Recently, on the morning show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael", the talk show hosts made mention of the staggering amount of money made by a certain particular feline-friend-turned-internet-sensation (See #3 below).
The money made by this cat, in a fairly short time frame, is more than most people can even fathom!
If you have any pulse on popular culture at all, you have likely already guessed just who this insanely popular cat is.
What you may not know, however, is that THAT cat isn't necessarily the only cat to have ever realized a level of riches and fame that would make some HUMAN celebrities cower with amazement.
Below are 5 cats who, along with their owners, are earning much more than most of us will ever earn!
In mid-May 2014, this California resident cat came to the rescue of 4-year old Jeremy Triantafilo, who was just attempting to ride his bike when a neighborhood dog viciously attacked his leg. Not particularly interested in allowing such a violent act to occur, you can see Tara passionately dart from the right side of this video to drive the unsuspecting predator away.
Tara's actions that day were certainly brave, courageous, and downright heroic. As a result, her popularity literally catapulted.
Not only was she the star of the first ever YouTube video to earn 20 million views in 5 days, but her public appearances have garnered anywhere from $55,600-$463,700 a piece!
But, what came of the dog?
After much heated sentiment arising and exchanged after the incident, this dog--otherwise known as "Scrappy"--was euthenized ("put down") less than 2 weeks later. (The incident occurred on May 13th, 2014, and he was euthenized on May 24th, 2014.)
With nearly 50,000,000 views on their conversing cat video, and rumors of earnings of generally between $8,500-$70,700 a month, their rise to fame has been truly remarkable!
Indeed, she has become almost as much of a permanent fixture to popular culture as Disney's movie "Frozen" has become.
What has ensued, for Grumpy Cat (and her owner, Tabatha Bundesen), has been an illustrious--and lucrative-- career. With an agent, and now a movie deal, various internet websites have tracked Grumpy Cat's rapid realization of enormous riches.
It is said that, as of December 2014, Grumpy Cat has now made in excess of $100,000,000!
I can't imagine that her earnings would be quite as staggering had she maintained her real name "Tardar Sauce".
Indeed, the views on his owner's videos indicate that people, the world over, have absolutely fallen in love with the quirky creativity of Maru.
It is estimated that these videos earn Maru's owner nearly $21,800-$181,600 per month!
With only generally a cardboard box, serving as a prop in his videos, this is truly an incredibly low budget video endeavor, indeed.
Though I'd love to say that this cat was conducting this musical feat all on his own, the truth is that Fatso's arms were being manipulated, by his owner, underneath the baby blue garment he was wearing.
Even still, though Fatso did sadly pass way in 1987, he has still managed to earn his owners roughly $21,100-$175,800 a month!