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Issue Date: October 2013

Ha-ha Kitty

A frisky Cleveland Heights tabby takes a swipe at online fame.
John Hitch

He doesn't run on a treadmill or claw his way up the side of a house. But Killa, a Cleveland Heights longhaired tabby cat, has earned a few moments of online notoriety for lounging on the front porch and batting at owner Joi Moss's fingers. The performance was enough to earn them a year's supply of Friskies cat food and a spot as a finalist in the brand's video competition with a $5,000 grand prize to be awarded Oct. 15. We caught up with Moss to learn about her Internet-famous feline. 

On Killa the kitten // My sister rescued him through the Animal Protective League. He was just so cute and cuddly and full of fun.

On Killa at age 11 // He is like an old man now. He's in a routine where he wants everything the same. He prefers soft food and goes outside right after.

On grumpiness // He loves to play with me, but he hates when I do the finger thing. He has that mean side. Recently he got in a fight with another cat, and we had to take him to the vet.

On being skunked // He got sprayed when I was at college last fall. My mom didn't want to bring him in because of the smell. She threw a blanket out to him and made him stay out.

On Internet cats // I do tend to look up cat videos. I love the one where the cat jumps off the building, and arguing cats, stuff like that.

On making the video // Friskies is awarding 250,000 cans of cat food to 20 charities. For each vote Killa gets, they donate an additional can of cat food.

Top Cats

Three other felines we love.

Frank the Morbidly Obese Cat

This fat cat tires of trampling the paper Terminal Tower and other city landmarks, and instead finds a comfy spot to lounge amid the destruction.

Lurleen the Wet Nurse

In a touching cat video for dog-lovers, this mama cat at the Cleveland Animal Protective League cares for a newborn pit bull.

MacDuff, aka Mike Polk's "stupid f'ing cat"

At nearly 10 million views, Polk's crooning, crude take on a day in his cat's life nearly doubles both of his Hastily Made videos.

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