Coughing cat meme | photoshopped picture of a cat on wooden steps to make the feline appear to be mid-cough.

Coughing Cat

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Added Dec 12, 2018 at 01:50PM EST by Adam.

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Coughing Cat refers to a photoshopped image of a cat that went viral in late 2018 after it was compared to the face little kids make when they cough. The meme has since been used as an exploitable image macro and a reaction image around the web.


On November 27th, 2018, the Instagram account Idascreatures, a profile that posts photoshopped pictures of animals, posted a picture of an open-mouthed, wide-eyed cat[1] (shown below).


On December 3rd, 2018, Twitter user @aliahgeyes tweeted the image with the caption "This is how little kids cough," gaining over 200,000 retweets and 630,000 likes (shown below).

aliah @aliahgeyes Follow this is how lil kids cough

Twitter user @julissapizzaaaa responded to the tweet by showing her little brother coughing, proving the point and gaining over 750 retweets and 6,400 likes (shown below).

Other Twitter users responded to the tweet by validating the comparison in various ways. User @blackbile tweeted several pictures of kids coughing, gaining over 140 retweets and 1,500 likes (shown below, left). User @ericisgrody combined the two pictures on phones, gaining over 570 retweets and 4,400 likes (shown below, right),

Pika Pikabitch @_BlackBile Follow Replying to @aliahgeyes @MiriamLaPuta SKGDKGDKGDKDK Croup: symptoms and treatm.. When Is a Kid's Cough More T 7 thoughts every mum has wi... The best cures for your childr.. Erick Campos @erickisgrody Follow Replying to @aliahgeyes

Various Examples

ightfay emay @_trash_mammal Replying to @aliahgeyes He got the whole class sick Dec 4 Idas reatures 79 Au197 @TheSortedChaos Replying to @aliahgeyes So basically they look like a fish 9:44 PM-4 Dec 2018 Shelby @shelbybuck99 Follow Replying to @aliahgeyes So true not dad @ltsaMe_Anthony Follow Replying to @aliahgeyes It reminds me of this. erica @EricaClark98 Follow Replying to @aliahgeyes | can confirm Cl Juls @basicjuls Follow Replying to @aliahgeyes Kids and also Phoebe HIWATT GIF

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External References

[1] Instagram – idascreatures

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