Interview with Maru the Cat

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Maru, ©mugumogu

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Maru when he was a kitten ©mugumogu

Remember the Japanese cat who has won millions of people’s hearts on YouTube with his silly antics and obsession for boxes? Maru, a perk-eared Scottish Fold, has become an internet meme and even appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show and various other TV shows in the US and many other countries. We have spoken to Maru and his hooman and got the inside scoop on Maru’s life.

When Maru first entered his home, he was only four months old, but he weighed over 5 lbs (2.4kg) already. Maru has always been a pudgy cat (now 5.5kg or 12.1lbs). The name “Maru” means “round” in Japanese, but according to Maru’s hooman, Mugumogu did not name him because of his round shape. The name was decided before Maru arrived. It is a short name and easy for the cat to understand.

Maru’s obsession with boxes started when he was a little kitten. He played with boxes and used them as beds. Maru is mischievous and loves to command attention. He will act silly on purpose in order to get people to notice him. Maru loves to play with water. Whenever Mugumogu is washing up in the bathroom, Maru will join in and swat the water with his little paws.

In November 2007, Maru decided to start his own blog to share his stories with the world. It was July, 2008 when Maru uploaded his first YouTube video. His videos became so popular that there was a whirlwind of Maru love sweeping through the Internet. More than 48,000 people have subscribed to Maru’s YouTube channel and more than 46 million views have been generated by cat lovers and Maru’s fans from all over the world. (Currently Maru does not have a Facebook page, you can follow Maru’s twitter @Maru_0524 and visit Maru at his blog or YouTube Channel)

cute cat maru in the sink

Maru loves the sink ©mugumogu

Below interview is translated by Yuki Shirase. See interview in both Japanese and English here. Thanks Maru for the link back :).

Amy: How did you meet your family?

Maru: I was 4 months old when I moved here in September 2007. I don’t remember how I got here, but I was told that my hooman fell in love with me when saw me at first sight.

Amy: What kind of food do you like?

Maru: I usually eat both dry food and wet food. My favorite food is chicken and tuna.

Amy: What do you do everyday?

Maru: Sleep, eat, and play. My hooman always says that I live a life that everybody envies.

Amy: What’s your favorite toy?

Maru: I love to play with a feather wand or whatever my hooman attaches to the wand. I also play Hide and Seek with my hooman and then chase my hooman around.

cute maru the cat hiding in a bag

Maru hiding in a bag ©mugumogu

Amy: Do you know you are famous on YouTube? What do you think about your fame on YouTube?

Maru: I don’t really know how famous I am, but my hooman sometimes tells me that “Everybody likes you, Maru.” I just don’t get it. I am always so busy sleeping, eating and playing everyday. My hooman says it is ok that I don’t understand as long as I am happy.

Amy: Do you like to play with other cats?

Maru: I have never played with other cats.

Amy: Why do you like boxes so much?

Maru: I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to stop going into a box when I see one. It just gets me so excited!

Amy: What else do you like besides boxes?

Maru: I love hanging out on top of a cat tree, by the window and in the bathroom.

cute maru the cat napping in a bucket

Maru trying to nap in a bucket ©mugumogu

Amy: Do you prefer big boxes or small boxes?

Maru: When I nap I like a small box because it is snug and fits me just right. However, when I play, I prefer a huge one :).

Amy: Do you often play in the backyard? How do you like it?

Maru: It’s getting warmer lately, so I get to play in the backyard more often . My hooman puts me on a harness when I go out, so I get really excited whenever I see the harness. I like sun bathing, sniffing the air and looking for bugs when I am outside, but I get scared when I see birds flying over me.

Amy: What would you like to say to your fans from all over the world?

Maru: Hello, I am Maru. Thank you for loving me.

Maru is turning 3 years old on May 24th this year. Maru even has his own book published. His book is available in many countries.

cute maru playing with toys

Maru loves toys ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat hiding in laundry hamper

Maru hiding in a laundry hamper ©mugumogu

cute maru napping in a small box

There is no box that is too small for Maru ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat in cupperboard

Maru is excited that he can fit his body in this tiny cupboard ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat napping on couch

Maru napping on the couch ©mugumogu

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Maru has a very round face doesn't he? ©mugumogu

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Maru's obsession with boxes ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat hiding head in the box

Where is Maru's head? ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat in shoe box

"My head is here. I hid it." ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat big belly

"Check out my belly!" ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat playing with a box

"I can fit my body into any boxes!" ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat scratching

Maru exercising his claws ©mugumogu

cute maru the cat inspecting a box

"This box looks real good. I like." ©mugumogu

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150 Responses to “Interview with Maru the Cat”

  1. Diya Aja says:

    I love you too MARU!!!

