Cat says, 'Well, hi' like the Southern gentleman we all need in our lives

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A cat is making waves on social media for greeting his owner like a Southern gentleman.

Earlier this week, Gambino became an instant celebrity on Instagram and TikTok after his owner — a woman who only identified herself as Tawny to Today — shared a brief but pleasant exchange she had with him.

In the clip, the feline scurries away from Tawny and another cat before she finds him hiding behind a refrigerator. Gambino, wearing a Whistle Labs pet tracker on its collar, takes notice of his owner and appears to say "Well, hi!" in a very thick Southern accent. 

"Gambino. My Southern gentleman," Tawny wrote in the caption for the TikTok version of the video. 

As of Friday, the TikTok clip has received approximately 1.4 million likes and over 11,000 comments. 

"OMG IT WAS EXACTLY LIKE THAT," one person wrote.

"I can't stop watching this I PHYSICALLY CANNOT," another replied.

The reactions were equally positive on Gambino's Instagram account.

"I lost count how many times I've watched this in the last 10 minutes," one user commented. "I can't stop laughing. I had a cat that used to say 'hewwwo' but that was before everyone had a phone and could record :). Both your cats are beautiful!!"

In an interview with Today, Gambino's owner revealed that her two cats are both rescues. Five years ago, Gambino reportedly showed up at Tawny's doorstep and almost immediately felt at home.

"He just came to our house and decided we were gonna be his family," she said. 

The only thing that Tawny said she regrets, however, is that Gambino will never be able to process his newfound fame. 

"My husband tried to take him off the counter and I said 'He's a celebrity now, he can do what he wants!' she joked. "It's sad he'll never know how popular he is, but I guess he's gonna be humble about it."

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