Some of us are lucky enough to get 15 minutes of fame in our lifetime, but if you're a cat with nine lives, that amounts to 135 whole minutes. And if you adjust for dog years, 15 human minutes of fame is a respectable 105 dog minutes of fame.
1. Love your little star-in-the-making. A cat like Coby might have striking blue eyes, but part of what comes through in his Instagram images is the love and comfort he feels. "Coby is definitely a natural in front of the camera. He's extremely loving and affectionate, so it's easy to get that across in photos," Rebecca told The Dodo. "He loves to pose and he's always making different silly expressions."
3. Highlight your pet's personality in every photo. All animals are special, of course, but what makes them especially special? "I try to let Coby's personality shine through in every post," Rebecca said. "His photos and videos show off how silly, sweet and cuddly he is."
5. Don't force your pet into an outfit. If you're overdoing it on the costumes, it's gonna seem a little desperate - and it'll be clear your pet isn't all that pleased. "Never to force your pet to do anything that makes them uncomfortable," Rebecca said. (There are sadly too many examples of people doing dumb things to their pets for a 'like' online.) "Coby loves goofing off for the camera but I would never put him in an outfit that he didn't like wearing." They're perfect the way they are, anyway.
6. Keep it short and sweet. It's Instagram - not your debut novel. The Dodo's social media team suggests keeping your caption concise - just 3 to 4 sentences max. And have fun with hashtags - but don't overdo it. (Why be THAT person?)
7. Don't overthink it. Rebecca never set out to get zillions of followers. "I started an Instagram for fun and to share silly photos," Rebecca said. She created her account just 35 weeks ago, and the simple, stunning photos made a big splash: Coby already has 350,000 followers. "Right away, he started getting lots of likes and follows, and features on other accounts," Rebecca said. "I always knew Coby was adorable and I'm so glad so many people seem to agree."
"My job is easy - just capturing all of his cuteness," Rebecca said. "My goal was never to make Coby a legend, just to have fun! And that's the advice I would give to any aspiring Instagrammers with pets."