If you have been on the internet at all since the beginning of the internet you know that the internet is obsessed with cats. There are famous cats who make their owners’ hundreds of thousands of dollars in ad revenue every year on YouTube. There are viral cat video sensations like cat breading that would never happen outside of the internet. And if you haven’t ever seen the “Cat Flushing A Toilet” song you seriously need to reexamine your priorities. But why is the internet so obsessed with cats?
Felines were worshipped in ancient Egypt, and even when people stopped deifying them they were still an important part of daily life. Cats have always kept the pets at bay, which is a very valuable thing to humanity. Your cat is always going to do what it wants and what its instincts tell it to do and it can’t be trained to do otherwise. This is what sets cats apart from dogs, and it might also be why people are so obsessed – being completely ignored has to make cats seem a lot more interesting than they actually are.
On the internet people tend to try to anthropomorphize cats, assigning them human characteristics that aren’t really there. Grumpy Cat is, after all, just a normal cat whose face happens to make him look grumpy all the time. Apparently, that’s worth a few thousand a year in ad revenues because it makes people laugh to think a cat could be as grumpy as their crabby neighbor.
Whatever the reason that people keep obsessing over cats online this phenomenon is not likely to change anytime soon. Cats are pretty cool, after all. Learn more about why the internet worships cats from this infographic. Just don’t try to scare them with cucumbers anymore, please.