First World Problems Cat

First World Problems Cat

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First World Problems Cat is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a young kitten resting its head accompanied by various complaints about trivial problems experienced by house cats.


On September 12th, 2011, the earliest known example (shown left) was submitted to Reddit[1] which contained a photo of a cat standing on its hind legs while making a sad-looking expression with the caption “No wet food? / hafta eat the dry stuff.” On November 14th, the “Cat World Problems” Tumblr[8] was created which featured image macros of a cat silhouette (shown middle) with anthropomorphic feline complaints. On January 11th, 2012, the first Quickmeme version of the series was submitted to the /r/AdviceAnimals[1] subreddit which included a photo of a young kitten with the caption “The clean laundry / isn’t in the sunlight” (shown right). In two months the post received over 5,000 up votes.


On January 17th, 2012, Redditor SadlyOptimistic8 submitted an First World Cat Problems image macro to the /r/AdviceAnimals[9] subreddit with the caption ""I want to sleep on the keyboard / but no one is using the computer." The post subsequently reached the front page and received over 9,500 up votes in less than 2 months.

On January 24th, the Internet humor site UpRoxx published an article about the Quickmeme series and included a slide show of notable examples. The meme continued to spread on sites like Tumblr[7], FunnyJunk[6] and the Cheezburger site Meme Animals.[5] The Quickmeme[2] page has accumulated over 1450 submissions as of March 14th, 2012.

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