Mews and Nips: Meet the Man Behind Henri the Existential Cat


In an internet full of cute cats, Henri the existential cat stands out. The black and white cat laments his life in French in a series of wildly popular YouTube videos.  Have you ever wondered about the human behind Henri? William Baden spoke with Seattle’s KING5 TV about the creation of the videos, his cat’s booming popularity (nearly 100,000 Facebook friends) and the secret to his success. “What I’m parodying, I have a little bit of reverence for,” explains Braden, who is careful to keep the clips to about two minutes in length. “If you’re going to be parodying existentialism, you have to actually have read a little bit of existentialism, as painful as  that can be sometimes.” Watch the interview with William Baden on


A tortoiseshell and white cat named Marzipan was a fixture at the Astor Theater in Melbourne, Australia, for 21 years. She died this week after a long illness. Marzipan took up residence in the theater as a stray kitten. She had her own basket to sleep in but was also a moviegoer when the fancy took her. She attended, purred and slept through screenings, often settling on patrons’ laps, and is said to have once dashed across the balustrade of the upstairs circle during a showing of Poltergeist. She even has her own Facebook page, which is filled with tributes to her. Read the full story on

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: On Monday, we explained why prescription diets may not be a good nutritional choice for your cat, on Tuesday, we shared the trendiest cat names of 2012, on Wednesday, Ruby contemplated what life would be like with opposable thumbs, and on Friday, we reviewed Clea Simon’s latest mystery in her Pet Noir series, Parrots Prove Deadly. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a Zero Odor Kit.

Today’s video of a cat walking a dog cracked me up – enjoy!


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Henri screenshot from YouTube video, photo of Marzipan from Marzipan’s Facebook page

4 Comments on Mews and Nips: Meet the Man Behind Henri the Existential Cat

  1. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    March 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow!! What a smart cat… I loved that video! Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

    • Ingrid
      March 31, 2013 at 6:47 am (7 years ago)

      Happy Easter to you and yours, too, Deb!

  2. Caren Gittleman
    March 30, 2013 at 6:47 am (7 years ago)

    I heard that Henri is not really the cat of the person who makes the videos, is that true?

    • Ingrid
      March 30, 2013 at 6:56 am (7 years ago)

      I don’t know, Caren – I haven’t looked into this beyond the video on the KING5 site.


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