How many famous internet cats can you name? Grumpy cat? That’s easy. Maru? Yeah, I’ve seen the videos. But what about Hamilton the Hipster Cat, Nala, or Atilla FLuff?
The web has a weird obsession with our feline friends and it’s only getting worse. These cute little animals have turned from our pets, to our friends, to, in some cases, our employers. Seriously, people make a lot of money from selling Grumpy Cat merchandise. There’s even an annual festival where these cats get paraded around.
So how did we get here? How did the internet’s cat obsession grow into a feasible business plan? Three.co.uk tracks the timeline of famous internet cats back to Frank, the “happy cat” from I Can Haz Cheezburger.
Yes, the obsession with cat memes started back in 2007 when Frank wanted a cheeseburger. Since then, cats have gained viral fame for everything from climbing into boxes (I’m looking at you Maru) to having funny facial hair (that’s you Hamilton the Hipster).
Here’s a look at some of the most famous cats on the internet.
View the Famous Internet Cats infographic.