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The 100 Most Important Kitten Photos Of All Time

The whole internet has led up to this crucial moment.

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100. The Fashionista

Why it's important: This kitten invented normcore way before the New York Times wrote a think piece on it. She's at once punk and casual, extreme and level. She's a frickin' inspiration.

98. The Bodyguard

Why it's important: The bravery depicted in this single image embodies the ideals of humanity: selflessness, love, athleticism. Most of all, this cat was the first to break down walls with the strength of his love.

97. The Past and the Future

Why it's important: Because there's no telling which one is the cat and which is the kitten. Is it a matter of perspective? What makes a cat and what makes a kitten? There's more to it than just age — is it wisdom? This duo raises all of these questions and THAT'S what makes them so epic.

95. The Shadowboxer

Why it's important: You know story of the the apple falling on Sir Isaac Newton's head? Well, this is like that but for Plato. Yeah, that's right. This kitten is Plato right before he postulated about the "Allegory of the Cave." The shadow is his apple, the hand his gravity, and the world was never the same.

93. The Discerning Shopper

Richard Austin / Rex / Rex USA

Why It's Important: In this day and age, we're constantly being bombarded with things to buy. That's where the discerning shopper comes in: She tells you what's useless and what's useful and errs on the side of minimalism. Look at the cat leaning in, asking for advice while the kitten looks on, always an astute observer with a nose for B.S.

92. The Lifeguard

Why it's important: This kitten understands that humans cannot be left to their own devices, especially little baby human grubs supervised by an adult human. It is this kitten's job to protect this little babe and she does NOT take it lightly.

90. The Kitten Who Let You Scroll Through Her Phone

Why it's important: Everyone has made this fatal mistake: letting an untrustworthy friend look at a picture and then THEY KEEP SCROLLING. You know logically there's nothing that bad on there but WHAT IF THERE WAS ONE YOU FORGOT ABOUT?? This kitten is you. This kitten is me. This kitten is all of us, traipsing through this digital age, just trying to live.

89. The Fourth (Previously Unknown) Musketeer

Why it's important: First, the dignity in such a young chap is downright stunning. You can see in his eyes that he has seen some things. Second, he was actually the inspiration for the Three Musketeerss' facial hair and designated the "fourth" even though he was, undoubtedly, the first.

88. The Cuddlers

Why it's important: When Gustav Klimt started out painting his famous work, "The Kiss," it was actually supposed to be "The Cuddlers," featuring these cats. Unfortunately, Klimt was rotten at drawing kittens and he accidentally started creating two humans in an awkward but elegant embrace. The elegance and flow of the painting is all owed to the kitten inspiration. Anyways, Klimt never attempted to paint kittens again.

87. The Ghost Whisperer

Why it's important: This kitten learned of her powers to speak to ghosts at a young age and is a great reminder of the secret power of cats. They know things we will never understand, and for that, we must offer our utmost respect.

84. The Peanut Gallery

Why it's important: This is the committee you go before right after you die, before you're allowed past the pearly gates of scratching posts and catnip. They may be just a peanut gallery with opinions on EVERYTHING, but they are THE peanut gallery of the universe. So bow down.

83. The Scaredy Kitten

Why it's important: Because it's important to remember kittens don't always have to be the brave one. It's important they let other people be heroes for once. Just look how happy it made that dog, LOOK.

82. The Scientists

Why it's important: This kitten literally invented the Fibonacci sequence — while unable to perfectly create the spirals she speaks of in this picture, she, like the spirals, exhibits the charm and beauty those spirals depict in our world.

80. The Olivia Benson

Why it's important: One, she helped usher in the revival of "cat-lady chic" by making one of the most famous ladies on the planet an official member of the club. More than that, Olivia embodies the idea that it doesn't matter the awards you get or the money you make, the biggest award is a little kitten lookin' up at you with eyes that say, "Yo, who the hell are you?"

76. The Meditator

Why it's important: Because sometimes a horrible day is solved by closing your eyes, taking a deep breath, and remembering that you are here and you are loved.

