It might be hard to accept that someone’s pet earns more money than you do — but unless you’re really, really rich, it’s true.
Surprisingly, the top-earning Instagram pet on this list likely earns more per Instagram post than A-listers like Tom Hanks or Dolly Parton, according to a Kennelstore report. From cats to hedgehogs, animals of all stripes have raked in millions — or even tens of millions — for their owners via Instagram fame.
1. Jax: $705 Per Post
With one eye that’s a warm brown and one that’s crystal blue, Jax the Siberian Husky stands apart from the other Siberian Huskies, jockeying for attention on Insta. But that’s not all that makes this canine stand out. This doggo protects his owner by slaying the “suction monster” — also known as the vacuum hose. And if you take a scroll through Jax’s Instagram, you’ll find he also has the “Monday face” down pat.
2. Hamlet: $1611 Per Post
Hamlet the piggy is more than just an Instagram star. She’s a therapy pig for her owner, Melanie Gomez, who suffers from epilepsy. If you follow Hamlet on Insta, you’ll be treated to a wide array of pics featuring her in colorful outfits, wigs, hats and glasses. But like others of her kind, this little piggy also likes to take a snooze in the sun and dig her nose in the dirt.
3. Popeye: $1,941 Per Post
This former stray dog was rescued by his current owners from a rag-tag street life.
Popeye the Foodie Dog‘s personality is such that he insists on traveling everywhere with his family, and he can be trusted implicitly around human food. Take some time to scroll through Popeye’s Insta and you’ll see him doggy-smiling in front of all kinds of delicious dishes.
And while at one time, Popeye was regarded as an unknown mixed breed, his owners had him tested. Popeye is actually a mix of six different breeds, including Shih Tzu, Pomeranian and Maltese.
4. Bodhi, the Menswear Dog: $1,957 Per Post
Bodhi, the Shiba Inu, who is “the most stylish dog in the world,” is better known by his alter ego: Menswear Dog. The fashion sense of the canine’s owners has helped him garner deals with big names like Salvatore Ferragamo and American Apparel. But those aren’t the only deals Bodhi has snagged. The chill doggy also has non-fashion partnerships with the likes of Booking.com and GoDaddy.
5. Bertram: $2,066 Per Post
Known as bertiebertthepom on Instagram, this little choco Pomeranian hates baths. Strangely enough, however, the tiny fur ball loves lounging in what he calls the “cool pool.”
And although Bertram sometimes goes without clothes, he has an affinity for bow ties, sunglasses and turtlenecks.
6. Jill: $3,455 Per Post
Jill the Squirrel, who was a Hurricane Isaac rescue, turns 8 on Oct. 18. And while she loves to parkour around her indoor abode, she also loves to be cuddled under her owner’s chin. The rascally rodent also loves her veggies. She chomps on avocado, sugar snap peas, blueberries, broccoli and endive.
7. Diddy Kong and Yeti Kong: $3,911 Per Post
Diddy Kong and Yeti Kong are marmosets — also known as finger monkeys. Diddy’s mom and siblings died upon birth. He was the only survivor. Although Diddy and Yeti aren’t blood siblings, they do everything together. The two monkeys love taking warm bubble baths, eating treats and hanging out in the sunshine. Some of their favorite treats are string cheese and raspberries.
8. Mr. Pokee: $5,840 Per Post
Mr. Pokee is a hedgehog who is often photographed with what appears to be an open-mouthed winning smile. His Instagram serves to spread seeds of sunshine and kindness to his followers. While the original Mr. Pokee passed away in 2019, a new Mr. Pokee named Herbie took his place and has been happily posting adorable content since, sometimes with his best friend, a three-legged cat named Rockee.
9. Suki: $6,255 Per Post
Suki is a Bengal cat from Canada who loves to travel and have adventures. Her owner leash-trained her when she was a tiny kitten and now Suki wears it everywhere — even while traversing rocky ledges or hanging onto the side of canoe. One of Suki’s favorite meals is sushi. She’ll even nosh on broccoli and carrots, too.
