by Sheena Barnett

No matter your race, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, there’s one thing we can all agree on: cute cats on the internet. It doesn’t have to be cats. It can be puppies, lizards, birds, whatever. If you need a shot of serotonin, there’s nothing like hitting up your favorite animal social media account. Can’t have a pet of your own? Live vicariously through pet owners who have TikToks and Instagram pages for their critters.

We can all use a dose of happiness these days, so here are a few exceptional animals and creators to follow on social media.

Animal: Jiff Pom, the most followed animal influencer on social media
Social media: @jiffpom on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube

With over a million followers on Facebook, 10 million on Instagram and 20 million on TikTok, Jiffpom is the most famous animal on the internet. The little Pomeranian starred in Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” video and in a Covergirl commercial, and yes, there are
Jiffpom toys.

Creator: Mamadou B. Ndiaye
Social media: @mndiaye_97 on TikTok, Casual Geographic on YouTube

Mamadou B. Ndiaye is as funny as he is informative. His TikToks feature fascinating facts about wild animals, and he’s absolutely hilarious in his delivery. A few of his video topics? “Four Animals that Will Co-Sign Your Obituary,” “Why This Animal is a War Criminal,” This Bird Starts Fires on Purpose,” and “Why This Monkey Has No Respect for Squirrels.” His funny-yet-educational videos are why he’s racked up over 11 million followers.

Animal: Cooter, the “talking” cat
Social media: @maseplace on TikTok, on Instagram
Mason Glasco’s cat, Cooter, is a talkative boy and he laughs along with Mason in adorable videos. Cooter and Mason have racked up millions of fans who love Mason’s silly accent and Cooter’s cattitude. The fun begins when Mason summons Cooter, who sits on his shoulders, and Mason announces, “He has arrived.”

Creator: Chris “catluminati” Watson
Social media: @catluminati on TikTok

Every day, Tacoma, Washington, native Chris Watson takes a walk – and every day, he is greeted by countless neighborhood cats. He documents his walks, and the cats, on his TikTok account. On any given day, you may find Chris greeting Cow Mary, Nala, Milo, Scratches, June, Blizzard and other kitties in the neighborhood. No wonder these cats love Chris – his overall vibe is calming and sweet.

Animal: An entire farm: Caenhill Countryside Centre
Social media: @caenhillcc on Twitter and Instagram
Farmer Chris Franklin runs Caenhill Countryside Centre, which helps kids learn about agriculture and rural crafts, in Devizes, Wiltshire, England. The farm is home to 250 farm animals, including geese, ducks, sheep, owls, cows, goats, pigs and chickens. Caenhill went viral during lockdown, thanks to the plucky goose Cuthbert. Unfortunately, Cuthbert died late last year, but Chris and his crew continue to bring smiles to fans all over the world every day. Chris provides charming narration and fun voices for the animals, and some fans say they can’t start their day until they see the animals run out of the barn at sunrise.

Animal: Bunny, the “talking” dog
Social media: @whataboutbunny on TikTok and Instagram
Ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Alexis Devine doesn’t have to wonder – her dog, Bunny, communicates with her directly using buttons for words and phrases. She uses 70 buttons with words like “outside,” “all done,” “concerned,” “beach,” “family,” “love” and “ugh.” She’ll press “upstairs” and “go” when she wants to go upstairs to play. Bunny is as smart as she is adorable – which is probably why she’s racked up over 7 million followers on TikTok.

Animal: Crouton the Cow
Social media: @m_crouton on Twitter and Instagram

Crouton the cow is definitely Instagram-worthy. He’s a handsome cow, and he has thousands of fans on Instagram and Twitter. He lives on a farm in New York with a whole host of chickens, dogs, pigs and horses. Check out Crouton’s channel for some chill and charming farm life.

