A cat can be a man’s best friend.
This is the case with TikTok celebrity Abram Engle. Love cat cart.
In an on-camera interview with Fox News Digital, the 20-year-old Nashville-based Engle said: his TikTok account Blown up overnight after posting with a rescued orange tabby(See Engle and Kurt’s video at the beginning of this article.)
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Engle explained he was competing his friend Back in 2019, we took a look at who could be the first to reach 10,000 followers on the then-up-and-coming app.
“I used to watch dancing videos all the time, and I was always watching cat videos,” he said.
“And I thought, let’s combine the two and see what happens,” he said.
The beginning of TikTok fame
Engle’s account has amassed 8,000 followers after posting a video of his cat Kurt dancing to Don Toliver’s song “No Idea” in December 2019.
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“I looked at it and when I woke up I had 20,000 followers,” he said. “I had 100,000 that night.”
“I went from 8,000 to 100,000 in one day. I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?'”
The videos that put them on the trajectory of viral fame currently have 6.3 million likes and 34.5 million views.
Engle’s TikTok account currently has 8.8 million followers and 518 million likes.
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“I just kept posting videos of him and people kept falling in love with him,” he said. “And we are here now.”
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In November 2019, when Engle was a senior in high school, he found Kurt, then a stray cat, in the small town of Engle. Purvis, Mississippi.
He explained that his mother always said “no” to bringing cats home, but Engle showed up with Kurt anyway.
Kurt was only a few weeks old, “very petite” and skinny, so his mother allowed Engle to “temporarily” care for the little cat.
However, as Engle and Kurt’s bond deepened, it became clear that they would be together for the long haul.
“I think they basically got to watch him grow from a kitten…and he trusts me a lot, too.”
“Since then, he’s just trusted me,” Engle said of the now-3-year-old cat.
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“When [my mom] I fell in love with him too,” he added.
Little did they know Kurt would pave the way for Engle’s social media future.
After realizing he could make a living posting videos, Engle decided to opt out of higher education and pursue social media full-time.–time.
“It created my career path,” he said.
“I can always go back to school… so I’m doing my best right now.” [social media] And see where it takes me. ”
“What’s so special about this cat?”
Engle says he believes his account has garnered attention since he stepped into TikTok’s stardom.
“People ask, ‘What’s so special about this cat?'” he said. “I think they basically got to watch him grow from a kitten…and he trusts me a lot, too.”
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Kurt’s unique personality is also evident and relatable to viewers, said Engle.
“He does the same mannerisms and people accept it,” he said.
“They basically know him at this point.”
Kurt said, “I know how to behave in front of the camera, appeal to people,” he added.
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In traditional TikTok fashion, the best performing videos for Engle include popular sounds and trending dances.
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In his most viral video, posted on August 5, 2020, Engle pointed out Kurt dancing to a slowed-down version of “I Wanna Love You” by Akon and Snoop Dogg.
The video currently has 25.3 million likes and has amassed a whopping 203.7 million views.
In another viral video, which currently has 6.2 million likes, Engle wraps a cart in a “burrito blanket.” Red towels are tomatoes and green towels are lettuce.
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“It’s either a random video I come up with or a trending sound,” he said.
Engle believes his unique “cat dad” persona resonates with their large fan base.
“I’m definitely a cat person,” he said.
“I think so [the cat dad persona] It’s usually a crazy cat lady, so it’s a little more unusual…but here I am,” he said.
A plan to help other animals
All-around animal lover Engle has revealed plans to expand his brand beyond just dancing with Kurt.
This could include partnering with local rescue organizations, he said.
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He also encouraged potential pet parents to “take a leap of faith” and consider adopting an animal.
“[Rescue pets] Please help me too,” he said.
“The bond you have with your pet is 100% worth it.”