You may recognize the cat in the photo above as one the internet’s latest feline darlings. See, if you’re confused as to what makes this photo famous: Notice how the dog in the background isn’t happy? Well, the cat is happy. Internet gold! The cat’s original owner soon came to learn that his cat had gone viral and posted about it on the Something Awful forums. Other users joked that the precious kitty should sign autographs, with some even offering to pay for the cat’s paw print.
So that’s exactly what the cat did.
As you can see here, the cat’s owner assisted his cat in pawing the kitty’s print into dozens of mailing cards. The owner then mailed these autographed cards out to 35 adoring fans across six countries and four continents. As payment for the cat’s autograph, the recipients donated over 900 dollars to the cat’s owner. He has since forwarded that money to cat and dog charities across the country.
As the cat owner notes, “Now I have to mail dozens of these out. To strangers. From the internet. This is by a wide margin the silliest thing that I have ever done, and yet I don't feel that silly about having helped out some animals that need it. However, I will feel silly when I go to the post office with a postcard of my cat's paw print, asking for postage to Australia.”
What would you pay for a cat’s signature? I would pay top dollar to get a picture with grumpy cat. Although, I’ve heard he’s changed in a bad way since he signed that movie deal. I remember a day when cat pics were about something besides the money, man.