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Hoseob Kim, the Korean cat, doesn’t seem to do things like other cats. He climbs with his arms like a monkey, eats hamburgers in his dreams, kicks his legs while sitting upright, and makes so many strange sounds. At times, it sounds like Hoesob is making human-like “Ahhh” while he snores.

Online, Hoseob has become a TikTok sensation as the weird sounds and antics transfix people. Can this cat be for real? Some are comparing Hoseob to a living anime cat. We can see why with his large green eyes, comic behavior, strange sounds, and almost painted appearance. Maybe, a cat, much like Hoseob inspired Korean paintings from the 17th century?

cat with painting

Left: “Myojakdo (Painting of Cats and Sparrows)” is painted by Byeon Sang-byeok via Wikimedia CommonsPublic Domain. Right: Images of Hoseob Kim via TikTok

Hoseob Kim’s Many Sounds

Below, we share a TikTok compilation of Hoseob’s many sounds. His wide-eyed appearance and expressive mouth seem very anime. Then, when you hear how he sounds, the lines between animated and real cat do seem to blur. Notably, he makes these funny noises whether he’s awake or asleep.

Below, the pretty kitty “almost sounds like a doorbell.”

With anime cat via YouTube/A Whisker Away

Sounds From Kitty Dreamland

One of Hoseob’s TikToks that went mega-viral shows a dreaming kitty on somebody’s face. As he sleeps, we hear a snoring sound, and it seems Hoseob is saying something, like “awwww” or “ahhhhh.” It seems the person making the video laughed, which sounds like a grunt or snore. 

“The human’s laughter got me weakk😭😭🤚” said one person.

“This cat be watching too much anime,” said another person.

“Soooo cute i just can’tttttttttt,” said another.

Cat and anime cat

With anime cat via YouTube/Manhwa Network

Other people thought the cat was making this sound, suggesting Hoseob has “Sleep Catnea,” but this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Whatever he’s saying, it’s quite unusual for a cat which is probably why over 4.5 million people have seen it.

Have you ever heard a cat sound like this?

“I just woke up because of you. Get rid of the camera from my face!”

As you can hear, this cat makes all kinds of interesting vocalizations which have, at times, been set to music.

Below, they seem to have applied an echo effect, making it even weirder.

 

Hoseob Kim Has Always Been a Character

Below, you can see that Hoseob Kim has always been an endearing and funny little character.

“Baby versus now”

Kitten licking treat

Adult Hoseob licking treat

Since Hoseob was a kitten, he’s been making funny sounds and kicking his legs from a seated position. Once again, could this be a real-life anime cat?

To see what strange sounds he’ll make next, follow Hoseob Kim on TikTok.

Cat and anime cat

With anime cat via YouTube/A Whisker Away

Featured image: Hoseob with anime cat via YouTube/A Whisker Away

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