Cats have taken over the Internet. The "Cat Pack" (a term coined by Lil Bub's owner Mike Bridavsky) is everywhere. Grumpy Cat is on mugs and T-shirts, Colonel Meow is on commercials, and Maru -- everyone's favorite box-jumping cat -- has an endorsement deal with Uniqlo. So why are cats suddenly so popular? Some people say it's the digital equivalent of taking your dog to the dog park: You can't really take your cat out on a leash to show it off, so you put up videos and pictures on the Internet. Some think it is because cats have such a cool demeanor, making any absurd behavior they show that much funnier to us.
Regardless of how it happened, I'm just glad it did.
Grumpy Cat, or Tardar Sauce, is probably the most recognizable of the Cat Pack. Her sweet frowny face is something we can all relate to in our grouchier moments, and as such, she has gone from Internet star to cultural phenomenon. Check out the Grumpy Cat book to learn more about the "fine art of grumpiness" and this Grumpy Cat calendar for your daily dose of frowns.
If you're feeling more ... existential, try out Henri le Chat Noir's new book. Henri first came to light in a series of short films where he let his sense of ennui take over while he mused over the philosophy of life. If you haven't seen Henri's videos, you should definitely check them out. Is there anything funnier than a pampered house cat in the throes of a (fake) existential crisis?
Want a dose of just plain adorable? Lil Bub is your girl. She has a small, "perma-kitten" look and is polydactyl -- which means she's got a couple extra cat fingers on her paws. She doesn't have teeth, so her tongue is always hanging out. But for a cat with so many medical issues, she stays positive and happy. Check out her book Lil Bub's Lil Book to get more of her cute.
If you're looking to go old school, may I recommend the I Can Has Cheezeburger LOLcat book. It's also a great way to introduce yourself to the Internet cat culture if you haven't immersed yourself yet.
How do you feel about the Internet Cat Revolution? Do you have a favorite Internet cat?
Posted by Emily Harrison