Animals with special needs are just as worthy of our love and care than any other. Many pet owners have taken to social media to document the lives of their pets with special needs, showing that a disability isn’t a death sentence. Their inspiring stories (and adorable faces) are what make them so popular on social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok.
Today, our pets are up there with some of the biggest social media stars. To celebrate these inspiring animals and their amazing owners, we have done some research to reveal the most followed special needs pets on Instagram and TikTok. The full results and the details of their accounts are below!
Top 5 Most Followed Special Needs Pets on Instagram
- Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat, 2.5M followers)
With over 2.5 million Instagram followers, Grumpy Cat is now a household name and officially one of the most influential cats of all time. A combination of her underbite and feline dwarfism caused her to have a permanently grumpy expression, and hence the name was born. She was much loved by her online fans throughout her life and was mourned by many across the world on her death in 2019. Thanks to Tabatha Bundesen, we will never forget the impact Grumpy Cat had on the internet world!
- Lil Bub (@iamlilbub, 2.4M followers)
Lil Bub was a much-loved American internet star owner adopted by Mike Bridavsky. She was the runt of her litter and born with several genetic mutations and an extreme form of feline dwarfism. This caused her limbs and lower jaw to be significantly smaller than the rest of her body. This meant that her tongue permanently stuck out of her mouth, creating her recognisable appearance. Although she passed away in 2019, she still has many fans who celebrate her life and adorableness online.
- Tuna (@tunameltsmyheart, 2.1M followers)
A Chihuahua Dachshund crossbreed, Tuna was originally abandoned by his owner before being adopted by Courtney Dasher. His amazing owner has since used Tuna’s large following to promote animal welfare and raise money for animal rescue groups. Tuna has an exaggerated overbite, recessed jaw and a shrivel neck. His Instagram account celebrates animals with physical differences, showing they are just as cute and worthy of love as any other animal.
- Marnie (@marniethedog, 1.7M followers)
Marnie was a rescue Shih Tzu owned by Shirley Braha. During her lifetime, Marine acquired a large social media following on Instagram and Twitter. She was known for her permanent head tilt to the left and her sticking-out tongue, which she developed as a result of vestibular disease. Before she was adopted, Marnie experienced some health problems including decaying teeth, partial visual impairment in her left eye, and partial hearing impairment. Because of Marnie’s health problems, Braha did not expect her to survive longer than a couple of weeks. Luckily, Marnie went on to have a happy life with her loving owner, and developed a huge social media following along the way!
- Smush (@smushofficial, 662K followers)
Smush is a gorgeous rescue cat who was found on the street and turned into a vet school in 2017. Although he was very sick, a vet student took him home and saved him from being euthanized. After loving care, he gradually grew better and a few years later was adopted by a family of animal-lovers who post photos of the adorable Smush on Instagram. With a following of 662K, it’s safe to safe Smush has gone on to inspire many after his amazing recovery.