The 2 Dumbest Cat Videos Ever (Purina pay attention)

by Lori Taylor · 6 comments

FULL DISCLOSURE: Let’s set the record straight for the haters that might take offense of me not loving these videos – I don’t dislike cats.  I have 3 cats and I adore them.  For the dog only peeps I also have 2 dogs,  and 4 horses so it’s fair to say I’m an all around animal lover.  I just don’t think every video of an animal is worth a “view”.

Wow, these might be the two dumbest videos I’ve seen in awhile. They aren’t new, so apparently I’m late to the party, and if you haven’t seen them yet, then so are you!

BUT, I have to ask, why isn’t Purina capitalizing on these videos?

Their stats for their entire channel are being dwarfed by a couple of very odd cats with only 821,787 channel views and total upload views of 1,584,399.

What?  With that budget?

Doesn’t someone over there own a whacked out pet and a flip camera?  Sheesh.

The OMG Cat Video alone as over 5,000,000 views, over 22,000 likes and 7000+ comments!


And by leveraging a user generated video, I’m not talking about the IRRITATING commercials the brands like to buy that you’re forced to watch at the beginning of top videos on You Tube. Nor am I referencing the banner ads or any other form of traditional paid marketing.

I’m referring to contacting the user that created these clips, throwing some cash to them and creating a campaign around them, like “Want To Leave Your Cat Speechless – Try Purina, Shuts Em Up Every Time?”

Or you could perhaps you could use the The OMG WTF Cat (ok, you might have to change the title) who has almost 2,000,000 views, with almost 5,000 likes and over 2200 comments.

Maybe a fun campaign for this video could be created… “I’m Watching You!”  and the story could be…

Do you really want to make your cat settle for less?

Then show bad cats tearing up houses and shoes – or worst, if you know what I mean.



Honestly, if someone sent me either of these videos “as is” I’d feel spammed or jealous of what they were smoking.

But if a brand threw their weight at these unbelievably easy (and cheap) to create videos and built a funny story around them (funny is money) then maybe they’d have a shot at building the emotional connection they so desperately depend upon with me and 12 million + other people.


Lori Taylor


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Henry Steel May 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

I have a couple cats (my wife’s) to donate if you want to start your own funny cat video youtube channel.


Lori Taylor June 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Ha – well I have 3 so I think I’m all stocked up over here – especially when you add in the 5 horses, 2 dogs and 5 kids. But thanks for the “generous” offer. 🙂


Megan Gonsalves May 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

This is something that I feel more companies should be doing. Taking advantage of cheap and effective ways to market your product. Connecting with popular viral videos is a great way to do this. More big companies should latch on to people like you Lori, these ideas are great.


Lori Taylor June 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Megan – Great minds think alike! 🙂 Working with some large corporations I can tell you it’s heavy lifting to shift their mindset from mass marketing approaches. They say they get social media, but they don’t. They think it’s a cheap form of “advertising”. SImply not true. Thanks for stopping by.


Teia Smith May 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

Lori, great stuff as always. Viral youtube videos are the easiest and chepaest way to get your message to a wide audience. And while creating your own viral video is difficult, the idea of using someone else’s is great.


Lori Taylor June 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Teia you are so nice to stop by and leave a comment…thank you! Creating videos is a blast but sometimes in certain situations what you can leverage from someone else (in the right way) can really save time and really support what you are trying to promote. 🙂


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