Cats have been a popular subject on YouTube since the early days of the site. Over the years, there have been hundreds of cat videos uploaded, featuring all sorts of felines, from cute kittens to grumpy old cats.
While most cat videos are simply clips of cute cats doing cute things, some have become viral sensations, racking up millions of views. Here are 10 of the most popular cat videos on YouTube.
1. “Keyboard Cat”
The original Keyboard Cat video was uploaded in 2007 and features a cat named Fatso playing the keyboard with his paws. The video quickly went viral, leading to a series of remixes and spin-offs, including a version featuring the late actor and comedian Robin Williams.
2. “Surprised Kitty”
This adorable video features a kitten named Lily who is surprised by a jack-in-the-box. The video was uploaded in 2008 and has since been viewed over 86 million times.
3. “Maru the Cat”
Maru is a Scottish Fold cat who has become a YouTube star thanks to his love of boxes. The original “Maru in a box” video was uploaded in 2007 and has been viewed over 14 million times. Maru now has his own YouTube channel with over 300 videos.
4. “Henri, le chat noir”
Henri is a black cat who stars in a series of existentialist videos that offer a “feline perspective” on life. The videos, which are narrated in French, are darkly humorous and have been compared to the work of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
5. “Lil Bub”
Lil Bub is a special needs cat who was born with several genetic mutations that make her look distinctly different from other cats. Lil Bub’s YouTube channel features videos of her meeting celebrities, going on adventures, and just being her adorable self.
6. “Nyan Cat”
The “Nyan Cat” video is an animated GIF that features a pop-tart cat flying through space, leaving a rainbow trail behind it. The video, which was created by artist Chris Torres, went viral in 2011 and has been viewed over 150 million times.
7. “Kitten Wants to Fight”
This video, which was uploaded in 2010, features a kitten named Sockington who really wants to fight another kitten, even though he’s clearly outnumbered and outmatched. The video has been viewed over 9 million times.
8. “Cats Vs. Zombies”
This video, which was created by the YouTube user Mr. Funguin, features a group of cats who take on a horde of zombies in a battle for supremacy. The video is a stop-motion animation and took over 200 hours to make.
9. “Cats in Water”
This video, which was uploaded in 2009, features a group of cats who seem to be fascinated by water. The video has been viewed over 8 million times.
10. “Cats in Space”
This video, which was uploaded in 2007, features a group of cats who appear to be floating in zero gravity. The video was created by the YouTube user Magic Inkjet and has been viewed over 7 million times.