Back in September when we brought Callie the Cat home from the Humane Society, she was wildly affectionate and sweet-natured. She curled up in our laps, slithered all over our laptops when we were trying to work, and constantly wound between our feet, purring.

That lasted for about a couple weeks.

Whether she was just trying to make sure we didn’t immediately toss her back into cat jail or her true nature just took a while to finally surface, it soon became clear that our new pet wasn’t exactly the purely loving creature we thought she was. She still tolerates being cuddled, but she’s basically turned into Cato in the Pink Panther movies. Her job these days is to keep us on our toes, whether by sneak attack, intimidating lurking, or flat-out disdain.

A while ago I started snapping photos of her sparkling personality and posting them on Instagram, and before I knew it I’d built up quite the collection of GAHH! cat images:

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I mean, honestly. That kind of cat will fuck up your namaste something fierce.

Still, I think I like her even more for having such a judgmental evil streak. She’s a hoot, at least when she’s not darting out from under the bed and sinking her fangs into our ankles.

I have, however, started keeping the door shut when I take a bath at night.

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Aimee
10 years ago

GAH! Creepy kitty, indeed!

(And, um, we have the same throw pillows on our sofa as you do on your bed. Or you brought your cat to my house to take creepy kitty photos. I’m hoping it’s the former…)

Stacy H-W
10 years ago

LOL – these photos could totally be a coffee table book!! So funny. I guess she felt comfortable enough that she can now just “be herself”. Thanks for the smiles.

Kate
10 years ago

I seriously love her.

Nicole
10 years ago

Hilarious!!! And yes, very, very creepy… Especially the one with JB’s vulnerable head.

Insert soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuIQJ-l16b4

Jesabes
10 years ago

Ha! I love the one with JB on the couch. Creeper cat, indeed.

Danell
Danell
10 years ago

Well, um, at least she’s pretty?

Dawn K.
Dawn K.
10 years ago

Creepy! My first one is my favorite. It’s like she is tempting you to turn the page.

As a creepy aside, where did you get your white nightstand side table? It’s sort of exactly what I’m looking for (I did not realize how damn hard finding good nightstands would be).

Slauditory
10 years ago

The one where she’s peeking around that metal thing is the creepiest! What a cat.

sooboo
10 years ago

That is one serious creepster. It one picture it looks like you’re hiding in the closet from her and she creepily found you. I’ve noticed when my cat grabs at my feet, she just wants to play string.

Belle
Belle
10 years ago

Aw, she’s so cute and bad-ass at the same time. Give me a cat with a personality any day. She’s awesome.

SimSimani
10 years ago

hahaha i love how – in some of the pictures – she looks so surprised that you even saw her! :) Such a cute cat!

bj
bj
10 years ago

Oh my, I think she wants your job. If you find her at the computer, you’d better start making some alternate plans.

Kristin
Kristin
10 years ago

Creepy McCreeperson! Sinking her fangs into your ankles sounds awful!

Stephanie M
10 years ago

That’s hilarious…we’ve got one of those cats too, peering around corners at you. Her favorite game is to wait until my boyfriend is shaving and sneak up behind him and bite his leg. Needless to say, he’s not a fan.

Ashley, the Accidental Olympian

I think my favorite is the one where she’s sitting outside with the corner of the couch in the middle of her face. That or the judgmental table shot.

That’s one scary fucking cat you have there lady.

Super Sarah
10 years ago

I love, love, love your GAH cat instagram pics! I am most definitely a cat person and adore the look in her eyes, creepy yet watchful, sly yet passive. Genius, keep them coming!

Joanna
Joanna
10 years ago

These made me lol, literally. LOVE the one where she’s outside and JB is inside.

sweetney
10 years ago

This post is rad. The end.

anne
anne
10 years ago

Be careful of that last one…she looks like she might toss the hair dryer in with you! This was a darling post! Though I’m sorry she morphed into judgement/stalker cat.

Megan
Megan
10 years ago

When my elderly ladycat gets all creepy like that, I’m convinced she’s trying to mind-control me. Refilling the food bowl is the only thing that will make her stop, so there may be some truth to it.

Kristen
10 years ago

I think you already know how much I love these cat pictures, and all together? AWESOME.

MRW
MRW
10 years ago

HA! Those all need to be captioned “soon…” or similar. Hilariously sinister cat.

Cathy
Cathy
10 years ago

Creepy…funny…and disturbing all at the same time!!

Suburban Snapshots
10 years ago

These are perfect. She needs her own site. You’re not too busy to pull that together or anything right?

H
H
10 years ago

I love these!

Liza
10 years ago

These remind me of the ninjas cat videos on youtube!! Funny!!

Maura
Maura
10 years ago

I’m imagining you entering rooms cautiously playing the trumpet and slashing your hands a la Pink Panther. “Caaaaaatooooooo?”

