Nekoyanagi the Mini Maru?

cute scottish fold cat hiding

I love boxes. I use them to hide my belly | ©Nekoyanagi

Nekoyanagi (means cat willow) is an adorable kitty who just turned two years old this year. He is a beautiful Scottish Fold with a dynamic personality. He looks like Maru the famous YouTube cat except his ears are folded :).

Though Nekoyanagi has a slight problem in his legs, he never lets it stop him when he plays. He gets very excited when his hooman throws a ball across the room. He will go after it, snatch it and bunny kick it with everything he’s got. You can hardly tell there is any problem with his legs.

Nekoyanagi loves to groom himself every night in the bathroom. It is an adorable thing that always makes his hooman smile.

cute scottish fold kitten cat

Adorable | ©Nekoyanagi

Nekoyanagi has a strong personality, but he is not a big fan of being held unless you offer him his favorite treat. When there are strangers in the house, he takes refuge underneath the bed and will not come out.

Nekoyanagi’s hooman woke up several times at night by some strange noise coming from the kitchen. Later it was discovered that Nekoyanagi was stealing yogurt and pudding off the kitchen counter. He totally goes crazy for those things. If you have some pudding in your hand, he will not stop meowing and begging for it until you let him take a whiff.

Photos and story courtesy of ©Nekoyanagi. You can check out more pictures of Nekoyanagi at his flickr.

cute scottish fold kitty cat

"Where is my nomz?" | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold cat watching tv

waaa! Who is this handsome kitty on this flash screen? | ©Nekoyanagi

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Food time? | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten cat standing up pic

I am a standing cat too | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten licking

Yum, guess what I just ate? | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten cat fighting towel blanket

I fight you! | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten cat pic

They say I look a bit like Maru. What do you think? | ©Nekoyanagi

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cute scottish fold cat pic

I am trying to make a circle. Almost there! | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten napping

Ahh this is comfy. | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten big eyes

Pupil enlargement activated! | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten cat hiding in rice cooker

I surprised my hooman today by hiding in the rice cooker | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold cat grooming pic

My toesies are yummy! | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten staring cat pic

What are you looking at? | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten hiding cat pic

I just hid my belly. | ©Nekoyanagi

cute scottish fold kitten napping on couch

sleepy time ZZzzz | ©Nekoyanagi

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48 Responses to “Nekoyanagi the Mini Maru?”

  1. Judith says:

    Awwwww!!! What a cutie!!!

  2. Roxanne says:

    That is absolutely adorable, but I saw nothing really looking wrong with his leg?

  3. Ohmygoodness! Too cute!

  4. Milton Stevenson says:

    Too cute!! That baby is gorgeous!

  5. I didn't see the leg problem either, but he is absolutely adorable! He *does* look like a Mini Maru.

  6. Siku Marie says:

    Those eyes are soul stealers!

  7. Winston says:

    He look like a baby version of my big brother, he is a real cutie!

  8. alex friend says:

    so cute and cuddly!

  9. Rochelle says:

    He really does look like Maru.

  10. Nekoyanagi says:

    Thank you for featuring my precious Nekoyanagi!
    I’m sorry that my meaning was not clear. He doesn't like to brush his teeth, but loves grooming in the bathroom every night like this movie. ->

  11. Marg says:

    You always come up with the best picitures. That is one cute kitty. What great expressions. I bet he is great fun to have around all the time.
    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  12. Old Kitty says:

    Oh my goodnesss!!

    Nekoyanagi is so so so so adorable!!!! He does look like Maru – but with his own little sweet personality!! And what pics!! Brilliant! He has the biggest roundest eyes doesn't he?? He is beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Take care

  13. those photographs are amazing – what is every cat owner you know an amazing photographer! he does look like maru! so sweet!

  14. jill says:

    he is adorable. If I didnt already have 8 cats I would have to get a Scottish Fold!

  15. Maybe Maru and Nekoyanagi are from the same litter?
    Nekoyanagi definitely looks like he could be Maru's baby bro, with super cute eyes and his playfulness. He even has stern faces he pulls juts like when Maru is sulking.

    • leunig says:

      Nekoyanagi born on 04-MARCH-2008 [on his website].
      While Maru is on 24-MAY-2007.

      Maybe a cousin or a half brother if they both are from the same cat breeder.

      Nekoyanagi – To me he is more feminine cute.
      Maru – Is more quirky cute.


  16. Debbie says:

    This cat is adorable

  17. that baby is so adorable i love his itteh bitteh crying! i just want to snuggle him with his fave treats! meow!

  18. Taffy says:

    Nekoyanagi is wonderful. I love how he does a trick for a cookie. Sooo sweet.

  19. Rachel says:

    Well if he isn't just irresistable?? So adorable!! I love those pictures, I could just eat them up! 😀 I want to cuddle him, ahha. =^_^=

  20. Fisher says:

    How can we vote for just one? They are all so wonderful.

  21. Linda says:

    Love the sweet pink nose!

  22. Anne says:

    good pictures ..

    I like the pictures taken

  23. marylizz says:


    Awwww, what a darling cat! He is beautiful.

  24. Elise says:

    is it just me or everything Japanese is sooo much cuter than things North American? Even the cats are cuter in Japan.

  25. CKYN says: cute….

  26. Nikita says:

    It's tooo adorable…I think my head just exploded from cute overload!

  27. bel says:

    Cuuuuutttee!!!! Always amusing when kitties & doggies say "feed me, feed me" like they have been starving all their lives when u fed them 6 hours ago…

    • Kat says:

      LOL!! No kidding. My Georgie: "Mom. MOMMMM. Feed me, I'm STARVING. I'm so hungry, I'm gonna DIE!!!!"

      Although, the insane cuteness of his self-satisfied face-washing afterward is totally worth all the drama.

  28. masha says:

    ohhhh myyy so beautiful !!!! :)

  29. beckyl says:

    he looks like a very good eater and sleeper! maru is a very cute kittie, but you don't have to look like him to be cute! Nekoyanagi is beautiful all on his own :-)

  30. sea says:

    Awww that baby with a round face and eyes is BEAUTIFUL and hilarious!

    "Ahh this is comfy" and "What are you looking at?" are my favourite pictures :)

    You can easily see he has big personality!

  31. Debi says:

    sweet, beautiful baby

  32. Isha Sam says:

    I don’t know how to describe his beauty.. he is toooooooooo gorgeoussss <3

  33. ninjashikilla says:

    OMG i think my heart exploded ~!!
    that is just toooo BEAUTIFUL~!!

  34. cheche says:

    hi.may i know where do u buy this cat from?i wanna get one too.

  35. winston says:

    hahahah… future Maru

  36. Val says:

    oh Neko you sure are some serious CUTE!! ♥

  37. Daph says:

    I keep laughing at every single photo because this kitty oozes so much cuteness I want to hug hug hug hugggggggg it!

  38. Janet says:

    such a cutie! I love the eyes! Lovely!

  39. Ingrid says:

    What an adorable piece of fur! ♥♥♥

  40. Kaytee says:

    He is VERY cute!

  41. beckyl says:

    yes, he looks a bit like maru (who i adore), but so what? every cat has his/her unique and distinct cuteness (yes, even the bald ones 😉 ). i know the correlation was being made for cuteness factor, but i like to think that cats don’t have to look like another cat to be cute – they just are: all of them! :-)

  42. JR says:

    Neko you are a camers ham. and yeas you do look alot like Maru. very hansom boy.

  43. C says:

    I love ALL those pictures!!! He is certainly cute!!

  44. Zue says:

    Waa…so adorable…he really look like Maru

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