Liquid cat in bowl!
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Lolcats!
And Google says it's visually similar to cat in a goldfish bowl.
Google image search's earliest mention of it is this Chinese page.
That page was made over two years ago.
So far as I can tell after 30 minutes of sleuthing on Google image search, the pictures first appeared in a thread on baddawi.com on February 19, 2005.
There are at least 2 additional pictures of the cat (though this source may not be the oldest):
In tracking back the source of the original image, I eventually discovered that in November 1, 2011 there was a surge of activity in Russia around this cat. Around the 5th or 6th of November the most of the activity becomes limited to the image of the cat which we're all most familiar. In 2012 that image hit Tumblr, and the others were apparently forgotten.
So, so CUTE! I love it..
I have made a terrible mistake...
Is it possible that's not Photoshop?
It is probably photoshopped -- the real cat would have spoke in Russian.