Categories: Declawing

How did an article picturing the gruesome declawed paw of a cat ‘go viral’ more than 18 months after it was first posted?

How did an article picturing the gruesome declawed paw of a cat go viral more than 18 months after it was posted? That’s a question Michael and I have been asking ourselves this week after an article showing how cat who had been declawed took off, according to Google Analytics (which gives insight into what articles are trending).

Claw regrowth

The article, titled “Horrendous must see photo of cat claw regrowth after declawing” was published on November 8, 2017 and had very few visitors to the site to read this article. Then, earlier this week, the article took off like a rocket. It was viewed almost 35,000 times in just a day or so (and is still in the number one position according to Google with the count now at 43,452 views). Around 26,600 people have clicked the ‘Facebook like” button.

You can view the original article by clicking below.

The amount of traffic driven to the website was so outrageous and unreal it almost crashed the website! People who wanted to read the article were getting an error message (see photo below). The strange thing is those who visited the article webpage only stayed on it for a few seconds. This means they only took the time to view the photo then moved on.

the article going viral led to an error message

Michael and I are both curious as to how this happened. Did someone famous find the article and share it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. That’s my take on things. A celebrity posting on social media would bring a lot of publicity, as they usually do to anything they post. They’re called ‘influencers’ and fans are out there waiting for the next post just to read what the person they look up to has to say.

Does anyone out there have an idea as to whether this is how the post took off so fast? There were literally over 114 people viewing the page at one time! Should this happen again, just refresh the page a few times. The article is still going strong with no sign of stopping. 

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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