Mary Jane the Bicycling Cat is a YouTube Sensation

Mary Jane, a young brown tabby, enjoys taking her person — Rudi Saldia — through the streets of Philadelphia on a bicycle.

Perched on Saldia’s shoulder, MJ tells him where to go and encourages him to go faster with purrs and nuzzles.

Saldia seems to enjoy the outings, and his videos, shot with a GoPro sports camera, have gone viral on youtube.

Originally, he only shot the footage to prove to his mom that he was in fact being driven around town on a bike by his cat. “She said, ‘No way! You’re not taking your cat out for the ride,’ which is the reaction I still get even after people see this video,” Saldia said.

Mary Jane has been bicycling since she was 2 months old. She first had Saldia take her along their quiet street in downtown Philly. Then, as Saldia got better at chauffering her around, she had him take her on longer jaunts.

“People are thrilled to see the guy with the cat ride his bike down the street,” Saldia said.

Mary Jane added, “It beats being cooped up in the house all day long. And don’t you love the way Rudi’s moustache curls around on the ends? I can’t stop rubbing my smell on it!”

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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