Chinese Cat Gets Cone of Shame After Helping Free Dog

Cat Duanwu and dog Niu Niu, the pets of a popular Chinese Sina Weibo user.

Cat Duanwu and dog Niu Niu, the pets of a popular Chinese Sina Weibo user.

The following post is currently (at time of translation) the #2 most popular of the past 24 hours on Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo. User 回忆专用小马甲 regularly posts about his pet dog Niu Niu and cat Duanwu and has over 2 million followers, many who are also pet lovers…

From Sina Weibo:

@回忆专用小马甲: Recently, my stupid dog keeps licking her dirty feet, and won’t listen [when I discourage/admonish her]. Afraid that she’ll get infected by some germs, I had no choice but to put on the cone of shame. After putting the cone over her head, Niu Niu became anxious yet couldn’t get it off, so she went to find Duanwu. At first, Duanwu would have to spend several minutes before being able to to scratch it off, but after getting the hang of it, she could easily get it off with her two paws… No choice… I had to put Duanwu in a cone as well… Now the two of them are honest… Friends for life walking the same path…

Comments from Sina Weibo:


You should wear one too, a family of three, lucky three, harmonious and beautiful.


Two amplifiers~ Everyone out there listen carefully, this balcony is mine~~~ Hahaha.


Actually, Ma Jia [the user, original poster’s screen name] has one on his head too.


Looking at the comments, I’ve noticed there are some obnoxious people. Every day, they derive fun/amusement from Ma Jia’s microblog posts. When he doesn’t post anything, they complain. When he does, then they say they’re so fake/contrived. When he posts about Niu Niu, they complain about Duanwu not being included. When he posts about Duanwu, they complain about Niu Niu not being included. When he posts about both, they then complain about the situation being fake/contrived. You enjoy the amusement other people produce for you and suddenly think they have a duty to please you? Complaining about this and complaining about that, whether or not you’re joking is very easy to distinguish. “you can you up, no can don\’bb.”


Doggies licking their feet is a sign of them being allergic to their dog food.


Little Ma Jia [the original poster], my Samoyed is four months old and developed a fever the other day after taking a bath. In the past, he had gotten a bath at the pet store. Now his fever is really bad and we went to the hospital but the doctor says it can’t be cured. What do I do? I don’t want it to die. [悲伤] Little Ma Jia, do you know what can be done? I’m waiting online for a reply! Anyone who has encountered this kind of situation, please help me! Please ding this up! It’s urgent!!!


Looking hopefully out the window, we are all honorable Elizabeths.


I remember someone saying that their dog kept licking its paws after they used that steamed corn bread in their dog food. Something about the amount of starch in it. Change the recipe and it’ll be fine.


You should put one on too, then the three of you can sit together by the window… that scene would be too beautiful to look at.

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • Aftering all of those tragic articles about animal cruelty, it’s nice seeing a non-depressing story about cute animals on chinaSMACK for once.

    • mr.wiener

      A palate cleanser. but this means the next story will be twice as horrific.

      • Ugh, I was going to type a hypothetical super-horrific title (something like “Thousands of Dead Kittens Wash Ashore After Being Foot-Stomped En Masse”), and I Googled the original “Kitten Killers Return” article for reference, having never actually seen it before. I started taking a look at the pictures and UGGGHHHH, now I’m traumatized! So much for the palette cleanser––I need another one! [/can’t get that bulging eyeball out of my head]

        • Kai

          cS used to be a lot grittier when discussion forums were dominant and thus had more power to determine what became popular or viral.

        • Matt

          you’re such a sensitive little prick

          • Did I just berate myself from an alternate universe?

  • Walrustache

    That’s what I’m missing in my life. Derpy animals.

  • firebert5

    Dang it. I’ve been sucked into another article on the basis of a thumbnail of a kitten! Curse you, cute cats!

  • NeverMind

    Hey Chinese guy! Save one for Suarez!

    • Kai

      I still haven’t figured out why he randomly bites people. Does anyone know? There was a recent Weibo post with a gif of him biting some guy’s penis after a goal.

      • mr.wiener

        He must be hungry.

      • Markus Peg

        He is open minded to trying new foods from around the world.

