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100 Funniest Cat Memes Ever

Love cats? We've got a meme for that.

Cats have been stealing the show on the internet almost since its inception, with pictures of cats being shared on Usenet long before most people even had access to dial-up. However, just over a decade ago, cats went from a thing to the thing online, thanks to YouTube and the site I Can Haz Cheezburger.

Ever since, cat owners have been making and sharing memes, making their favorite felines famous in a wide array of hilarious memes that never fail to crack us up. For your convenience, we've rounded up the wildest, most viral, most laugh-out-loud funny cat memes, each weirder and more wonderful than the last.

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1. Shelves, the Earth, Wherever

Flat earth cat memes
© GenChuckYeager/Twitter

You can bring up this point the next time you get into an argument with a flat Earther on Facebook. And there's a reason why cats do this. It turns out that knocking over stationary objects is hunting practice for cats, so buy your cat some more toys if it keeps breaking all your stuff.

2. Cat Like Snacc

Eating plastic cat memes
© GrandMasterSubZero/Reddit

Sometimes grocery bags smell like the food that was inside of them, plus they make a noise when they move around that cats think is fun, so it's no wonder an old bag is a favorite snack for cats.

3. Randomly Attacking Arms Since 10,000 B.C.

ancient cat memes
© douggiehouse/Instagram

It's thought that humans began domesticating and living with cats 12,000 years ago, so it's entirely possible that this cat meme is actually true.

4. Just a Little Cat Nap

Snoozing cat memes
© lexi_xxooxx/Reddit

On average, cats sleep around 15 hours every day to provide energy for their predatory behavior, so this meme is equal parts hilarious and accurate.

5. Not the Bees!

Bees cat memes

Despite what this popular cat meme says, cats actually purr by vibrating the muscles in their voice boxes. Purring seems continuous because these muscles vibrate during both inhalation and exhalation.

6. Just a Little Light Insurance Fraud

Insurance money cat meme
© Mr_DrinksOnMe/Twitter

In Russia, where nearly a million people have dash cams, this cat would have a pretty hard time getting that sweet, sweet payout.

7. So Easily Fooled

Egyptian cat memes
© boostig/Reddit

The cat-human hybrid in this meme is Bast, the ancient Egyptian goddess of warfare. We know she was also sometimes depicted as the embodiment of the Eye of Ra, but we don't know her feelings on cardboard boxes.

8. She's Accessed the Mainframe

Hacker cat memes
© Jelegend/Reddit

Cats use their whiskers to determine if they can fit through narrow spaces. Unfortunately, their whiskers don't tell them this isn't how to turn off automatic Windows updates.

9. One Way to Maintain Eye Contact

Googly eyed cat meme
© Alittledistantshiningstar/Imgur

Cats show affection by making eye contact, but this probably doesn't work the same way.

10. What's Your Sign

Pickup line cat memes

It's a funny meme, but cats appreciate small toys they can bat around more than stuffed animals that will inevitably break their hearts.

11. Cat on a Hot Sun Roof

Hovercat cat memes
© thosecatpeople/Instagram

That sunroof might be hot—but not too hot. Because cats use their paws to detect texture and pressure while hunting, they are also incredibly sensitive to temperature.

12. Too Many Treats

Grandma's house cat memes
© ivelin2008/Reddit

It would take more than a few days at grandma's house for a cat to become record-breakingly fat. The heaviest domestic cat on record was an Australian cat named Himmy that weighed 46.8 pounds at the time of his death in 1986.

13. Beware of Guard Cat

Weird kitty cat memes

Although dogs are the more traditional choice of guard animal for homes, Binky, a cat in Indianapolis, managed to ward off a would-be burglar, so it's not entirely impossible.

14. Scaredy Cat

scaredy cat memes
© frenzy3/Reddit

Cats are notoriously jumpy. Some things they seem to be scared of for no real reason include cucumbers, balloons, and their own reflections.

15. Hold Me Back, Mittens

Hold me back cat memes
© FarseedTheRed/Reddit

Stopping a fight isn't the only social situation a cat is good for. A study published in Anthrozoös found that 76 percent of their female subjects used whether or not their pet liked their date in their evaluation of them.

