The 27 best cats of 2018

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Cats rule the internet, whatever year it is.

Scratch that – they rule the world. We are just their faithful servants, providing them with toys to destroy and treats to devour.

All cats are wonderful, but there are certain cats who completely captured our hearts in 2018, whether because of their love for humans, their work to help other living beings, or simply providing great entertainment.

Let’s look back on the best part of 2018: the cats. Here are our favourites from the last twelve months, in no order (they’re all equally glorious).

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Doughnut is a very large cat.

In fact, at the time he came to our attention, he was three times the size of a healthy cat his age.

He was taken to a shelter after his owner was forced to give the cat away by her landlord.

He went viral thanks to his size, was adopted and renamed Ziggy, and is now on track to getting down to a healthy weight.


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We have the highest respect for a cat who knows what they want and will do whatever it takes to get it.

This particular cat wanted treats. So they walked right into Tesco, grabbed a box, and started eating.

We stan.


3. The cats who just want to visit a museum

Ken-chan is a black cat who refuses to be deterred by security guards constantly escorting him out of an art museum in western Japan.

He just wants to take in some culture.


4. Bongo cat

The most joyful meme of 2018, bongo cat started life as a gif of a happy kitty slapping a table, made by @StrayRogue.

@DitzyFlama edited that gif to include bongos under the cats paws, and thus created something truly beautiful.

Bongo cat has been edited to play all manner of instruments and songs. It brings happiness to all, even in the trashfire year that was 2018.


Tigger has a very important morning routine.

Each day he must sit on his owner’s dad’s lap for at least 30 minutes before he (the dad, we mean) goes to work.


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An equally important morning routine belongs to Baloo, who makes sure to bring her owner, Ben, a leafy gift each morning.

She used to bring Ben small rodents, but quickly learned that he’s a bigger fan of leaves than mice.


Mitzi before her weight loss (Picture: Woodside Animal Sanctuary/ SWNS)

Mitzi first came into our lives back in 2017, when she arrived at Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Devon weighing 1st 3lbs, making her one of the fattest cats in Britain.

She found a home last year, but was returned to the shelter in 2018 after her owner passed away.

This year she embarked on a journey of wellbeing and managed to safely lose five and a half pounds. She’s still overweight for a cat, but is making brilliant progress.

Mitzi this year (Picture: Erin Black/SWNS.COM)


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We understand why Saul was a bit pissed off after being hit by a car, but did he have to give staff at RSPCA’s London hospital evils when they tried to sort out his injuries?

Grouchy goals.


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Sadly, Theo passed away just one week before he was awarded the National Cat of the Year title.

But his impact lives on.

Theo saved his owner’s life by keeping her awake when she had a blood clot.


Valkyrie is a cat that has a human face. That is all.


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Bruno’s picture was shared more than 28,000 times thanks to his excellent bio. You should read it.

‘I am a 7 year-old polydactyl cat who is 25 pounds,’ said Wright Way Rescue’s Facebook post.

‘There’s a lot of me to love! I am perfectly healthy other than being overweight. I am on a diet, though. I am walking, playing, and doing tricks like this to lose some weight.

‘When I am in a normal home, most of my day is spent laying around, but never far from my family. I usually prefer to lay on the floor or right next to you, but occasionally I like to be a lap-cat.

‘I also really like playing with my feather wand toy. Not so much my other toys or scratchers, though. I do like to sleep with my foster parents, but at the end of the bed so you still have room.

‘I like when you scratch the sides of my face and neck. I like to be pet on the top of my head and spine only. I know my tummy is so tempting to touch, but I would prefer if you didn’t. I may swat my hand and pretend to bite if you do.

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‘I like to talk to you….a LOT. Be prepared for a chatty kitty!

‘I have a couple quirky traits too….For one, I like to stand on my hind legs! This usually happens when I want food. No, my foster parents did not teach me this. They are not sure how I learned.

‘Second, I love to be pet while I eat. It took my foster mom a little time to realize what I was meowing about, since she had just put food in my bowl. Soon she found out it’s because I want pets while I eats!

‘I will still eat if you don’t pet me, but I will meow more and stare at you for a while…

‘I also drink a lot of water. I never drink the water in the kitchen where my food is. I only drink the water that was put in a completely different room. If you have a larger house, perhaps put multiple bowls of water around for me and be sure to give me fresh water at least once day? Yes, I know I am EXTRA.

‘Overall, I am a pretty laid back, lazy cat who just wants to be in the presence of my owners. I hear I make them laugh and smile every single day, so I hope I can do the same for you!’


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After being adopted from a shelter, little kitten Donut was recruited by the Troy Police Department, who hired her as the force’s first official pawfficer.

She spends her days bringing attention to community issues such as drink driving, as well as visiting schools and supporting the town’s cheerleading squad.

It’s hoped that next she’ll train as a therapy cat.


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Doby was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) which means he’s a little wobbly on his paws.

He also has a cleft nose, which makes it look like he has two noses.

He’s very cute.


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Ulla’s pregnancy likely wasn’t planned, but she was still happy to welcome five kittens.

Her reaction to her ultrasound is incredible.


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Rubble celebrated his 30th birthday this year, making him around 137 in cat years.

He’s the oldest cat living in Britain.


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Hoonie’s story isn’t a happy one. After his owner died, Hoonie was distraught and lonely, and had to be taken to a shelter.

Thankfully he had his favourite stuffed animal, a grey and white cat. Following the loss of his owner, Hoonie became more attached to his toy, and now refuses to go anywhere without it by his side.


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Toby shattered our hearts into a million pieces this year when he walked twelve miles to return to the family who abandoned him, only for them to reject him again.

The family asked for Toby to be put down, but thankfully the people at the SPCA of West County weren’t ready to give up on the cat just yet.

They found him new owners who treat him with the love and affection he always deserved.


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Morbidly obese cat Bronson is doing brilliantly well to get into a healthy shape.

After he was adopted by a couple who fell in love the moment they saw him, he was put on a strict diet of soupy wet food.

He still has a few more pounds to lose before he can safely go under for surgery on his tooth.


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The Grinchiest cat around, Tigger likes to steal balls from ball pits for his own enjoyment.

In the space of three weeks he brought home 52 balls.

His owners still don’t know where the balls are coming from.


20. The cat who truly does not care if his owner dies

He put us humans in our place, and rightly so.


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So harsh. So rude.

We love them.


Dog is a three-year-old ginger tabby who has a part-time job selling fish at the market.

He’s always impeccably dressed for the role.


Don’t worry, he managed to wriggle his way inside after a few minutes.


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Seven-year-old Madden had been bullied for his heterochromia iridum, which causes him to have differently coloured eyes.

When his mum found Moon, a cat with the same condition, she knew they were meant to be best buds.


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Lady the dog became really anxious whenever she was left alone.

After spotting Lady cosying up with a local cat, her owner decided to get the dog a kitten of her own, named Kitty.

Kitty jumps up for a cuddle whenever Lady is feeling anxious.

Busao is all of us when the temperature drops.


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Isn’t she beautiful?

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