03.11.2021 11 2514

NFT Explained

MoonCats History

MoonCats Features

MoonCats' Names

What Are Genesis Cats?

Current Situation

To Sum Up

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ


Those who have been investing in cryptocurrencies and NFT specifically have probably heard of a nice NFT project called MoonCats and even have bought at least one MoonCat for their collection. This pixel cats' NFT was created a couple of years ago but was quickly and undeservedly forgotten until the year 2021.


Suddenly, this year has brought a fantastic revival for the MoonCats and their creators. Users' interest has risen significantly, and MoonCats are now into their second life, experiencing significant growth in value and new developments.


In this review, we will tell more about the MoonCats and their history, try to understand why they became so popular and desired this year, and answer some common questions about MoonCats.


We will begin with a short explanation of the NFT term for those who might be potentially interested in MoonCats but have never heard of this token and the NFT technology itself.


NFT Explained

If you have never heard of NFT and have no idea what it is about and what is happening here, let us briefly explain this acronym. NFT is a non-fungible token, simply said — a piece of online data that is absolutely unique and irreplaceable, located in a blockchain. If you have an NFT, you cannot exchange it or share it or do anything similar with it.


An NFT guarantees its owners that they are the only ones who have the full and exclusive right to own this or that specific token. The whole NFT system fits perfectly for establishing the rights of using unique objects: pieces of art, videos, photos, any digital artwork, and so on.


Experiments with NFT began in 2013; however, officially, the technology's path began just a couple of years later, in 2015. It all started on the base of the Ethereum network, and while the general interest in cryptocurrency was growing, users and investors also got more and more interested in purchasing NFTs. Nowadays, investing in NFT is a popular and trending thing, and dedicated NFT fans also enjoy having MoonCats in their collection.


2020 was noted as the year when the NFT market started to bloom, and its capitalization tripled to the level of 250,000,000 US dollars. During the first three months of 2021, the community spent over 200,000,000 dollars on NFT, which is also impressive.


With all the internet developments and new customer attraction, the situation will probably remain more or less the same for the next couple of years; however, some financial experts have another opinion which is less positive.


Mooncats History

The MoonCats NFT was developed by a group of authors called Ponderware in 2017, a couple of years after the NFT technology appeared. The group consisted of only two creators back then, and these creators tried to understand whether making NFTs and launching such a project makes any sense or not and what the perspectives are.


The MoonCats' history may sound extremely sweet: users and investors are invited to save each digital cat from a solar eclipse which was dangerous and dreadful for these nice animals. The community members who were interested in helping pixel cats became rescuers, and the point and mission of MoonCat rescue were in turning cats into Ethereum NFTs. In the NFT world, the whole MoonCat thing is called "insanely cute operation"; the same phrase is written on the MoonCat Rescue official site.


In 2017, when MoonCats just appeared on the market, people who rescued them did not have to pay anything but the relatively nominal fee: gas fees. However, this did not affect the Genesis MoonCats (initially, 256 digital cats that were unique), which had their own rules and fee for each such cat, besides the gas cost.


Since the beginning, there were more than 4,000,000,000 different MoonCat NFT options; however, not all of them were (and still are) available for users. Less than 26,000 tokens of these billions could be attached to the developers' smart contract.


Today, the community calls these pixel cats the primary on-chain generative token. The MoonCats sometimes is also referred to as the cat NFT or naming-enabled token. In 2021, it started a "whirlwind adventure" that we will talk about later.


MoonCats' Features

As you already know, there are over 25,000 MoonCats NFTs, and it would be odd if they were all the same. Some cats have special items and features that help users determine this or that cat. The MoonCat devs have even created helping guidelines that will lead users to understand what cat they are rescuing.


1. Official and Unofficial MoonCats

Generally, users may rescue the Acclimated Official Wrapped MoonCats, launched by the Ponderware group. These official ERC-721 Wrapper MoonCats can be bought via OpenSea. Each user who wants to get such a cat should pay a moderate fee. Currently, there are around 18,000 MoonCats.


The amounts paid by MoonCats fans and enthusiasts will then go to the project funding and development, so paying to the devs for each cat makes sense. For those who would love to purchase a cat or two, the developers have prepared the official MoonCat Acclimator, where a user can connect to the chain and get themselves a cute MoonCat NFT.


