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Crying Cat

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Crying Cat, also known as Sad Cat or Schmuserkadser, refers to a series of photoshopped images of cats with teary, glassy eyes to appear as though they are sad. The most common one used in memes is a photoshopped version of the Serious Cat meme, but most are typically used as reactions and image captions.


The earliest known usage of the Crying Cat was published by an anonymous Meme Generator [1] user on June 11th, 2014 (shown below, left). The image is a photoshopped version of Serious Cat, due to the fact that the background of the image and ears and color of the cat are identical (shown below, right). Within four years, the image has generated more than 925 images.

Lare serious cat his is serious thread


Later that year, the image was posted on the website[3] by user YoussefArafa88.

On April 9th, 2015, the image appeared on the German image board pr0gramm,[2] where it earned the name "Schmuserkadser." Within three years, the image received more than 975 points.

The following year, an anonymous 4chan [4] user published a picture of a larger cat with the same expression. They captioned the image (shown below), "First it's smug, then it's fat. It's living my life." The photograph is a photoshop of another photograph of a sleeping cat.[5]

Image Search 13188-11898-1113.jpg, 74KiB, 981x755 Anonymous Thu 20 Oct 2016 23:52:35 No.29327363 First it's smug, then it's fat. It's living my life Report

The image has since been shared widely. On January 27th, 2017, Facebook [6] user smokememe posted the image with the caption "sad react only." Within a year and half, the post received more than 2,200 reactions and 440 shares.

On April 10th, 2018, Redditor [7] plebdev asked the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit, "What's the origin of the crying cat pictures, and why am I seeing them all over now?"

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