50 Cats “Try Not To Squeak” And Fail Adorably

A Texas cougar named Cassie inspired Vine’s cutest viral trend. These 50 felines prove that when cats #TryNotToSqueak and fail, everybody wins.

1. The Trendsetter

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Vine’s cutest trend, #TryNotToSqueak, can trace its origins to a cougar named Cassie, a chatty resident of the Center for Animal Research and Education.

It all started Feb. 11, when CARE’s Derek Krahn — better known to 320,000 Vine followers as BigCatDerek — approached Cassie with a simple premise: Try to get through six seconds of filming without uttering anything. Even before Krahn could issue the challenge, Cassie failed adorably, and the rest is history. Two weeks later, Krahn set the three #TryNotToSqueak parameters: Request a lack of squeaks, watch said request fail, and express disappointment. Cassie seemed to revel in playing the spoiler, over and over again, until early May, when, according to Krahn, she went on #SqueakStrike, meaning she’d offer no public squeaks until CARE raised $5,000 for a new welcome center for its facility in Bridgeport, Texas. The strike ended May 27, when the money was raised, and all squeaks were unleashed.

In the meantime, hundreds of other cats joined Cassie in defying their owners (as if this were a new thing). Including Cassie’s squeak heard ‘round the world, here are 50 of the cutest and funniest #TryNotToSqueak fails.

2. The Justin Bieber Fan

Vine

If “OMG” were a meow.

3. The Squeak Toy

Vine

Extreme close-up! Whoaaaaaaa!

4. The Classroom Bell

Vine

Fourth period has ended.

5. The Growler

Vine

It’d be threatening if it weren’t so cute.

6. The Conversationalist

Vine

“I heard something on NPR the other day….”

7. The Snooze Button Enthusiast

Vine

“I need five more minutes.”

8. The “Thriller” Backup Dancer

Vine

Charlie’s in a zombie-like trance, so it only makes sense to do that choreography.

9. Spider-Cat

Vine

With great meow-er comes no responsibility.

10. The Table Centerpiece

This one offers a polite, “No.”

11. The Foley Artist

Vine

She sounds like someone jumping on a trampoline in a cartoon.

12. The Red-Carpet Diva

Vine

In fairness, this cat was answering the question, “Who are you wearing?”

13. The Executive Who Just Realized He’s Late For A Meeting

Vine

“We’ll have to table this discussion.”

14. The Ottoman Empress

Vine

Gracie does what she wants, and that’s just how it is.

15. The Losing Game Show Contestant

Vine

It’s as if she just lost the Range Game on The Price is Right.

16. The Neck Swiveler

Vine

Maximum cattitude.

17. The Boxer

Vine

Put ‘em up!

18. The Repeat Offender

Vine

That last squeak might as well be a “Really?!”

19. The Talking Throw Pillow

Vine

I don’t speak cat, but that’s a “Ha!” if I’ve ever heard one.

20. The Hayseed

Vine

“Hay (sic), I’m nappin’ here.”

21. The Phone Inspector

Vine

“I will not only squeak, but also make sure that phone is FCC approved.”

22. The Museum Piece

Vine

Look, but don’t touch.

23. The Shy Guy

Vine

“Huh? OK.”

24. The Mat Decoder

Vine

Monty’s analyzing that mat like it’s a clue in National Treasure.

25. The Clown Nose

Vine

Honk-honk! Honk-honk.

26. The Guilty Party

Vine

From “No!” to “I blame myself,” in four seconds flat.

27. The Spa Client

Vine

“I will squeak as much as I want until I get my mud bath.”

28. The Bank Customer

Vine

“I expect at least 6 percent interest on this quarter.”

29. The One Who Meeps

Vine

You’re goddamn right.

30. The Beatles Fan

Vine

She’s just singing the “yeah, yeah, yeah” part in “She Loves You.”

31. The Rebel

Vine

Check out Oreo’s you-gotta-be-kidding-me head tilt right before that squeak.

32. The Ninja

Vine

Nothing but eyes, mouth and squeak.

33. The Bouncer

Vine

“The kitchen, eh? I’ll need to see some ID.”

34. The Hall Monitor

Vine

“Shouldn’t you be in class?”

35. The Ventriloquist

Vine

“That was the floor.”

36. The Ruminator

Vine

“Not now. Not now.”

37. The Orator

Vine

“I see your points, and dismiss them all.”

38. The Siren

Vine

The world’s fuzziest squad car.

39. The Semi-Successful Duck Impersonator

Vine

The “Quack!” is impressive. The “Qua-meow,” less so.

40. The Wolf Impersonator

Vine

This wolf in cat’s clothing might have just blown its cover.

41. The Seagull Impersonator

Vine

The only things missing are the surf and sand.

42. The Miley Cyrus Impersonator

Vine

Sticking her tongue out and such. “I came in like a cali-cooooo…”

43. The Staring Contest Winner

Vine

… and still champion.

44. The Dramatic Storyteller

Vine

(Long pause.) “Well! It was a dark and stormy night….”

45. The Center of Attention

Vine

Squeaking, headbutting, pouncing, blocking egress. All in a day’s work.

46. The Acrobat

Vine

“I will not dignify you with discourse right-side-up.”

47. The Sneak Attacker/Squeak Attacker

Vine

Bet you didn’t see (hear) that one coming.

48. The Squeakstorm

Vine

No time to get a word in edgewise.

49. The 49th Cat

Vine

(It’s tough to come up with 50 clever captions.)

50. The Deep Sleeper You Reeeeeally Shouldn’t Have Messed With Today

Vine

“Listen, I don’t have time for this. I work six jobs: mouse-catcher, sunbeam analyst, computer keyboard flattener, food critic, sink tester and professional napper. I barely slept 20 hours today. Consider yourself on notice every time you try to sleep for the rest of your life, especially at 3:15 a.m. Good day to you. I SAID GOOD DAY.”

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