The top 10 Internet superstar pets from Facebook to Instagram, from Twitter to Pinterest, and not forgetting the myriad of blogging software, have taken over the online world. With daily videos, blogs and pictures, it is quite likely that if your pet has one of these social media accounts, they could quite possibly have more followers, friends or likes than you!
When it comes to videos, you only have to look at YouTube to see how many views a funny dog trick or a cat hiding in a box gets, to see the power of these Internet superstar pets.
A recent survey from DoggyLoot.com reveals some unbelievable facts that have thrown up some heavyweight Internet superstar pets.
- 14% of dog owners have and maintain a Facebook page for their dog.
- 42% of these dogs on Facebook have 1 – 25 friends
- 20% of dogs with a Facebook page have 50 -100 friends
- 6% of respondents to this recent survey said their dog had a Twitter account
- 27% were on YouTube, regularly posting videos of their dogs
And when it come to cats, they are not far behind this trend. In the Internet superstar pets race on the surface, dogs seem to have it by a wet nose, with more searches, but cats are within a whisker of overtaking their canine friends. It appears cats are more active than dogs when it comes to posting updates and blogs. There is a very good article on the dog vs cat Internet rivalry… Does the Internet love cats or dogs more?
It is worth noting that often Internet superstar pets will have a massive following in one social media sector and not rank well at all in another. This is due to the fact that some pets are more suited to visual social media, like Instagram, than written media like Twitter.
Is there an explanation for this Internet pets sensation?
Apparently there is, according to Ernest Hemingway…
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
This also applies to dogs and most animals, we love them as they can be very cute, funny and adorable, especially puppies and kittens. This explains why even people who don’t have pets at home love these Internet superstar pets. However there is one other aspect that makes having a pet’s social media account fun – you can say things as a pet, or show a side of your personality that you would find hard to do as yourself, and not be judged.
The top Internet superstar pets on Facebook
Boo the Dog
Boo is a Pomeranian that became an Internet sensation. Known for his distinctive short haircut, he has a very popular Facebook page and is the subject of four photo books. As of November 2014, Boo has over 16.3 million LIKES on Facebook. Hailed as “the world’s cutest dog”, Boo has an official plush replica toy, and has even published a book despite lacking thumbs. Let’s face it, the world is already his.
Boo’s Facebook page: Boo
Boo’s Wikipedia page: Boo (dog)
Boo’s Website: BooTheDog.net
Grumpy Cat became famous after her photo was posted on Reddit on September 22, 2012. It was suggested that the original photo was photoshopped, so the owners posted a few videos on YouTube. The videos went viral and her popularity has continued to increase! No one is exactly sure about Grumpy Cat’s breed; She looks similar to a Ragdoll or Showshoe, but there have never been any of that breed around. Her mum is a calico domestic short hair… Grumpy Cat is now a movie star.
Grumpy Cat’s Facebook page: TheOfficialGrumpyCat
Grumpy Cat’s website: GrumpyCats.com
Grumpy Cat’s Twitter page: @RealGrumpyCat
Lil Bub was born June 21, 2011 and is an American cat and Internet celebrity known for her “perma-kitten” appearance. Her photos were first posted to Tumblr in November 2011 then taken off after being featured on the social news website reddit. “Lil Bub” on Facebook has over 1.3 million Likes. Lil Bub was the runt of her litter born to a feral mother. She was born with several genetic mutations, had to be bottle-fed and had difficulty being adopted. When her owner Mike Bridavsky first met her, he picked her up and said “Hey, Bub!” Her tongue always hangs out because of her short lower jaw and toothlessness but her appetite is unaffected..
Lil Bub’s Facebook page: iamlilbub
Lil Bub’s website: LilBub.com
Lil Bub’s Twitter page: @IAMLILBUB
The top Internet superstar pets on Twitter
Sockington (also known as “Sockamillion” or “Socks”) is a domestic cat who lives in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has gained large-scale fame via the social networking site Twitter; his co-owner, Jason Scott, an archivist and Internet historian, has been regularly posting from Sockington’s Twitter account since late 2007. At the last count, Sockington’s account had over 1.35 million followers, many of which are pet accounts themselves. Sockington is a grey and white domestic shorthaired cat, and was found as a stray outside a Boston subway station in 2004.
