Have you caught a glimpse of a spinning black cat with a white chest on your timeline recently? Or rather saw someone carrying it around in a Garry's Mod video? You have been blessed by Maxwell the Cat, the latest feline meme sensation, spinning all day long for your viewing pleasure. Wanna learn how the cat got its name? We have you covered.
Who Is Maxwell the Cat?
The story of the cat starts in November 2017, when Imgur user Voidhawk42 posted a photograph of their cat sitting on a piece of paper with the words "do not bend" written on it, bending it in a most defiant manner.
In October 2022, Steam user shideo kojima uploaded a 3D model of the cat based on the image to Steam Workshop, and and week and a half later another user, Scott Rim, turned the model into a carryable Garry's Mod item, naming it "Maxwell the carryable cat."
And after in early November 4th, Twitter user @blastycat posted a GIF of the cat model spinning, Maxwell skyrocketed to online fame, appearing in memes and funny Gmod videos alike.
acquired C A T. You put the C A T in your K E Y I T E M S pocket. pic.twitter.com/FbvHBWmE9B
— ⓒⓐⓣⓢⓣⓨ (@blastycats) November 4, 2022
Is Uni the Cat Maxwell? Maxwell's Real Identity
Dingus and Uni.
The real name of the cat is Jess, and she belongs to Imgur user Voidhawk42, who posted the original photograph of the cat sitting on a sheet of paper with the words "please do not bend" on it in November 2017.
In January 2020, Voidhawk42 wrote that Jess, at that time nine years old, had a blocked intestine and needed a £1500 surgery, with no updates on the cat's health appearing after this news was released.
The name "Maxwell" comes from a Steam Workshop submission by user ScottRim, who modified the model into a carryable item. The submission is titled "Maxwell the carryable cat," which gave the cat its best-known name.
Maxwell the Cat in Memes
In memes, Maxwell's model often appears in various abstract or absurd contexts. The cat's 3D model is often shown spinning as music plays.
In Maxwell memes, the melody "Stockmarket" by Weebl is often used, commonly referred to as Maxwell's theme.
For the full history of Maxwell the Cat, be sure to check out our entry for more information.