Banye is an 11-year-old British Shorthair from China. Eleven is getting up there for a cat, and in those years he’s been asked “Oh my god! What is it?!” far too many times.
You see, Banye has an affliction that affects an estimated one in every 70,000 cats. It’s called emoticontism and the disorder presents itself as an arrangement of dark fur typically just below the mouth. As a result the feline must go through life constantly looking surprised much like variations of this emoticon (゜д゜).
Of course after careful examination cats like Banye are clearly relaxed but a quick glance in their direction would make you swear they just saw a ghost.
Images of Banye were posted onto a Shanghai-based social network and the cat quickly shot to fame around the country. The plethora of images available of Banye went viral, surprising everyone except the cat himself… we think.
Banye, who was named after the character Madara Uchiha in the Chinese version of Naruto, has received heaps of praise such as “OMG He’s so cute I’m gonna die!” Although they’ll often ignore people, cats are never ones to refuse a compliment. However, Banye has no time to humor fans, he has to raise awareness of emoticontism.
Some other notable sufferers of this condition have been:
▼ Heart Cat (circa 2012)
Image: Love Meow
▼ and Hachi the Concerned Cat (circa 2013)
Although these cats have to go through life frequently expressing the incorrect emotion to people due to their disorders, that’s not the case for all emoticonitism sufferers. For example, Star Trek Cheronian Cat, Groin Face Cat and Cat Cat are in full possession of their facial expressions but still draw stares from those around them for their unique fur colorings.
So in conclusion, cats with unusual fur patterns are no different from those without. They still deserve all the love and att… Oh my god, what? What is it, Banye!?
Sorry… Anyway, they deserve the same life that other cats get, including being dressed up in humiliating bunny outfits and having their picture taken for our amusement.
▼ A young Banye upon learning he had emoticontism, he actually wasn’t surprised to hear it.
▼ An interview with the owners of Cheronian Cat