Sockington’s Twitter page: @Sockington
Sockington’s Wikipedia page: Sockington
Bronx Zoo’s Cobra
The Bronx Zoo Egyptian cobra escaped from the Bronx Zoo in March 2011 and that alarmed and delighted New Yorkers when this venomous snake escaped from its enclosure. It was found 6 days later coiled up in secluded dark corner a couple of hundred feet away from the enclosure she had slipped out of. The poisonous cobra immediately became New York’s newest and skinniest celebrity. The cobra had built up a huge Twitter following since its disappearance, and hours after the snake’s capture the Twitter account vowed to have the lasssst word. The snakes Twitter account has gone on to record 171k Followers.
Bronx Zoo’s Cobra Twitter page: @BronxZoosCobra
The top Internet pet superstars on Instagram
Tuna Melts My Heart
Tuna was dumped on the road like many other unfortunate dogs. He is a crossbred “Chiweenie” with a severe overbite and has accumulated over 400,000 Instagram fans…. Courtney Dasher was supposed to be only his foster mum… but she fell in love and decided to share her love with the world through Instagram. Now Tuna has thousands of followers on Instagram and has regained confidence and happiness, and is much loved.
Tuna’s Instagram page: tunameltsmyheart
Tuna’s Facebook page: Tuna Melts My Heart
Biddy the Hedgehog
Biddy the hedgehog is 3-year old male African Pygmy hedgehog from Oregon in the USA. Biddy began posting pictures on Instagram in April 2013 and since then he has gathered almost 570,000 followers with his adventures, as he has travelled across Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Washington with his owners, Toni DeWeese and Tom Unterseher. He has been seen in front of the steaming natural vents of Yellowstone National Park to the concrete streets of Portland. He has also celebrated the Mexican festival of Cinco del Mayo with a sombrero and a poncho, and marked Father’s Day with a visit to a donut shop.
Biddy the hedgehog’s Instagram page: biddythehedgehog
Biddy the hedgehog on YouTube: MeetBiddy
Snoopy is a male exotic shorthair cat from Chengdu in China and is known for his short snout and large brown eyes…. With his impeccable pedigree he went on to become a show cat and his owner launched a Weibo account (Chinese version of Twitter) to share pictures of the cat in between shows. However, since Weibo is limited to registered users, his owner also launched a blog and an Instagram account for the cat, so he could share photos of Snoopy with a larger audience.
Snoppy’s Instagram page: snoppybabe
Snoppy’s Weibo page (Chinese Twitter): 红小胖Snoopy
The top Internet pet superstars on YouTube
Shishi Maru was born May 24, 2007 and is a male Scottish Fold cat in Japan who has become incredibly popular on YouTube. Videos featuring Maru have an average of 800,000 views each and he is mentioned often in print and televised media discussing Internet celebrities. Maru’s owner posts videos under the account name ‘mugumogu’. Mugumogu is almost never seen in the videos. The videos are edited to include title cards in English and Japanese setting up the events of the video, and often show Maru playing in cardboard boxes, indicated by “I love a box!” in his introduction video.
Shishi Maru Instagram page: emonemon
Shishi Maru YouTube channel: mugomogo
Shishi Maru Facebook page: ShishiMaru
Sparta (The Mean Kitty)
Sparta is the cat from viral hit “The Mean Kitty Song” which now has over 80 million views to date. He is a Bengal mix, born sometime in mid-2007 but his birthday is celebrated on May 20th. He was rescued in July of 2007. Sparta loves stalking, wrestling, crunchy toys, playing fetch and being held like a baby. Loki joined Sparta and the fame, when he was rescued by Sparta’s owner, Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams from a cat center in Newbury Park, California in July of 2008. Loki is about the same age as Sparta, so they celebrate their birthdays and fame together now.
The Mean Kitty YouTube channel: TheMeanKitty
Sparta & Loki Twitter page: @TheMeanKitty
The Mean Kitty Facebook page: TheMeanKitty (AKA Sparta)
In summing up, if you have a pet that is cute, odd or funny and have the time to start and maintain several social media accounts for them, they could be one of the next batch of Internet superstar pets. The upside is there is money to be made in appearances, merchandising, advertising, or even a movie contract.
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