      • Tova Rischi

        Some types of rabies and some kinds of parasitic diseases flood the brains of their hosts with waves of the uncontrollable need to bite people. Maybe it’s just that he isn’t exhibiting enough symptoms where it would be picked up on for the rest of his team and the drug screeners with FIFA to notice.

  • JabroniZamboni

    So when are the interesting posts coming back?

  • nita

    It’s so sad and disturbing how the most read Chinese articles are either mindless filler like this one or stories about random acts of violence and cruelty. It’s in stark contrast to the Japanese and Korean articles that discuss relevant political and social issues. Without democracy, China is whistling past the graveyard with its head buried firmly in the sand.

    • masonman

      “discuss relevant political and social issues”

      Falun Gong was delving into that, and well…. we all know how that ended.

      • Kai

        Discussion of political and social issues happen every day in China. What happened to the Falun Gong was that they began organizing and the CCP can’t have that. Unfortunately for the FLG, they also made it easy for the CCP to discredit them.

      • Don’t Believe the Hype

        you can’t have a serious discussion on relevant political and social issues on a national scale in a country which cuts off every debate with…”well, the west did that too in one form or another, so therefore its all well and good here too.”

        This will have to change eventually, perhaps when more aren’t still living on the verge of poverty, but for now it will all be cute puppy this and damn those puppy lovers that.

    • fabulous

      I have a few questions, and they all relate to China’s ability to do things while its head is buried firmly in the sand.

    • Kai

      It shouldn’t be sad and disturbing once you put everything in proper context.

      This was one of the most popular microblog posts on Sina Weibo. Try to think of what the most popular microblog posts are daily on Twitter (measured by the same metrics) and they’re more similar than they are different. Popularity is influenced not only by what is topical but also by follower counts and pure random whimsy of the larger netizen population of the day. Sina Weibo also isn’t the only internet community on the Chinese internet, so what else is being talked about out there and what might the popular content in each community say about that community (perhaps versus another — we always cite our sources for a reason)?

      Each of our sites have their own editors and it would be false to say each of them aren’t ultimately making decisions about what they’re going to translate and report. What matters is whether or not the content lives up to the stated editorial mission of giving a glimpse into each country’s internet ecosystem by translating something that was popular. Does cS live up to this mission better or worse than kB and jC?

      Whether or not a translation like this is “mindless filler” depends again on what context you are operating under. Sure, it’s a random anecdote about some random netizen’s pets. It’s also a reflection of the growing pet-lover demographic on Sina Weibo and among Chinese netizens (and urban residents) throughout China. Why are they growing? Why are pet lovers and posts about pets so popular that they can climb to the top of the day’s posts? How does this reconcile with the recent Yulin dog meat festival controversy? What does this say about how Chinese society is evolving? What does it say about the diversity of Chinese netizens and the topics they engage in and discuss each day?

      “Random acts of violence and cruelty” are often indeed just random, isolated incidents. What if they’re not, as many commenters both foreign and Chinese have quipped? What does media and netizen attention on the cruel and violent say about Chinese media and netizens? Does it reflect one thing? Or maybe many things? Nothing at all? Like how sex and violence in American TV shows reflects nothing about American culture and society or how it is changing?

      If cS were digging all of these things out from obscure, dark corners of the Chinese internet, there’d be a better argument for it reflecting something about the perversions of the cS contributors picking them to translate. When they’re legitimately popular and widely discussed internet content, then they reflect more than just the cS contributor. What insights you can draw from them is up to you. How you connect the dots between all the cS posts, divining connectsion and themes, is up to you. Fauna has always been less interested in spelling things out compared to what James, Raphael, Harold, Minjun, and Beth do on kB and jC. cS has stuck more doggedly to letting its readers make their own conclusions and figure things out apart.

      Our sites are awful as news sources because we update about once a day and tons of newsworthy things happen each day. Instead, our sites are more like “primary sources”, where each post of translated content and comments give you data points for you to add to your understanding of the country and its society when reconciled with everything else you observe or read. We intentionally avoid spoon-feeding you what to think and trust in you to put things in intelligent context in order to derive meaningful insights.

      Our sites are aimed at facilitating observation by simply helping those interested cross a language barrier. There are Chinese sites who do the same thing, just like there are groups who provide fansubs for American TV shows or Japanese anime. cS content covers plenty of “relevant” political and social issues; just look at our archives. The thing is, Chinese netizens are a huge population and they are not all uniformly focused on the same topics at the same time. Sometimes, some of them, even a critical mass of them, just want to look at cute cats and dogs. That still says something, and it may even say a lot.

