Many people are dubbing this adorable cat, Gambino, the perfect southern gentleman. His owner happened to record him meowing what sounds like him saying, “Well, hi!” The video is now going viral across the Internet and it’s stealing the hearts of so many. Owner Tawny says her cat is very talkative, but really only meows phrases that sound like “mom” or “well, hi!”
“He does a lot of chatting,” Tawny says. She does state that Gambino doesn’t talk to her other cat though. “They don’t talk to each other, just to me and my husband.” Tawny originally thinks that Gambino’s southern-style greeting was adorable and hilarious, so she posts it to her personal pages. She would then end up putting the video on the app Tik Tok, where it goes viral and receives 1.4 million likes.
Cat says “well, hi!” to his owner like a regular person
“Gambino. My southern gentleman,” she writes on the post of the video. Tawny says that the reaction she’s received has been overwhelmingly positive. Many people have been asking to know more about Gambino’s life story. Others are interested in knowing what kind of collar he’s wearing (a tracker for when he ventures outside).
Despite being dubbed the ‘southern gentleman,’ he and his brother are both rescues and actually not from the south! It was five years ago when Gambino actually shows up on Tawny’s doorstep and she took him in. They have been together ever since. “He just came to our house and decided we were gonna be his family,” she explains.
You need to see it (and hear it) to believe it!
Tawny says that Gambino is handling the fame pretty well! “My husband tried to take him off the counter and I said ‘He’s a celebrity now, he can do what he wants!’” she jokes. “It’s sad he’ll never know how popular he is but I guess he’s gonna be humble about it.”
How adorable! To see the full video, check it out below. Be warned, there’s so much cuteness you’ll have to rewatch it dozens of times.