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Loading Cat or Buffering Cat refers to an image macro of a calico cat expressing anger or confusion and a buffering icon superimposed over its forehead. In August 2017, the image gained popularity as a reaction meme among Russian users on VK and other online platforms and gained mainstream popularity on Reddit in December 2019.


The origin of the unedited image and the buffering edit are unknown. On September 9th, 2018, Yaplakal user gary56 posted the earliest available unedited version of the photograph (shown below, left).[1] Before that, in July 2017, the first known meme based on the buffering edit was posted online (shown below, right), with the image being included in several meme dump posts starting on July 18th.[2][3]

Когда ты проспал достаточно долго, и тебе задают вопросы:

On August 8th, 2017, Twitter user @Hatredshout posted a viral meme based on the edited image,[4] with the tweet gaining over 600 retweets and 1,800 likes in two years and being reposted by multiple Russian meme communities in the following days.[5][6]

КАКТУС | МCR!!! ФHtredshout Положил стаканчик от йогурта в раковину, а ложку выкинул в мусорку Стою Translate Tweet 7:31 PM · Aug 8, 2017 · Twitter for Android


Following @Hatredshout's tweet, the edited image gained popularity as a reaction meme in Russian meme communities. For example, a meme posted by VK community Orlyonok (Орленок) on August 12th, 2017 received over 2,200 likes (shown below, left).[7] An August 19th, 2019 post by Na Sluchai Vazhnyh Peregovorov (На Случай Важных Переговоров) VK group received over 7,800 likes (shown below, right).[8] Additionally, the image has been used as a reaction on imageboards such as 2ch and 4chan.


On December 2nd, 2019, Redditor ____boromir____ posted a meme based on the image to /r/memes subreddit, where it gained over 33,800 upvotes in ten days (shown below, left).[9] On the same day, Redditor Trampuz posted a meme to /r/dankmemes, receiving over 93,600 upvotes in the same period (shown below, right).[10]

Someone: nice weather Me: thanks When you use your phone to check the time and forget to check the time

In the following days, the format gained a significant presence in meme communities on Reddit, as well as on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Various Examples

Me when I don't get the usb in right the second try made with mematic Your calculator when you add 2+2 Me: asks the girl for her number Girl: gives it Me: u/EzioAltair7
Someone: knocks on the bathroom door Me: no thanks When you walk facing someone and both of you try to pass in the same direction Shower Thoughts @showerfeelings If we removed all laws, the crime rate would be 0%. The Government of United States of America : /OmkarHonrao


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