16. Conspiracies Abound

Aliens cat memes
© Wildcat Sanctuary/Facebook

This kitten's making jokes about aliens, but there is an actual conspiracy theory out there that cats are the aliens.

17. The World's Most Interesting Cat

Most interesting cat memes
© ICanHasCheezburger/Facebook

If a cat starts biting you after being affectionate, it might be playing with you, or else it's letting you know that it's overstimulated. It might also just be a jerk.

18. A Trusted Companion

Trusting cat memes
© Dopl3r funny memes/Facebook

When a cat looks at you and blinks softly, it's called a kitty kiss.

19. Cats Hate Stuff

Shelves cat memes
© dreamcatto/Instagram

It can't be stressed enough in the world of cat memes that cats loathe having stuff on shelves.

20. Running With the Wrong Crowd

Smoking cat memes
© brom333/Reddit

A cat doesn't have to smoke for cigarettes to negatively affect their health. Living with a smoker can double a cat's risk of getting cancer.

21. He Specializes in Meowzdas

Mechanic cat memes
© meowingtons/Facebook

You can't train a cat to fix a car, unfortunately, but you can train a cat to use a toilet, which is more useful on a day-to-day basis.

22. Teach a Cat to Fish

Fishing cat memes
© animaltalesbywaggle/Facebook

If your cat likes to fish, keep your aquatic pets safe by putting a roof on your aquarium, and a couple of pieces of masking tape sticky-side-up to keep your cat away.

23. All the World's a Toy

Toy cat memes

Cats will play with anything, so buying them toys isn't really a necessity, but if you do buy them toys, make sure to remove any ribbons or feathers that could come off, because cats love eating things they shouldn't eat almost as much as they love ignoring actual cat toys.

24. Making an Emergency Exit

Driving cat memes

In 1989, Saturday Night Live debuted a character named Toonces the Driving Cat, who got his own half-hour special three years later. This cat is a markedly better driver than Toonces, who would inevitably drive off a cliff every time he got behind the wheel.

25. No Bamboozle

Bamboozled cat memes
© Gdvibes/Reddit

"Bamboozle" became a popular word in the vernacular of the internet starting in late 2016.

26. Runs in the Family

Inbred cat memes
© annoyingorange/Facebook

In actuality, cat breeders have used inbreeding to promote and distinguish features that are breed-specific, which is significantly less fun than sticking a piece of bread on a cat's head.

27. This Cat Gets the Last Word

Other room cat memes

You wouldn't want to try to sneak a whisper past a cat. Their hearing is so sensitive that they can actually hear electrical currents.

28. Caught in the Act

Empty box cat memes
© CentreAnimalHospital/Facebook

It's possible these packing pellets can be composted. Some polystyrene is made of corn starch and dissolves in water. Unfortunately, these are on a cat, so getting them wet to find out is probably not a good idea.

29. No Pants Either

Pocketless cat meme

If this cat's having a hard time now, imagine when it figures out it's also not even wearing a shirt.

30. Careful What You Wish For

Yarn cat memes
© gischardrubbels/Imgur

Don't actually let a cat play with yarn or string. Swallowing it can cause life-threatening internal injuries.

31. At Least He Looks Cool

Medusa cat memes
© saundersjoe/Twitter

In Greek mythology, Medusa was a female monster with snakes for hair who was so terrifying to look at that gazing at her would turn a person—or cat, in this case—into stone.

32. Prime Warmth Real Estate

Real estate cat memes
© SammysMeme/Facebook

A keyboard is warm and close to a cat's owner, making it an ideal resting place for a cat. Not to mention it's incredibly inconvenient. Cats seem to like that, too.

33. The Answer to the Riddle

Schrodinger cat memes
© vegatripy/Reddit

Schrodinger's cat is a thought experiment about, to put it simply, whether or not a cat inside a box is alive or dead. It was created in 1935 by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger.

34. An Exterminator That Works for Food

Spiders cat memes

Cats might destroy all your stuff and leave dead birds on your porch, but they will also kill spiders and bugs for you, which kind of makes up for it.

35. One Weird Cat

Weird cat memes
© animalsarebetter/Reddit

This "weird cat" is actually a beluga whale, which lives in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters and can weigh up to 3,300 pounds.

