Introduction: How to Make LOLCats, Meme Cats, Cat Macros, or Cat Pictures With Funny Captions

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I've been reading the internet for a while, trying to finish it. I haven't done so yet, but I *have* determined, through rigorous, scientific, statistical sampling that the internet is 35.4% cat, within a 2% margin of error.

One of the more popular forms of cat on the internet, along with cat blogs, stuff on my cat, cats in sinks, cat vlogs, cat podcasts, and cat twitter, is LOLCats, also known as LOL cats, meme cats, cat macros, and I can has cheezburger cats.

For me, it all started with lime cat, but I'm sure the roots go deeper, to some sort of paleolithic cat wall carving.

Step 1: Acquire Cat Images

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Given the aforementioned 35.4% cat composition of the interwebs, there really is no shortage of cat imagery. But flickr is always a great source of creative commons pictures.

Step 2: Find the Right Picture

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With so many cat pictures to choose from, finding the right cat picture can be tough.

It might take some time, but you need to find something that makes you say, "Damn. That's some funny-ass cat right there."

Step 3: Edit Your Cat

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Copy your cat into your favorite graphic editor. Here I'm using GIMP, because it's free.

Step 4: Caption Your Cat

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Next you'll need to add a caption to your cat. But what should your cat say?

Well, there's a great analysis of LOLCat speak, here, but this is why the picture has to inspire you.

LOLCat vocabulary does have certain highly frequent memes and words, including: "I'M", "IN", "UR" (your), "INVISIBLE", "HAS" (have), "MAH" (my), "HAI", (hi) and "BUCKET". These are then combined into forms like "IM IN UR FRIDGE, EATING UR FOODS", or "INVISIBLE BICYCLE."

In this case, I saw jumping. I saw bright colors. I saw an attack. I saw.... INVISIBLE PINATA!

Generally LOLCats type in white and in all caps, but there's no fixed rule.

Step 5: Feed the Need....the Need for LOLCats

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Meme cats has quite a few cats, as does i can has cheezburger. If you want, there's even the LOLCat generator.

But feel free to diversify.

Original images by Lester of Puppets, raindog, and JnL.


Freighter (author)2010-12-16

There are lots of sites that will do this for you...

Tom Buckey (author)2009-07-23

these are my attempts

Tom Buckey (author)Tom Buckey2009-07-23

sorry here they are

iLikeCoolStuf (author)2009-07-22

wat about lolporn?

ghiiirocker1 (author)2009-06-22

dont forget "u eated my cheezeburger?"

naruto the ninja13 (author)2009-06-15

thats a cat? this site meeses up text drawing

reusesave (author)2009-06-04

im not sure about cats but i did do a dog here it is

golfer12345 (author)2008-06-09

da i made this one

poop11346 (author)golfer123452009-04-28


poop11346 (author)2009-04-28


supercoolio (author)2008-04-06

I must say, a very good approach. A very good way to make LOLcats is to go to they have a lolbuilder, with TONS of hilarious picture to choose from. They also have some dog pictures.

Curious47 (author)2007-06-07

I am a cat person and I really like your ideas. I look forward to trying them out.

btop (author)Curious472008-04-05

Ahhh! The invasion of cat people has begun!

Juklop (author)2007-09-05

You used the wrong text.

Gamernotnerd (author)Juklop2008-04-03


nagutron (author)2007-06-06

This Instructable will also help you create LOLCOPZ, of which this one is a particularly fine example:

PSPerson (author)nagutron2007-11-12


jakee117 (author)2007-08-25

funny kitty

Crash2108 (author)2007-06-05

So you steal images and act like a 12 year old?

funwithfire325 (author)Crash21082007-08-07

lol your jealos

Aeshir (author)Crash21082007-06-05

Yeah, and he does a great job of it too! :D

hack124x768 (author)Aeshir2007-06-06

Its not stealing if they give them away. I share all of mine under the CC-attribution-noncommercial license. That means you can do whatever you want with them, as long as I get credit for the original, and you don't sell it.

dianaw (author)hack124x7682007-08-02

Love this. very fun!

Aeshir (author)hack124x7682007-06-07

I was kidding. :P

dianaw (author)Aeshir2007-08-02

thank goodness for that! has me smiling after a day from hell.

tomonto (author)2007-07-06

Jun 5, 2007. 9:43 AMCrash2108says:
So you steal images and act like a 12 year old?

ahhhhh...the american dream.

FreakCitySF (author)2007-06-21

It's Caturday! (google image search it)

thewaronandrew (author)2007-06-16

I am a firm believer that the internet was made for pictures of cats.

Ora (author)2007-06-05


ac1D (author)2007-06-05

okay man.. you stole a COPYRIGHTED IMAGES, edited it, acited like a noob, and.. publish it without even a credit ? D I E

jeffreyf (author)ac1D2007-06-05

While I appreciate your stalwart defense of the hapless denizens of flicker-dom, your comment was neither positive nor helpful. Please note step 1, where I specifically search for creative commons licensed images. To be fair, I did forget to check the second box on flickr advanced search, which limits the search to people allowing derivative works, not just republication, and should have posted links to the original pictures. I have thus updated the Instructable with original image credits. P.S. I believe it's n00b.

WesDoesStuff (author)2007-06-05

Good instructable! MOAR!

Fenwick (author)2007-06-05

noes he be stealin my bucket!

carbon (author)2007-06-05

I've always thought that "Impact" was the official font for the lolcat community...

randofo (author)2007-06-05


pachanka (author)2007-06-05

May we all be twelve and enjoy it.... check out some of mine :)

Mitten (author)2007-06-05

Shoop da whoop?

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