Monorail Cat

Monorail Cat

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Updated Aug 24, 2020 at 07:29AM EDT by ohmyjosh.

Added Nov 13, 2009 at 06:24PM EST by Horseeater.

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Monorail Cat refers to a photo fad in which cats on railings, banisters or other thin platforms resemble a monorail trains. The photographs are based on an early viral photo of a cat lying on the metal frame of a mirror with its legs tucked inward, causing it to resemble a monorail.


While it is more likely that Monorail Cat was one of the first products of /b/'s Caturday, the earliest known instance of monorail cat was posted on the website Catmas[1] on November 2nd, 2006. The picture (shown below) features a cat resting on over a metal-framed mirror with its legs tucked inward, which makes the cat look like a monorail. The post was captioned, "It's been a while since we've posted a cat picture, but we're back!"

The original monorail cat


That day, YTMND [3] user Cataclaw posted a gif of the Monorail Cat set to music. The post received more than 80,000 views as of November 2017. Additionally, on November 2nd, Cataclaw[4] posted gif entitled "Monorail Cat not amused," which featured the cat "derailing" and received more than 18,000 views as of November 2017. More versions appeared on YTMND, including:

One month later, Catmas[2] posted a gif version of Monorail cat in which the cat moves like a train. The gif (shown below) also includes the text "Monorail cat has left the station."

GIF of monorail cat leaving the station

On December 19th, 2006, the website[5] was registered.

Two months later, on January 12th, 2007, the picture first appeared on ICanHazACheezburger, where it became a popular LOLcat. Many pictures are submitted to the site having to do with a monorail cat or dog. Now it is one of the most famous lolcats around.

Monorail cat shirts were later printed by CafePress[6] t-shirt (shown below).

Additionally, if you type "monorail cat" into the game Scribblenauts, you will get a ""weird hidden object."[7]

monorail cat t-shirt

2017 Revival

On October 14th, 2017, Twitter [8] user @madaomax7 posted a picture of Monorail Cat on a wooden banister with the caption "γƒγ‚³γƒγ‚Ήγ˜γ‚ƒγͺγγ¦γ€γƒγ‚³γƒ’γƒŽγƒ¬γƒΌγƒ«οΌŸ" (translation: Not a cat bus, cat monorail?) The post (shown below) received more than 550 retweets and 1,500 likes in three weeks.

2017 Monorail cat is back

Following this tweet, other Twitter users began posting pictures of their cats in similar positions (examples below, left and center, respectively.

Later that month, Twitter[9] user @zboah tweeted the picture next to a picture of a monorail. The post (shown below, right) received more than 30,000 retweets and 36,000 likes in two days.

On October 31st, Twitter[10] published a Moments page about the return of the meme.

Monorail Cat - Me, singing Monorail from the Simpson really loudly at my babies sitting on the bannister on the landing because cat monorail cat relaxing on the couch arm rest like monorail cat Side by side photos comparing the new Mono Rail Cat to a real monorail

Various Examples

monorail cat as an aircraft on water monorail cat that has run out of mono monorail cat montage
monorail cat in training woman on a banister just like monorail cat monorail cat cartoon

Search Interest

External References

[1] Catmas – Monorail Cat

[2] Catmas – Monorail Cat Has Left

[3] YTMND – Monorail Cat

[4] YTMND – Monorail Cat Not Amused

[5] Whois –

[6] Cafepress – Monorail Cat Shirt

[7] Eeggs – Scribblenauts Easteregg

[8] Twitter – @madaomax7's Tweet

[9] Twitter – @zboah's Tweet

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in reply to Bilbo Swaggins

tbh, lolcats are kinda back. it's just dogs this time. doge, puppers and doggos, gabe the dog, there's a lot of dog memes that are as silly as lolcats out there now.

also might be nostalgia there. people were always dicks tbh


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