36. The Temptation Is Real

Box cat memes
© tortoise/Twitter

In addition to hating things on shelves, how much cats love boxes is another common theme in cat memes.

37. A Big Cat Nap

Napping cat memes
© gymmemesofficial/Pinterest

Cats sleep anywhere between 12 to 16 hours per day, although some spend a staggering 20 hours each day asleep.

38. Here's Looking at You

One-eyed cat memes
© xindigothoughtsx/Reddit

Believe it or not, this isn't the only option that exists for cats that lose an eye. Prosthetic eyes for cats are a real and popular option for people with the money to spare.

39. A Picky Eater

Empty bowl cat memes
© worldsbestcatlitter/Facebook

If your cat doesn't eat the food around the sides of the bowl, the bowl might be too narrow. A narrow bowl can cause whisker stress for your cat, which causes discomfort.

40. One Happy Cat

Drake cat memes

If a cat twines around your legs while you're walking around, it's trying to show you that it cares about you, not that it wants to kill you by making you fall down a flight of stairs.

41. Rewarded for a Job Well Done

Beloved cat memes
© mynamesjeff90/Reddit

This is the true story of a cat named Browser in White Settlement, Texas.

42. Breakfast of Champions

Egg cat memes
© trust.biologist/Facebook

This egg would have to come from one big bird. Even an ostrich egg only weighs about three pounds on average.

43. A Cat for a Little Brother

Xbox cat memes

This is the kind of cat who would probably tell if you got into the catnip.

44. Cat Love Snacc

Snacc cat memes
© FoxTrot0014/Reddit

Spelling words this way is a popular form of meme speak, especially when it comes to talking about dogs.

45. Everything's Bigger in Texas

Hood cat memes
© Kenda Secoy/Pinterest

There is actually a Cowboy Cat Ranch in Texas, but the cats there don't wear hats (that we know of). It's a rescue home that does feline research.

46. Dog People vs. Cat People

Dogs and cats memes
© mstrblueskys/Reddit

In the never-ending battle between cat people and dog people, you can't deny that dogs are certainly more cheerful than cats.

47. Fight of the Century

sharkie cat memes
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"Who Would Win" is a popular meme format that pits unlikely foes against each other, like a trillion lions vs. the sun or a stick vs. 1,000 Marines.

48. If I Fits, I Sits

Diet cat memes
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Cats actually enjoy sitting in boxes so much because it lowers their stress levels.

49. Business Cat IRL

Need a raise cat memes
© GeneralCattis/Twitter

This picture is the image that the popular Business Cat macro meme comes from. It began growing in popularity in 2011.

50. Cats Count as Friends

Lounging cat memes
© kittymemesfordays/Instagram

And owning a cat can be just as beneficial for your health. It lowers stress and increases longevity, just like having human friends does.

51. Just Needs a Little Fresh Air

Going out cat memes
© SharpiBees/Twitter

Seriously folks, cats will steal your cigarettes. It's time to stop smoking.

52. Quite a Surprise

Surprised cat memes
© meeshlay/Reddit

You might be as surprised as this cat to learn that this is just one of many images of cats being interviewed that has been turned into a meme.

53. Looking Good, Whiskers

Selfie cat memes
© kittiesroyale/Facebook

Rich people have been blowing money on their pets for a long time. Wealthy people have been commissioning expensive paintings of their pets and horses for hundreds of years.

54. Feeling Holiday Stress

December cat memes
© boyroid/Reddit

It's no wonder this cat's not feeling well. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year.

55. Loafing Around

Bread cat memes
© catadayapp/Twitter

Considering how much cats love confined spaces and warm things, being sandwiched between two warm, body-sized loaves of bread is probably heaven on earth for this cat.

56. Nice One, Bro

High five cat memes
© Guy_Speed/Twitter

Women are more receptive to dating pet owners, so maybe the human should be thanking the cat.

57. The Eternal Cat Dilemma

funny cat memes
© justlovecats/Facebook

Think twice before you let your cat out to roam free. Once a cat becomes an outdoor cat, it kind of ceases to be yours, and will use multiple humans to get its needs met.

58. Ready for Takeoff

Airplane cat memes
© MCO/Twitter

This box is definitely not airworthy, but making cat condos and costumes from boxes is a great way to help your cat manage its stress.