72. The Can't-Keep-a-Surprise Kitten

Flickr: ldevreeede

Why it's important: Because "a surprise kept is no fun at all," said only this kitten, ever. Honestly, this kitten wouldn't get away with any of it if she weren't so dang cute and that's a skill in itself.

69. The Babe Magnet

Why it's important: Because some bad days can be cured by an impossibly small kitten and an excellent beard.

67. The Dreamer

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Why it's important: She stepped off a bus in Times Square with just a suitcase full of cardigans and big dreams. Moments after this photo was taken, as she sang Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York," she stepped in a puddle of human urine and a strange man asked to lick her paws. Welcome to New York, indeed, little kitty. Welcome.

62. The Contemplator

Why it's important: Sometimes when you've made a rash style decision — like, say, gotten an impromptu lion cut — you must sit and contemplate what you've done.

60. The Kitten Who Could / Via

Why it's important: We all need a little help from time to time, and this kitten got in in the form of a puppy who risked everything to save her.

59. The Concerned Kitten

Why it's important: Not just ANY concerned kitten, this is THE concerned kitten. Let's look at this kitten's perfectly positioned eyebrows, earnest eyes and open heart: He holds all of the world's bad memories, like the Giver but with more fur.

57. The Aura Specialist

Why it's important: Ah yes, the ability to get past prejudices and just read the person — THAT is what makes kittens great. Here, an aura specialist approaches this pit bull with love and an open heart, and guess what? He loved her right back.

55. The Star-Crossed Lovers

Why it's important: Because sometimes you are a pirate who falls in love with a sailor and you know in your heart that the relationship is doomed. And yet, you must hold onto that glimmer of hope because although there may be other fish in the sea, this is your fish.

54. The Wise One

Why it's important: To only speak about the perfection that is this kitten's fur would be a disservice to this kitten's sagacious wit. She is the keeper of truths; to know her is to know the complexities at the universe, big and small. Plus, she's fluffy AF.

53. The Carpool

Why it's important: It was Emily Dickenson who once said, "There is no greater happiness than floral prints, a sleeping child and A BASKET OF KITTENS, OMG IS THAT A BASKET OF KITTENS YOU HAVE FOR ME??"

50. The Bunk Bed Boys

Why it's important: This is the sleepover everyone wants to be invited to. This is THE sleepover. Everyone who didn't go to this sleepover regrets it for the rest of their life. ALSO TRIPLE BUNK BED, TRIPLE THE FUN.

46. The Ring of Fire

Why it's important: Because when the universe comes together to create a perfect moment, where cuteness is matched with the perfection of a circle, there is nothing greater. Stepping in the center transports you to a new dimension and just LOOKING at this catapults an innocent viewer to a new level of happiness.

45. The Iconic Mushroom

Instagram: @shimejiwasabi

Why it's important: Because when life gives you problems, make a little costume out of the bandage. Wasabi-Chan may no longer be with us, but she'll always be in our hearts; long live the cutest little knit mushroom this world has ever seen!

41. The One With Moxie

Why it's important: Yeah, this kitten is afraid, but being brave doesn't mean not being afraid, it means being afraid and facing those fears anyway. For the record, the two are now best of friends.

40. The Daredevil

Why it's important: Look at this Olympian: the effortless way she sits upon the poll, as if balance is a concept she herself invented. She tops off her act with a smile on her face, laughing in the face of her opponents; "I could do this in my sleep!" she screams. 10/10, a gold medal and a place on a Wheaties box for her!

39. The Bobblehead

Why it's important: Because regular bobbleheads are cool, but a kitten on your dash is unreasonably perfect. Her perfectly pointed ears, the fold of her paws, the glee on her face! This picture has it all.

36. The Charged

Why it's important:This kitten takes us back to one of our basic, most purist of needs: to be warm. She looks at us all in the face and beckons, "Do you NEED to be on your computer right now?" Be delighted in the simplicity of that warmth, be delighted in this little fluff ball, and maybe, just maybe, find some small delight in your every day.

35. The Space Creature

Why it's important: This is the first of Lil Bub's lil' Instagram pictures. Lil Bub changed the kitten game the moment she set foot on this earth. She will one day run all of humanity, and quite frankly, we're all better off for it. Long live Lil Bub!

