How internet is fueling cat popularity [Infographic]

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It’s a well known fact that the Internet is obsessed with cats. Every time there’s a viral video sensation it seems that cats are at the center of it. Are cats somehow making humans do their bidding in a quest for world domination? We may never know. Just keep sticking slices of bread on your cats’ heads and making them Internet famous for now.

Who knows, maybe you are helping them run for cat congress.

Cats were worshipped in Ancient Egypt and in fact it was illegal to kill them. They have never forgotten this and have maintained a place in society ever since. Even after they lost their place in society as somewhat of a religious icon, they were still considered very valuable for their ability to keep pests at bay.

Today’s cat worship has taken somewhat of an odd turn, however. One of the more recent viral video trends was the cats scared of cucumbers. In these videos people would place cucumbers behind their unsuspecting cats and wait for them to notice. The cats would invariably jump in terror when they noticed the cucumbers there, which made people question why cats are so afraid of cucumbers.

Most speculation about this trend centered around the fact that the cats suddenly had a large object appear near them, which would startle anyone. Even though it’s unlikely to hurt your cat doing this, it’s still not cool and you probably shouldn’t do it.

But not all Internet cat trends are bad, and in fact there are some cats that are so Internet famous they are raking in millions of dollars every year. All Grumpy Cat has to do is post on Instagram and make a public appearance once in awhile and he is raking in $5k a year in YouTube ads alone. Maru sits in boxes and has a book called “I Am Maru” and he’s raking in $75k a year in YouTube ad revenue.

Cats have become so popular in fact that there are cat conventions that get covered by major national media outlets. CatCon celebrates cats, sells cat paraphernalia, and donates money to animal shelters and gets covered by The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Vanity Fair, and more. Dogs may be friendlier, but cats are where the money’s at. Can your cat do any tricks that can put her on the map? Learn more about why the Internet worships cats from this infographic!

Why is the Internet Obsessed with Cats?


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Author: Firdaus

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