59. A Perfect Fit

Plastic cat memes
© bestfunnycatmemes/Facebook

Just because a cat can fit into a tight space doesn't mean a cat should fit into a tight space.

60. A Healthy Self-Image

Handsome cat memes

Domestic cats aren't the only animals that react strangely to their reflection. Big wild cats exhibit the same behavior.

61. Get Well Soon

Depressed cat memes
© CuteAnimalMemes/Facebook

Cats try to be close to the people they care most about, so this one is probably just trying to make its owner feel better.

62. Inside and Out at the Same Time

Conscious cat memes
© IllIlIst/Reddit

This is a feline take on the popular Expanding Brain meme, which first started gaining traction in 2017.

63. Just a Little Snack

Watermelon cat memes
© Petnetio/Twitter

It's a funny picture, but if you feed your cat watermelon, be sure to remove the seeds first, as they can be dangerous to your feline friends.

64. One Wet Cat

Poseidon cat memes
© mewgagonline/Facebook

In Greek mythology, Poseidon didn't actually have any pets, although he did create horses. However, technically, if there were a cat that lived underwater, that would have fallen under his dominion too.

65. He Just Wants to Be Understood

Sad cat memes
© icanhascheezburgerz/Instagram

Cats have several ways of communicating with humans vocally, including meows, chirps, and trills, but each cat is different, so you'll have to take the time to get to know what yours is trying to tell you.

66. No Escaping Those Meows

Ouija cat memes

In ancient Egypt, people had their pets mummified so they could take them into the afterlife, where they could meow at them for food at 2:00 in the morning just like when they were alive.

67. More Like Mewtenant Dan

New legs cat memes
© _FirstClassPets/Twitter

There was a real missed opportunity for a "meow" pun when this cat meme was made.

68. The Worst Study Buddy

Studying cat memes
© Cats/Twitter

It's unfortunate that so many of the things cats do to show their affection for their owners are so incredibly annoying.

69. It Was All a Dream

Dream cat memes

Cats should never be given alcohol. It affects them the same as humans, but they only weigh eight pounds, so it's dangerous for them even in small quantities.

70. Sign on the Dotted Line

Contract cat memes

Adopting a cat may seem like signing away your freedom to an animal who will disturb you at any given opportunity, but enjoy it while it lasts. The average lifespan of a cat is only 15 years.

71. Trying to Blend In

Camo cat memes
© catladybox/Facebook

It makes sense that these two get along. Golden retrievers are one of the most cat-friendly breeds of dogs around.

72. That's a Good Kitty

Abstaining cat memes
© unofficialfunnyanimals/Facebook

More than half the cats in the United States are overweight, which means there are quite a few cats out there that need to shed a few pounds.

73. Double the Allergens

Cat tree cat memes
© TacticalTreeGuys/Facebook

It's estimated that 10 percent of people are allergic to indoor cats, and tree pollen is another common allergen, making this cat tree a very itchy nightmare for a good percentage of the population.

74. It Has Been Foretold

God cat memes
© TweetsOfCats/Twitter

It's estimated that more than 50 million feral cats are roaming around the United States.

75. Works Every Time

Cat traps cat memes

Maybe putting a box outside would be a good way to get your cat to come home if it has run away. At the very least, you'll probably get some kind of cat in it.

76. Everyone Loves a Monorail

Monorail cat memes
© Ron Oostland/Flickr

The world's longest and busiest monorail system is in Chongqing, China. Sadly, it is not made of cats.

77. In Need of a Little Recharge

Charging cat memes
© ichiigoma/Twitter

Cats' eyes actually glow because of a layer of cells called tapetum lucidum, which are highly reflective and help them see better in dim light.

78. Living the Good Life

Yurt cat memes
© Liz_Buckley/Twitter

This cat seems spoiled, but fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld's cat, Choupette, has a six-person entourage and drinks a bespoke blend of mineral waters.

79. The Great Outdoors

Outdoor cat memes
© willak/Twitter

This cat might want to live outside, but outdoor cats are responsible for killing billions of birds every year in the United States.

80. Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Lap cat memes

If your clothes are really covered in hair, you can always throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet for 10 minutes to clean them up.

