Maybe he’s a com-mew-nist – internet goes crazy for Meowseph Stalin
A cat with a moustache that makes him look like STALIN has gone viral on the internet.
Meowseph Stalin lives in Oslo, Norway, with his 23-year-old owner Anne Sofie, who is studying Japanese at the University of Oslo.
Anne got Stalin, along with his friend Durin, as kittens in July last year after she fell in love with his moustache.
But on closer inspection Anne and her boyfriend Dan realised that their kitten looking like the dictator Joseph Stalin, and promptly gave him his name.
Now the adorable cat has taken the internet by storm, with over 8,000 followers on Instagram and his own clothing line.
Anne said: “I just started the Instagram account for my own entertainment, adding captions that I thought were funny – it turned out to be just as funny for my followers as well.
“I found Stalin at this Norwegian website in May 2013 when I was studying in Japan. I completely fell for his adorable face and moustache.
“In the pictures I got from the owners at the time, he always had a really smug, distinguished face that charmed me to death.
“Naturally I instantly thought about the ‘Cats that look like Hitler’ website, but didn’t feel like the mustache was quite right to call him Kitler, so I sat down and tried to find famous people with a similar moustache, and ended up with giving him the name Meowseph Stalin.”
Anne had been cat-crazy since the age of 14 when she persuaded her parents to take in an abandoned, starved kitten she found outside.
Her love for everything feline grew while she was a student in Japan for a year and a half.
She said: “I realised just how much better life is with cats – they just make life easier.
“I was able to reserve Stalin and his buddy Durin until I got home from Japan, which happened to be when Stalin was old enough to leave his mother.
“When we got him home he turned out be a real asshole doing all kinds of things we didn’t want him to; stealing food off the kitchen counter, and tearing down and breaking our stuff.
“I have a framed photo of my deceased mother high up on a shelf which he managed to tear down and break, so it appears he has no compassion – suitable to his name.
“Now he is a bit more grown up and luckily isn’t as wild as before. He’s really turned into a cuddle bug that loves his treats.”
Anne started the Instagram page out of boredom and to try something new.
She never expected the account to be so popular, as it now has over 8,000 followers.
Anne said: “I never had my own Instagram account, so this was the first time I had tried it.
“I then started a Facebook page and have since met a lot of other wonderful pet owners who make pages for their pets.
“It seems like the world consists of a lot of fellow crazy cat ladies (and gentlemen).
“I also remember Dan asking me in the beginning how many followers I hoped to get on Instagram, and I answered with ‘it would be fun if we could get 1,000’.
“We are selling sweatshirts with his face on and it doesn’t look like the number of followers will stop growing any time soon.
“I have also made an Instagram account for our other cat Durin, @durinthecat. I felt kind of bad not getting him any attention when Stalin got so much glory.”
Although Stalin has calmed down since he was a kitten, Anne says he still knows he is the boss of the household.
She said: “He will run after us and attack our toes, as well as attacking our faces and hair when we bend over to stroke him. He’s a real character.
“We have had some comments from people saying we’re terrible people for giving him this name and making joke about it.
“Of course we have never meant to insult anybody by naming our cat Stalin. We’re not exactly the first people to name their cat after a terrible dictator, and mean no harm with parodying Stalin.
“We just try to brighten up people’s Instagram and Facebook feeds by making people laugh at our silly cat and his captions.”