The Origin of the CatJAM Meme

If you’re not familiar with CatJAM, the meme that the CatJAM Token was inspired by and if you have no idea where it came from - Grab a cup of coffee, take a couple of minutes to read this article and increase your meme knowledge base.

What is a CatJAM?

CatJAM is a custom Twitch emote of a white cat rhythmically bobbing its head as if to the beat of a song. Originating from a viral video, the emote gained major success on the livestreaming platform after being enabled by multiple popular streamers, later gaining popularity as source material for memes in which the cat “vibes” to various music. The cat is also known as Vibing Cat.

The Origin

On April 15th, 2020, TikTok user ‘micklagi’ posted a video of a white cat rhythmically bobbing its head as if to the beat of a song. The video received hundreds of thousands of views and thousands of likes in the span of a few months. It appears as if the cat’s head is being pushed by a person. The creator of the video Mick Lagi, who is a friend of the owner of the cat, later revealed that the cat is female, her name is Minette, she is deaf and loves when someone bobs her head because of the affection she gets from it. Some time during Autumn 2020, the owner of the cat gave it away due to his son developing an allergy.

On July 12th, 2020, someone reposted the video on Twitter. The post received almost a million views, tens of thousands of retweets and over fifty thousand likes in one month. In the following days, the video spread online with multiple reposts on Instagram and other online platforms.

Spread

The emote gained viral spread on Twitch, being enabled by multiple notable streamers. As of August 12th, 2020, over twelve thousand Twitch channels enabled the emoji.

Starting in late July 2020, the video and the GIF started gaining notable spread in memes on various platforms most notably TikTok and Reddit. On July 30th, 2020, a TikTok user posted the video, accompanied by “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley and captioned “When you order 10 chicken nuggets but get 11”. The video received over 2.6 million views and hundreds of thousands of likes in two weeks. In the following days, more memes based on the video were posted by TikTok users.

Cat Vibing to Street Musician’s levan Polkka refers to a viral instance of the meme which has gained popularity as an object labeling meme and a reaction video. Originally posted on Twitter in mid-October 2020, it gained viral popularity on Reddit later that month.

So there you have it…you learn something every day, don’t you? What’s that? You already know where CatJAM came from? Then why on Earth did you read this entire article? Oh, I see…well, thank you. We appreciate it. Have a nice day!

The CatJAM Team.