" (which stands for trap, neuter, return).

She said: "Larry, Darryl and Dean were adopted from a shelter, and Gina was a foster fail. Bruce was from a litter from a friend's cat. None of the other kittens looked like Bruce."

While Larry, his brother Daryl, Dean and Gina are all domestic shorthairs, Bruce has a rare condition that means he has no undercoat, feathery, wispy hair and missing teeth.

Kim wrote: "He has some sort of rare recessive gene and through TikTok we have met other cats just like him."

The footage received 1,000 comments from users loving these fancy felines watching the show in style.

Yasserawad108 said: "Front row seats not bad."

Zayane Malik commented: "PURRFECT," while Colmex added: "The things we do for love."

TikTok users also loved that in the birdwatching video, the boys appeared to be lined up in order of hair length.

Reoloky said: "went from most floof to short floof they r so cute."

The fact that the boys are all tabbies didn't go unnoticed either, with Abigail Rose Beard joking: "I see you have a type."

Apparently, Kim isn't the only one to ensure her cats get the best view.

Venia Andreou commented: "I do this too!"

While Unknown agreed, saying: "I love doing this with my babies."

Four cats birdwatching on chairs
These four rescue cats won't settle for anything less than the V.I.P treatment. (From left to right) Larry, Daryl, Dean and Bruce the cats birdwatching. myjerkcats