Creator: The Two Crazy Cat Ladies
Social media: @twocrazycatladies on TikTok, @TheTwoCrazyCatLadies on Facebook and Instagram, @2CrazyCatLadys on Twitter

The Two Crazy Cat Ladies are just that – two women who love cats and who provide cat care tips and advice. Jae and Adrienne cover all kinds of cat parenting topics, from how to tell if your cats are playing or fighting, cat anxiety, food sensitivity, litter box cleanliness and more. Bonus, they share the adventures of their cats, like Zorro, Pooh Bear and Girl Friday. The ladies also have a

Animal: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
Social media: @crusoedachshund on Facebook, @crusoe_dachshund on TikTok and Instagram
“Wiener Dog Extraordinaire” Crusoe was named after Robinson Crusoe because he liked to go on adventures – and thanks to social media, you can follow along. Crusoe goes camping, kayaking, fishing and traveling. He’s even the star of a New York Times bestseller, “Crusoe: Adventures of the Weiner Dog Extraordinaire,” penned by his owner, Ryan Beauchesne.

Animal: Rescue dogs and more at The Asher House
Social media: The Asher House on Facebook and YouTube, @theasherhouse on Instagram
Lee Asher travels across the nation with his 11 rescue dogs to promote and encourage animal rescue, and he documents his journey on social media. He’s rescued dogs, cats, parrots, llamas, pigs and more. Lee’s love for all critters shines through, and you’ll definitely find an animal to fall in love with.

Animal: Bacon Bits the cat
Social media: Bacon Bits, Persian Cat on Facebook, @baconbitskitty on Instagram

To see Bacon Bits is to love her. She’s a nine-year-old black and gray smoke Persian rescue kitty who pretty much always has her tongue out. She’s adorable, and if she can’t make you smile, your soul may be broken.

Creator: Bird of the Week
Social media: @birdoftheweek on TikTok

Teacher Tom (a third-grade teacher) shares birds every week on his TikTok channel, Bird of the Week. Ever wanted to know what certain birds sound like, or what their favorite foods are? Teacher Tom will tell you. He’s covered all types of birds, including roadrunners, ravens, sparrows and more.

Animal: Bruno the “extra” cat
Social media: @theebrunobartlett on Instagram and Facebook

Bruno, a 25-pound shelter cat, took the internet by storm a few years ago. Not only is Bruno a heckin’ chonk, but he also likes to stand on his hind legs and grumble until he’s fed. Adorable, right? Totally. Bruno was quickly adopted and now has his own Instagram account, where his owner updates his weight loss journey and daily cuteness.

Animal: Bodhi, the Most Stylish Dog in the World
Social media: @mensweardog on Instagram, themensweardog on Facebook

Fashion and dogs collide on Bodhi’s Instagram account. Called “The Most Stylish Dog in the World,” this handsome good boy sports the latest designer fashions.

Animal: Teddy the Shetland Pony
Social media: @teddytheshetland on Instagram and Facebook

Teddy the Shetland Pony’s bio says he’s an “international heartbreaker” who “dabbles in modeling and womanizing,” so you know you’re in for a treat with this account. He’s made appearances at horse shows and races, and was even featured in a 14-page fashion shoot in Town & Country Magazine. Teddy also visits hospitals to cheer up patients.

Animal: Wolfie the cat
Social media: @wolfie_smiles on Instagram and WolfieSmiles on Facebook

Wolfie the cat almost looks more like a wolf – or a vampire – than a cat. His owner, Jacqueline, is part of the Friends for Life Rescue Network in Los Angeles, and Wolfie and his siblings were rescued from the streets of L.A. He only weighed a few ounces, but Jacqueline and her team gave him much-needed medical attention and fattened him up. Now, Wolfie is a healthy and happy kitty, with a fang-tastic overbite that has garnered him fans from around
the world. He’s the poster cat for the rescue network, too.

Creator: OverlySexualizedCats
Social media: @overlysexualizedcats on Instagram

Cats are sexy… right? If your cat has ever struck a pose and said, “Draw me like one of your French girls,” then this account is for you. Cat parents send in photos of their sexy felines to be featured on the Instagram page. The results are hilarious and…, well, sexy.