Meet Sam: an adorable cat who has gone viral because of his unique eyebrows.
Sam lives with his mom Amanda in New York City. Sam came into Amanda’s life back in March 2012. One day that month, Amanda noticed a white cat with distinctive black marking above his eyes wandering around the neighborhood. There were a few stray cats in Amanda’s neighborhood, but she’d never seen this cat before.
Amanda and her neighbors tried to feed the cat, but he refused to eat. He also wouldn’t interact with the other stray cats.
Amanda was worried that the cat was injured, so she decided to take him home. She brought him over to the vet, where she learned he had most likely been abandoned.
“It was on our first vet visit that we learned that he had likely been abandoned because he was already neutered and had no calluses on his paw pads,” Amanda wrote on Sam’s website.
Amanda and her boyfriend decided to name the cat Sam after Andy Warhol’s cat. They originally planned to foster Sam while they looked for a forever home for him. But by October 2012, they still hadn’t found the right home for him. They had also fallen in love with Sam, and so they decided to officially adopt him!
Amanda started an Instagram account for Sam in October 2012. She naturally named it after his distinctive eyebrows.
Photos of Sam and his unique eyebrows quickly went viral, and soon, Sam’s Instagram account had over 200,000 followers!
Sam has been featured in magazines and newspapers all over the world, but Amanda says that fame hasn’t gone to Sam’s head.
“When Sam isn’t being an Internet star, he’s still a pretty unique cat. His favorite pastimes are eating tomatoes, hiding on top of the refrigerator, and getting you to run around the house to play with him,” Amanda said.
After becoming internet famous, Sam started getting invited to more and more events. Amanda always makes sure to put Sam’s needs first when it comes to these events.
In a feature about internet-famous cats, Amanda told Meow Quarterly that she and Sam were supposed to fly to South by Southwest one year. When they got to the airport, Sam was clearly anxious and upset. And so, Amanda and Sam turned around and went right back home.
Sam has now been with Amanda for seven years, and he’s doing great!
Amanda still regularly updates Sam’s Instagram page with a photo of the cute kitty. He spends his time hanging out with his mom and looking out the window at the squirrels that frequent his neighborhood. This sweet cat has a great life!
Sam is an adorable cat with some truly unique fur markings. If you want to learn more about Sam, check out his Instagram page.
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