It's more than fair to say that Icelanders are a bit different than the typical American. For example, their last names are usually not family names, but actually one of their parents' names with the Icelandic word for "daughter" or "son" tacked on depending on gender. They also had a beer prohibition until 1989, so keep all of that in mind when I say that their nation is currently enamored over a live stream where 4 cats live in an elaborate playhouse. Check it out:
Keeping Up With The Kattarshians is the product of an elaborate live stream gone viral. In a pure stroke of genius, or perhaps extreme boredom, an Icelandic news website set up a live stream in coordination with the Icelandic Cat Protection Society in an effort to raise awareness and up the adoption rates of stray cats. The series started off with 4 nine-week-old kittens found in a trailer park in Reykjavik, and it quickly rose to popularity in Iceland. No official numbers have been released regarding the live stream but Deadline writes that the host website Nutiminn had its highest traffic month once Keeping Up With The Kattarshians premiered.
The whole thing is captured in this elaborate doll house that has kitten-sized bunk beds, wallpaper, and plenty of food to go around. The dollhouse is multilevel and has an open front for fans to see and for the cats to roam off the set and presumably do their business. Viewers can check out 3 different views via GoPro cameras to see different perspectives of the house as well as get up close and personal with the cats. Don't get too attached to any particular cat though, as Keeping Up With The Kattarshians will have a rotating door!
All four of the original cats who first starred on the series have already been adopted. Of course, Keeping Up With The Kattarshians has been such a success for raising awareness on animal adoption that a minor casting shakeup won't cause it to fall too far in the ratings. The Icelandic Cat Protection Society plans to continue providing kittens and adoptable cats for as long as the program keeps running! Could this series have any more of a "purrfect" ending for these famous felines?
So yeah, the folks of Iceland are a little weird by typical American standards, but they're also super awesome. They've somehow managed to one-up our annual Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet and make it a 24/7 immersive experience! Hopefully the success of the program there will spur some Keeping Up With The Kattarshians spinoffs in our country. Maybe our version can be a cat dating show like "The Catchelor," or maybe we can do something with puppies and call it "The Real Woof." While I get on the phone with some network executives, you should check out our midseason premiere guide and see if any animal-based television is coming out in the near future, because we clearly need more stuff like this in our lives.