Unveiling the Origins of Famous Cat Memes
When it comes to the internet, few things are as ubiquitous and beloved as cat memes.
They've become part of the fabric of online culture, offering a mix of humor, quirkiness,
and, of course, undeniable cuteness. But have you ever wondered how these memes
started or where they came from? Buckle up, young internet explorers, as we dive
into the history of some of the funniest cat memes that have ruled the web.
1. Grumpy Cat
Remember the adorably grouchy face of Grumpy Cat, who always seems to be in a bad
mood? Born as "Tardar Sauce," this cat's iconic grumpy look is due to feline dwarfism
and an underbite. She became a sensation after her photo was posted on Reddit in
2012, and users quickly started creating memes based on her furrowed brows and frowny
2. Keyboard Cat
Keyboard Cat is one of the earliest cat memes to hit the internet. A video of a cat
named Fatso, dressed in a shirt and "playing" a keyboard, was posted on YouTube
back in 2007. The original footage, however, was filmed by Fatso's owner in the
1980s. The hilarious video inspired a meme where the Keyboard Cat is edited into
the end of embarrassing or fail videos, playing people off as if it were a gaffe
3. Nyan Cat
Nyan Cat, a pixel art animation of a cat with a Pop-Tart body flying through space
and leaving a rainbow trail behind, was a viral hit in 2011. Created by illustrator
Chris Torres, the animated gif was paired with a catchy Japanese song and took the
internet by storm. Nyan Cat’s endurance and irresistibly cute tune spawned countless
remixes and a legion of fans.
Longcat, also known as "Nobiko" in Japan, became internet-famous in 2005 when her
owner posted pictures showcasing her unusually lengthy body. Internet users soon
began photoshopping her into various situations, often with her arch-nemesis Tacgnol,
another long cat but colored black. A popular format of this meme is stretching
the image of Longcat to absurd lengths for comic effect.
5. Lil Bub
Lil Bub, a cat with unique genetic mutations that made her look forever like a kitten,
won hearts worldwide after her pictures were posted on Tumblr in 2011. Bub's big
eyes, small size, and tongue perpetually sticking out, thanks to her short lower
jaw and toothlessness, made her a perfect candidate for a plethora of sweet and
6. Ceiling Cat
This meme features a cat peering through a hole in the ceiling, giving the impression
of it watching over you. The picture was initially posted on 4chan where it quickly
spread and evolved into a meme known as the 'Ceiling Cat'. It is often paired with
'Basement Cat', a black cat that is considered the 'evil' counterpart to the 'good'
7. I Can Has Cheezburger
This is one of the oldest and most well-known cat memes. It features a chubby cat
with a goofy expression, captioned with the phrase "I Can Has Cheezburger?" in broken
English, which is a classic example of the 'LOLCats' meme format. The image was
first posted on a Russian website and quickly gained popularity, eventually leading
to the creation of an entire website dedicated to similar memes.
8. Crying Cat
Crying Cat is a meme format featuring images of cats with teary, glassy eyes to appear
as though they are sad. These pictures are usually captioned with situations that
could be considered frustrating or inconvenient, designed to exaggerate and humorously
overreact to such situations.
9. Woman Yelling at a Cat
This meme features a screenshot of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' cast members
Taylor Armstrong and Kyle Richards next to a picture of a confused-looking cat sitting
behind a dinner plate. The format gained significant popularity on Twitter and Reddit
in 2019 and is used to depict situations where a person is inexplicably angry or
aggressive towards someone who is calm and unbothered.
10. Smudge the Cat
Smudge is a white cat who rose to fame online for appearing in the 'Woman Yelling
at a Cat' meme. Before that, Smudge had a considerable following on Instagram due
to his distinct facial expressions and refusal to sit at any other spot on the dining
So there you have it, the origins of some of the most iconic cat memes that have
tickled our funny bones and warmed our hearts. It's amazing to see how these feline
friends, with their unique quirks and personalities, have brought laughter and joy
to millions of people around the globe. So next time you share or laugh at a cat
meme, remember the history and the real cool cats behind the humor.