34. The Lion King

Why it's important: This is the exact moment this cat dad was telling his cat son that "everything the light touches will one day be yours." Because when they said the meek shall inherit, they were referring to kittens.

33. The Hopeful Licker

Why it's important: Because you got to fake it til you make it. After all, one day, an ice cream cone will come to this hopeful air licker. Seriously, someone get her a dang ice cream cone already.

32. The Literal Cutest Picture of a Kitten Sleeping on a Piece of Miniature Furniture of All Time


31. The Johnny

Why it's important: In this terrifying rendition of one of the most horrifying scenes in cinematic history, we also see the importance of creating your own doors. 'Cause when's opportunity's a-knockin', you bust through that frickin' door and get yours.

30. The One Who Helped a Pit Bull Show Her True Colors

Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed BFF

Why it's important: Sometimes you need a friend to help you show the world what you're made of. In this case, a kitten made friends with a pit bull despite all of his friend's prejudiced warnings that the pup would "be mean". Instead, this kitten found a friend for life and proved the haters wrong!

29. The Cowboy

Why it's important: This kitten went across the entire United States in pursuit of a better, more adventurous future. He took a ride on that continental divide. That's right. This kitten is Lewis of Lewis and Clark.

28. The Yogi

Why it's important: This kitten invented "Yoga for Lazies," a revolutionary yoga technique where you sit in the very center of the fluffiest place in your house and stretch as far as you can. That's it. That's the whole thing.

27. The Smallest Little Fluff

Why it's important: Honestly, I doubt there has ever been a more perfect kitten in the entire world. This is the kitten you take home to mom, the kitten you want to snuggle up with, the kitten who will give you the best frickin' advice on a bad day. JUST LOOK AT HER!!

26. The Festival Champion

Why it's important: This is the festival queen, the inventor of festival fashion and festival vibes. Love her or hate her for it, there's no denying she's pretty dang cute.

24. The Direction-Giver

Why it's important: Because sometimes it's important to pull over and ask for directions, be they emotional or physical.

23. The Lookalike

Why it's important: This kitten used to be a shy little one with no confidence. This all changed once she saw Pixar's depiction of a kitten who was so athletic and wiley but who could use her kitty-cat eyes to get what she wanted. She is now top of her class and headed for big things. HUGE.

22. The Roly-Poly

Why it's important: Because sometimes, in the darkest hours of hours, it's important to remember that somewhere out there, there's a kitten rolled up, chewing on his own tail. And it's delightful.

18. The Ultimate Pocket Pal

Why it's important: She fits so snuggly, so perfectly in that little pocket, but it's nothing in comparison to that little flick of her head that says, "I AM HAVING THE BEST NAP OF MY LIIIIIIFE!" Let's all strive to be this kitten.

16. Sir Stuffington

Facebook: Sir.Stuffington

Why it's important: When Sir Stuffington graced the internet with his one-eyed presence, we got a pirate of next-level caliber: a kindhearted cutie who showed us the kind of tenacity usually reserved for much larger beasts. Sir Stuffington, we salute you.

15. The Leader

Why it's important: Because in this chaotic world, we look to those who step up and are willing to lead. We hope those leaders are ones with humility, grace, and an iron paw. This kitten is just that.

11. The Runner

Why it's important: Because part of dressing for the part you want is embodying it. This kitten is running places because she knows her mark.

5. The Refugee

This Syrian family brought their beloved cat to Greece ♡ @Refugees_Gr #Lesvos #EuropeSaysWelcome

Why it's important: This is a grand example of the love and strength humans are capable of. Despite the hardships of seeking refuge, these brave humans brought their whole family, including their kitten — because family means nobody gets left behind.

3. The Zipped-Up Traveler

Why it's important: This is a kitten who trusts their human, bestowing the greatest gift a kitten can bestow. Plus, look at those EYES!

1. The Beginning

Why it's important: This photo is important in the way that only beginnings can be. Like the Big Bang, this is the moment where it all begins: between a little girl and her kitten, meeting for the first time. Their time together will be full of adventure, heartache, naps, and snuggles. And it will all be so wonderfully beautiful.