22 Insta-Famous Pets You Desperately Need to Follow
There’s nothing better than opening Instagram to find your feed filled with snaps of adorable fur babies. In fact, some animal-focused accounts are more fun to follow on social media than those "run" by humans. And while we often turn to feeds like @thedogist, @bodegacatsofinstagram, and @thebabyanimals for a cute ‘gram, there are tons—and we mean tons—of pet accounts worth watching.
Whether you’re looking to follow the documented adventures of a sweater-wearing dog (or twenty), a perpetually-surprised cat, or a domestic raccoon, there are enough pets to follow until your heart’s content. But since we’ve already done a bit of the legwork for you, here are 22 accounts you should be looking at right now.
This 15-year-old Shih Tzu is an inspiration to us all. Since she was adopted from a shelter four years ago, Marnie has spent her days roaming the aisles of grocery stores, taking selfies with celebrities, and being #cultured. It’s easy to see why she’s amassed a loyal following: She’s cute, she’s funny, and she has a voice all her own. Plus, her captions will make you smile.
With over three million followers, 6-year-old Nala is a force to be reckoned with on Instagram. Adopted from a shelter when she was just a kitten, the Siamese and Tabby mix has impressively long whiskers and frequently joins her human mom on outings to the store. She also loves a good accessory, and often wears bandanas from her own collection.
Hamlet is a 3-year-old mini micro pig based in L.A., and she’s a total Hollywood junkie. Known for her obsession with watching The Real Housewives and other reality TV staples like The Bachelor, Hamlet loves to watch drama unfold—and she’s become a star in her own right. Reese Witherspoon is among those who have regrammed the pig, whose “homies” call her Hammy for short.
It’s hard to find a cooler canine than Doug. He hits up music festivals, rocks amazing costumes (i.e., Harry Potter and “Chance the Pugger”), and poses for selfies like a total boss. Having dubbed himself the “King of Pop Culture,” the pug’s posts are unmatched, and his recently-published first book was a New York Times bestseller, to boot.
Exempel, the 5-year-old mini lop rabbit, is, hands down, one of the fluffiest pets to ever hit social media. Whether he’s hopping around to music, giving high-fives for treats, or even passed out, this bunny has mastered the art of looking cute at all times.
Granted, Neville has a slight advantage to taking on the social media world since he calls Marc Jacobs “Dad.” But the bull terrier has established himself as a pup worth following on his own. He documents his life of leisure as he travels the globe, but he balances his luxe snaps with relatable posts that remind fans he’s really just a normal dog at heart.
Bub has dubbed herself a “one of a kind magical space cat,” and a scroll through her feed supports that claim. The wide-eyed kitty was born with an array of genetic abnormalities that will keep her looking forever kitten-like, including a case of dwarfism, extra toes, osteopetrosis, and a lack of teeth that makes her tongue constantly visible. Despite her physical challenges, Bub is a healthy feline with a sweet face and a positive attitude—or, rather, cattitude.
@toastmeetsworld, @muppetsrevenge, and @underpantsthedog
While Toast, Muppet, and Pants each have their own account, we’re grouping the sister trio together since they constantly appear in each other’s posts. The puppy mill rescues reign supreme on social media, which isn’t surprising since they belong to @the12ishstyle blogger, Katie Sturino, and @thefatjewish, Josh Ostrovsky. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescues Toast and Muppet acquired their newest sibling, Japanese Chin rescue Pants, over a year ago—and they’ve been serving up major #squadgoals ever since.
Pumpkin is no average raccoon. Rescued by a human family in the Bahamas when she was young, Pumpkin quickly adapted to domestic life—and bonded with her two canine siblings. She spends most of her time snuggling with the dogs, scouring the kitchen for snacks, and curling up on the couch.
The 5-year-old Frenchie prides himself on charity work, supporting multiple animal rescue organizations and encouraging his followers to give back, too. Of course, so many philanthropic efforts can tire a pup out—which is likely why Manny frequently shares photos of himself, mid-nap (and often snuggled up next to his little brother, Frank).
Another New York Times bestseller, Crusoe “the celebrity Dachshund” has a larger-than-life personality. He’s channeled his inner Carrie Bradshaw with a blonde curled wig, cruised the bar scene looking for babes, and even tried his paws at knitting—all of which made for hilarious ‘grams. There’s nothing this self-described “Wiener Dog Extroardinaire” is afraid to tackle, and we love him for it.
Mr. Bagel the Chinchilla likes naps and treats—but most importantly, he knows the true value of a good photo prop. From mini bicycles and party hats to tiny shopping carts and furniture, this chinchilla can make any old object look downright cute when posing for his ‘grams. Also worth noting: he’s a total pro at winking.
The account that initially followed the adventures of Harlow, a Weimaraner, and her sister Sage, a Miniature Dachshund, has continued on following Sage’s passing in 2013. Now, Harlow has new sisters by her side: Indiana and Reese, both Miniature Dachshunds. The trio does everything together, from taking cuddly group naps to posing in matching accessories. Their bond is undeniable, and we can’t seem to get enough.
Venus the “Two Face Cat” has garnered plenty of attention thanks to her unusual half-black, half-orange face split right down the center. With one green eye and one blue, the famous feline knows how to work her striking angles for a close-up—and she does it well.
Arguably the most fashion-forward animal on Instagram, Bodhi—aka Menswear Dog—doesn’t mess around when it comes to style. Whether he’s chilling at home in a comfy sweater or decked out in a tux for a night out, the Shiba Inu is canine chic, 24/7. His accessories game is on point, too, ranging from sunglasses and fedoras to bandanas and bowties. Bodhi never wears the same look twice, which keeps us coming back for more.
Human mom Molly documents the adorable adventures of English Angora rabbits Wally and Suki on their Instagram account. From snacking on carrots and celery to jumping, stretching, and purring, each activity that the impressively photogenic duo takes on is worth a watch—and their slow-mo videos are unmatched.
Perhaps the most floppy-eared Insta-famous dog, 2-year-old Basset Hound Dean is mostly focused on thinking about his next meal. He doesn’t hide his emotions (especially during bath time), and many of his posts could make for prime #mood meme fodder. It’s hard to scroll through Dean’s feed without wanting to scoop him up in a giant hug.
Over the past two years, Lionel the hedgehog has won our hearts. Whether he’s celebrating Tongue Out Tuesday or curled up in a ball in his owner’s hand for a selfie, the spiky little guy always looks friendly and ready for a good time. And did we mention that his posing skills rival those of the top models? See here for proof.
Jack, a Brazil-based cockatiel, describes himself as “lovable and curious” in his Instagram bio—and a quick look through his photos proves that to be true. He’s constantly trying new things to show his followers that he can do it all, from skateboarding to soccer and everything in between.