Meet Smudge Lord, The Cat Behind Everyone’s Favorite Viral Meme

The “woman yelling at a cat” meme is so iconic that it has its own Wikipedia page, and you don’t even have to see it to know what we’re talking about. If you’ve ever wondered who’s the confused cat from that viral image, his name is Smudge Lord, and he’s living his best life with his owner in Canada.

Smudge was adopted by Miranda Stillabower in 2015, and he was already an adult cat when he came into her life. She already had two grown cats at the time and wanted to adopt a kitten, but she couldn’t resist Smudge’s charm even though he hasn’t the tiny kitty he expected him to be after seeing his adoption ad on Facebook.

Smudge always enjoyed sitting at a dinner table and he would get upset if he doesn’t have his own seat. His viral photo was taken after one guest left a chair that had salad in front of it, and Smudge looked at it with a confused look on his face.

“I posted it online on Tumblr because I thought it was a funny picture, and I added “I no like vegetals” to mimic some of the earlier cat memes I had seen… I forgot the picture was there actually and at some point, it became viral on Tumblr for a short period,” Stillabower told Know Your Meme.

Someone eventually decided to combine Smudge’s photo with a scene from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills featuring Taylor Armstrong. The combo of these two images went down in history as one of the most hilarious memes ever, and catapulted Smudge to viral fame, with 1.6 million Instagram followers and counting.