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What Does “El Gato” Mean on TikTok?

El Gato became a trend and a meme on TikTok in April 2022.

Many videos are using the “El Gato” sound in their videos.

These videos contain a ton of “ELL GATOOOOOO” comments with multiple crying face emojis.

Most of the videos contain a cut-out of an orange cat.

The cut-out is placed in many different places—in schools, houses, and more.

The cat resembles Puss in Boots from Shrek.

In this article, you’ll learn what “El Gato” means on TikTok and where did it come from.

What does “El Gato” mean on TikTok?

El Gato means “The Cat” on TikTok.

El Gato is a Spanish word that translates to “The Cat”.

The sound is taken from a Demon Slayer episode where “Arigatō” was actually said.

Many TikTok users are spamming “El Gato” comments on videos using the sound.

The trend is used to mock Suma’s pronunciation of “Thank you” in Japanese.

Where did “El Gato” come from?

El Gato comes from a Demon Slayer episode.

In the episode, Suma is seen thanking Tengen Uzui in Japanese while she was crying.

In the TikTok video, Suma said “Arigatō”, which means “Thank you” in Japanese.

However, it sounded like “El Gato”, which means “The Cat” in Spanish.

Hence, many people mistook that Suma was saying “El Gato” instead of “Arigatō”.


The “El Gato” trend became so popular on TikTok that there’s an effect created for it.

You can use the effect to create a 3D model of a cat.

To use the effect, open TikTok and tap on the “+” icon.

After you’ve tapped on the “+” icon, tap on “Effects” and tap on the search icon.

Lastly, search for “El Gato” and select the “El Gato” effect with an image of a cat.

The filter only works with a back-facing camera.

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