How the Non-Cat Cat Video Went Big

June 29, 2011

Believe it or not, the most viewed cat video of the past month on YouTube doesn't contain any actual cats.

"Debbie" posted the video June 3rd, since then it's consistently been among our Most Shared videos and entered the top 15 most-viewed of the month. It inspired numerous parodies, a number of which you can view here. You can see in the chart below that at its peak earlier in June, "eHarmony Video Bio" drew 2 million views in one day.

While you may have been initially unsure of how serious she's is, "Debbie" is actually a young woman named Cara Hartmann, who describes herself as an entertainer.

As we know, these types of videos have done well before. Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone" has been seen close to 40 million times. Hartmann's video was first picked up by pop culture sites like The Daily and Someecards on June 9 and quickly spread to broader sites on the 10th when it also became very popular on Facebook.

The video is still averaging close to 100,000 views per day.