Maru is a cat who doesn't know how to take a bad picture, and this latest image from his blog, simply captioned "Hello! I am Maru Deluxe!" proves it. If someone took a picture of me with my arms up in the air and double chin hanging out, I'd be mortified, but what for most might be an unfortunate outtake, for Maru is an act of performance art.
Even at his worst angle, he still manages to showcase at least three major hallmarks of cuteness; A rare trifecta of adorableness that includes ears that appear disproportionately smaller than his head, fully exposed paw pads, and exaggerated chin pudge.
You don't become the most popular cat in the world by being just another a pretty face, and with all of these young kittens coming up behind him, even Maru knows that you have to take risks to stay on top. Sure, boxes will always be his bread and butter, but who among us doesn't want to snuggle face first against that fuzzy chin chub?
Image via I am Maru.