Thumbs Up Crying Cat meme.

Thumbs Up Crying Cat

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Updated Mar 08, 2023 at 03:30PM EST by Zach.

Added Jul 30, 2020 at 10:41AM EDT by Sophie.

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Thumbs Up Crying Cat, also known as Thumbs Up Sad Cat, is a reaction image of a cat with photoshopped teary eyes giving a thumbs up. The image, akin to Crying Cat, is typically used to suggest sadness but with an added feeling of compliance signified by the thumbs up. Though the earliest crying cat was posted in 2014, the Thumbs Up Crying Cat was created in June 2019 and became popular on Reddit and Twitter.


On August 26th, 2017, Discord user posted the earliest known variant of the meme in the JabGood server, naming the emote "JabGood" (shown below).

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That year, people began posting versions of the cat with tears welling in its eyes. One of the earliest was published on November 11th, 2017 (shown below).

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On June 17th, 2019, Redditor IAMAdumbgirl posted the original photoshopped image captioned "sad thumbs up" to r/sadcats[2] (shown below). The post received over 1,700 points (99% upvoted) in a year.


Crying Cat, also known as Schmuserkadser, refers to a series of photoshopped images of cats with teary, glassy eyes to appear as though they are sad. 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


In April 2020, The image gained popularity as a reaction image on Twitter and Reddit. On April 18th, Twitter user @SaoryEmanoelle[3] responded to @RespectfulMemes' post about thinking only of someone else to which they responded with the reaction image captioned, "They not thinking about us though lmao" (shown below, left). On June 22nd, Redditor edmemesthrowawaybby posted the image to r/EDanonymemes[4] and captioned it "When you鈥檙e chilling with your BF and he asks if you鈥檙e good but all you can think about is how fat your thighs look when you cuddle" (shown below, right). The post garnered over 200 points (100% upvoted).

Respectful Memes @RespectfulMemes 路 Apr 18 How I'm spending my time during social distancing: Thinking about you SaoryEmanoelle @SaoryEmanoelle Replying to @RespectfulMemes They not thinking about us though Imao 2:47 PM 路 Apr 18, 2020 路 Twitter Web App When you're chilling with your BF and he asks if you're good but all you can think about is how fat your thighs look when you cuddle o lawd

In late July, the image became popular on r/dankmemes. On July 27th, Redditor mijuzz7 used Thumbs Up Crying Cat in a captioned post to r/dankmemes[5] that accumulated over 47,000 points (96% upvoted) in three days (shown below).

Random player on my team: "F--- off, noob. You're trash." Me, who just bought the game and is trying my best:

Various Examples

soma @sjhaydari im sad 6:09 AM 路 May 11, 2020 路 Twitter for Android People in 2020: 鈥淏ats are the worst! They ruined our lives!" Bats who eat mosquitoes and just want to be left alone: Sea Magic June 29 路 O Me watching my baby tag someone else in memes: *: See original 路 Rate this translation Duren Me after seeing a spider: Ew, f--- off! The spider who protects me of mosquitos f1 @whoisf1路 Apr 25 damn i think i found out the new meta on twitter giving away $3 to 5 people who will retweet this tweet picking in 5 weeks gl TheMisteurG @TheMisteurG Replying to @whoisf1 1:22 PM 路 Apr 25, 2020 路 Twitter for Android Me: "F--- this worthless p------------! I need a new one!" My 6 year old PC that's given me literally thousands of hours of faithful service:

Search Interest

External References

[1] Meme Generator 鈥 Crying Cat

[2] Reddit 鈥 r/sadcats

[3] Twitter 鈥 SaoryEmanoelle

[4] Reddit 鈥 r/EDanonymemes

[5] Reddit 鈥 r/dankmemes

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