20 Instagram pet accounts you need to follow right now for your happy fix


By Marissa Chin

20 Instagram pet accounts you need to follow right now for your happy fix

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that just about anyone is always in want of a cute pet companion. For those of you lucky enough to have pets in the house to play with and cuddle during the MCO, you have our envy. For those who don’t—and if you’re feeling a little ruff lately, following these adorable and hilarious pet accounts is a guaranteed pick-me-up.

From the usual canine companions to spiky hedgehogs and raccoons (there’s a fox too!), there’s definitely enough diversity in this list to make you fall in love with at least five accounts.

Cue the coo-ing and baby talking over your screen!


Starting out is the biggest little guy who is the most followed pet account, let alone dog Instagram account with a whopping 10 million followers. Jiff the Pomeranian is a huge celebrity that has top stars like Ariana Grande, Monsta X and Shawn Mendes snapping cute selfies with him. If you think he looks familiar, he was also in Katy Perry’s Dark Horse music video that went on to get over 2 billion views, capturing all of our hearts with his five-second appearance.

Jiff is not just a pretty face though—he’s also famous for holding two Guinness World Records for fastest 10m sprint on hind legs (6.56 seconds) and fastest 5m sprint on front paws (7.76 seconds) making him a fast little bullet! Following him would definitely make your day as his owners love dressing him in colourful onesies and you’ll see some of your favourite celebs pop up from time to time too.


Fans of wolf breeds—this one’s for you. Loki is a beautiful Malamute-Husky-Arctic Wolf mix that absolutely loves the outdoors with his owner and best friend Kelly Lund. Not like the god of mischief, Loki has a really calm disposition and enjoys conquering rocky terrains, cozy camping trips and sleeping in hammocks—in fact, it was the latter that catapulted him and Lund to internet stardom, landing them on the front page of Reddit in 2012. They now have 2 million followers.

We’re not a huge fans of camping but if this is what it looks like, we’re all in.

As Lund tells Alpha Universe, “Many dogs spend their whole lives in backyards and my goal with Loki was to take him everywhere that I possibly could with me.” Lund’s experience as a photographer has left many followers in awe of his stunning photos of Loki in their adventures. If you’re an outdoor fanatic looking for a VSCO-esque aesthetic, look no further!


The second most-followed dog account is none other than Doug, arguably the most famous pug in the world with 3.9 million followers. As the “King of Pop Culture” seen in his bio, you can find Doug recreating and creating Internet memes, reacting to TikTok videos and getting in on the latest trends. He even won last year’s Animal Star of the Year for People’s Choice Awards. Like Jiff, Doug also starred in a music video—Fall Out Boy’s Irresistible was definitely a double entendre on Doug’s own irresistible wrinkles and pudgy nose.

Nailed it.


Time to switch things up. Have you ever seen a cat with a real moustache? Because Hamilton just might have the most perfectly coiffed moustache that will have Italian men fawning over it. With a growing account standing at just over 800,000 followers, most people came to see the moustache cat and stayed for his adorable quirkiness.

Even though Hamilton may look like the most dapper cat who might say “m’lady” at any moment, he was actually a feral cat with no prior contact to humans that was picked up by owner Jay Stowe at a local shelter. After a month of consistent effort and love, Hamilton was won over and it didn’t take long for the cuddling to begin and never stop. Stowe has also been active on spreading the #Adoptdontstop message and giving back to local shelters with what he’s earned from the account.


Nala is a seven-year old Siamese-Tabby cat mix that is easily one of the most popular cats on the internet (and there are many). Adopted from a shelter in 2010 by Pookie Mathachittiphan when she was just a little kitten, it was love at first for both of them. Pookie first started the account for Nala as a way for her family in Thailand to easily view them. But with those big blue eyes and adorkable personality, it was no wonder Nala went on to amass 4.3 million followers on Instagram and 2.5 million Facebook followers.

Follow Nala for her everyday purrfect life as a celebrity cat—you’ll even see her six other siblings who are equally lovable including Coffee, Nala’s brother who is a cancer survivor.


What’s better than one Golden Retriever? Two Golden Retriever BFFs who are absolutely joined at the hip. Owner Fran’s knack for photography really lends well to capturing each dog’s individual personality. Their photos feel like a snuggly night in with a warm cup of honey lemon tea. Be ready for some super cozy cuddle fests that will turn you into a pile of goo.


“Um, that’s an interesting looking dog you have there.”

Don’t be mistaken—while Juniper acts just like a dog, she is actually a domesticated red fox. As she is descended from generations of fur-farm foxes, Juniper has lost many of her natural instincts and is unable to live in the wild. But fret not, she is living her best life being showered with lots of love and affection and is dubbed “the happiest fox” with a published book of the same name. Having a pet fox is definitely not something you see everyday so if you’re looking for something different, join 2.9 million others in seeing how a daily life for a domesticated fox looks like. Juniper is also part of a family of rescued exotics so you’ll also see other animals such as sugar gliders, possums, a cat and her on-and-off canine boyfriend, Moose on your feed!


Pumpkin was found by Laura Young when she was still a baby with a broken leg in the backyard of her mother’s Bahamas home. Pumpkin’s mother did not return for her so instead, Young took it upon herself to nurse her back to health and promised a life that did not involve rummaging through garbage. Since then, Pumpkin has enjoyed hot baths, avocados and eggs as well as reading Harry Potter to the entertainment of 1.4 million followers. It was a devastating blow when Pumpkin’s death was announced in October last year but Young has kept the account active so that she could continue to support local charities and most importantly, to honour her little girl. The account has also not suffered a drop in followers showing how much Pumpkin had touched their lives even in spirit.


Very squish. Much wow.

We all love this meme-ful breed not only for its toasted bread appearance but also for their eccentric quirks, expressive howls and squinty eye smiles—all of which Maruto has and more. Her owner Shinjiro Ono initially started the account to lift up the spirits of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami victims. But Maruto’s fame only grew bigger and she is now known globally, bringing smiles to her 2.5 million followers and more all over the world.


What can we say? Dogs with wrinkles are the cutest and Manny has completely stolen our hearts. There’s just something about those pink fluffy ears and soft rolling wrinkles that is so endearing and the 1.1 million Manny fans agree too. Catch him in his classic belly rub pose and sleeping in his favourite sink!


How many of you can say you have the most beautiful pet cat on Instagram? Arvid van Boekel definitely can and with 2.2 million followers to boot. With her trademark stunning emerald blue eyes and gorgeous golden locks, Smoothie is hands down the most photogenic feline on the internet.

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