It’s a miracle! Ceiling Cat has returned!
The original "Ceiling Cat" came to fame way back in 2006. Although the original photo was posted online as early as 2003, according to Know Your Meme, it didn’t become a viral sensation until later, when a hilarious meme sprung up.
Throughout the late 2000s and into the early 2010s, Ceiling Cat (as the meme had become known as) entered into nearly every online forum you can imagine. Entire mythologies were developed linking Ceiling Cat, Long Cat, Monorail Cat, and almost every other cat you can think of.
But like all memes, Ceiling Cat eventually faded away into obscurity. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone born after 2000 that even remembers that orange tabby peering down from the behind a hole in the roof (which was both hilarious and adorable by the way).
Ceiling Cat was all but forgotten until June 19th, 2018. On that day, Ceiling Cat was reborn.
My friend’s mum was at the animal welfare league and apparently there's a cat that lives in the ceiling pic.twitter.com/jLl84ahuZX— Emma (@CampbellxEmma) June 19, 2018
A Twitter user by the name of Emma Campbell, a 21-year-old woman from Scotland who was paying a visit to Australia, was the one who breathed new life into the once-famous meme. Her friend's mother took her to the local branch of the Animal Welfare League. It was there that she noticed a fuzzy little head poking down from the ceiling. A cat was popping through a perfectly kitty-head-shaped hole and seemed to be very curious about what was happening down on the ground. Emma snapped a few photos, posted to her Twitter account, and waited.
Within two days the post had been retweeted over 90,000 times.
In an interview with Mashable, Campbell admitted that this latest iteration of Ceiling Cat is quite mysterious. "My friend's mum doesn't have any information about it, nor does the Animal Welfare League know much about the cat either," she said. "[...] They do know that the cat gets food and pets but that's all they know.
"I was told that they leave food up for the cat when they close up their shop each day but they're not really sure where it came from," she added. "So it might just come visit for food."
It’s OK, Emma. We know exactly where Ceiling Cat comes from. Every millennial remembers ceiling cat, for we carry him with us inside our hearts for all time.
Welcome back Ceiling Cat!