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  • Writer's pictureSarah Mariana

From Rescued to Viral: My Cat's TikTok Adventure and My Journey to Balance

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

Discover the tale of how my cat went viral on TikTok while I navigate the challenges of being a cat mom. From quirky videos to life lessons, join me as I share the ups and downs of balancing social media fame and personal well-being.


Discover the tale of how my cat went viral on TikTok while I navigate the challenges of being a cat mom. From quirky videos to life lessons, join me as I share the ups and downs of balancing social media fame and personal well-being

In a world where viral videos and social media fame are the norm, my cat and I unexpectedly found ourselves in the spotlight. Join me on this whimsical journey from rescuing a quirky feline friend to his unexpected TikTok stardom, all while trying to find a balance between virtual recognition and personal well-being.


The Unexpected Beginnings: Goldie García Manzanares

When I rescued my cat from the garden, little did I know he'd soon become an internet sensation. Goldie García Manzanares, as he's fondly known, had an adventurous spirit, chasing butterflies and even cars. Our bond grew through treats and grooming sessions, turning him into my beloved feline companion.


Cat Convenience in a Hectic World

My busy schedule hardly allowed for pet ownership, but cats are a different breed altogether. With their love for lounging and eating, they perfectly complement the life of a stressed-out millennial like me. However, the challenges arise in vet visits and the laborious task of lugging heavy litter up three flights of stairs.


sarah mariana instagram video about goldie garcia manzanares rescue story


TikTok Takes the Stage: Viral Cat and Unexpected Fame

As my cat obsession flourished, so did my TikTok journey. Starting in March 2020, I aimed to share my "cat lady" antics with the world. It all changed with a single video: Goldie Facetiming PETA for a humorous reason. His expressive face captured hearts, amassing nearly 1 million views. Although neither Goldie nor I achieved social media stardom, exciting opportunities emerged.


From Reposts to Copyright Claims: A Feline Adventure

Goldie's popularity expanded beyond TikTok. Major Facebook and Instagram groups shared his content, and I received consistent DMs, some even related to copyright. It was surreal to see my furry friend gaining recognition in the digital realm.



Sarah Mariana viral tiktok with orange cat calling peta


Navigating the Dark Side: Lessons in Balance

However, social media's allure took a toll on my mental and physical health, leading to toxicity. Today, my focus has shifted to work, self-care, and rest. Although I faced FOMO and lost followers, I've learned to prioritize balance. I blocked bots, unfollowed negativity, and muted comparisons. The pursuit of "swipe up" fame faded as I embraced a healthier perspective.


Becoming a Full-Time Cat Mom: Lessons from a Millennial

Now, I've evolved into a part-time content creator and full-time cat mom. As a 30-year-old millennial, I'm adapting to new ways of dealing with anxiety and depression. Goldie remains my constant companion, a reminder of the genuine connections that matter most.



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My cat's unexpected journey to TikTok fame led me to valuable insights. As I navigate the online world's challenges, I've discovered the importance of finding balance between virtual recognition and real-life well-being. Through ups and downs, Goldie and I continue to remind ourselves that authentic moments are the ones that truly matter.



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