The Internet loves two things: food and cats. So much so that the two universes collide on a regular basis. Think sushi cats, cat breading, scaring them with cucumbers and placing oranges on them. Now, thanks to the country that brought you cat cafés, we have a feline named Guy Furry that dons a tall white chef hat.
Featured in a game called Neko Atsume (available via iTunes or Google Play) and undoubtedly based on the famed Food Network caricature Guy Fieri, Furry doesn’t yell catchphrases in between orgasmic moans of gastronomical delight. Instead he makes pizzas and ice cream sundaes for you depending on the items you fill your yard with.
The goal of Neko Atsume (that’s Japanese for “cat collection”) is to gather all the cats, similar to the concept of Pokémon without the fighting or trapping them in spherical jail cells. This goal is achieved by placing food, toys and furniture in a yard. In return, the cats will leave either gold or silver fish, which you can use to buy more toys and furniture such as hamburger- and mochi-shaped cushions, cardboard cafés, tunnels decorated like doughnuts and watermelon-resembling balls. You can even purchase plates of sashimi if you want to treat your cats to a little something special.
Other food culture–inspired cats include Tubbs, the gluttonous white cat that comes for the food and stays for the food, and Sassy Fran, the cat that mans the cardboard café clad in a French maid outfit.
To show extra appreciation, cats leave special mementos, like fish jerky (Tubbs), a rolling pin (Guy Furry), and a coffee cup (Sassy Fran).
The game, originally in Japanese, released an English version this past October, finally introducing the animated kitties to the English-speaking world. The game has become so popular that Google Play streamed an 11-hour real-life version of it at an Osaka cat café. The game’s theme music has also been layered over Toronto rapper Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
What does this say about our cat-loving, food-obsessed society? When will dogs get a chance at the high life? When will the nation be swept by pug pubs (you heard the idea here first)? When will better chefs, like Leah Kitten (Leah Cohen) and Steven Catterfield (Steven Satterfield), be added to the game? Or are we going to have to stick with the Anne Purrells (Anne Burrell) and Meowrio Batalis (Mario Batali)?