Most Content and Relaxed Cat on Earth

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This is Shironeko. You probably have seen him somewhere – the zen master cat. Shironeko is perhaps the most content and relaxed cat on earth. His name translates literally as “White Cat.” Shironeko was born on March 8th 2002, so that makes him an 8-year-old boy. He may look pudgy in the photos, but he only weighs about 9.9 lbs (4.5kg).

Shironeko looks like a Turkish van cat to me. The most distinctive feature is his eyes. They look like they are always sleepy. Shironeko loves a relaxing day, napping in his basket or anywhere he finds comfortable. He is one adorable kitty :) .

You can find more photos of Shironeko at his gallery or blog.

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88 Responses to “Most Content and Relaxed Cat on Earth”

  1. mina says:

    hes just a sleepy little guy, isnt he? awww how sweet.

  2. Tara says:

    He is truly a zen master. Look how content he is. I can meditate with him.

  3. Marg says:

    Gosh this cat never opens his eyes. He is great at taking naps no matter where he is. What super pictures they are. He is a cute kitty.
    Have a great day.

  4. OMG!! These photos are hilarious!! I love that last one. LOLOL!

  5. Well, he certainly looks content. Love the pictures.

  6. joant says:

    Zen Master: Ommmmm.

  7. Kittieb says:

    Super cute, I'd love a cat like him.

  8. angela says:

    Adorable! It reminds me of the cat named "Nyanko-sensei" in an anime "Natsume Yuujinchou'. They look almost like. XD

  9. Terra says:

    He's like a Japanese cat Garfield! Sleeping wherever whenever! mrew!

  10. ursulamajor says:

    Is there such a thing as narcolepsy in cats?

    • Chris says:

      Cats sleep *a lot*. My guess is that the photographer just took pictures of it when it was taking a nap because of the odd way it sleeps lying on its back, and because of the unusual appearance of its eyes..

  11. joseph says:

    SHIRONEKO and my cat Gizzymo make a perfect tag team.

  12. Jess says:

    this made my day, what a snuggly little puffball!

  13. Suzanne says:

    If the nap periods are very sudden and brief, he might have narcolepsy. o3o

  14. Japanese student. says:

    FYI, "shironeko" does not mean "white cat basket." It just means "white cat," from "shiroi," white, and "neko," cat.

  15. TheFuzz says:

    'White cat basket'? Shironeko just means 'white cat' I have no idea where you got that basket from. o_0

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  17. Anonymous Person says:

    Kind of looks like he is in immense pain!!

    • Tara says:

      actually when cats are content, they look like they are falling asleep. when cats are in pain, they will do anything to hide it.. They don't want others to know they are in discomfort, so they won't become potential prey to their predators. but if a person looked like that, i might think he was having some pain :) .

  18. Tor says:

    i hate it when people objectify the cat like this. also putting bells on cats, is wrong.

    like cats? don't have them pose for photographs all the time, just leave'em be.

  19. Andrew says:

    Few things I noticed:
    The cat has a HUGE head.
    Those are some rather unique eyes.
    Actually, the face all around is rather unusual.
    And I genuinely believe the cat is narcoleptic.

  20. Karen says:

    I agree, narcolepsy could be an issue here. How adorable.

  21. Rebeca says:

    Wow… one of the cutest things I've seen in a while… I'd give anything to scratch this baby's tummy!

  22. Wendy says:

    He looks like he is dead….

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  25. wanda says:

    What an extraordinary cutie.

  26. Dee says:

    I love the last picture!!! So cute…lmao

  27. baambooki says:

    Everyone, learn from this cat. *takes a nap*

  28. notguest? says:

    hehe lil buddhacat

  29. Tim says:

    Both dogs and cats share many maladies with humans, including narcolepsy.

  30. Narelle says:

    I think this is called Narcolepsy in humans… What a lovely cat, wish I had one like that!

  31. Jennoveve says:

    Is it me or is the only pic he looks happy in the one where he is in the snow. Lovely cat, just the others pic's his ears say "not happy" ?

  32. skittle68 says:

    This kitty makes me miss mine! My parents have him back home in MN. Moving back there next week!! He's orange and white too but he's an american tabby. 16 lb of muscle. He catches full grown rabbits! He's a big boy who wants to be a tom cat again lol

  33. Mr. Byte says:

    Actually, in the snow he reminds me of Wilford Brimley.

    Stalking Tom Cruise…

    “‘Cause it’s the right thing to do…”

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  35. crizzy says:

    hes such a cutie pie!

  36. Tanya says:

    Awww, so sweet!!!!!

  37. Dianne says:

    What a sweetheart! A cat after my own heart! Meow!

  38. Sheri M says:

    He is just the cutest thing! I just want to pet him. :)

  39. buddist fan says:

    Shiro-chan!! lovely lovely lovely!!!
    btw..he's called Shiro, Shironeko is a handle/pen name of the master.
    The blog title of Kago-neko means "basket cat". youtube: shironekoshiro

  40. Ulashima says:

    It looks like those manekineko figures displayed in front of shops and restaurants. Except for the eyes.

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