If you showed me a picture of this cat and told me it was the product of morally and ethically irresponsible Russian Cold War experiments to cross-breed a human and a cat for unspecified strategic purposes, I wouldn’t immediately not believe you.
This cat, an old Maine Coon kitten named Valkyrie, has a human face, and it’s kind of unsettling to look at. Valkyrie is actually one of many human-face Maine Coons owned and bred by animal lover Tatiana Rastorgueva. Tatiana is a 44-year-old felinologist who has been breeding what she thinks are these adorable kittens. She documents the other unusual Maine Coons on her Instagram page, @catsvill_county, sharing with 109k followers her result of painstaking selective breeding.
Valkyrie is one of the human-like face social media stars, and the other Maine Coon cats are the result of breeding the father cat Vatican and mother cat Lucien.
What this thing really looks like is a baby Thundercat.
I can’t imagine this cat being a part of my life. Felines are already judgmental little monsters. Having this thing’s stare piercing your soul and making you feel like a garbage monkey with its human looking eyes, however, would make it worse. Cleaning its litter box after it drops a hot one in there, while it watches you with smug satisfaction, would just feel degrading.
Every time I look at its facial features in this video I’m bracing myself for it to say something. Something mean.
This cat looks like the exact opposite of a dog that would save your life.
Based on what the average Maine Coon looks like, this sort of human-like face does not appear to be normal.
Cattime.com‘s description of the Maine Coon makes no mention of its facial features having the haunting features of a human soul trapped in a cat’s body.
A medium-width head is slightly longer than it is wide and has a squarish muzzle. Large, well-tufted ears are wide at the base, tapering to a point, and large, expressive eyes are green, gold, greenish-gold or copper. White or bi-colored Maine Coons may have blue or odd eyes. The brown tabby pattern is so common in this breed that many people don’t know Maine Coons can come in any other colors or patterns.
Keep that type of Maine Coon away from me.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 6, 2019.