81. Time to Take Over the World

Ritual cat memes
© only-cat-memes/Tumblr

Once a cat gets used to its reflection, it often ignores it or at least isn't frightened by it anymore.

82. Meowrie Catoinette

Queen cat memes
© AnimalsWithWigs/Twitter

Not all cats hate baths. Bengals, for example, are a breed noted for actually liking water.

83. He Found the Good Stuff

Catnip cat memes
© 314YogaSTL/Facebook

The reaction cats have to catnip is caused by a volatile oil in the plant, which the cat's brain perceives as a cat pheromone.

84. A Step in the Right Direction

Treadmill cat memes
© CourseCappin/Twitter

In reality, this cat is probably only on the treadmill because its owner wants to use it.

85. Nothing to See Here

Act normal cat memes
© myvethospital/Facebook

Taking your pet out for a walk is a great way to find prospective dates since both men and women are more likely to talk to people who have animals with them.

86. Hang in There

Hang in there cat memes

The first poster of a cat hanging in there was designed by photographer Victor Baldwin and released in 1971. It said, "Hang in there, baby" and featured a Siamese kitten hanging from a bamboo pole.

87. Good Boy, Whiskers

Dog cat memes
© CatMemes/Facebook

Many cats can be taught tricks commonly associated with dogs, like fetch, sit, and shake. Using a clicker makes the task much easier.

88. Just Thinking About What to Do Next

Lazy cat memes
© ibrardad/Twitter

Because of the amount of energy cats expend roaming around the house like predators, they need a lot of rest and sleep to stay in peak shape.

89. A Real Cool Cat

No petting cat memes
© RecycledCatMeme/Twitter

Before you pet a cat you're meeting for the first time, it's a good idea to check with the owner, just to make sure you're not going to lose a pound of flesh. Not all cats wear sunglasses to clue you in that you should leave them alone.

90. Doing Daily Affirmations

Affirmation cat memes
© LondonCatSitter/Twitter

Although this cat is on the right track, you have better luck asking yourself questions than making statements if you want to improve or do well at something. So "Am I a smart cat?" would be the more useful thing to say here.

91. Not Your Typical Cat Burglar

Raccoon cat memes
© SanBernardinoPD/Twitter

Raccoons and cats are two animals that actually get along surprisingly well, so don't be surprised if you see them being friendly toward each other.

92. The Notorious C.A.T.

Biggie cat memes

When it comes to cat names, most people aren't so creative. The most popular names for male and female cats in 2022 were Oliver and Luna, respectively.

93. It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's a Cat.

Super cat memes

The average cat can jump up to eight feet without a running start, so it's very possible for a cat to just disappear like this.

94. Just a Little Favor

Favor cat memes
© CatMemesDaily1/Twitter

Unfortunately, when a cat wants something, they are more likely to meow and paw at your door until you wake up, since they're nocturnal animals and have no concept of human boundaries.

95. Finders Keepers

Naming strays cat memes
© ICanHasCheezburger/Facebook

Feral cats like this are such a huge problem in Hawaii that they are considered an invasive species.

96. Plotting Revenge for Eating Its Food

Plotting cat memes

Cats have three facial expressions—fear, frustration, and relaxed engagement. Notably, two-thirds of these emotions are negative, which helps explain why this cat looks so unfriendly.

97. Neither Rain Nor Snow Can Stop Him

Mailman cat memes
© westernveterinaryhospital/Facebook

Dogs aren't the only animals postal workers have to contend with. Cats have also been known to attack letter carriers, with video of one battle between a cat and a postal worker going viral a few years ago.

98. A Model Cat and a Cat Model

Abercrombie cat memes
© rvhsadopt/Facebook

Considering how much cats enjoy boxes and bags, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

99. The Internet Got Weird

Evolution cat memes
© memeadikt/Twitter

The culture of the internet has changed a lot over the past 10 years. If something seems like it doesn't make sense, don't worry. It probably doesn't, and that's the joke.

100. OG Cat Meme

Grumpy cat memes

Undoubtedly the most famous cat meme of all, it's estimated that Grumpy Cat has made its owner a cool $120 million.

Wrapping Up

That's it for our list of funny cat memes, but be sure to check back in again soon for even more fun. You can also sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out on what's next!

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