Words by Rachel Campbell
Cats and the Internet: they’re like peanut butter and jelly. They go hand-in-hand, unless you happen to be allergic to peanuts. Or cuteness.
Grumpy Cat, or Tardar Sauce as his owners, Tabby Bundesen and her daughter Crystal, like to call him, has held the throne for approximately the last four months. The now 10-month-old kitten got his start after Tabby’s brother, Bryan Bundesen, this past September, posted his photo on the popular user-generated news site, Reddit. Bryan shared the photo and it exploded from there. A merchandise site has been created by the owners and it’s hard to go a day without seeing a Grumpy Cat meme.
There are the generalized adorable cats yawning, falling or striking a pose, but then there are the specific ones who lead the pack in the quest for Internet fame. Grumpy Cat is currently the reigning king of cat land, but it looks like he could have some competition.
Sam, who has yet to receive an Internet created name other than his social networking username “samhaseyebrows,” seems to be vying for the attention of cat lovers everywhere. The only thing you need to know about Sam is that he does indeed have eyebrows, and a look of worriment in his natural state as a result.
Sam started gaining his popularity through an Instagram page created by his owner in mid-December. In a mere month and a half it has garnered more than 24,000 followers, a number that is continuously growing. Twitter was conquered next with an account [http://twitter.com/Samhaseyebrows] that launched Jan. 29. With a strong social media presence and the impending launch of SamHasEyebrows.com, it is clear that this furrowing feline’s owner is preparing for a takeover.
Sam’s owner has denied comments to media outlets like The Huffington Post in preparation for said website, so it looks like we’ll have to wait it out to see whether Sam will take the kitty crown.
Which distressed cat are you rooting for in the quest for the kitty crown?