  2. OneCatsNip says:

    Oh my goodness!! Maru!!

  3. We just love that silly Maru!

  4. It must be fun to talk to Maru's "hooman!" He is so cute! We loves that sink picture!

  5. Debbie says:

    Awwwwwwwwww!!!!!!! Maru you are so cute I wish I could snuggle you!!!!!!!

  6. Giane Portal says:

    who can resist you?

  7. Rochelle♥ says:

    No surprise that everyone wants to have you!You're cute and pudgy,Maru!

  8. Sniffie says:

    Maru is adorable!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  9. bongga says:

    You cannot help but just fall in love with that face!! Love you Maru and if ever am in your area, I'll catnap you for sure!!!!

  10. I wanna kiss maru's tummy, I do that to my cat whenever she sleeps on her back XD

  11. Gaby says:

    Maru you are a good kitty with a happy heart. I love you!

  12. Ethnae says:

    My cat refers to me as his "hooman," too!

  13. sarah says:

    maru makes me smile every time i see him. love love love to maru.

  14. Old Kitty says:

    Awwwwwwwww!!! What a great interview and brilliant pics of the lovely Maru!!

    Me and Charlie love Maru and his sweet silliness!

    Thank you for this – it's really brightened our Tuesday!

    Take care

  15. mina says:

    gahh these are the cutest maru pictures yet!!

  16. Taffy says:

    What an adorable story and interview. I love MARU too………..he is so beautiful.

  17. Mandy says:

    One of my very first internet stops of the day is to check in on Maru! I've been following him almost from the beginning. He fills me with warm fuzzies.

  18. We love Maru. A goodlooking and very funny cat and the photo's on his blog are always very beautiful.

  19. Andrew says:

    Indeed you are loved worldwide, Maru :D

  20. Jacqueline says:

    I LOVE Maru…He is a gorgeous, silly kitty…He is too adorable!

  21. Martina says:

    Yes, it's definitely true that everybody loves Maru! He makes me happy. Thank you so much, Mugumogu, that you share his pictures and videos with us!

  22. Martina says:

    Yes, it's definitely true that everybody loves Maru! He makes me happy. Thank you so much, Mugumogu, that you share his videos and pictures with us!

  23. Wowww! "Maru" so cute and lovely…..I wish I had one likeMaru….

  24. BSCAT says:

    Maru is my hero!!XD

  25. nitallica says:

    Love and hugs coming to you from Alabama (USA)!! :D

  26. wl212 says:

    I love Maru! I check his blog everyday for new pictures and videos. I have 2 cats at home but they’re not so funny and playful.

    • jason says:

      I have one cat that soaks under my bed and just does nothing. her name is Zoey. and then i have two cats that decide to do mid-air flips. they also can walk on two paws.

  27. Meadow says:

    Oh that was a great interview, we love Maru and watch his videos all the time!!

  28. maruuuuuuu!!!
    It's everybody's favorite kitty! I want one just like him. :)

  29. ingemarij says:

    I really want to thank Maru's 'hooman' for her love and infinite time and attention for Maru , for her creativity in finding new things to please and stimulate him with , also for her photographic skills , but most of all I want to thank her deeply for the immense pleasure she gives me every day following her blog ! Thank you so very much Mugumogu !

  30. Janet says:

    My vet told me to never feed cats tuna. You may want to check that out. I believe can be harmful to them.

    • Tara says:

      A lot of cat food you find at the store is made of tuna. Tuna is perfectly ok for cats to eat. Maybe some cats can't eat it because they have a sensitive stomach, but for most cats, tuna is a very healthy choice of food.

    • Basil R. Lee says:

      The problem isn’t the tuna so much as all the chemicals in the tuna.

      Maru is adorable, as always. I want him so bad! :P

  31. Chris says:

    Maru you are a wonderful inspiration to cats and hoomans everywhere. We should all be so inclined to be curious and play every day. You are indeed a beautiful and well loved cat. On behalf of me and my household, thank you for brightening our days. Love, from Michigan.

  32. Annika says:

    I love your videos, Maru! You sure made my day with this interview and all the funny pictures. Thank you for being such a joy! <3

  33. Cih /from Brazil says:

    Nyaaaaa I love you MARU!!
    You make me so happy <3

  34. Ольга says:

    Очень хочу котенка от этого кота!! Уж очень у него нрав интересный!!

  35. elaine lively says:

    i loveMaru !he is adorable and so photogenic with the big fat cheeks!

  36. Mary says:

    This cat is so cute! >^..^<

  37. Beth says:

    Maru's hooman is a "he"?

