Orange Cat Behavior
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Orange Cat Behavior and Orange Cats Share One Brain Cell refers to the widespread notion and cliche that orange (ginger) cats are more chaotic, more affectionate and more stupid than other types of cats. The stereotype first started gaining spread online in 2019, and, supported by viral stories such as that of Jorts the Cat, achieved major recognition in 2022.
Social media posts singling out orange cats as more chaotic and stupid than other cats have been going viral at least since 2019. For example, on November 16th, 2019, Twitter user @ulat_bulu_bulu posted a video of an orange cat fishing for items in a drawer, captioning it, "orange cat is the crackhead of cat." The video (shown below) received over 3,200 retweets and 4,900 likes in four years.
Orange cat is the crackhead of cat. pic.twitter.com/3MCbjmA991
— Bulu Bulu Kehidupan 🇲🇾 (@ulat_bulu_bulu) November 16, 2019
On April 16th, 2020, Twitter user @AssholeGentlem1 tweeted that orange cats are the "true harbingers of chaos and destruction," with the tweet gaining over 280 retweets and 4,900 likes in three years (shown below).
On November 6th, 2020, Facebook page All orange cats share 1 brain cell was created, accumulating over 126,300 members in three years, becoming a major driving force behind the spread of the stereotype.
The stereotype gradually drew more public attention through 2021. Most notably, on December 13th, 2021, Redditor throwawayorangecat made a post in the /r/AmItheAsshole subreddit in which he described an obtuse orange cat named Jorts at his work, which then went viral (shown below).
In 2022, the meme received further spread on TikTok where users shared memes about orange cats sharing one single brain cell between all of them, with only one cat getting to use it each given day. For example, on August 26th, 2022, TikToker @mildwestsami posted a video about her orange cat that accumulated over 25.9 million views and 6.7 million likes in seven months (shown below, left). On December 2nd, TikToker @starlitmachine posted a meme that gained over 180,000 views and 13,200 likes in four months (shown below, right).
On February 18th, 2022, the /r/OneOrangeBraincell subreddit was established for the purpose of collecting Orange Cat Behavior content. The subreddit accumulated over 330,000 followers in one year (viral posts shown below, left and right).
Memes and jokes about orange cats being more chaotic and stupid than other cats maintained their presence online across all major social media platforms in 2023.
 Twitter – @ulat_bulu_bulu
 Twitter – @AssholeGentlem1
 Facebook – All orange cats share 1 brain cell
 Reddit – AITA for “perpetuating ethnic stereotypes” about Jorts?
 TikTok – @mildwestsami
 TikTok – @starlitmachine
 Reddit – /r/OneOrangeBraincell
 Reddit – the day I picked her out at the shelter
 Reddit – My brother-in-law helping his buddy Dobby look for the brain cell
Mar 30, 2023 at 06:19PM EDT
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