      • nita

        I am aware that Weibo is a microblogging site, but I see a lot of trending political stuff on Twitter in response to political events, and the relative lack thereof on Weibo is very noticeable. Would you agree that Internet censorship in China has chilled free speech to a great extent?

        • Alex Dương

          Right now, the top three trends on Twitter based on my location all have to do with Wimbledon. The next two are about UFC 175. No question that the CCP clamped down pretty hard on netizens’ commemorating Tiananmen, for example, but I think you might be overexaggerating how “deep” tweets are.

          • Don’t Believe the Hype

            tweets are not deep, but they can encompass a far more diverse spectrum of debate topics than anything on NetEase or Weibo for example. Also at election time you are far more likely to see stimulating twitter feeds than during a slow news day.

            (i should mention that i am pretty much guessing here as I have not and do not ever plan to have a twitter account)

          • Alex Dương

            Also at election time you are far more likely to see stimulating twitter feeds than during a slow news day.

            True. Indonesia has a Presidential election coming up, and the top tweet in Indonesia is for sure related to the election. I can’t comment on the depth of the tweets as I don’t understand Bahasa Indonesia. I would be surprised if they were different (in principle) from #NOBAMA2012.

        • Kai

          Are you measuring by the same metrics? Are you seeing trending political stuff because of the people you follow or are you referring to general rankings (again, using the same metrics as Weibo)?

          I agree that internet censorship in China has chilled and will continue to chill free speech. At the same time, the freedom of speech in China is at levels unprecedent since its founding as the PRC.

          My response to you is not to challenge the notion that internet censorship affects free speech. My response to you is to get you to put cS and the content cS translates into proper context.

          • nita

            I was referring to trending political topics, like SCOTUS, gay marriage, obamacare, elections, anything having to do with the Clintons. However, your points about context and the approach of cS are well taken, and thanks for your thoughtful replies.

  • Freddi BuBu

    “Chinese” cat? Looks a bit Caucasian to me……

  • tomoe723

    How come pet dogs in China are named Niuniu? I had a Chinese friend who also named her dog Niuniu…

  • Rick in China

    Really cute – both of them

    • This is one of the most popular microblog posts?

      What the f’ is interesting about it. It’s a really *stupid* anecdote, and deserves no attention. Waste of time.

      It’s not insightful, revealing, or interesting whatsoever from where I’m sitting. This type of nonsense has been portrayed in thousands, tens of thousands, or more YouTube videos, Facebook pics, or whatever form of media, and has absolutely nothing interesting to add this time around. If posts could burn, I’d wish this one would, it’s the definition of wasted bandwidth.

      • Rick in China

        Welcome to trolling 101. Good job Matt, another win!

        I suppose my only question is – do you often cry to yourself when you think back in retrospect about your life?

        • My intention is improvement of the articles, many of which I like. Your intention is what? I don’t even know, aside from behaving like a Chengguan who doesn’t realise his own power is nothing more than that of a wannabe-bully. Move on, Ricky McSourgrapes. You, like this article, bore me.

          • Rick in China

            ctrl-c, ctrl-v, ctrl-c, ctrl-v, /troll more cupcake, one day you’ll be a superstar with something to add to a conversation, or not.

          • I’ve composed plenty of walls of text in my lifetime.
            You’re not worth the effort.

  • tomoe723

    I’m talking about dog names, not people names. Like lassie or shaggy or brownie/whitey. Duhhh what are the odds…

    • UserID01

      I believe “niu” means something like “cute” or “adorable” in Chinese, so “niu niu” or Niuniu might mean “super cute.” If someone who actually knows the language could confirm this, that would be great.

      • Don’t Believe the Hype

        i’m guessing niu niu probably just means super or great, just like the character 牛 is often used in social contexts, but this time as a name.

        I had a host family in beijing who named their dog 笨笨, that was pretty hilarious because the dog was a tiny little fur ball pomeranean and the characters mean stupid.

      • tomoe723

        Oh thanks for the informative reply… I believe you’re right on that.

  • Dr Sun

    lol :)

  • Kai

    The actual characters for the dog’s name is 妞妞, so not 牛. Niu Niu means “little girl”.