We spend so much time getting to know our favorite online cats, sometimes it feels like we actually know them in real life. If you’re lucky, you might get a chance to meet litter-box luminaries such as Lil Bub or Grumpy Cat at a rare public appearance, but the rest of us have to settle for enjoying our favorite felines from the comfort of our computer screens.
Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the celebrity cat of your fancy, there’s still hope. Today’s Internet kitties are savvy entrepreneurs and have bustling online shops to go along with their growing media empires.
While catnapping Lil Bub might not be an option (I’m looking at you, Liz Acosta!), buying your own little piece of her magic is totally legit. For your shopping pleasure, here are five famous Internet cats whose faces you can bring home on totes, tees, mugs, and more.
Tardar Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat, celebrated her first birthday earlier this month, but she’s already done more in one short year than most kitties can hope to accomplish in nine lifetimes. It’s hard to dispute that she’s not the most famous cat on the planet right now, with high-profile appearances on Good Morning America, VH1, and Anderson Live under her tiny belt.
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones who got to meet her on her recent trip to South by Southwest, get grumpy for yourself at her official Zazzle shop, which is chock-full of her signature frown. You’ll find mugs, tees, totes, postcards, playing cards, phone cases, and more to help you better connect with your inner crank. My favorite is the “NOPE” mug. What better way to warn those around you to stay outta your way before you’ve had your daily dose of caffeine?
If we’re talking true Internet superstars, we can’t leave Lil Bub out of the conversation. The adorable permakitten is a toothless dwarf with extra toes and bulging eyes, all of which combine to make her quite possibly the cutest cat on the planet.
In addition to her millions of friends and fans across various social media platforms, this little cat has raised thousands of dollars for animal-related charities, has the documentary Lil Bub & Friendz debuting this month at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and is preparing for the release of her first book in September.
Bub’s dude, Mike Bridavsky, has stated that he only works with his friends when creating Bub products, proceeds of which go to animal organizations like Pets Alive, the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, and Monroe County Humane Association. In my opinion, the Bub shop has the coolest items around, including rad tees, totes, stickers, posters, and more, all featuring her precious, out-of-this-world mug.
Henri, le Chat Noir, the philosophical French feline from Seattle, whose existential musings launched millions of YouTube hits, is no slouch himself. In addition to winning the Golden Kitty award at last year’s first ever Internet cat video film festival (Roger Ebert called his work, "The best Internet cat video ever made”), Henri is also a Friskies spokescat, author (his upcoming book of angst will be released on April 30), and the voice of a generation of cats suffering from malaise.
Fittingly, his shop is filled with shirts, mugs, laptop skins, and posters covered with his black-and-white fluffy face and signature sayings, such as, “My thumbs are not opposable, yet I oppose everything” and “I am surrounded by morons.” It might be hard to believe, but Henri has a soft side, too. His filmmaker, Will Braden, promises that a portion of proceeds from Henri’s shop are given to worthy animal welfare organizations.
Oskar first made international headlines in 2011 when a video of the blind kitten playing with his toys became an instant online hit. Since then, Oskar, who has grown into a happy and healthy cat, and has amassed more than 113,000 fans on his popular Facebook page and won the grand prize at the Friskies cat video awards in November.
Oskar and his cat bro Klaus’s shop specializes in Oskar and Klaus gear (like the cute tote above!), handmade bow ties for your kitty to wear, organic catnip, treats, and more. Like many of their kitty colleagues, the generous duo shares a portion of each sale (currently 20 percent of the full price) to help cats in need. Oskar benefits the Cat House in Nebraska, Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary in North Carolina, and the Cat House on the Kings in California.
Simon’s Cat might not be an actual living, breathing feline (although he was based on creator Simon Tofield’s kitty, Hugh), but that hasn’t stopped the animated cat from capturing the hearts and minds of cat lovers from around the globe with his hilarious shenanigans. In addition to his popular YouTube videos, the naughty white puss is also the subject of three books, the most recent of which, Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos, was released in the U.S. this week.
Simon’s Cat shop has a diverse array of merch, from tees and buttons to stationery, kitchen items, and even cozy beds. This popular puss is quickly becoming a modern day Garfield. His bid to take over the world has only just begun.
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