El gato el cato cat paper cutout tiktok trend.

El Gato (TikTok Sound)

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Updated Mar 01, 2023 at 02:46PM EST by Zach.

Added Apr 12, 2022 at 01:21PM EDT by Adam.

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About

El Gato or El Cato refers to a misheard sound on TikTok from a clip in season three of the anime Demon Slayer where the character Sumo thanks Tengen Uzui and says "arigato" (thank you), leading people to think it said "el gato." As the sound spread in March 2022 on TikTok, it became associated with a trend featuring a paper cutout of a cat known as "munchkin cat papercraft," as well as other videos showing people's cats.

Origin

On March 1st, 2022, TikToker kirigiritereamo[1] posted a clip from Demon Slayer of the character Suma thanking Tengen Uzui, saying through her cries, "arigato," or Japanese for "thank you" (shown below, left). In the video, they caption the cry of "arigato" as "el gato," which is Spanish for "the cat." On April 4th, 2022, TikToker spacecadetval[2] posted a video using the sound showing the construction of a paper cutout of a cat, gaining over 1.4 million likes in one week (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7070158535610453254
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7082890759455821102

Spread

Over the following weeks in March and April 2022, the paper cutout of the cat, identified as the "Munchkin Kitty Papercraft,"[3] became the subject of several more viral videos using the sound. On April 5th, TikToker r1ejan[4] posted a similar video to spacecadetval's post, gaining over 643,000 likes in one week (shown below, left). On April 7th, user kanikore[5] then posted a video showing the cat hanging from the ceiling, gaining over 700,000 likes in five days (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7083128106810215685
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7083874969490394373

Others used the sound to post videos of their cats being cute. For example, user bubba.thecat[6] posted a video showing a real cat next to the cutout, gaining over 21,000 likes in two days (shown below, left). User karasoi[7] posted a video showing a cat being snuggled, gaining over 1.1 million likes in two days (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7084668373857996037
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7084802155713940741

Various Examples


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7084285424608333099
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7084105881801100590
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7081819140440247594
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7083996165951278337

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External References

[1] TikTok – kirigiritereamo

[2] TikTok – spacecadetval

[3] Paperized Crafts – Munchkin Kitty Papercraft

[4] TikTok – r1ejan

[5] TikTok – kanikore

[6] TikTok – bubba.thecat

[7] TikTok – karasoi

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