So, you want to own an animal that will become famous on the Internet.
We can't blame you; it's obviously a very chic thing to do these days. Grumpy Cat's owner is so busy striking up deals with Friskies that Grump's schedule is booked solid. Lil Bub can't take a step without people cooing, and her recent video of herself sitting in front of a crackling fireplace for an hour got over a million YouTube views.
This whole lifestyle sounds pretty swell, and we figure if you love watching people flip out over the cuteness of your animal, you might want to find a way to do it. But what's the elusive recipe for making people fall madly in love with your cat, dog, pig, or other four-legged friend?
Well, we'll tell you this: It's a secret as elusive as the Internet itself, but we have a few ideas. If your animal becomes wildly famous after reading our guide though, you gotta give us a shoutout. Cause these tips are pure magic.
Go for unusual
The golden rule of getting your animal to go viral is to make it different from the billions upon billions of other cats out there in the world. Pickles, for instance, who was found on Reddit today, is a 20-pound cat with one stellar quality: He is absolutely titanic. Get this guy, shoot some photos of him standing up to paw things off the counter (that he can actually REACH), and next thing you know, 1 million shares. Boom.
Goofy features go a long way
Grumpy Cat's name (which was once Tard, now long forgotten) came from one thing alone: Her mouth, which is curved downward is a way that has nothing to do with her actual expression. Lil Bub also has this issue, thanks to a tongue that protrudes out of her mouth at all times. This method also works wonders for Maccha Cat, thanks to Scottish Fold ears and giant eyes that make her look permanently scared. Facial maladies may be a problem for humans, but in the animal world, they are pure gold for internet stardom potential.
Two can be better than one
Everyone likes a buddy movie, and the same rule goes in the animal world. But just like buddy movies, the pairings can be glorious or terrible. In the case of Harlow and Sage, a Weimaraner and a Dachshund duo, they go together like ice cream and cake, and their fans adore it.
Ok, so your cats look super normal. Never fear, viral potential could still be hidden within, if you choose to get creative. The owner of the Shironekoshiro YouTube can attest to that. They gained popularity when Shiro, the eldest male of the bunch, proved that he had an affinity for stacking things on his own head. We knew a dog that was kind of like that once.
Disability is an ability
How did perennial pig Chris P. Bacon get famous enough to publish his own book? Or Sir Stuffington get famous enough to help raise shelter awareness? Both don't let physical challenges get in their way. Chris showed his resilience by using a wheelchair for his back legs, while Stuffy only has one eye. And of course, we must forget Lentil Bean, who became the spokesdog for cleft palate and now helps people all over the world cope with the problem. Yes, your medical bills may be a bit higher, but the tradeoff is you get to live with a very special animal. And if it becomes famous, hey, that's a nice perk too.
Good luck becoming the next proud owner of a viral superstar!