The internet and its platforms have always been regarded as the place for funny or cute animal videos amongst other things. You could just scroll for hours and hours watching and when you’ve been feeling down it’s just the thing that can brighten up your day.
Today we’re talking about Akkodha, a polite cat that’s going viral on TikTok for saying a simple “OK” to whatever question her owner asks.
Akkodha was adopted by Dan Spano and his wife in 2006 from the humane society, around the same time is when they noticed that they brought home an especially talkative cat. Akkodha had been previously returned to the shelter by her former owners; the reason being that her fur was too long.
The owner stated that like normal cats she chirped and meowed and that every day when it was time to wake up, she was right there beside him ready to talk. After some time Spano started talking back to Akkodha like she was a literal person, I mean, who doesn’t find themselves talking to their pets like they can understand every word coming out of your mouth sometimes?
Spano then noticed that whenever he asked Akkodha a question, it strangely sounded like she was saying “OK” back to him and the more he talked and played around with her, the more pronounced her Oks became. “And just from years and years of playing around with her and going back and forth, we’ve gotten to where she is now,” Spano said.
As with most cats, Akkodha gets more talkative when she wants something in particular. Spano states that “She’ll say it generally if I’m anywhere in the vicinity of the kitchen pantry that has her treats,” and “She associates it with me and now she just wants to say it back and forth.”
Only when more people, such as his wife and friends, started to point out how adorable the cat’s Oks were, did Spano start to film his everyday conversations with Akkodha and post them on Tiktok. Spano has also been loving the fact that his cat has reached so many people through the video sharing platform and has brought them positivity, stating that: “I think it’s great that we put smiles on people’s faces. They’ll say, ‘Hey, I need an OK this week.’ Or, ‘As long as she says OK, I know everything will be fine.’”
When she is not in a particularly talkative mood, Akkodha, like many other cats, is affectionate and just wants to be close and relax near the people she loves. “She’s very affectionate,” Spano said. “As soon as I get home from work and sit in my chair, she’s on my lap. She’s always following me around, always rubbing against your leg hoping to get pets.”
“I can’t even imagine myself not having a cat — especially her,” Spano said. “She’s like a part of the family. She’s never mad at you or grumpy, she’s always happy and excited to see you when you get home. It’s just a great feeling.”