First times can be scary, even for us humans who think we have it all together. For animals, though, trying to understand our crazy world can be overwhelming. And you don’t know how your pup or kitten will react to brand new experiences – never mind what wild animals go through without humans to guide them. Luckily, it isn’t all fear and trepidation, and some little critters take on the new with what can only be described as adorable euphoria. Our first example, however, is less “euphoria” and more “fascinated fear.” Check it out.
The owner of this house of cats was using a vacuum cleaner for the first time. We love how the cat at the back is like, “My last owners had a scream machine. He’s releasing the souls of dead cats. You’ll get used to it.”
“WHAT THE HELL IS THAT, SHEILA? WHAT DOES IT WANT? DOES IT WANT MY STICK? IT CAN HAVE MY STICK! IS IT A DINOSAUR? DON’T BRING ME TO A PARK FULL OF DINOSAURS, SHEILA! I’M FINE IN THE GARDEN.”
First time seeing a tiny pink human? It’s an experience that has blown this moggy’s mind. That 100-yard stare contains 1000 thoughts and possibilities, such as, “How did this happen? Do I still get fed first? Seriously, how did this get here and is it staying?”
This magnificent little redhead is a house-cat taking in his first moments outdoors. You can see the emotional rollercoaster as he switches from bemused panic to pure contentment. Either that, or he’s just smelled some fish.
Christmas trees are a spectacle, but this cat’s first experience of one was a mind-bending trip. It must seem like the entire cosmos is laid out before him in festive decorations. Take it in, little guy. You have been enlightened.
Can you guess what has these kitties so shocked and fascinated? It was actually their first time seeing a moving ceiling fan. And it must have been a pretty powerful experience, given that these cats look like they’re about to say, “Whooooah.”
Spotted: dalmatian on a train. This poor guy needed lots of reassuring cuddles to get him through his first journey, because dalmatians aren’t made for trains. Indeed, they’re made for frolicking and – if you’re a bit of a Cruella – fur coats.
“AAAARRGGHHH! WHAT IS THIS? IT’S SUPER COLD AND HAVE YOU SEEN HOW WHITE IT IS?”
“It’s called snow, Rover. It can’t hurt you.”
“I THINK I LIKE IT BUT I AM ALSO SUPER SCARED BUT DON’T TELL ANYONE BUT IT’S FUN BUT I’M SCARED!”
Cat: “Ay, yo! Have you seen this?”
Owner: “Oh look, yeah, it’s snowing.”
Cat: “Dude, are we… are we gonna die?”
Owner: “It’s just frozen droplets of water falling from the sky.”
Cat: “And you’re okay with this?”
When you’re an apartment cat you only have to worry about carpets and calm. Imagine how overwhelming your first steps into the wide world would be – all grassy and breezy. We’d probably carry a fake leg around to bat away baddies, too.
This is a huge first for a pup transitioning into adult life. Yes, he ordered his own Uber and passed out drunk in the back seat. Not really; he’s just enjoying every dog’s rite of passage – the “breezy fur fluffer.”
It’s funny when we do it to babies. But how much greater is it to see this pom-pom cringe through a lime-tasting? You learned a huge lesson today, little buddy: life can be sweet, but you need to prepare yourself for its sharp edges.
On his first time out in public, Ralph not only melted hearts but he actually melted for real. He had a rare disease called puddle-pup. This is the moment just before his spine began melting into the floor. So, you know, cute can also be tragic.
Apparently, after several failed attempts this cat finally managed to jump into the fridge. Its face just screams of both pride and instant regret. What are you going to do now, chilly kitty? You didn’t think this through, did you?
We have some questions. Since when were rats cute? Why is he sticking his tongue out at us? Isn’t it a bit weird to give a watermelon to a rat? Can we keep it? And finally: why does it think its first watermelon is a keyboard?
This dog’s first experience of grass was so transcendental that she hovered just above the ground all day. Indeed, she’s such a bundle of happy fluff that her unbridled joy is a more powerful force than the gravity holding her down.
This is probably the most appropriate reaction to the first time you find yourself in a field full of cocaine. These shots were actually an outtake from Narcos Season 2, but they couldn’t use the scene out of respect to the now-very-dead cat.
We understand this dog’s trepidation at seeing kittens for the first time. As you can see, they’ve already joined up as a pack and you can tell the little tigger on the right it sizing up the carotid artery. There’s no way the hound can win this one.
He’d tasted many things in his young life, but peanut butter was just a little too much to handle. Indeed, life had been full and joyous, but now it was finally complete. Peanut butter is a hell of a drug.
Owner: “Hey kitty, where have you been?”
Owner: “First time, huh? Have fun?”
Cat: “I found candy floss but it was NOT as tasty as promised. I ate, like, a pound of it, too. Did you know it’s full of spiders? And they are angry.”