15 Cat GIFs That Perfectly Describe the Thanksgiving Day Experience

by Julie Sprankles
Nov 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Cat GIFs That Sum Up Thanksgiving Dinner With the Fam
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To quote the very wise words of a little band named U2, "I can't live with or without you." And in this instance, we're referencing the beauty and the pain that is Thanksgiving, of course. 

Come on, you know what we're talking about. Thanksgiving is that very special time of year when we get the chance to convene with our nearest and dearest around the dinner table and express just how grateful we are to all have each other — while also stuffing our faces with the most amazing food on Earth. And you know what else happens when a ton of extended family who sees each other once or twice a year all squeezes into the same room. Drama, drama, drama. No family gathering would be complete without it, and family Thanksgiving dinners set the standard.

In the spirit of fun, we used cat GIFs to capture all the feels of the holiday.

Originally published November 2016. Updated November 2017.

1 /15: When the aunts get ahold of you

1/15 :When the aunts get ahold of you

When you haven't seen the aunts recently, prepare to get squinched (squeezed and pinched, natch).

2 /15: When Mom asks if you want to lick the spoon

2/15 :When Mom asks if you want to lick the spoon

Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom. This never gets old — salmonella be damned!

3 /15: When you low-key try to sneak a taste

3/15 :When you low-key try to sneak a taste

Is one sliver of honey-baked ham worth being thwapped with a wooden spoon? Why, yes. Yes, it is. 

4 /15: When someone says dinner is almost ready

4/15 :When someone says dinner is almost ready

Oooooh, it's gonna be so good. Pre-dinner shimmy time! 

5 /15: When your sister tries to cut in line

5/15 :When your sister tries to cut in line

Girl, you must be dreaming. Trying to fix your plate before me is an unequivocal invitation to get tackled. 

6 /15: When your drunk uncle knocks over the pie

6/15 :When your drunk uncle knocks over the pie

And you never even made it that far in line. Curse you, big family (and spiked punch)! 

7 /15: When someone asks why you're still single

7/15 :When someone asks why you're still single

For those who are unattached, this is practically as much of a tradition as the turkey.

8 /15: When Dad's turkey-carving skills get dissed

8/15 :When Dad's turkey-carving skills get dissed

Aw, shoot — there's about to be some serious family drama up in here. Someone hold my turkey leg. 

9 /15: When you let a curse word slip

9/15 :When you let a curse word slip

Hell hath no fury like a grandmother who hears you drop the F-bomb in the presence of cranberry sauce.

10 /15: When your cousin opens his mouth...

10/15 :When your cousin opens his mouth...

...to suggest you could do without dessert. Remind me how we're related again?

11 /15: When you eat too much

11/15 :When you eat too much

You couldn't very well say no when Gran insisted you have a second helping of sweet potato pudding.

12 /15: When the tryptophan kicks in

12/15 :When the tryptophan kicks in

Happy Thanksgivizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. 

13 /15: When you have too much holiday sangria...

13/15 :When you have too much holiday sangria...

...and then proceed to tell everyone from your brother to the ficus in the corner how grateful you are for them.

14 /15: When it's time to do dishes

14/15 :When it's time to do dishes

After years of shirking your dishwashing responsibilities, you know all the best hiding spots. 

15 /15: When you get your second wind

15/15 :When you get your second wind

C'mon, cuz — there's egg salad and extra cobbler in the fridge!