Cat videos have been taking the internet by storm for as long as they have existed. From Grumpy Cat to Tater Tot, society just can’t seem to function without the help of a furry friend to obsess over. After Tater Tot’s sudden death Tick tock had a tragic vacancy in the cat obsession department.
Until recently Wisp came onto the scene.
Who is Wisp the cat and why is he so popular on TikTok?
Wisp is a fluffy white rescue cat fostered at Rags to Riches Animal Rescue. The account had created daily videos about Wisp’s care. They make videos showing the kitten being fed, playing, and meowing at its caregivers.
Viewers are naturally captivated by Wisp, giving it hundreds of thousands of views. Commentators are already linking Wisp to the recently deceased rescue kitten Tater Tot. Others compare Wisp’s tiny and fluffy demeanor to an adorable used tissue and say the mere sight of it made them burst into tears. “I don’t want to be dramatic, but I would die for him,” one user chimed in.
How do viewers describe Wisp the cat?
Many viewers used the word “skrunkly” to describe the cat, a word that the account holders were apparently unfamiliar with. It is often used to describe worn but adorable animals on For You pages. The word is only used to affectionately refer to an eccentric but lovable animal – similar to Wisp – and any other pathetically lovable animal on the internet.
Despite being tiny, Wisp is very vocal, meowing at her handlers to demand more food or more nose scratching. Rags to Riches wasn’t afraid to tell their audience that their page might as well be a Wisp fan account and not a TikTok page for their animal rescue center.
What is Riches to Riches and how can people help cats like Wisp?
According to the ASPCA6 million other pets like Wisp enter animal shelters every year. And only 4 million of these pets are adopted each year. Many of these shelters are severely underfunded, resulting in more than 900,000 of them being euthanized each year. Most animal shelters – like Rags to Riches – accept donations to house and care for rescued animals like Wisp.
The Rags to Riches Animal Shelter is accepting donations to support the recovery of Wisp and other animals. Her page already has more than 100,000 avid followers who support the shelter and enjoy all of the kitten content.
If you ever need a pick-me-up yourself – and miss the classic days of cat internet content – be sure to check out her site and enjoy the sweetness and filthiness of Wisp.