A cat with a very distinctive meow has caught the attention of the internet after she was compared to a character from the hit show Schitt’s Creek.
Shared on Tuesday on TikTok by alb.inwonderland – who goes by ALB online – the video has had over 650,000 views and more than 150,000 likes.
The video was made in reply to a comment that read: “How does she sound like Alexis from Schitt’s Creek. I’m just picturing her meowing and making an Alexis face.” The video features multiple clips of the kitty’s meow, which have delighted TikTokers.
ALB lives with her 10-year-old cat Dawn in Toronto, Canada. She told Newsweek: “Although I am a fan of Schitt’s Creek I didn’t notice how much she sounds like Alexis until someone pointed it out – now I can’t stop hearing it. I got so many comments about how similar they sounded and when I relisted I totally agreed, they have that same vocal tone.”
The Canadian television sitcom Schitt’s Creek was created by Dan Levy and his father Eugene Levy and aired between 2015 and 2020. It stars dad Johnny (Eugene Levy), mom Moira (Catherine O’Hara), and their adult children David (Dan Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) as a once-wealthy family forced to adjust to a simpler life. An award-winning favorite, the show boasts multiple Emmy Awards, breaking the record for the most Emmy nominations given to a comedy series in its final season.
The epitome of the valley girl stereotype, Alexis Rose is the spoilt socialite daughter loved for her hilarious phrasing and quips in the show. But black cat Dawn has captured hearts as her feline doppelgänger.
The familiar meow has left internet users in stitches. One TikTok user wrote: “Valley girl cat!” and another said: “Meow David,” referencing one of the character’s well-known catchphrases.
“I’ve never heard a cat meow with vocal fry before,” said another viewer. While one commenter liked the cat to another famous valley girl: “She sounds like Kourtney Kardashian saying ‘yeah’.”
The cat’s meow has some interesting background. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that: “Meowing is an interesting vocalization in that adult cats don’t actually meow at each other, just at people.”
While kittens meow to let their mother know they’re cold or hungry, older cats reserve their meows for humans. Cats meow at us for a series of reasons, including greeting us, soliciting attention, and asking for food.
“I love that people are enjoying Dawn’s little voice,” said ALB: “She’s a talkative cat so I decided to start recording her little conversations for my own personal enjoyment. We lost our other cat Maymay back in late December, so it’s been increasingly important to me to capture all of these good memories with Dawn. She’s my best friend and I adore her.”