MY THREE FAVOURITE INTERNET-FAMOUS CATS - AND WHY
Hi, my name is Levi and I am obsessed with cats. I own two cat sweaters and think that’s not a problem - in fact, why not throw in another for good measure? However, I currently live with my girlfriend and her mother and stepfather - and her mom is allergic to cats soooo obviously, I can’t have any around, which makes my cat-lady heart break a little more every time I think about it.
As a result, I spend a lot of my internet time looking at cats and cat videos, and wishing that I could pet them. I’m here to introduce you to my three favourites.
BLACKBERRY - Blackberry is an exotic shorthair who first became popular when a photo of her began circulating on Tumblr this autumn. Many a Tumblr user wondered just who this “Halloween” cat (black fur, orange eyes) was. Soon enough I found the blog of Blackberry’s owners, geniuscat, and fell in love with this little cutie! In fact, they actually own two cats - Blackberry, and her adorable daughter Autumn (who has flecks of orange in her fur). Something relating to the shape and placement of her jaw means Blackberry permanently has her tongue sticking out of her squishy lil’ face, and it’s all kinds of adorable. To see many, many photos and videos of Blackberry and Autumn, click here to see their blog.
LIL BUB - Lil Bub is probably the most famous of these three cats and it’s not hard to see why the internet has fallen in love with her! Not only is she a polydactyl cat (she has more toes than your typical cat, which is always adorable) she also has feline dwarfism. As a kitten she was the runt and had to be bottle-fed, and today still has several health issues including osteoporosis, but is staying strong! Lil Bub and her owners raise tons of money for animal shelters and rescue groups through their merchandise, which includes calendars, tshirts, socks and stickers… PLUS she starred in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary about her and other internet-famous cats. To check out Lil Bub, click here to visit this adorable little kitty.
MARU - Maru was my first online cat love, except for maybe Keyboard Cat. Maru hails from Japan and is a huge, fluffy Scottish Fold whose true passion in life is BOXES. I am fully convinced that no other cat loves boxes quite as much as Maru does. It’s beautiful. There are countless videos of him leaping in and out of boxes, trying to squish into boxes much smaller than he is, and sprinting toward them, only to get stuck. Maru means round, which fits his super-cute and cuddly face quite well. His videos on YouTube average about 800,000 views apiece, and he also has a book which is called I Am Maru. Recently his owner seems to have adopted a kitten, named Hana, and she has been featured in several videos with Maru. You can check out their videos by clicking here.
Artwork by me, Levi Osler.