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Score one for cats.

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin February 19, 2013 07:50 AM

In a month that seems it's gone to the dogs, it's nice to hear a story about cats. Yes, between the Puppy Bowl, Westminster Dog Show (by the way, shout out to Banana Joe - that face is just too cute) and the recent announcement by the Marines of a new canine mascot, cats can get lost in the February shuffle. But not this year. No, cats came back with a vengeance to reclaim February as their own.

Earlier in the month, Monopoly announced it was retiring one of its game pieces: the iron. And what did America vote to replace it? Drum roll please...a cat. Now the Scottie dog and the cat can live in harmony next to a battleship, car, thimble, wheelbarrow, top hat and a shoe. In fact, the cat Monopoly piece beat out a diamond ring, a robot, a helicopter and a guitar to get inside the Monopoly box. Because when one thinks luxury, they think of cats. Damn those Fancy Feast commercials.

But are you surprised? As someone who works in social media and SEO, I'm not. The Internet has shown its love for cats for years. Do this experiment: share a photo of a cute puppy on your Twitter feed. Two hours later, share a cute kitten. Guaranteed: the kitten will get more retweets. Why? The Internet loves cats.

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