Great Parody Infomercial Says a Cat Will Solve All Your Irritating Problems

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Cats suck. However, this ad made by students at Webster University for Tenth Life Cat Rescue, a St. Louis group that saves strays and promotes feline adoptions, does not. The spot spoofs schlocky infomercials, which is nothing new, but at least it's frank about what cat ownership is all about. "Tired of cleaning up your own vomit? Clothes too clean for you? Couch untainted?" The answer to such "problems," we're told, is adopting a cat. The best line: "Call in the next 15 minutes, and we'll throw in hairballs and extra stinky poop." Top that, Ron Popeil! On second thought, don't. Suki Peters gives an unhinged performance as a gal who really needs a Tenth Life kitty. She scratches upholstery with her fingernails and plays with a toy mouse for her own amusement. Reminds me of this woman in the old Humane Society of Boulder Valley ad, who grooms herself in front of a mirror and tries to spit up a hairball. Both ladies give me … paws. Ouch! Scratch that. You see what cats make me do?! Via Laughing Squid.

@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.