Are you as surprised and pleased as I am to see so many sweet cat videos, photographs, blogs, and websites on the Internet? As we have discussed throughout the week, cats have been big in literature for a long time. But who knew they’d take over the Internet? I wonder if that’s why my Klepto Cat Mysteries are selling so well—the internet has primed people to yearn for more cat stories. I know that Rags has fans who simply devour the Klepto Cat Mysteries and can’t wait for the next one.
You might be interested to know that the first cat video to go viral was in 2006. Grumpy Cat is certainly a prime example of cats gone crazy on the Internet. And you might also be familiar with Lil Bub and what about Nala? She’s the little cat who was left behind at a shelter after all of her friends and siblings were adopted. Finally someone adopted her and ended up going viral with her story and her antics. She has 3.6 million followers.
So why are we so enamored with cat videos and photos? According to experts, they make us happy. I smile when I see a sweet video of kittens at play or a mother cat protecting her baby or an older male snuggling with orphaned kittens or a wonderful adult cat fending off a bobcat through a heavy glass door or making friends with a deer. It’s all wonderful and smile-worthy. These videos make us happy. We feel more energetic when watching them. They touch our heart and our soul. One of my favorite Facebook videos is Simon—it’s animated, black and white pencil-like drawings and oh such reality in the cat’s movements and the cat’s actions. Love Simon!
I hope that cat videos are saving more and more cats as we begin to care more and do more—volunteer, donate, and adopt. There’s a lot being done on behalf of cats, but there’s a lot more that we can do.
In the meantime, here’s a site that tries to explain why cats are taking over the Internet.