Ceiling Cat is a series of LOLcats. He was on of the first and now, most well-known interweb kitty. He has a several submemes, including his nemesis, Basement Cat and Basement Horse.
The original photographer of the photo is unknown. There are several people that claim to know its origin. Encyclopedia Dramatica states that the cat belongs to Wikipedia user, Samguana, but this claim is not confirmed. User, Quarex, of Something Awful, claimed that they were friends with the cat’s owner and posted a similar photo of the cat from a different angle in May of 2012. Quarex also claimed that the cat in the photo passed away in 2010.
The Ceiling Cat image macro has been online since as early as June 1, 2003, when it was submitted on FunnyJunk. It was dubbed “Stalker Kitty” and did not receive any comments for four years.
The text ” Ceiling cat is watching you masturbate” wasn’t added until 2006 at the earliest. The captioned image first spread via YTMND. Two days after the initial YTMND was created, CeilingCat.com was created.
The photo evolved into a popular Photoshop meme. 4chain’s /b/, hosts many variants of the image using the “cat in a hole” exploitable in a number of ways, including appearing as a god. The original macro was posted on I Can Has Cheezburger on January 24, 2007. On July 13, 2007, Kongregate posted a Flash game called Ceiling Cat Invaders, a knockoff of Space Invaders. on February 3, 2011, I Can Has Cheezburger posted a profile of Ceiling Cat highlighting some of the more popular image macro derivatives.
- Urban Dictionary’s definition includes the fact that the cat was a deity, alluding to the Catnarok mythology.
- “Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem. Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.”