Ceiling Cat

Ceiling Cat

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Updated May 31, 2024 at 08:21PM EDT by Brandon.

Added Aug 11, 2009 at 01:36PM EDT by Chris Menning.

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Related Explainer: What Is The 'Ceiling Cat' Meme And Where Is It From? The Two-Decades-Old Meme Explained

Ceiling cat is watching you masturbate - typical cat meme of ceiling cat


Ceiling Cat is a photoshop meme based on a photograph of a cat peeking through a hole in the ceiling of a room. Its online popularity eventually led to several derivative characters, including his nemesis Basement Cat and Basement Horse.


While the original photographer of the image is still unknown, several people have claimed to know its origin. Encyclopedia Dramatica[1] states that the cat belongs to Wikipedia user Samguana[2] but this claim has not been confirmed. In May 2012, Something Awful poster Quarex claimed[18] that they were friends with the cat's owner, posting a similar photo of the cat from a different angle. The user also said the cat in the photo passed away in 2010.

The photo that would go on to become the image macro has been online since as early as June 1st, 2003 when it was submitted to FunnyJunk.[3] The photo was titled "Stalker Kitty" and did not receive any comments for four years.


It was not paired with the phrase "Ceiling cat is watching you masturbate" until 2006 at the earliest. The captioned image first spread via YTMND, with the earliest site created on February 8th, 2006.[4] Several other sites[5] were created that year, but there have been fewer instances of Ceiling Cat appearing on YTMND for each subsequent year. Two days after the initial YTMND was created, CeilingCat.com[6] was created. Ceiling-cat.com[7] was created November 22nd, 2006, solely hosting the captioned image.


The photo evolved in to a popular Photoshop meme. Many variants of this image appeared on 4chan's /b/, or random board, using the "cat in a hole" exploitable in a number of ways, including appearing as a god. Ceiling Cat was added to Urban Dictionary[8] on June 1st, 2006. This definition included the fact that the cat was a deity[9], alluding to the Catnarok mythology.


On January 24th, 2007, the original macro was posted on I Can Has Cheezburger.[10] Kongregate posted a Flash game called Ceiling Cat Invaders[11], a knockoff of Space Invaders, on July 13th, 2007. On March 13th, 2009, design blog Tubbypaws[16] shared a DIY papercraft Ceiling Cat. I Can Has Cheezburger[12] posted a profile of Ceiling Cat on February 3rd, 2011, highlighting some of the more popular image macro derivatives.

Myths Surrounding Ceiling Cat

Building upon this theme of Ceiling Cat as God, the Ceiling Cat meme spawned a few different pseudo-religious mythologies. In Catnarok[13], Ceiling Cat is going to be the cat that announces the coming of the fight between Longcat and Tacgnol. collected together as "Catnarok." In March 2009, the Daily Kos[14] posted an image series explaining this mythology behind Ceiling Cat.

Ben Ceiling Cat cre8'd da kitah's and tehp began t0 speack in fractured english and it wuz gud

The LOLCat Bible[15] has determined that Ceiling Cat is the LOLCat equivalent of God, with Basement Cat representing the devil. This mythology has no correlation with Catnarok, as it is supposed to be a near-direct translation of the bible in to LOLSpeak.

"Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem. Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz."

Wall Cat Theory

CEILNG CAT WALL CAT This is the floor the cat is standing on. This is a skirting board. This changes everything.

On September 22nd, 2010, Redditor avapoet posted a thread[17] to the Today I Learned subreddit pointing out a section of the original photo where a skirting board is visible, proving that the cat is really inside of a hole in a wall and not actually a ceiling.

Redditor Jensaarai refuted the post. They wrote:

Let's put this to rest forever. The first known appearance of this pic titled "Stalker Kitty" on June 1, 2003:


This came a full two years before the "ceiling cat" meme, but the original image most definitely shows it to be a ceiling cat, even more conclusively than this comparison, since it predates the meme. Whoever posted the meme cropped the photo down to this version to eliminate the logo, and it was then cropped again causing the great wall-cat confusion.

2018 Resurgence

On June 19th, 2018, Twitter user @CampbellxEmma[19] tweeted several photographs of her mother's cat poking its head through a hole in the ceiling (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 74,700 likes and 22,100 retweets.

Emma @CampbellxEmma My friend's mum was at the animal welfare leaque and apparently there's a cat that lives in the ceiling

That day, Twitter user @potatobanjo posted a Creation of Adam photoshop superimposed with the two different ceiling cats (shown below).

In the coming days, Mashable[20] published an article titled "Cat pokes head through hole in the ceiling, achieves instant fame," Twitter published a Moments[21] page titled "The meme gods have given the world the second coming of ceiling cat" and Smosh[22] published an article titled "Ceiling Cat Memes Are BACK Thanks to a NEW Cat Caught Chillin’ in a Ceiling."

Notable Derivatives

Microsoft Windows Preparing to hibernate... Ceiling cat is watching you hibernate. Portal cat is watching you masterbate
In teh beginning, Ceiling Cat madez Lolcat in his imuge andz saw that he dids goods his only Son, hapnycat ceiliing cat in ineeting na0. I can takes ine I GANHAS CHEEZBURGER 00M 흡t 3
CEILING CAT He's on your Earth, ripping your dimensional time-fabric. M RIX Where is your God now?

Search Interest

Search for ceiling cat began in February 2006, the same month the first YTMND sites were created. Search peaked in April 2008. Similar with other cats from its time, search has been on the decline.

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