Cats on the Net

In the digital spaces, I regularly come across publications focusing on cats. Enjoy the walk together with the cats on the Internet.

Please let me know of any other source you come across.

Cat-related Publications on the Internet

Patrick J. Owen, and Severine Lamon (2021). “Are Cats Good? An Important Study”. DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/V48D7

This study is a fun take on academic articles to be used as a scientific teaching and learning resource; can be disseminated freely und used for teaching – or cat-related purposes.


Naomi Truan (2022). “I am a real cat. French speaking cats on Twitter as an enregistered variety and community of practice”. https://doi.org/10.1075/ip.00083.tru

This study is an analysis of the language patterns used in French-language cat accounts.


Austin, J., & Irvine, L. (2020). “A Very Photogenic Cat”: Personhood, Social Status, and Online Cat Photo Sharing. https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2020.1746533

This study explores how domestic cats and their connections to humans are represented in a modern photo-sharing context through content analysis of Reddit, a popular social media website.


Shamayleh, Ghalia, and Zeynep Arsel. “Orchestrating Pet Influencers: Rhetorical and Visual Strategies in Creating Mediated Platform Content.” ACR North American Advances (2020). https://www.acrwebsite.org/volumes/v48/acr_vol48_2659790.pdf

This study looks at how people orchestrate their pet companions on social platforms. It provides a typology of performative storytelling.


Kate Miltner: LOL Cats. Dissertation. London School of Economics. http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37681185/MILTNER%20DISSERTATION.pdf

A dissertation discussing why cat memes are so popular on the internet.


Maria Nikolajevna (2009). “Devils, Demons, Familiars, Friends: Towards a Semiotics of Literary Cats”. http://davidkidd.typepad.com/files/41388926.pdf

A journal article looking at the history of cats in literature.


Jessica  Gall Myrick (2015). Emotion regulation, procrastination, and watching cat videos online: Who watches Internet cats, why, and to what effect?http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563215004343

An empirical study on the effects of watching internet videos of cats.


Radha O’Meara (2014). “Do Cats Know They Rule YouTube? Surveillance and the Pleasures of Cat Videos.” M/C Journal. A Journal of Media and Culture. 17(2). Available on: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/794

A study on what lies behind watching cat videos.


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