There’s no doubt been times when you’ve been on the internet with a mission at hand. You’re doing something like strategically reading reviews on www.thebestcatlitterbox.com looking intently for a new cat litter box or brightly colored cat litter mat and suddenly you feel yourself distracted to Facebook.
You log on and see a cat video someone posted. You watch it, laugh hysterically, and then before you know it two hours have passed and only cute kittens who play with yarn and lick their sleeping owner’s faces mater. Don’t feel bad though, as it turns out you’re not alone. Cats are by far the most popular animals on the internet, and for good reason: they’re hilarious.
Anyone who’s owned a furry feline knows that they’re funny creatures. At times they seem to have split personalities. They want to do nothing but sleep, lounge, and eat one day, then the next they meow and run around the house like a maniac with a knife is chasing them. They usually save the latter for 3:00 in the morning on a day when you have something important to do. We’ve all known these things, but we just didn’t know how much everyone else loved these nuances until the advent of the internet.
If you love cats and don’t live under a rock, you no doubt have heard of Grumpy Cat. Grumpy Cat is a mixed breed cat who has a form of feline dwarfism which makes its face appear to have a frown because of a jaw deformity. The cat has spurred so many internet memes that the fur ball won the Internet’s Favorite Feline Meme Award at the Minnesota State Fair’s Internet Cat Video Festival, as well as the Golden Kitty award (basically the Oscar of cat movies) in 2013. Yes, there is actually an entire festival dedicated to rewarding cats on the internet. I was surprised, too.
In fact, Grumpy Cat is so popular that she’s been in a movie, penned a New York Time’s best seller, and even has a coffee line named after her. The cat’s owners are now millionaires. Talk about a pet that deserves a new toy.
But Grumpy Cat isn’t the only popular cat on the internet. In fact, chances are pretty good that if you put up a funny or cute cat picture, it will get a lot of views, likes, and shares. For example, in the United Kingdom there are more shared cat pictures than there are selfies; 3.8 million cat pictures are shared every day as compared to just 1.4 million selfies. Yes, Brits actually like cats more than they like themselves.
In America, the percent of American internet users who post cat videos has skyrocketed. In 2009, 14 percent of all internet users in the US shared cat videos; in 2013 that number has more than doubled to 31 percent. The number of people who watch them is even higher. In 2009 it was 68 percent, and that number is now 78.
Funny cat and baby videos are also the most watched videos in America. What’s numbers through four? How to videos, educational videos, and music videos, respectively.
In reality, we loved cats way before the internet was ever thought of. Cats are great friends to keep us company, and their personalities are just really funny. So be sure to love your cat a little more today. Who knows, someday they may make you a millionaire.
Photo courtesy of Emilian Robert Vicol.