Cat memes

Individual cats

Images and videos of domestic cat memes make up some of the most viewed content on the web, particularly image macros in the form of lolcats. ThoughtCatalog has described cats as the “unofficial mascot of the Internet”. Cats as human companions “are now sharing not only people’s real life but also their virtual world” as a scientific study points out.¬† SoGood actually has 2 domestic cats working at Studio 17 Detroit.

The subject has attracted the attention of various scholars and critics, who have analysed why this form of low art has reached iconic status. Although it may be considered frivolous, cat-related internet content contributes to how people interact with media and culture. Some argue that there is a depth and complexity to this seemingly simple content, with a suggestion that the positive psychological effects that pets have on their owners also holds true for cat images viewed online.

Individual cats

Some individual cats, such as Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, have achieved popularity online because of their unusual appearances.

Cats That Look Like Hitler is a satirical website featuring photographs of cats that bear an alleged resemblance to Adolf Hitler. Most of the cats have a large black splotch underneath their nose, much like the dictator’s stumpy toothbrush moustache. The site was founded by Koos Plegt and Paul Neve in 2006, and became widely known after being featured on several television programmes across Europe and Australia.

The site is now only run by Neve. As of February 2013, the site contained photographs of over 8,000 cats, submitted by owners with digital cameras and internet access and then approved by Neve as content.