10. Maya: $6,371 Per Post
Maya the Samoyed — aka mayapolarbear — often seems to have a smile on her face when she’s posing for the camera. In her more candid moments, such as when she’s getting her teeth brushed or trying new snacks, followers get to see another side of her. Her owner describes Maya’s reaction to teeth brushing as, “Maya kind of hates and kind of loves it.”
11. Tuna: $6,702 Per Post
Tuna the Chiweenie is one of a kind. His endearing overbite, recessed jaw and wrinkly neck –aka shrivelneck — rocketed him to Instagram fame. Tuna’s Instagram photos and videos send out the message to followers that true beauty is not one-size-fits-all and comes from within. And Tuna is quite the world traveler, too. He made it all the way to the Eiffel Tower in Paris where he tried his best to catch French flies.
12. Venus the Two Face Cat: $7,415 Per Post
Don’t let the name fool you. Although her face truly is two-tone, with one-half black and one half reddish brown, this tortoiseshell tabby is 100% sweet. Venus was blessed with a unique genetic anomaly that makes her stand out as you scroll. With over 2 million followers and sponsorship partnerships, including Paw CBD and Chewy, Venus keeps busy. But she loves hanging with her furry family, including three other cats and two dogs.
13. Henry + Baloo: $7,931 Per Post
If you don’t think cats and dogs can be best friends, scroll through Henry + Baloo‘s Instagram. These two furry friends were rescues who did everything together. Henry passed away in 2022, but the Instagram handle remains the same as new puppy Pancake joins the pack.
Baloo the cat acts more like a dog than a feline. He sticks his head out of the window on car rides and shows puppy Pancake the ropes on mountain hikes. And when the day’s adventures are done, these two can be always found cuddled up tight.
14. Maru: $8178 Per Post
Based in Japan, Maru is a curious Shiba Inu who was passed over at the pet shop. After walking by the pet shop multiple times, Maru’s owner, Shinjiro Ono, decided to purchase Maru. Maru, which means ‘the circle’ got his name for his round body. He quickly became Instagram famous for his million-dollar smile. His owner loves taking pictures of Maru exploring Japan, and tries to showcase Japanese culture within his posts. And Maru also gives back: Ono has created a line of product with Maru’s face on them, and says proceeds go to animal rescue groups.
15. Juniper the Fox: $9,905 Per Post
Juniper’s owner, Jessika Coker, now calls the fox “a sweet, cuddly animal,” but there were some rough behaviors when she first adopted her; including biting.
Juniper isn’t the only rescued exotic Coker has. The cuddly fox lives with other foxes, a possum, a chinchilla and more.
According to Coker, Juniper is also an animal artist. She likes to get her feet in the paint and then run all over her owner’s canvases. In the past, Juniper’s owner has even sold Juniper’s paintings for several hundred dollars.
16. Doug the Pug: $12,356 Per Post
Doug the Pug has earned celebrity status on and off Instagram. He recently announced his role as the voice of Monchi the pug in the upcoming animated comedy film “Connected.”
Even though Doug is a dog, he has a lot of outfits and accessories. Luckily, he has a super-organized closet, courtesy of the popular account The Home Edit. The bug-eyed pup also loves eating watermelon.
17. Nala the Cat: $14,936 Per Post
In 2017, Nala became a Guinness World Record holder for being the most popular cat on Instagram with 3.4 million followers. Today, that number has expanded to 4.5 million followers.
Even though this accomplished kitty has her own line of cat food and merchandise, as well paid partnerships with companies like PawCBD and Stainmaster, that doesn’t mean she’s not interested in having fun. One of the stubby-legged cat’s obsessions is to shred the toilet paper in her owner’s bathroom.
18. Jiffpom: $31,588 Per Post
Jiffpom‘s claim to fame — and astounding pay per post — is her next-level cuteness. If you scroll through her Instagram, you’ll see post after post of the tiny Pomeranian in adorable outfits, making adorable expressions, next to adorable props.
But Jiffpom isn’t all about posing for cute photos. She also has a talent: The Pom can jump over a row of double-stacked toilet paper with ease. Unfortunately, it’s the triple stack that she just can’t clear.
When it comes to treats, Jiffpom has an affinity for ice cream, scoring what appears to be her own cup in multiple Insta photos.
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Anna Davies contributed to the reporting for this article.