For decades, internet users have turned to cats to provide them some reprieve from social problems and their personal troubles. In the beginning, there was longcat, Caturday, and That Fucking Cat. Then, there were cheezburgers, Maru, keyboard cats, nyan, and so on—the list is endless, and the sheer quantity of shared cat material online suggests that they may have been the engine that launched meme culture out of the orbit of sites like 4chan and onto the general internet.
This is the reality we now live in, in which one can purchase cat meme books at Spencer’s Gifts and easily follow any number of cat accounts on Twitter.
Surely, then, cat content has run its course? Surely we, as a culture, have moved on to newer and stranger forms of humour? Surely all social media accounts dedicated to people’s cats are the same?
Wrong, wrong, and wrong. One word: peepee.
I onestly am such a dorling . pic.twitter.com/VlA6ol4AA5
— peepee the cat (@peepeeplayhouse) September 27, 2018
peepee the cat has been on Twitter for several months, but until recently, remained mostly a cult account. After a few posts on the platform blew up, his followers grew to several thousand. And it is his account—you won’t hear from his dad, mom, or anyone else—just peepee’s thoughts, and of course a lot of pictures of him. It’s a charming, cute little place that lives up to its “playhouse” username.
Earlier this month, peepee kindly granted VRV an exclusive interview in which he discusses his origins, his philosophy, and his friends. Enjoy.
peepee the cat: Hello Than’k You fore yoare Tweat . I Hoape yuo are haveing a gode day
VRV: Hi peepee, and thanks for agreeing to this interview! To start I’d like to ask a little about your background. How old are you? How did you meet your dad?
pp: Ime a litle embearast by This but. Along Time ago a oald ladie found me snifing around a garbige Dumpstre . I wase alone and didant have a mom or dade so she brote me too her animle Doctre.
My Grand-MA wase a animle Doctre who workt their. She fond out i had no parentse and also i have FIV., Becose of thise she wase so woriedt no body woude want too give Me a Hoame.
BUT my Dade was wonting a litle cat at the tiame. So they came in too meat me and they loaved me :-) . I wasent sure At First bte noaw i gues their OKay
When the oald ladie brote me Too the doctre she named me “Puddy””. Isant that funey
Hear’s One off the first pic’s of me My Dad Took . I forgote how oald i ame. But My dade think’s i wase around 1 wen we met. So that mean’s ime around 7 year’s oald now !!!!!
VRV: And when did you decide to start your playhouse online?
pp: it was Oanly a cuple mumfs ago . My Dad was saying “PeePeee i have to maney pic’s of You . WHair do i put them’ all. ” and wel im veary Tockative. i Have Lotse of thotes in my litle brain . so I said “Dad i wude like too try Out Bloging . I cane put my litle thotes down and i will Poast my Picshures so their all In One Plase for yuo and all my ,frendse too loke at “.
and they said;’ “OKay PeePEe.” But Doant worey ime folowing the rulse. Ime being veary carful too play On the intre-net Safely .
VRV: That’s good! It’s important to be safe online. What’s been your favorite thing about having a little blog?
pp: woll at first I wase just haveing Lotse of fun bloging on my owne. B ut Noaw alot of peple can see My Poasts and their all veary nice too me. . i Loave when peple say ” Hi Pee pee I hoape you Have a gode day” too me or they woll say “Gode WOrk Peepee:” wen i am doing a gode job ,. Or theil say nice complimemse too me thate i Nevre thoute of before .And I Think That’s Just Grate .
Ime just a litle guy . but it makse me hapey when evary one has fune On My Page
My Dad redse me all the nice Tweats i get. So i get lotse of Atenshun :-)
i wasen’t sure Aboute this litle bed my dad got me at firsts but. Boy o boy it is eaven Soafter than i ame. I Sleapt in it aboute a Humdred timse too day ,…… i cante wate fore my next Nap pic.twitter.com/zbf7GVn3Ps
— peepee the cat (@peepeeplayhouse) September 21, 2018
VRV: I’m glad it’s been a good experience for you. Now, I know you get into trouble sometimes. I was wondering, what do you do when you get sad or upset like when you drink some water you weren’t supposed to?
pp: O Boye. Woll you see. Itse my persomal ruale too drink All the watre that isant mine . Im Veary Seriouse about ite. it just taistes betre that way
So wen i here a glase of Watre being poared………….. I Jsut Cant Healp My Self . i go too Drink it as faste as i can.
Naturely my dad get’s cross woth me . but i dont let it bothre me :-) ime hapey wen i drink Watre
but I Do Get grumpie some time’s. like if i get my Pawe stept on . and when i Get Gumpie i hafe too go powt undre the table. I Eaven keep my favorite toye undre their so it’s their wen i nead to go powt.
But wen that hapen’s my Dad Says Sory and i get a lot of Pat’s . so I Am Nevre Too Grimpie For Long :-)
Theas are some raire pic’s of me and my Dad . …………………………………………………… JUST KITTING ! My Dad Is not that litle. :-) Just a joake pic.twitter.com/6J4YN4ygvt
— peepee the cat (@peepeeplayhouse) October 8, 2018
VRV: To wrap things up, here’s my last question: you have so many friends online now, so if you could say one thing to them all what would it be?
pp: Humm. Woll othre litle guys like me That Have FIV doant find hoames as easily becose we cante be arond othre cats and we can get prety sick . But i woude say if ure loking for a litle guy or gal too be frend’s with. not too undre emstimate us becaose some off us can be Prety Coal :-)
and i woude want too say Thank’s Evary One for likeing my page . Ime alwayse being veary cute so i will alwayse be poasting as much as i can :-)
Opse that’s too things. my Misteak