Exactly why the internet loves cats so much is up for discussion. Most people want to share things which make them laugh, or make them go ‘awww!’, and cats tend to cover both bases. Cats take up a large section of Youtube, unsurprisingly, and Google searches for ‘cat pictures’ and related searches take up 10,410 monthly searches in the UK alone.
Google trends shows that the internet’s love for cat videos isn’t showing any signs of slowing down; there’s been quite an acceleration in the former in the past few years, although searches for pictures of cats are dropping (probably due to the increase in watching the videos).
Youtube may be one of the most preferred places to find them, but with the introduction of Vine in 2012, it’s becoming easier and easier for pet owners to take snappy vids of their kitties doing something silly. Interestingly, Grumpy Cat would shoot to fame just a couple of months later. Since ‘I can Haz Cheeseburger’ cat hit the internet back in 2007, felines aren’t showing any signs of being kicked off the internet just yet.
We’ve all got our favourite cat videos. In the interest of being a bit silly and for once not talking about SEO, here’s my favourites.
Cat and Bunny Best Friends
- 4 years old, 1,000,000+ views
It’s a cat and a bunny who love each other. And it’s adorable.
Rat Loves Cat
- 5 years old, 9,000,000+ views
- 3 years old, 12,000,000+ views
Maru is an adorable cat who loves getting into boxes. There is nothing here to dislike.
- 6 years old, 44,000,000+ views
Making stalking adorable one paw at a time.
Kitten in Hamster Ball
- 3 years old, 15,000,000+ views
Watch with caution: danger of cuteness overload.
- 7 years old, 36,000,000+ views
An oldie but goldie. With its popularity spiking in May 2009, this was one of the original viral cat videos.
Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten
- 3 years old, 56,000,000+ views
This one has Reddit to thank for going viral rather than the steam of Youtube alone.
Cat Scared of Mario Jump
- 1 year old, 4,000,000+ views
Cats+nerdery are always a win. Unfortunately my cat is deaf, so I can’t recreate this at home. Why does this video not have more views?