Tessa
10 years ago

I actually laughed aloud. These are great.

Shawna
Shawna
10 years ago

The one behind JB is the best!

Angella
10 years ago

I’ve told you this 100 times, but I love the GAH photos so much. She and Chica/Thomas are long lost twins.

(My kids STILL talk about your GAH photos, after showing them a week ago, and they all got the giggles at this post.)

Leslie
Leslie
10 years ago

The personality about face is actually fairly common among shelter animals.

Thirteen and a half years ago, we rescued a bedraggled corgi mix with pleading eyes from doggie death row. She was infested with every parasite known to man (both internal and external)and had a raging case of kennel cough. She was so timid and sweet. By the time she was ‘cured’ all hell had broken loose.

Thirteen years later, she’s STILL a nut. We can’t take her to the dog park (even at her advanced age she picks fights) and we’ve long since given up all hope of ever having a normal dog. She had ONE doggie friend and he passed away two years ago. Thank God her sight and hearing are going and she doesn’t freak out nearly as much as she used to.

Di
Di
10 years ago

She is beautiful!

Also I snorted at work trying to keep myself from laughing out loud at these pictures. I agree with whoever up there said it should be a coffee table book.

Kimberley
Kimberley
10 years ago

Just wanted to say…these are rad photos, I actually hooted out loud. Love the one of her sitting at the table. Also…you have the best blog. Love every single post. Your writing is awesome and your pictures are always super. You’ve probably posted this info before, but…What kind of a camera/ editing software do you use? Thanks for brightening many a day for me! :)

Amy
Amy
10 years ago

Callie is too cute. It reminds me of that clown in the commercial that the people need to send back. These pictures are hilarious.

Kris
10 years ago

She reminds me of Lloyd, the sinister bartender in The Shining.

Catriona
Catriona
10 years ago

I LOVE the second one, she looks absolutely bonkers!

Sarah
Sarah
10 years ago

It looks like she’s got a lot of Maine Coon in her. Maine Coons are hunters. Maybe some play time (with mouse, ball, whatever) would fulfill her need for hunting and she’d stop with the creepy stalking thing.

pilot_e
pilot_e
10 years ago

I love cats… i think their purpose in life it to let us know we’re not as on top of things as we think. She is wonderful! Maybe wear those soccer shin pads around the house or something…

Samantha
Samantha
10 years ago

Oh my God. Every picture made me pee my pants from laughing. I have a cat just like that. Bitches.

Sarah Bell
Sarah Bell
10 years ago

I super love this series of photos. You get the perfect angles and she’s such a flamboyantly colored cat it somehow all works perfectly together. Every time you post a new GAHH! photo it’s a bright spot in my day. :)

emily k,
emily k,
10 years ago

that is hilarious!

Maggie
Maggie
10 years ago

Those pics are creeeeeepy!

I was so glad to hear how sweet she was when you brought her home. My first thought was – oh shit, crazy calico! We had a calico cat that was way evil. I brought a new young cat into the house, and she hated her with a passion. One time my friend was housesitting, and when we returned, she told me how terrified she was of the calico. Late at night, she would trot down the hallway, start running and gathering steam to hurl herself at the closed bedroom door that was protecting the new cat. We loved her, but man was she nuts. Ummm, I’m sure your cat will get sweet again with age??

Molly
Molly
10 years ago

Ha! How can a cat be so cute yet so menacing at the same time?
I’ll never know how you people capture these great photos…every time I try to take a pic like that the moment is over before I can even grab the camera. Awesome post.

Erika
Erika
10 years ago

Haaahahahaha creeper cat is funny! (and creepy…)

sara
sara
10 years ago

I seriously love this!! We have a cat that is #1 huge and #2 mean as hell! Hes all purrs and cuddles to us but when people who dont live here come in, he is a total beast. I kinda love that hes so ornery.. Hes my watchcat, especially since my dog is a wimp! The only problem i see with it is that if there ever came a time that we would need to find him a new home, no one would take him!

Gina
Gina
10 years ago

Whoa. I have my own cat stalkers, but that first photo gave me pause. Some serious cat karma going on there; eeeek!

(On a side note; did you know that squeezing eyes shut or nearly shut is apparently a cat “kiss”… a sign of trust and affection? one lovey-dovey book I have said to return it to your cat and see what they do. Does she do that to you? Maybe this is all adoration?

Sirena
10 years ago

Great shots! Had me laughing out loud at top volume :-) hysterical!!!

anne
10 years ago

HA! These photos are just amazingly hilarious and lurky. And bright-eyed. They are just what I needed to see after a trip to the vet with my sick and elderly cat-girl. I have her for a bit longer, but the end is somewhat nigh. Thank you for this wonderful montage. :)

Rebecca
10 years ago

I am sitting in my family room, all alone at 11:30PM, laughing out loud. And now, I’m going to turn my computer off on a good note. Thanks for the giggle.