Cats on the Web

A CatChannel editor explores the fascinating mix of cats and Internet culture.

By Robin Rockey, assistant editor | Posted: December 31 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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Cats are slowly taking over the internet
When YouTube released its list of the 10 most memorable videos of 2007, it was no surprise that Nora, the piano-playing cat, made the cut.

Nora’s online success highlights an ongoing trend: Cats are Internet superstars.

In fact, a simple search for “cat” on Google Video returns more than 900,000 videos. Here on CatChannel, more than 12,000 people have created online profiles and blogs for their feline friends.

Cat enthusiasts even have created a special cat language called “Lolcat,” popularized by cat-humor websites and are using it to translate the Bible into “kitty pidgin.”

Why are cats so popular online? Two straightforward facts illustrate why this phenomenon is a no-brainer:

1. Humans are fascinated by the Internet.
2. Humans are fascinated by cats.

Eventually, these interests were bound to collide. When they did, cats and Internet culture became inextricably mixed.

Cats have always intrigued humans. In fact, Leonardo da Vinci said, “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” Today, cats continue to tickle our hearts and our funny bones, especially while we’re surfing the web.

Former President Bill Clinton hinted at the online cat obsession when describing the prolific spread of the Internet in 1997. “Only astrophysicists knew about the Internet 20 years ago,” he said. “Today my cat has a website.”

Today, thousands of cats have websites. And, as the web becomes more accessible to people all over the world, our delightful propensity for online cat content can only grow.

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Cat-toure Cat Clothing    New York, NY

10/3/2011 6:36:09 PM

There are so many great cat sites out there and more and more keep popping up everyday =^_^=

Don    Bakersfield, CA

3/12/2010 4:19:43 PM

I totally agree, cats and cat lovers and cat-puters smoothly go together. The pipes screen saver is a cats memerizing delight, watch and reaching out to touch the screen. My brood loves it!

VBart    Los angeles, CA

5/29/2008 9:43:07 AM

If you've ever had to introduce a second cat into the home, you'll find this pretty funny:


lexie    costa mesa, CA

5/8/2008 1:14:56 AM

So true!
Loon(Abyssinian) was eight years old when he learned to use the keyboard by default. I
was spending too much time with my pc, so he jumped onto my lap and watched. His enthusiasm
had to be tempered - I let him push the space bar as needed.

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