  38. I love this cats, I have watched the youtube videos many times and never got tired of them, I smile and laugh every time =) What a funny cat!

  39. i love maru!! cho kawaii~

  40. Carol G says:

    Maru looks so much like the LOLCats cat! I love his round face. Are the Japanese the most avid cat fans in the world, or do they just take great pictures of them? I thank them, nonetheless.

  41. shida says:

    i love u Maru! everyday i'd checked ur blog to look for ur new pics.

  42. Danny says:

    Thank you Maru and mugumogu for the joy and peace you bring to this world ! Maru is an awsome cat !

  43. Jessie says:

    I LOVE MARU! She's so cute that I can't resist her. Her round face and shiny eyes make me smile…And… her satisfied look when she's in a box is so lovely : ) I wish I could be a cat like her and play like her~

  44. A.Rahne says:

    Oh I LOVE Maru So much!!!!

  45. Jasmin says:

    Maru, you can make me laugh from my belly every time. You’re such a special cat. I think a cat like you could be an incredible face for animal rights. Who couldn’t see how precious animals are when they see your antics.

    Look how happy you make everyone!! We all love you!

    And to Mugumogu; Your skills with photography and editing are brilliant. You capture Maru’s quirks perfectly and edit them into comic genious

    Thanks for making the world a better place!

  46. lilly says:

    hey awesome video

  47. JenP says:

    Maru is so beautiful. I love his face.

  48. Silvercowboy says:

    I absolutely adore you Maru. You are an awesome cat.
    Hi Maru my Kitty loves boxes as well, do you like looking under mats, my kitty does, I am sure he thinks there is something under there exciting for him to investigate.

  49. Mary says:

    I LOVE Maru. I travel often to Japan and I wish I could go meet Maru and give him a big huge hug and kiss that furry pudgy face!

  50. Chelsea says:

    What a sweet heart!

  51. Becky Mercer says:

    Maru, You are too cute. Love you.

  52. Monica says:

    I love Maru, he looks so fun!

  53. erin says:

    maru is very cute! i bet he is lots of fun!

  54. zakumi says:

    owh so cute……….

    i love maru

  55. Kirsi says:

    If I have a lousy day at work, watching Maru saves the day!

    Regards from Finland!

  56. papusan says:

    my brother and i love maru… he is a wonderful animal friend… why would he fit himself inside a box…

  57. CKYN says:

    so damn cute..

  58. Bev Vandel says:

    Maru, You are the funniest cat I know. Keep making your videos and sending out pics, because we love you.

  59. Kezbez says:

    I would love to squish Maru – those cheeks are something else!

  60. khim says:

    Maru is so cute!!!

  61. fatima says:

    Maru is adorable………………exactly like my cat choochoo

  62. Ingrid says:

    I just love Maru so much! Thank you for sharing Mugumogu

  63. Kacee says:

    Maru is ADORABLE. Thank you for sharing his story, pics and the interview is priceless. :)

  64. kary says:

    I love this cat, he is so cute, I love him!!!! His face is adoorableee!!

  65. Linda says:

    Maru, you are quite a celebrity! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  66. KinKStar says:

    I LOVE Me Some Maru!

    My KittIE Bob has markings very similar to Maru – especially his face, but he's a Pixie Bob with extra toes and a stubby tail.

  67. Martha says:

    Such a sweet Cat!

  68. Julie van Niekerk says:

    This cat is a model – where is the red carpet?

  69. Iffat says:

    What a cute, funny boy!

  70. Anonymous says:

    i love you Maru i just wish that i will get to meet you sometime i really wish that you lived someone near to where i live. I love your face and i love those paws they look just like white paws and that little spot you have on top of you nose. I can just snuggle you. Ohhhh and did i mention I luv you

  71. melanie miller says:

    I love Maru. What a wonderful cat.

  72. Moneth Abrio says:

    the first time i saw MARU in Youtube, i fell inlove. Maru is a smart, cute, huggable cat. i wish to see this cat in person. when will you have your world tour?

  73. Ashley says:

    Maru has such a personality. You can tell he loves the attention haha

  74. sea says:

    Maru and mugumogu thank you both for making me smile with your funny videos! I didn't know Scottish Fold cats and now I'm entirely in love with them. Maru is so special!

  75. leyla tsani says:

    what a wonderful cat…he doesnt realize that he stole everybody's heart with his silly him much

  76. Sonya says:

    Oh kitty you are so cute!!!!!

  77. vida says:


  78. laila says:

    OMG!!!!!! i love you!!!!!!

