CatJAM Meaning & Origin – Twitch Emote Explained

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CatJAM is an animated Twitch emote of a white cat bobbing its head to music. Much like pepeD, it is used to convey the approval of music that is being played on stream.

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What does the CatJAM emote mean on Twitch?

The CatJAM emote features a vibing cat bopping its head. CatJAM can be used to convey that you’re enjoying a song or beat that’s playing on a Twitch stream.

What is the origin of the CatJAM emote on Twitch?

The CatJAM emote originally stems from a viral TikTok video of user Micklagi’s cat head bopping to “I wanna dance” by Jonas Blue. This original TikTok, was uploaded on April 15th 2020.

Of course, the internet being what it is, the cat vibing video became viral on TikTok almost immediately. Many users layered a translucent version over their TikToks. But it doesn't end there; the groovy cat can be found all over the internet.

On November 1, 2020, for example, Youtuber and blind street percussionist Bilal Göregen posted a rendition of the Levan Polka featuring the Cat vibing to his music (CatJAM). The video rapidly went viral, garnering over 44 million views.

The CatJAM was originally uploaded to BetterTTV by user MadLittleCat on July 24th, 2020. 3 days later, someone on the r/xqcow subreddit requested that the CatJAM emote be uploaded to his Twitch channel.

BetterTTV, in case you didn't know, is a Twitch browser extension that allows anyone to upload emotes to it. These emotes are visible on Twitch if the channel owner has enabled them (they can enable 50 BTTV emotes at a maximum).

The CatJAM emote from BTTV was promptly uploaded to XQC's Twitch channel after that post garnered a significant number of upvotes.

Because CatJAM is one of the most popular Twitch channels, it didn't go unnoticed when XQC enabled it, and others swiftly followed suit.

The CatJAM gesture was subsequently introduced to Tyler1's channel, and it quickly spread to other top-tier broadcasters.

The CatJAM emote is now available on over 277,000 Twitch channels. XQC, Tyler1, Ludwig, Pokimane, and others are among them.

Almost every popular streamer will have the CatJAM emote active.

When to use CatJAM on Twitch?

The CatJAM emote can be used whenever a good song is playing in the background of a Twitch stream. Sometimes, CatJAM will be used in situations where a song isn’t that good at all.

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How to get CatJAM emote on Twitch

If you want to see CatJAM on Twitch, you will have to install the Better Twitch TV browser extension. We have a separate article dedicated to the installation of BTTV.

Visit Choose your browser and install the browser extension to display the emote on CatJAM-enabled Twitch channels.

To customize your BTTV settings, go to the chat of any Twitch broadcaster (they don't have to be live) and choose chat settings. From there, you may customize your BTTV settings. You must activate FrankerFaceZ emotes in order to see their emotes.

If you want to add the CatJAM and other emotes to your OWN Twitch channel, join in to BTTV with your Twitch credentials and authorize your Twitch account. Then, go to the emote list or click here to add CatJAM to your Twitch channel.

Following that, your viewers will be able to use the CatJAM emote on your Twitch channel if they have BTTV installed as a browser extension (which the majority of viewers does already anyway).

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