For “the 12 Cats of Christmas,” each day we pluck one notable furball who has made a huge and lasting impression on our hearts over the last 12 months and revisit his or her story. Consider it your daily festive feline gift.
Today we home in on the number one spot with …
1. Lil BUB
Everyone seems to adore Lil BUB. 2013 saw the diminutive space kitty continue to put smiles on the faces of her fans across the world — including the highlight of popping into Catster HQ back in September. A special cake and much cooing ensued.
Despite being fond of making personal appearances at events like the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, BUB’s rise has taken place in cyberspace, and it’s in the digital realm that she continued to expand her appeal throughout 2013, not least with releasing more installments of her talk show. She’s even moving in musical circles these days.
What seems to make Lil BUB such a hit with so many cat owners, though, is the way she upholds the idea of cats having fantastical fictional backgrounds. We all like to make up stories about our own cats — whether it’s the origin of an elaborate name or, say, in the case of my sadly departed cat, Mei Poodle, that she starred in a bunch of terrible failed ’80s movies.
BUB obviously doesn’t come from outer space and we know that, but her story is testament to the way we feel we relate to the personalities and quirks of our own cats. She’s just living out a dream on a larger scale and letting us all watch.
Ending 2013 on a generous note, BUB has also just released the bonus Christmas gift of her own virtual fireplace. The cosy scene is available for all to enjoy via YouTube — warm up with it now as you settle down for the holidays.
Revisit the rest of the 12 Cats of Christmas here:
- 12. Lucky
- 11. Grumpy Cat
- 10. The New York City Subway Kittens
- 9. Lazarus
- 8. Gray the Internet Crime-Fighter
- 7. Momo the Flood Survivor
- 6. Henri, Le Chat Noir
- 5. Colonel Meow
- 4. Little Bear
- 3. JiJi Bear
- 2. Wasabi-Chan
About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.