  79. nina says:

    maru, if you are ever in texas…my cat "rollie pollie" invites you to come over and play with his boxes. he loves running down the hallway and jumping into boxes, rolls around in them, jumps out and then does it again. the two of you would have great fun together…we love you!

  80. bertha says:

    I love you MARUUUUU!!!!! i want to squeeze your cheeks somebody (me) in Texas loves you :)

  81. jason says:

    Maru you are the cutest cat i have ever seen. only if i could have you as my own pet. I have three cats. one a 16-pound cat her name is Zoey and she just sleeps under my bed all day. And two brothers that mainly kill each other. their names are Jacks and Jetson. only if you could meet them.

  82. Beth says:

    Does Maru like catnip? (Some cats don't have the gene to be attracted to catnip. Is Maru one of those cats?)

  83. DENISE says:

    Maru you cute little-big cat ilove you

  84. Patricia Brown says:

    what a class cat.

  85. Angela says:

    I'm sooo in love with Maru! What a lip magnet!

  86. Jessica says:

    I LOVE MARU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. Lorrie says:

    HOW CUTE IS THAT!?! Maru you are SO funny!!

  88. Diana says:

    Marrrrrrrrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love ya!!!!!!!! :-* muawh

  89. sea says:

    Mugumogu is the luckiest person on earth!!!!!

    ♥ Maru and all the Scottish folds :)

  90. Jazz says:

    Hi, I'm a spanish cat… And what I can't believe is that you get scared when you see a bird. They are so funny to play!(My mum doesn't like it, but I can't resist). I also love boxes and bags, and I love go to my "palace" and put my claws on it. Oh, and I love watch nature documentaries with the family!

    I'ts nice to know you're fine in Japan.

    Meow, I mean… Bye!

    • Debra Olsen says:

      Jazz, My 3 kitty-children luv your Spanish Kitty, Maru, Love Meow & all the precious, furry, bundles of luv past & present :-) Michigan, USA

  91. Kate says:

    I love Maru! I like to watch his videos on YouTube!

  92. Barbie says:

    Maru , we are so worried about you since the horrid earthquake , we hope you and your family are safe with love Barbie and Layla Von Cookie Monster ♥

  93. ida says:

    you should check out maru was ready to evacuate during the tokyo disasters. hope you have check out "japan earthquake animal rescue"'s facebook page and perhaps donate to help their effort. :-)

  94. april says:

    love youuu ,,Maruuu…

    you are extremely cute…wish I can play with youu…:)

  95. didie_nabz says:

    i want this kitty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  96. JB says:

    Thank you, God for Maru!!! And, his mom.:)

  97. Kiki says:

    My female cat Sophie has the biggest crush on Maru. He's the Brad Pitt of all male kittys!

    America loves you Maru.

  98. sue says:

    fantastic pics love em xxxx

  99. MJ says:

    Are all Scottish Folds this cute or did Maru get in the cute line many times over?

  100. hotclaws says:

    so sweetly round

  101. nolruck says:

    I will be to follow to see you for ever, Maru!

  102. wl says:

    I love Maru. Need my Maru fix everyday!

  103. cristine says:

    Maru is wonderful! And so so cute

  104. Napalai says:

    I just see maru yesterday (14/06/1) but I sudeenly fall in love! how culte?!

  105. Melissa C says:

    丸ちゃんが大好きだニャ~ン‼ (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)

    Maru chan ga daisuki da nyaa—n!!

    We meowly love Maru!! **cat high five**

  106. Barbara L. says:

    Up until this week, my favorite actor was Kiefer Sutherland, but now I’ve fallen head over heels for someone new. Maru is one of the most beautiful and photogenic pussy cats I’ve

    ever seen. A friend emailed an interesting video site to me the other day and that was when I saw him for the first time. It’s very obvious how much he is loved by his owner and how smart and special he is.

    The world’s a very small place when it comes to cat lovers. We are everywhere. So from here in New York City my little calico Muffin

    and I want to say thanks so much for sharing your beautiful boy with the rest of us!

  107. smr says:

    Maru – you make my heart happy!!

  108. C says:

    Such a precious round boy!

  109. Mooshie says:

    Dear Maru,

    You are the handsomest kitty in the world.


  110. varmlandgirl says:

    I’d love a Maru calendar. Is his Hooman planning one for 2012?

  111. B0r4g33t4 says:

    MARU…you are a GOD :D

  112. texleopard says:

    He had that walk the day he was born. We love him!!

  113. judy says:

    5 pounds at 4 months old? That’s nothing! My late cat Buddy was 8 pounds at 4 months old. He was HUGE. As an adult he weighed between 16 and 18 pounds, and the vet said he wasn’t overweigh, just big.

