Though spring is only a few months away, Tokyo is still downright cold these days. Of course, if you’re from a colder climate, you probably annoy your friends by running around in shorts asking why they’re shivering, but for many people here, it’s still pretty cold. Whether it’s the sea breeze zipping through the streets or some sort of reverse heat island effect, we’re not sure, but it is enough to make mornings downright brutal.
And people aren’t the only ones cursing the cold–our furry feline friends are none too fond of winter either! But unlike humans, they come with built-in scarves. Check out some of Japan’s cutest cats wrapping themselves up nice and warm with their tails.
さっきのは、前の写真。一年くらいの。 これは、最近のしっぽマフラー http://t.co/jWFzUo9ohO—
るぅな婚 (@R_28_1a) January 08, 2015
Everyone knows that cats love warm spaces–particularly our keyboards. While we might sometime grumble, we can’t deny that we occasionally wish we could just sleep in the sun all day. And while us hairless apes have to go out and buy scarves, our little kitties actually come with scarves built-in.
Usually called “mafurah” (“muffler”) in Japanese, scarves are a great way to keep yourself from losing heat in the winter. But for some weird reason, cats prefer to wrap up their feet…
▼The better for pouncing on humans carrying large boxes!
Akiyoshi Komaki 駒木明義 (@akomaki) February 09, 2014
Regardless of what’s getting wrapped up, there’s no denying that our cats are doubly adorable when they’re trying to stay warm in the winter.
▼Even if they’re just sleeping on the heater!
トシ@next横浜埼玉 (@YUKI0609XXX) October 21, 2014
▼And especially when they offer to warm up our futon.
では こんやも おふとん あたためさせてもらいます http://t.co/3Ml5RBwB3h—
ソノヤマ・タカスケ/T.SONOYAMA (@T_SONOYAMA) November 14, 2014
One of our favorite products in Japan is the “yu-tanpo,” which is basically just a hot water bottle placed in a futon to keep it warm. However, it looks like they serve a secondary function–according to this tweet they can also “recharge” your “hot cat.”
もむかい (@azacome) November 04, 2014
Another beloved Japanese product is the kotatsu, which is a heated table with a blanket. While we prefer to hog blankets for ourselves, the kotatsu can be a great gathering place for a frigid family.
▼Or a hiding place for a cold cat.
湯田風夏 (@fuka_real_o3o) November 26, 2014
Of course, even with all our inventions, we still can’t top the awesomeness that is cats’ built-in scarves–or “shippo mafurah” (tail scarves). Not only are shippo mafurah a great way to keep your wee toes ready for scampering, they are also insanely adorable.
▼”#$!% cute! Turn on the heater!!”
寒い時にしか見られない 猫のしっぽで猫の手巻き http://t.co/sXRQSPRWOr—
こっこ (@cocco758n) January 04, 2015
▼The Tail Scarf ™, while supplies last!
(@k_hamsin) November 22, 2014
▼A demonstration of “temafu,” an abbreviation for “te mafurah” or “paw scarf.”
ひろりんご（ねこ） (@hirorin1019) May 01, 2014
It looks as if some cats have even realized that scarves belong around the face region. Though, unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they’re willing to share with humans yet.
▼You can even wear a scarf while eating…if you’re careful not to spill.
トラ兄 (@cs_tora) October 22, 2013
▼Or you can use your tail like a combination pillow-scarf.
alica (@izayaaaaaaa) December 31, 2014
▼If you’re really clever you can also use your buddy’s tail scarf…
YUTARO NAKAMURA (@Zentouyou0304) November 18, 2013
▼Though sticking your face in a cat’s butt probably isn’t the cleverest way.
スタッフとだ：しっぽマフラー♡ #ねころび http://t.co/hF7j0EzQJR—
Cat Cafe ねころび (@catcafenekorobi) January 15, 2014
▼Altogether, now! One, two, three, “Awwwww!”
くつした (@kutsushitan) December 13, 2013
▼Either the laziest wrestling match ever or the cutest nap.
▼Little cats aren’t the only ones who love a good shippo mafurah.
天箕クラウ (@Lacryma0721) November 30, 2014
Of course, as cute as the pictures are, it’s important to remember that your average house cat probably isn’t a big fan of the cold. Try to make sure they stay warm too! But it’s okay if you giggle and/or squeal “kawaiiiiii!” next time you see your cat using its “temafu”–we certainly would!