Wild squirrel drops by to play with cat it grew up with (video)

This is a wild video. This squirrel apparently used to live with the cat as another pet in this woman’s home. The squirrel finally went out on its own, but still comes back from time to time to play with the cat.

The squirrel is actually playing with the cat in this video. It’s the funniest darn thing.


It’s really amazing. Then again, I’ve been surprised how tame, or fearless, squirrels become if they’re fed a lot by humans. I used to get accosted by the squirrels on Capitol Hill on my way to work in the Senate – the things were so friendly they’d block your path on the sidewalk and not let you by. I’m not sure that was a terribly healthy thing for the squirrels, but I can’t help but think this squirrel’s relationship with this family, and this cat, is an awfully nice thing to see.

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  • Al_Loo_Minium

    Very cute video! But, please, get rid of your annoying voices and dumb comments and substitute some music or something!

  • doramin

    “Human sacrifice…dogs and cats, living together!!”

  • doramin

    You haven’t seen squat until you hike the Grand Canyon South Rim trail. The squirrels there practically grab you by the scruff and tell you to cough up. You put your bag down and they’ll pull open the zipper and get to work.

  • Alphabet_Soup

    You’re right – they would have been better served to cut the audio from the clip. At least it isn’t as bad as the ad lib narrators of tornado videos that utter constant streams of “F” bombs ;’)

  • 1jetpackangel

    Used to work there. It’s all fun and games being used as a furry/feathery thing’s jungle gym until you have a tree frog suction-cupped to your glasses.

  • Nick

    I bet people on campus were coaxing and then feeding the squirrels and that particular one naturally thought it was just another treat. Usually, they won’t get anywhere near a person unless coaxed repeatedly and over a long period of time.

  • Nick

    Awwwwww! That IS adorable!

  • I’m always amazed at how you really can bring out the inner photo with Photoshop, a lot of times at least.

  • 2patricius2

    John, you brought out the colors of this little squirrel sitting on the deck rail in a blizzard right outside my sunroom. Wonderful! Thanks.

  • You never know. ;)

  • Because I can’t help myself.

  • Hey, at least it wasn’t vertical ;-)

  • Buford

    This is obviously cute as hell… so thanks for posting it… but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD will people stop talking while shooting videos they may want to share…!!??!?!?

  • Buford

    Sounds personal… like, yer BF and that squirrel maybe got some history…??

  • Stacey John


    ❦❦❦Ꭴ❦ ❦❦❦❦❦ ❦❦❦❦ ❦❦❦❦❦ᏳShe ran over and started sniffing my feet and the next thing I knew I was a squirrel jungle gym. She was a cute little thing.

  • Ron Robertson

    I think that’s interesting in another way, also. It makes it seem likely that animals develop relationships that last. They both seemed happy to see one another.

  • HolyMoly

    There’s a store in colonial Williamsburg where you can buy hot, fresh roasted peanuts. I bought some, and sat down outside on a bench to eat them. Next thing you know, there’s a squirrel perched on the arm of the bench, not even one foot away from me, begging for a peanut.

    It’s kind of cute, but those poor animals wouldn’t fare so well if forced to fend for themselves someday.

  • Indigo

    That’s a sweet one!

  • 2patricius2

    That picture of the squirrel on the roof reminded me of the roof damage done by squirrels on a house I was renovating. They got to the roof from an overhanging tree. Fortunately I had to have only a few shingles replaced.

    Nevertheless, I enjoy feeding squirrels in my back yard.

  • Squirrels are funny and cute but they will attack you if you have something they want. My old bf got his kit-kat bar robbed right from his hand by a hungry squirrel on UT Austin’s campus. Beware of these pickpocketing thieves! ;)

  • DRoseDARs

    See? SEE?! THIS is what happens when man marries man!

  • NotConvinced

    That is really funny.

  • Bomer

    I was accosted by a squirrel in Petsmart a few years back. This guy walked in with it on a little halter/leash. She ran over and started sniffing my feet and the next thing I knew I was a squirrel jungle gym. She was a cute little thing.

  • cole3244

    how cool, i am always amazed at the different species that can get along but man continues to have trouble just existing together, i guess thats why i prefer animals to humans.

  • Jonas Grumby

    That is awesome!

  • Lol that is certainly the intent :-) glad it works :-)

  • houstonray

    You find the best ‘palate cleansing’ videos for the end of busy (and bad) news weeks. Thanks. Love it!

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