Aliya Ladhabhoy

These are stressful times and there is a lot of insecurity and anxiety about how we are going to deal with what’s happening in the world. Pets provide the perfect distraction and are great stress busters. For those who don’t have any, like me, turn to Instagram for their daily dose of cuteness.
Some of these accounts were started as a way to share the happiness and joy that pets bring with the owner’s friends and family but have gone on to become some of the top pet accounts on Instagram with followers than run into millions!
While following @cats_of_instagram and @dogsofinstagram are easy ways to destress, we’ve listed a few of the cutest handles on Instagram that will warm your heart and have you going, ‘awww’.
Samson The Dood
Canadian born Samson, a golden retriever cross poodle, moved to Brooklyn and has been living it up in New York. His pet parents added two more golden doodles to the family and now have a baby as well. Babies and dogs, this page is all the pep you need to brighten up your day!

This five-year-old Scottish Straight cat is a ball of fluff. Based in Moscow, he is often compared to Puss in Boots from the movie Shrek. Apart from lounging around the house, the cat who is quite an internet sensation loves squeezing into glass bowls in true feline style!

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Here are some tips and techniques to help you learn how to paint cats. 👨🏻‍🎨👩🏻‍🎨🐱 A crucial element in a great cat portrait – in addition to painting a cat’s fur in the right direction – is having accurate whiskers. Remember to count how many whiskers there are and look at the length of each whisker – they’re not all automatically the same length as they fall out and new ones grow. A cat’s whiskers are also not the same thickness from base to tip – they taper. Two essential things for painting realistic fur on a cat portrait are to paint the hairs in the direction in which they grow (so from base to tip) and for the fur to be lying in the right direction on every part of the cat's face and body. Make an outline drawing of a cat, or use a photo, and make a note of all places where the fur changes direction. If in doubt when looking at your photo, go take a look at your cat (not that they'll make it easy!)

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Io and Kili
Io, a silver queen with floppy ears, and Kili, a Chestnut agouti Netherland dwarf and Mini rex mix can be found munching on some leafy greens or then snuggling each other. Just what we need to remind us that hugging our loved ones is so important. Who knew we wouldn’t be able to meet family in this quarantine?

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Is it Monday already? 😞

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Watson and Kiko
Their Instagram handle describes them as ‘two brothers roaming this world spreading joy through every adventure.’ The camaraderie that these two dogs share is so strong that each photo will melt your heart in seconds. It’s a good page to look at when you are angry or frustrated and you need something to calm you down.

Lionel the hog
Lionel and Lilo are pudgy hedgehogs who are giving all the dog and cat accounts a run for their money. They rose to fame because Joe Jonas, one of The Jonas Brothers, reposted a pic of Lionel and the rest is history.

Those puppy dog eyes are all that you need to see to feel warm and fuzzy. Kishwer Merchant and Suyyash Rai’s pet pooch Pablosexxobar is a gorgeous brown cocker spaniel. He definitely wins brownie points for his long, shiny fur as well. His fellow companion @Batuknathrai also has a dedicated fan base.

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Actress Disha Patani has a dedicated Instagram handle for her pet pooches. Two dogs, Bella and Goku and two cats Keety and Jasmine. The page routinely features all her pets but secretly we think Bella is the cutest of them all.

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Goku 💕 #DishaPatani #wednesdayvibes

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