With more and more people and teenagers creating new accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, their use has skyrocketed ever since their launch.

With 2020 being the year where the Covid pandemic took center stage and locked out almost every outdoor activity for a few months, meme creators became overnight sensations on social media. This caused a massive surge in the creation of memes to relieve the tension and boredom in our hearts.

However, one cat unknowingly became a social media sensation overnight when memes were made of him. Soon, it got turned into a casual clicking video game too, where almost everyone who has played it enjoyed it thoroughly.

This story is about the rise of Oatmeal, now popularly known as Pop Cat.

The Pop Cat Meme

Pop cat is the name given to memes creators and every teenager on social media who had absolutely nothing productive to do with their free time. The real name of the cat is Oatmeal, a Cheshire cat owned by a Twitter user named Xavier BFB.

The meme in question that made pop cat so famous has been seen by almost every social media user on the internet. The meme has two pictures inside it. The first picture on the top shows a cute cat, who seems to be somewhat smiling.

The second picture of the meme is a highly edited and warped picture, which shows the cat laughing out loud and making an O-shaped laugh. Even though I am writing this in words and it sounds pretty boring, see the image below to cry out loud in laughter. 

How It All Started

Pop cat meme

The story of Oatmeal becoming the revered pop cat has now become legendary in the community of meme creators. It is a funny yet well-respected story that meme creators will remember and even pass on to their children and grandchildren.

It all started with Xavier, the owner of Oatmeal, posting a video of his cute cat chirping at a bird on a private Discord server. Soon, his friends made memes out of that video, where a significant GIF got way more popular than it should have been.

The GIF had two images in it. One showed Oatmeal, sitting normally with his mouth closed. The other image that followed it showed oatmeal with his mouth wide open, shaped like an O. This was done using a photo editor.

Soon, this GIF spread from server to server, and soon it got posted on Twitter by many users, mostly to be used as a meme. 

Over time, the meme of oatmeal spread like wildfire, and soon, everyone started calling the meme the pop cat meme. 

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How It Spread

Over time, more and more users started using this meme to create memes of their own, since its popularity made it a staple amongst meme creators. Soon it became a basis for more memes to be created, as its popularity made it a staple meme template. 

However, its main climb to the top of the meme ladder boards came when many famous Instagram influencers used the pop cat GIF to make music videos. These videos played a song in the background, along with the GIF being played in a loop. 

This made the pop cat look like opening and closing his mouth, and appeared to be singing the song played in the background. This format became so famous, that the pop cat even received a new name – the wide mouth singing cat. Soon, pop cat funko pop keychains became popular after their name spread. 

The Pop Cat Game

After the memes became pretty popular in social media, especially on Twitter and Instagram, a pop cat game was created to let Oatmeal leave a legacy of his own behind. 

A game was created by three Sheffield University students – Fredy Heppell, Joshua O’Sullivan, and Edward Halls on the internet. This game and its website are named popcat.click, which is a casual but extremely funny clicking game.

In this game, all you had to do was click on the image of a pop cat sitting normally. After you click on the image several times, the pop cat will laugh out loud with the shape of his mouth being his signature O-shaped smile. 

However, the main intention of creating this game was different. What started as a prank game soon became one of the most competitive games globally. What many later figured out was that every time you click on the pop cat, the name of your country gets recorded in the games server. 

Soon, a race started between Asian nations to compete for the top position to become the leading nation to play the pop cat game. Here, Thailand initially came out at the top, because the pop cat meme was highly popular there. However, the current leading country is Hong Kong, followed closely by Thailand and then Taiwan. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What Cat Is Pop Cat?

Pop cat’s real name is Oatmeal, who is a Cheshire cat.

2. Is Pop Cat A Real Cat?

Yes, the pop cat is a real cat.

3. Why Is Pop Cat So Popular?

The pop cat was made popular because of the memes and Instagram stories that circulated on social media, along with the pop cat clicking game.

4. How Is Pop Cat?

The pop cat game is still popular now, with Taiwan being number one right now. 
Pop cat game dashboard


Pop cat has become a sensation globally after memes, reels, and videos of the cat became some of the most shared on social media. The pop cat meme soon became a template that was used by the so-called “memers” globally

After its so-called memes became a hit globally it soon developed a fandom that gave rise to a browser-based clocking game simply called Pop Cat. Depending on the number of clicks that led to the pop cat “popping” on screen, countries vied for the top spot, with Hong Kong leading the race currently.

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Debamalya is a professional content writer from Kolkata, India. Constantly improving himself in this industry for more than three years, he has amassed immense knowledge regarding his niches of writing tech and gaming articles. He loves spending time with his cats, along with playing every new PC action game as soon as possible.

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