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Gli, Famous Hagia Sophia Cat, Has Passed Away

Gli, a 16-year-old celebrity cat, has sadly passed away. 

In 2004, a Turkish European shorthair cat with crossed-eyes was born in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. Gli had seen become a known figure around Hagia Sophia, and an internet celebrity by grabbing the attention of visiting tourists.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya announced on his social media account that Gli was being treated in a private veterinary clinic since September 24th. Unfortunately, Gli had recently passed due to old age. Hagia Sophia is in mourning and remembering the amazing life of Gli, the cat who seemingly touched all those who were fortunate enough to meet or see Gli. 

"We will never forget you, Gli," Yerlikaya wrote on Saturday. Gli, the world-famous feline is now part of the iconic mosque's history forever. 

Rest in peace, Gli. We will be missed. See more images and tributes to Gli on Instagram

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Actor Dennis Quaid Adopts Cat Named Dennis Quaid

Honestly, could there be a more perfect adoption story out there? 

Lynchburg Humane Society had a black cat in need of a forever home. This cat was named Dennis Quaid. Well, the news of Dennis Quaid reached none other than the actor Dennis Quaid himself. "It was really off the wall, but I just couldn't resist. I had to," Dennis Quaid told WSLS 10 News, "I'm out to save all the Dennis Quaids of the world."

Danielle Ulmer, Adoption Center Manager at Lynchburg Humane Society couldn't believe when she heard the news, "I was like there is no way this is real, like, someone is pranking us."

Jimmy Jellinek, co-host of The Pet Show, convinced Danielle Ulmer that this was real and soon enough, a Zoom call was made where Dennis Quaid got to meet Dennis Quaid. And vice versa. 

"Maybe they should start naming animals in shelters after different celebrities and see who bites," Quaid joked. However, it's not a bad idea! And it looks like from the adoptable faces below, they're already taking Quaid up on his advice! 

Story via WSLS 10 News and Lynchburg Humane Society

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New Zealander Of The Year: Mittens The Cat A Candidate

Mittens, the cat, is an icon in New Zealand. Mittens, originally from the suburbs of Auckland but really became a social media star when he, his brother Latte, and their owner, Silvio Bruinsma, moved to the capital city. According to Mittens' Wikipedia page, since moving to the capital city, Mittens' been featured on the 2018 edition of the Wellington Advent Calendar, was given the Key to the City of Wellington and was the subject of an exhibition at the Wellington Museum. 

Quite the accomplishments! Mittens' is so famous, he can proudly join the ranks of New Zealand's other treasures -- Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor. 

Mittens also has a private Facebook group called, "The Wondrous Adventures of Mittens," with over 50k followers all who track Mittens' daily activities around the town. Mittens walks freely around town and the entire town worships him, posing for pictures and calling him "Your Highness."

And now, in 2020, Mittens is in the running to be the New Zealander of the Year

We've got our fingers crossed for you, Mittens! 

Story via The Guardian

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Instagram User Spreads Positivity By Replacing Actors With Samoyed Dog

And to be completely honest, we like it better this way... 15/10 would watch. 

Instagram user and owner of the two beautiful Samoyeds named Summer and Apollo, is trying to spread positivity in the form of fluffy cloud dreams.

Those fluffy clouds dreams are Samoyeds. The artist behind this lovely idea has been photoshopping and replacing famous actors with her Samoyeds and we can't wait to see what movie is next for this photoshop treatment! 

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Artist Creates Cat-Filled Print Full Of Famous Internet Cats

This. This is art. 

Meet the talented Rebecca Salinas, a painter who adores cats. And it really shows. 

We had the privilege to speak with Rebecca and discover her inspiration behind this masterpiece!  

"I've always loved and drawn cats my whole life. I am in advanced art classes now at UCF, in Florida, and finally have the freedom to choose my own content. The theme was 'populated space' and I immediately knew I wanted to do a painting full of cats. I'm in a Facebook group called 'This Cat Is C H O N K Y' and I love a lot of cats that are famous from there."

Rebecca also mentioned that two of her own cats can be found in the painting, and that she used submitted photos from the 'This Cat Is C H O N K Y' Facebook group as pose references!

"I really love it when I can laugh at my paintings, and this one is one of my most funny paintings yet," added Rebecca. 

According to Rebecca's post in the C H O N K Y group, there are 50 recognizable cats in this one painting alone! Do you think you can pinpoint them all?

Thanks for sharing your lovely work with the world, Rebecca! Check out more of her amazing art on Instagram or Facebook

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Animals Of Instagram Spotlight Of The Week: Smudge, From The Famous 'Woman Yelling At Cat' Meme!

Once a week, we will be featuring an extraordinary animal account on Instagram! Their story, the adorable pictures, and pawesome videos! This weeks spotlight goes to the famous Smudge the cat! If you don't recognize Smudge, you must've been living under a rock these past few months because Smudge might be the hottest meme of the summer! Smudge rose to fame came from the "Woman Yelling at Cat Meme," where Smudge was sitting in front of a plate of salad, looking very confused.  

The world loves Smudge and it's impossible not to! Smudge is now on Instagram for all us Smudge lovers! 

If you'd like your pet to be featured, reach out to us with some insight as to who you are and the story of your beloved pet! 

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This year, a record-breaking 16,000 people traveled to CatCon! Currently, in its fifth consecutive year, CatCon is an event that features hundreds of exhibitors and furry friends looking for furever homes! 

CatCon also features the most famous Instagram cats for cat lovers to meet! 

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Beloved Grumpy Cat, Aged 7, Has Passed Away Due To Bladder Complications

It's a sad day for the cat lovers community, as the beloved and famous Tardar Sauce, commonly known as 'Grumpy Cat' has passed away. @Therealgrumpycat has confirmed the heartbreaking news on Instagram. Tardar Sauce passed away in the arms of her mommy on Tuesday, her family said on Friday, she was only 7 years old. Grumpy Cat had become an internet sensation and a classic meme from the very start, due to her permanent scowl. Perhaps the most famous meme quote: "I had fun once. It was awful." 

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Couple Recreates Scenes From Iconic Movies With Their Cats

UK-based couple David and Sarah (Movie Cats) are famous for recreating iconic scenes from our favorite movies with their two cats.

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Woman Photoshops Her Dog Into Famous Celeb Pictures And It’s Hilarious

Photographer Olivia Lazer loves taking pictures of her 4-year-old Shiba Inuto named Zelda. However, Lazer takes it one step further, by photoshopping Zelda into various famous pictures, and posting to her popular Instagram page. Check them out below!

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Celebrate International Cat Day With This List of Our Favorite Internet Cats

August 8th is International Cat Day which basically just means it's an entire day dedicated to cats. We're not quite sure how that's different from any other day of the year, but we'll use any excuse to celebrate!

Who's your favorite "internet cat"? Did they make the list?

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Pompous Albert is Pretty Mad at You

He's named after Albert Einstein and swears revenge on the snooty judges that rejected his application to become a show cat. We should probably get to know him a little better.

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