To make everybody’s Friday better, Twitter user @ellle_em started an awesome, wholesome trend: asking cat owners to post a picture of their cat right after adoption next to a recent photo so everyone could see the “cat glow up.”
HEY TWITTER PEOPLE WITH CATS!— Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) July 26, 2019
Reply to this with a photo of your cat when you first brought them home and a photo of your cat RIGHT NOW (or you know….as recently as possible) so we can see how much they've changed (or….not changed?)
Use the hashtag #CatGlowUp
A “glow up” is a change for the better in style or confidence. Since it’s become a well-known meme, usually with before-and-after makeover pictures and photos of people at different ages, why not apply it to cats?
To kick it off, Elle started with pictures of their own adorable furballs.
#CatGlowUp Liberty as a smol (2012) and now as a not-so-smol pic.twitter.com/UMlbG6ILkS— Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) July 26, 2019
Babby Wooloo is in the midst of an extreme #CatGlowUp pic.twitter.com/OdAPLxkdgh— Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) July 26, 2019
Not pictured: all the other abandoned street cats Elle takes in.
Hey while you're here! I live in Spain and I take in abandoned/unwanted cats and try to find families for them. If you're able, please consider taking a look at my wishlist for Cat Stuff!https://t.co/IHUAGN1Eev— Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) July 26, 2019
The ‘Cat Glow Up’ meme goes viral
Some hours later, Twitter user @CAwkard got ahold of the hashtag and tipped it into virality.
In the thread, some cats had sad backstories, which made their glow ups even more heartwarming.
As a kitten, Kilter caught an eye infection before his eyes were even open. He has grown up to be a very handsome #pirate cat. #CatGlowUp pic.twitter.com/3P4r4Nuq0s— Tiasha J. García (@storyteaching) July 26, 2019
#CatGlowUP Here's our little runt lady Gloria Allred. First pic is the day after we pulled her and 7 other kittens from a junk heap. Second is her yesterday inspecting my goodies from a community cat conference! pic.twitter.com/01wNEbAQRy— Derek & Chelsea (@makeatxhome) July 26, 2019
It’s good to see that, even with his spectacular cat glow up, Mr. Ping has stayed true to his roots: He’s still furious.
Mr. Ping on adoption day vs now— shon (@figfugue) July 26, 2019
if this isn't a #CatGlowUp idk what is pic.twitter.com/tOOXZjanFz
Even the ones who started out as adorable kittens blossomed into beautiful cats.
Raja. #CatGlowUp pic.twitter.com/Nhr5wm82DM— Ethical Atheist (@FarmerG_Paradox) July 26, 2019
#CatGlowUp Mabel & Dipper then and now pic.twitter.com/GViD2WTAS9— Scrambled Still (@ScrambledStill) July 26, 2019
This story is particularly heartwarming:
Fun fact when Mabel was little my dad once cried when she looked at him bc she was so cute pic.twitter.com/1p7IV68nwg— Scrambled Still (@ScrambledStill) July 26, 2019
While we’re here, let’s send some extra love to black kitties, since they are less likely to be adopted than cats of other colors.
Phyllis then (tiny, shy) vs now (small prowling black panther) #CatGlowUp pic.twitter.com/Bwj9PIKmke— Nicholas (@nickwpreston) July 26, 2019
Some cat glow ups involve fashion!
Well #CatGlowUp certainly is a fun # for the day. pic.twitter.com/ae7lwF1qSZ— Cat Cosplay (@Cat_Cosplay) July 26, 2019
This person is a hero, and her boy’s a little fighter.
Kaiden was dumped at a shelter because of his ears, and was dying of a respiratory infection. They told me over and over not to adopt him because he was dying. I didn’t listen. #CatGlowUp pic.twitter.com/juATbNYqHh— Sarah Bethe (@Lady_Macbethe) July 26, 2019
As you can see, giants walk among us.
#CatGlowUp— Big Soap (@soapachu) July 26, 2019
The day we brought Titian home vs now. He got bigger. pic.twitter.com/1Njz9TQh0Q
Since the world is on fire right now, physically as well as metaphorically, take some time to look at these cat glow ups. It’s self-care!
Our Katyusha, who has been with us for almost 2 weeks. #CatGlowUp pic.twitter.com/i7xs9H6NPA— Fried Phish. (@friedphishes) July 26, 2019
They were only supposed to stay here for a couple of weeks until the shelter had more room, but here we are five years later #CatGlowUp pic.twitter.com/G72I16zmNp— Are (@Zealuu) July 26, 2019
This post has been updated for relevance.
Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Elle’s Twitter handle and referred to Elle with incorrect pronouns. Elle’s handle is @ellle_em, and the pronouns have been updated.
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