Because nowadays MoonCats experience their revival, in March, some developers launched the MoonCats Rescue, which is not official. It also works on the OpenSea, and these cats are also legitimate. However, they have nothing to do with the official Acclimated Wrapped MoonCats mentioned above, and thus, no project improvements offered by the original authors will apply. The wrapped MoonCats that are not official do not have any metadata behind them.


2. MoonCats Rescue: Special Edition

Now that you know that you can get the Acclimated official Wrapped MoonCats suggested by the official developers or unofficial MoonCats from independent authors who create different NFTs let's see what other types of MoonCats exist or ever existed.


There are several visual identification charts made by MoonCat developers that show the variety of MoonCats' colors and types that a user can rescue or adopt. Normally, MoonCats are identified by their colors which are beautiful and non-standard.


Besides regular cats that users determine by this or that color and feature, there are "special edition" cats that are limited and especially loved by almost all NFT collection owners. Mostly, these special MoonCats refer to modern popular culture and motives. Some of the cats are pure characters from movies and cartoons, and others remind us of the fantasy world.


There are at least four notable types of Wrapped MoonCats:


  • Cheshire Wrapped MoonCats


Users enjoy these magnificent cats that have a variety of purple, rose, and magenta colors and bring us to the world of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (also known as "Alice in Wonderland") written by Lewis Carrol in the nineteenth century. Even though the book was published a bunch of years ago still, it has many dedicated fans among kids and adults.


  • Zombie Wrapped MoonCats


These acclimated wrapped MoonCats serve as a reference to CryptoPunks, another famous NFT.  The color they have is either green or teal.


  • Alien Wrapped MoonCats


The same thing applies to these acclimated wrapped MoonCats: Alien Wrapped MoonCats remind users of CryptoPunks NFT and can be determined by the sky blue colors. Both Alien and Zombie Wrapped MoonCats have pure coats, which make them even more valuable and enjoyable for the users.


  • Garfield Wrapped MoonCats


Lastly, the most popular Acclimated Wrapped MoonCats are those that were developed in the image and likeness of the famous Garfield, the cat who has become a movie star through time. The first movie about this lazy red cat came out in 2004; since then, more and more people all over the world have adored this cute character. When the Garfield Wrapped MoonCats NFT was launched, the sales were impressive, and the prices were constantly going up. These Acclimated Wrapped MoonCats are issued in the orange color, of course.


The takeaway


Even if collection owners who rescued special MoonCats are very happy and proud about this fact, it does not mean that the rest of the cats are not worthy of attention. The project, in general, is very cute, and people enjoy the existence of different MoonCats in their NFT collection. MoonCats are still selling well, considering the fact they had their revival half a year ago. Let's see what accessories users can buy for their cats to add even more value to them.


Besides these four, there are specific Genesis MoonCats that are even more unique and hard to find. We will touch on the Genesis cats topic later.


What Else Users Can Buy for Their Acclimated Wrapped Cats

People who add Acclimated Wrapped MoonCats to their collectibles can add value to them by buying some additional accessories that make their cats even cuter.


Besides the Acclimated Wrapped MoonCats themselves, the developers have taken care of these accessories, adding the Accessory Designer interface to their system. Everyone is free to design any accessory they like for their Acclimated Wrapped MoonCats or even for sale to other users. There is a special MoonCat Boutique where people can buy and sell their inventions and items for each and every MoonCat.


The important thing to mention is that once an owner purchases this or that accessory for their MoonCat, the accessory has belonged to the cat forever since the purchase moment. It cannot be transferred or exchanged, or eliminated.


However, the MoonCat's owner has the full right to choose whether to demonstrate the purchased accessory on the MoonCat or hide it for a certain period.


MoonCats' Names

The community members who have rescued or adopted an official MoonCat or a Genesis MoonCat are able to give an official name to them. This name cannot be revoked and must have certain features: it should be UTF-8, and the number of characters shall be from 8 to 32. If a user cannot come up with a perfect name for their cats, the Adoption Center that works on the MoonCats site has various suggestions that fit the requirements.


