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When a wet cat (or any animal with fur) gets dried off, its fur sticks up, often with a "poof"ing sound similar to an umbrella unfolding. This can give the effect of making it look kind of like a [[Franchise/StarTrek Tribble]] with a face. This trope is about the way hair standing on end when dried is taken UpToEleven [[RuleOfFunny for comedy]]. This isn't just "cat is slightly fluffier when freshly washed and dried"; this is "short-haired cat is now one big puff of long, fluffy fur". {{Talking Animal}}s are usually rather annoyed by the entire process, and often [[TimmyInAWell non-speaking animals]] as well.


[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Sometimes happens to ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}.
* Happens to Hobbes from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' after Calvin's mom throws him into the dryer.
* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'' was about Peekaboo being "all fur" (not completely to the extent of IntangibleMan, but almost). There're several scene where Peekaboo becomes a clawed poofball when startled or angered.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The above picture is from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'': Oliver gets drenched by a fire hydrant - courtesy of Dodger - then walks over a subway air vent.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' exhibits this trope during the "Hakuna Matata" number.
* Happened to Archimedes the Owl in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' when completely drying himself after "saving" Arthur as a fish when almost been eaten by a big moat fish. Complete with umbrella sound and Archie yelling;
-->"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPdhvYFD1Oc Pinfeathers and gollyfluff!]]"
* Puss-in-Boots after their ship crashed on shore in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Shrek the Third]]''
* Happens to WesternAnimation/TheLorax after being sprayed with a garden hose in a mini-movie.
* Not a cat, but the AnimatedAdaptation of ''[[Literature/TheJungleBook Rikki-Tikki-Tavi]]'' features the eponymous mongoose getting this treatment after falling in his young master's bath.
* Another non-feline example in the first ''{{Balto}}'' film has Muk and Luk, two polar bears, who practically explode into gigantic balls of fluff when they dry themselves off after [[BigDamnHeroes rescuing Balto from the lake.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Toyed with in ''[[Film/AustinPowers Austin Powers: Goldmember]]''. During the infiltration of an enemy submarine, Foxxy Cleopatra shakes out her damp hair and it springs into a huge Afro, accompanied by a humorous sound effect like an umbrella opening.
* Snowbell from ''Film/StuartLittle''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'' does this after riding a waterslide and drying off.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Happens a few times to The Cheat on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. Especially after he's thrown in the dryer—he turns into a big lump of fluff.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* This happens to the semi-feline robot [[VideoGame/MegaManV Pluto]] in ''[[http://stardroids.net/wordpress/?p=444 Stardroids]]'' after he is [[http://stardroids.net/wordpress/?p=442 unceremoniously dumped into the drum of a washer-dryer]]. [[http://stardroids.net/wordpress/?p=440 He ends up as fluffy as cat-android-ly possible]]. Static electricity must be quite a thing in the Stardroids universe.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Salem in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' exhibits this trope once.
* Happens to WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther too.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** Pepe [=LePew=]. It often has the added benefit of neutralizing temporarily his smell.
** Another cartoon has Sylvester put in a washing machine: The final step of the washing cycle is "fluff dry".
* Happens on ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', too. Tom gets stuck in a washing machine (and survives, of course). It cycles through the usual: Wash... Dry... Fluff... and out pops Tom, now a round, grey ball of fluff, who has somehow been fluffed so much that he now floats through the air sans legs.
* This happens to a few of the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' characters (Gusty, Licketysplit and Heart Throb) after the enemies capture them for their hair and force them through a cleaning process similar to a car wash. After they're dried, they come out looking poofy for a few seconds. In this case, it's one of the few times it's obvious that the ponies have fur all over their bodies and not just on their manes and tails (as real horses do).
* In the Creator/WaltDisney short cartoon ''Rugged Bear'', WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck does such a thing with a ''bear'' who pretends to be a carpet in Donald's cabin.
* [[TeamPet Momo]] gets a moment of this after being dried out by Aang's airbending in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* [[WeaselMascot Pabu]] follows suit after his [[TeamPet Small Team Pet]] predecessor in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
* This happens to ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' in the third act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E2BTV B-TV]]", after getting [[UpToEleven blow dried by Mole]].
* Happens to Dukey in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', after he fails to thwart an evil pair of paints who have taken over the titular character's mind.