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What Does catJAM Mean On Twitch? – Origin & How To Use It

If you have been in a Twitch stream you have probably seen or heard people say “catJAM”. But what does this mean? 

In this article I go over the meaning of “catJAM”, the origin, and how you can use this emote on Twitch and Youtube as a viewer and as a streamer. 

What Does The catJAM Emote Mean?

The catJAM emote is generally used to show that you approve of the music on the stream and that you are “vibing out” to it. However, some users will also use the emote when weird music is played on stream and they want to pretend like they are dancing to the music.

Many users like to act as though the cat in the emote is a representation of themselves jamming out to the music.

catJAM Emote

catJAM Origin

The catJAM emote is derived from a viral TikTok video that was uploaded by Micklagi on April 15th, 2020 where his cat was filmed bobbing its head to the song “I Wanna Dance” by Jonas Blue.” The catJAM emote was uploaded to BTTV on July 24th, 2020 by MadLittleCat.

There is also an FFZ version of the emote that was uploaded by Erkkthebeast on January 20th, 2021, but since the FFZ version of the emote is not animated it is far less popular.

You can check out the original video below.

Since being uploaded to TikTok, the video of the dancing cat has exploded in popularity and has been made into GIFs, emotes, and more.

But even though the emote was uploaded to Twitch through BTTV, it did not start to become popular until it was added to xQc’s Twitch channel in late July.

And given that xQc is one of the biggest streamers on Twitch, other streamers found out about this emote and began to add it to their channels as well.

Today, the catJAM emote is the number one emote on BTTV and currently has over 409 million uses on Twitch.

But besides Twitch, catJAM also became popular on Youtube as well.

One of the most famous videos of the dancing cat was uploaded to Youtube on November 1st, 2020 by Bilal Goregen.

In the video, Bilal is singing Ievan Polkka, a Finnish folk song written in the 1920’s. But what makes this video unique is that he places the dancing cat to the side of him playing making it look like the cat is jamming out to his song.

The video quickly went viral and currently has over 83 million views. You can check out the video below.

Although the initial hype of the dancing cat has faded a bit, it is still a very well known and frequently used meme/emote/GIF online.

How To Use The catJAM Emote On Twitch?

  1. Add the FFZ or the BTTV Google extensions to your Twitch account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the catJAM emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “catJAM” in the streamer’s Twitch chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The catJAM emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

Make sure you type catJAM exactly as it appears with the correct spelling and capitalization. If you don’t, it won’t work. Also, a streamer must have the emote enabled on either BTTV or FFZ in order for it to work. 

And like I already mentioned, most people will be using this emote through BTTV since they allow animated emotes.

The static version that is available on FFZ is just not the same and so not that many people use it.

Another cool thing is that if you are on PC, you can just click the little emoji button and select which emote you want to send in Twitch chat.

Twitch Emote Button

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Twitch account and adding FFZ to your Twitch account. These guides are helpful for both streamers and viewers. 

How To Use The catJAM Emote On Youtube?

  1. Add the BTTV Google extension to your Youtube account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the catJAM emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “catJAM” in the streamer’s chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The catJAM emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Youtube account. This guide will help regardless if you are a streamer or a viewer. 

Unfortunately, FFZ and Youtube Gaming are not currently compatible and so you will only be able to use this emote on Youtube with the BTTV extension. 

When To Use The catJAM Emote?

The catJAM emote is best used in situations where there is catchy music being played on stream and a user wants to jam out to the music with the stream.

Many streamers have playlists of music they play on stream to help cut out some of the “dead air” that can occur on a stream.

For this reason when a song comes on that the stream likes you may see viewers begin to spam this emote.

Why Is The catJAM Emote Not Working?

Here are common reasons why the catJAM emote may not be appearing in chat:

  1. The viewer trying to use the emote does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  2. The streamer does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  3. The streamer does not have the catJAM emote enabled on their channel.
  4. The viewer is trying to use the emote on mobile.
  5. The person did not type “catJAM” correctly.
  6. Twitch or Youtube banned the emote.

The reasons listed above are the most common reasons why the catJAM emote won’t work in chat. 

If you feel like you have checked off everything listed above, and the catJAM emote still won’t work for you, then check out my article here where I go into more detail as to why your emotes may not be working and how to fix it. 

How To Pronounce catJAM?

The correct way to pronounce catJAM is “cat-jam.” First, you say the word “cat” normally, then you say the word “jam” normally. CatJam.

Is The catJAM Emote Popular On Twitch?

The catJAM emote is very popular on Twitch and has been used over 400 million times on the platform. It is also the #1 emote on BTTV.

What’s The Difference Between catJAM and ratJAM?

The main difference between the catJAM emote and the ratJAM emote is that the catJAM emote features a dancing cat whereas the ratJAM emote features a dancing rat. The meaning however is the same for both emotes.

And just like catJAM, ratJAM is also much more popular on BTTV than it is on FFZ because of the fact that it is animated.

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