It’s a daily habit that has turned into a daily ritual: I settle onto the train with my coffee, pull my iPhone from out of my purse, and click open my Instagram app to see what Pudge is up to. Pudge (above) isn’t a friend’s cat or a family member’s cat or even a cat I’ve met in real life. Pudge is an Internet-famous cat. She’s my favorite Internet-famous cat.
I love and always have loved cats — at one point, my parents had nine cats when I was growing up — and even I can admit that sometimes being a pet owner is a pain in the butt. With Pudge, I can look at cute pictures and videos in small doses when I feel like it … and then put my phone back in my purse and not have to deal with anyone clawing at the bedroom door while I’m trying to have sex.
After the jump, here are 10 reasons Internet-famous cats are better than real cats — in GIFs!
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I consider Lil Bub meeting Grumpy Cat as akin as to when Churchill met with Roosevelt. The two greatest cat powers on the continent, combining forces for cuteness. Watch as Bub and Grumps warily address one another at the second annual Internet Cat Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is my couch space, Bub says, tongue out, head forward. O RLY? Grumpy Cat responds, unsure of whether to tentatively put one paw forward for peace. How did the meeting end? WIth lots of purrs, we hope. [YouTube]
There’s civil unrest in Egypt. The government might be spying on us. Millions are out of work. But OMG THERE’S A KITTY ON A NEWS PROGRAM GIVING AN INTERVIEW. Gahhhhh. Grumpy Cat hit up the Australian “Today Show” for a hard-nosed interview that sent TV host Karl Stefanovic into a giggling, snorting, knee-slapping fit.
Glad to know it isn’t just American journalism that’s down the toilet. [Uproxx]
Wait, what? Look, Internet cats and sugary coffee beverage are my two favorite things in life. But Grumpy Cat branded Grumppuccino coffee? Debuting today (on my Instagram Grumpy Cat feed, off all places) the Grumppuccino drinks are a direct knockoff of Starbucks bottled coffee in its mocha, coffee and vanilla flavors. But instead of that mermaid with her green boobies, these bottles have Grumpy Cat on ‘em. I was hoping Grumppuccinos were some kind of meta-joke, but they appear to be as real can be. And at only $29.95 for a case of 12, a better deal than Starbucks. The Internet is weird. [Drink Grumpy Cat]
From Annie on “Community” to Trudy Campbell on “Mad Men,” Alison Brie is a woman of many talents. Including, it turns out, impersonating Internet memes. Her ‘Unflattering Beyoncé’ is pretty funny too. [MadeMan via The Gloss]
Today is a momentous, miserable occasion. This is the first birthday of everybody’s favorite misanthropic kitten, Grumpy Cat — and everybody’s celebrating. There are even Grumpster Cat birthday postage stamps! It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, the world was Grumpy-free. How did we express our dry wit and humor without her? The world has truly become a better, more grumpy place thanks to Tarder Sauce. So even though we know she probably hates birthdays, and parties, and anything fun at all, we’re happily wishing Grumpy Cat a most unhappy birthday.
Tardar Sauce is a wee bit misanthropic, but even Grumpy Cat herself won’t deny her support of gay marriage. We found this amazing portrait of the Grumpster made (we think!) by Lana Rakhman, and couldn’t resist sharing Grumpy’s pro-gay marriage protest. [Facebook]
“That’s what YouTube is: kitty videos!”
I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. [YouTube]]
I watched this Grumpy Cat “Harlem Shake” video and burst out laughing so hard that Julie took her headphones off to ask me what was going on. It could be because we’ve been drinking alcoholic cider in the office this afternoon. (Don’t like it. Sorry.) Or it could be because Grumpy Cat is just so gosh darn grumpy.