While some people prefer to give their official acclimated MoonCats different names, making them even more unique, other collectors decide to leave their cats without any name. Others who rescue MoonCats decide to give them names later. After all, this is up to the owner, and the main thing for fans is still the MoonCat rescue, not the naming.


What Are Genesis Cats?

While collectors could rescue over 25,000 MoonCats, there was a special collection of Genesis MoonCats: only 256 MoonCats that are considered direct descendants of the exclusive Genesis cats couple. Through time, the number of Genesis MoonCats dropped down to 96.


There were specific poses Genesis MoonCats had and actions they were doing. Those with white coats could only stalk or sleep; pure black cats and deep black cats pounced or stood.


These pretty Genesis MoonCats were also locked up in the moonbase and needed to be saved. Because they are even more special than regular MoonCats, collectors could distinguish them by colors: Genesis MoonCats' coats were either black or white or with a touch of grey. Adoption of the Genesis MoonCats was quite a challenge because there were only a hundred, and they appeared as a group of 16 elements.


Another important thing that was different from regular MoonCats is that Genesis MoonCats were not rescued by users. These cats were adopted for a certain sum (0,3 Ether at the beginning). The following cat's price was higher (simply adding the same number to the price for each cat and adoption).


Current Situation

While the project has existed since 2017, as you already know, somehow, it was kind of lost and forgotten until March 2021, when some NFT fans made their own research and brought the MoonCat rescue out of the oblivion. The interest in MoonCat rescuing suddenly boosted, and the Ponderware developers who created the project in 2021 decided that it is still interesting to maintain the MoonCat rescue idea.


Since then, during the last half a year, the authors of the MoonCat rescue and NFT have been developing the project permanently and adding new fantastic items to the whole system, making users happy. The MoonCat rescue official community still grows and welcomes new investors who would love to add such cute collectibles to their fund.


The MoonCat NFTs, thanks to all that has happened during the past six months, are now considered something vintage and unique that has its epic revival. This is proven by the fact that Sotheby's auction house, one of the biggest in the world, has paid its attention to the MoonCats. In September, Sotheby's announced that it has plans to promote and sell some MoonCats during the auction in the following season.


To Sum Up

Of course, it might be too soon to tell if the MoonCat rescue project will still have its power and be as popular in the following years. However, no one can deny its historical significance for the world of cryptocurrencies and NFT. The MoonCat rescue chain and cute pixel cats are a thing that will exist forever in the digital world.


Right now, the MoonCat power is undoubted, and the project will definitely save its current status for a while, thanks to the interest of Sotheby's and hundreds of happy users and NFT owners. We hope that the official Mooncat rescue project will keep existing, and many more cats will be rescued from the moonbase. The whole system created by the Ponderware developers is amazing and brings some joy to the online world, which can be sad or cruel sometimes.


We hope that you have enjoyed our brief review! If you still have questions about the MoonCats NFT, try checking the answers we have prepared below.


Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ


What is MoonCats NFT?

MoonCats NFT is a non-fungible token developed by the Ponderware developers' team in 2017. The token itself is a cute pixel cat of different colors that is a nice element of each NFT owner's collection. The official Acclimated Wrapped MoonCat token, like any other NFT, cannot be exchanged, or shared, or replaced with any other token or crypto coin.


What are MoonCats worth?

The official Acclimated Wrapped MoonCats are currently worth around 30-35 US dollars (or 0,0086 ETH); however, the rate is volatile and depends on different factors. If the users' interest will keep rising and new magnificent events (like the Sotheby's auction) will happen around this NFT, the cost may grow significantly and quickly.


When did MoonCats launch?

The MoonCat rescue project started in 2017, and the Ponderware developers came back to the idea of MoonCat rescue from the moonbase in March 2021, after a group of NFT enthusiasts rediscovered the project. So, the official Acclimated Wrapped MoonCats, including Genesis MoonCats, launched four years ago and have been developed and improved.


I missed out on minting a MoonCat; what's the best way to get hold of one now?

You can easily adopt an official MoonCat if you want to add it to your collection. The adoption is possible via the official MoonCat Rescue website. There, you can visit the Adoption Center that will show you what available options are. This is the easiest way to get the official MoonCat NFT.

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