    Maru, you are a big plush boy living the life that all cats deserve. :)

    • Debra Olsen says:

      Judy, I must tell you that of my currant 3 wonderful rescues-one is a big boned grey tabby boy baby I named Dolly after he found me. (I thought he was a pregnant female ready to give birth at 21 & 1/2 pounds). That was 8-9 years ago-“she” never had the babies. For the past 3 years he has required twice daily insulin injections for diabetes. Happily he is maintaining a healthier weight of thirteen to fourteen pounds after plummeting to just 11 pounds at the beginning stages of his illness. He was almost at deaths door needing twice daily intravenous fluids. He’s had a few ups & downs, but remarkably, is happy & doing very well. Like Maru, he has never met a box he didn’t like, big or small. He especially loves belly rubs with a sock covered foot while exposing his big, soft belly (but not in the sink). He has the most handsome face second to none with huge, expressive “eyeliner” eyes. He is rather quiet, very dignified despite all his troubles & keeps a watchful eye on the “girls” antics. They are all special in their own way, aren’t they?! :-) Luv them all & Love Meow-Michigan USA

  114. Rosemary says:

    Maru, I love you. I love coming home from work to get to my computer to see all the cute antics you do!!!!

  115. Elaine C. says:

    Maru, I Love you. You are sooooo beautiful. You do such adorable things. How do you stay so clean? You must be an indoor cat. Also, the apartment is absolutely spotless….

  116. maryqos says:

    I love Maru and we share a birthday! Maru is a kindred spirit.

  117. Dada says:

    Maru can I have a hug? Please I’m dying for one!

  118. Maysoun says:

    Maru is a classic..

  119. Melodie says:

    I love watching Maru on youtube. I would love to cuddle him!

  120. Cindy R says:

    Maru, you are the cutest, adorable kitty I have ever seen. Do not my three cats know I said that. You are beautiful!!!!!

  121. Gizoomie says:

    I wish they were more kind to the dolphins

  122. Judy says:

    I love you MARU!!!

  123. Crissey says:

    Not just like, but I love Maru. ❤ツ Anyways, what does “Hooman” mean??

  124. carmela says:

    maru, has to be the most beautiful smart cat!!!! love him!!

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  127. C says:

    Such a purrecious round boy!

  128. Gabriel says:

    well……he is fat,that’s what makes him sooooooooooo cute!!! but still,he needs to stop going into stuff though,he is fat so he can be stuck in one of them,and that cat needs to work out a lot,there will be 50%-50% of him living for a short time.but he is still so cute! kuchygutchygoo!

  129. Shelly Lyon says:

    Maru is such a doll. What a treasure!

  130. Debra Olsen says:

    Wonderful discovering Maru’s origin…it is obvious he has a wonderful caretaker who totally understands the feline psyche. Much patience is required to let a cats unique personality evolve at it’s own pace. And thank you for the beautiful photography of the handsome Maru’s playful antics. His behavior is an inspiration of what a cat can become with proper love & care. Wishing him & his phenomenal “hooman” a long & storied life together. How refreshing to have found LOVE MEOW with so many caring individuals without the need to dominate another living creature. :-)

  131. Kay says:

    I will miss you Maru… :’C

  132. Wendy Stoner says:

    We love you!!!

  133. Debra Olsen says:

    :-) THIS IS GREAT :-)

  134. indee says:

    thank you for sharing your adorable cat, Maru with all of us. He makes me smile and helps me forget my worries. He is so darn cute. Best wishes for many more years of love and happiness with Maru.

  135. sylvester says:

    Maru I am in love with you. Tweety loves you too

  136. carola says:

    i thought maru was a girl!

  137. Kitkatcat says:

    I just love Maru! He makes my kids and myself smile.
    Thankyou for sharing Maru with the world!!!

  138. Elaine Allen says:

    Maru, you are just tooooo cool. I have had more smiles and laughs watching your antics than any Hollywood movie. You are sooo loved by all who have been fortunate to meet you thru your videos…Keep them coming, we enjoy watching as much as you enjoy making them. Kittie Kisses–my cat Lennie sends kitty hugs & meeeooows. Happy Day to you.

  139. Maru look cute and sexy … i Love you so much …muaaahhh muaaaahhh

  140. Kathy L says:

    I love Maru!!! He is SO adorable and I enjoy his videos very much! I love that sweet round face!!

  141. Holly says:

    These are wonderful pictures of Maru. Thanks for sharing. Maru is so so sooooo cute!!!!!! I would like to pet him.

  142. angel says:

    I have known of Maru for quite a while. I love his hooman for taking such good care of him and for sharing him so well!

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