While it’s no surprise the Internet fancies felines, cats have overtaken selfies in the U.K. Mobile network provider Three estimates Britons share more than 3.8 million online photos and videos of cats every day, compared to just 1.4 million selfies. More than 350,000 cat owners have a social network account set up for their pets.
The Brits love cats so much that they’ve crowdfunded a cat café that lets people de-stress by stroking cats while sipping a latte. It’s so popular, in fact, that it’s booked until June. The owners of a similar café in Paris say the purring vibrations relieve arthritis and rheumatism.
Three produced the following infographic detailing the most famous Internet cats. Among the stars is Tadar Sauce, deemed “Grumpy Cat,” who has an estimated brand value of over $1 million including a popular YouTube channel, a role in a Hollywood production, a clothing line, regular TV appearances, awards (including Buzzfeed’s 2013 Meme of the Year) and a talent agent.
View the Famous Internet Cats infographic.
By Christie Barakat. Christie is a freelance writer and assistant professor of media and psychology in Florence, Italy. Find her on Twitter at @christiebrkt. Visit SocialTimes where this story is originally appeared.