If there's one thing we all love, it's cute cats on the internet. If you can't get enough of looking at pictures of other peoples' cats, you aren't alone — there are over twice as many cat photos on the internet as there are selfies, which is no mean feat! Studies have even shown that looking at photos of baby animals can have positive effects on mood, attention, and concentration. As if you needed a better excuse to check out adorable felines on Instagram!
With over 4.3 million followers, Nala Cat is officially the most famous cat in the world. Even the Guinness Book or World Records says so: in 2017, Nala Cat made the headlines for having the most Instagram followers for a cat. Fun fact: Nala Cat didn't break a previous record — this world-first title was created just for her.
Grumpy Cat — whose real name is Tardar Sauce — shot to fame in 2012 with a picture posted to Reddit. Users were immediately enchanted by her grumpy-looking expression, the result of a combination of an underbite and feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat sadly died in 2019, but her legacy lives on through her Instagram and extensive range of merchandise, including t-shirts, calendars, and face masks.
Lil Bub, full name Lillian Bubbles, is another cat who achieved fame thanks to her unique appearance. Not only does Lil Bub have her own website, YouTube channel, and merchandise, she also has a book and a documentary. Lil Bub & Friendz premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, winning the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film and raising over $300,000 for animals in need.
Maru — which means 'round' or 'circle' in Japanese — is a Scottish Fold from Japan. As well as his Instagram account, you can find Maru on YouTube, where his videos have an average of 800,000 views each. Maru is most famous for his love of boxes; his first video features captions including "I love a box!" in English and Japanese.
Venus the Two-Faced Cat has a striking appearance. Not only is the fur on her face two different colors — black on one side, and ginger on the other — but so are her eyes, with one green eye and one blue. With over 2 million followers, Venus has certainly got people talking, including geneticists, who have debated whether or not she is a chimera.
Hamilton the Hipster Cat is so named because of his distinctive mustache. Though his fur is mostly gray, Hamilton earned his nickname, Mustache Cat, due to the lines of white on his face which resemble, well, a mustache. Hamilton was rescued from the Humane Society in 2012 and has nearly 800,000 Instagram followers.
Us Weekly once named Smoothie the world's most photogenic cat. Little wonder, then, that she commands over 2 million followers on Instagram. Also known as the Queen of Fluff, Smoothie's long fur and striking eyes have earned her several magazine and newspaper features, custom t-shirts, and even her own calendar.
If you can't decide between looking at adorable cats or stunning travel photos, Suki's Instagram is for you. More well-traveled than most humans, Suki has been to 12 countries including Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. In addition to joining her 1.9 million followers on Instagram, you can visit Suki's website, buy her merchandise, and read about her adventures in her book, Travels of Suki the Adventure Cat.
Much like Hamilton the Hipster Cat, Sam gets his nickname from the fur pattern on his face. In this case, Sam has — you guessed it — eyebrows. You can check out his website for t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and tote bags with Sam's signature eyebrows on them, or simply join his 235,000 followers on Instagram.
This account gained recognition as Oskar and Klaus, following a blind cat and his best friend. Oskar — who had microphthalmia, a genetic condition that meant his eyes never fully developed — sadly passed away in 2018, but is memorialized in his book, Oskar and Klaus Present: The Search for Bigfoot. Klaus has since been joined by Juno, who is also blind, having lost her eyes to a severe infection.
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