The Ultimate Cats with Sunglasses and Wine Memes

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Funny cat memes, especially cats with sunglasses, make us humans happy. Read on for some of our favorite cats with sunglasses—and wine—memes.

We all love a good cat meme. And a meme of a cat with sunglasses and wine? Irresistible. There has been a slew of hilarious cat memes doing the rounds recently, and we look at some of the best of them—and why we love them so much.

Stepan the Cat

The most well-known cat with wine meme is Stepan the Cat. You may have seen him with sunglasses superimposed onto his cute, furry little face. In this meme, the famous Stepan, a tabby cat, has his elbow on the counter, contemplating a glass of red wine.


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Stepan hails from Kharkiv, Ukraine, and his owner started posting videos of him on TikTok in 2020, rapidly racking up millions of views. The cat went viral in 2021, with a video of the puss sitting on a table looking at a pizza. Following this was a hilarious stream of videos of Stepan with various food and drink items, including the now-celebrated glass of red wine.

Stepan has a huge following on TikTok and Insta, with Britney Spears recently sharing one of his videos on the latter platform. Following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war, fans became concerned for Stepan and his human’s safety due to the shelling of Kharkiv. As of mid-March 2022, the pair had made it to safety in France, and by September of the same year, Stepan’s Instagram page had helped to raise nearly 15,000€ ($16,059) in humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

More Hilarious Cat with Sunglasses and Wine Memes

Nothing quite hits the funny bone like a great meme of a cat wearing sunglasses with a bottle of wine—and luckily, there is no shortage of them online. There’s the ginger cat wearing aviator shades, chilling out on its back with an empty bottle of vin rouge under its front paw. Or the cute gray cat in specs looking quizzically at a glass of merlot—putting a whole new spin on the term ‘cat eye glasses’—with the text ‘Which is better with red wine? Gerbil or Budgie?’

Cat eye glasses are a popular style and the cat memes make a fun play on words. Photo by Melih Evren Burus via iStock by Getty Images

Many people will connect with the meme showing a bleary-eyed feline with a mostly empty glass of wine alongside the words ‘How I will deal with summer vacation.’

We all love a cat with glasses meme. Photo by Raoul Droog on Unsplash

Why Are Cat Memes So Popular?

But what is it about cat memes that make them so irresistible? They’re easily some of the most popular memes on the internet, and we never get bored of them. An important reason for this is that such images tend to generate an emotional response in the audience—often a mixture of hilarity and warmth. Cats are cute and prone to doing funny things: a powerful double threat in the meme world.

The huge popularity of cat memes has brought about a shift: whereas in the past there would be the odd, funny feline meme circulating, which was widely shared, today there are superstar cats, such as Stepan, who have tens of thousands of followers and generate their own memes. Due to this, many cat owners are keen to ride the wave, setting up Insta and TikTok accounts for their cats in the hopes of hitting the big time.


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Instagram Cat Royalty

Stepan’s in good company on Insta—he’s one of a slew of super famous cats with many followers. Lil Bub is one of the platform’s biggest stars, boasting a massive 2.5 million followers. He’s become so well known that he’s even appeared on several talk shows in the US. Lil Bub’s Insta page helps raise money for special needs pets.


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Grumpy Cat has a similar follower count and is the pointy feline face behind a huge number of memes. Even though Grumpy Cat (real name Tartar Sauce) looks like he’s chewing a wasp, his owner insists he’s a very happy boy.


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But Nala holds the current record for Insta followers as a cat, with a total of over 4.5 million. Nala’s fame has grown so huge that her owner has launched a line of cat food featuring the world-famous puss.


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Final Thoughts About Cat Memes

For mysterious reasons, funny cat memes have a habit of cheering us up, even on the grayest of days. Whether it’s Stepan’s exploits as he contemplates an ever-changing smorgasbord of food and drink or one of the many other images of bespectacled cats, there’s something strangely irresistible about cats looking just like us. Love your own cat? We invite you to explore Wander With Wonder for some of our favorite pet-friendly travel destinations and tips.


The Ultimate Cats with Sunglasses and Wine Memes