Everything about kittens is cute. Their fluffy faces, little legs, huge eyes, tiny squeaks for meows — they are just so innocent and pure! It’s almost hard to imagine kittens getting much cuter than they already are. But have you heard the word “kitten” in any other language than English? If you haven’t, you may want to take a deep breath and pray that your heart won’t give out. Kittens are about to get a whole lot cuter.
1Gatito — Spanish
A little gato! Did you know that a gatito ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013? According to BuzzFeed, his name was Morris.
2Chaton — French
As one great chaton said, “Ladies do not start fights, but they can finish them!”
3Xiǎo māo (小猫) — Mandarin (Chinese)
Māo means cat and xiǎo means little! In the ancient Chinese Book of Rites, a story about a cat goddess named Li Shou teaches how humans came to inherit the Earth and how they must responsibly rule over the creatures within it.
4Kotě — Czech
This word is pronounced “kote-ye” in English. Another Czech word for a female kitten is kočička. The č is pronounced “ch.”
5Kätzchen — German
This word kind of sounds like the noise kittens make when they sneeze. Gesundheit, kätzchen!
6Kassipoeg — Estonian
Kassipoeg is a word that feels like it needs song built around it, don’t you think? In medieval times, Estonians in the capital city of Tallinn supposedly used cats to ward off the demons they thought resided in the bottom of the city well. Nowadays, the stray cats of Tallinn are kept well fed by generous members of society.
7Kuting — Tagalog (Filipino)
More like, “cute-ing,” amiright?
8Kettlingur — Icelandic
According to Deadline, Iceland has a live web show called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians which follows the day-to-day lives of four rescue kittens, Guoni, Stubbur, Briet and Ronja. The show was made to promote cat adoption and is funded by the Icelandic Cat Protection Society. The kittens live in a large dollhouse riddled with cameras so viewers can see what they’re up to 24/7. Now that’s our kind of reality TV.
9Koneko (子猫) — Japanese
Ironically, in 2013 the Scottish Fold kitten won the top slot for the best loved cat in Japan. Japan’s own Japanese Bobtail came in 10th in the ranking! Side note: There’s such thing as “Cat Island” in Japan, and yes, it’s covered in cats.