How to Cite a Cat Video


Who doesn’t love a funny cat video? These short and silly clips bring entertainment to millions of viewers each day. So how would you cite one of these videos in your paper? Read on for formatting tips.

We will review a basic citation structure for citing a cat video, or any online video, in MLA format, APA format, and Chicago format. We’re using the “surprised kitty” video found at

To cite a cat video, you should make note of the following pieces of information:

  1. Name of the website that you found the video on.
  2. Title of the specific post video
  3. Date the video was published (publication date)
  4. Author of the post (this can be a username)
  5. URL or direct link to the post

Use the following structure to cite an online cat video in MLA 8:

Last name, First name of the creator or handle. “Title of the video.” Title of the website, Publication date, URL.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA format:

Rozzzafly. “Surprised Kitty (Original).” YouTube, 13 Oct. 2009,

Use the following structure to cite an online cat video in APA:

Last Name, F.M. or [Username]. (Year, Month Date). Title of video [Video File]. Retrieved from URL

Here’s how the above example would be cited in APA:

[Rozzzafly]. (2009, October 13). Surprised Kitty (Original). [Video File]. Retrieved from

Use the following structure to cite an online cat video in Chicago:

Last Name, First Name or Username. “Video Title.” YouTube video, Duration. Posted [Month Year]. Video URL.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago style format:

Rozzzafly. “Surprised Kitty (Original).” YouTube video, 00:30. Posted [May 2013]. http://

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About the Author

Elise Barbeau

Elise Barbeau is the Citation Specialist at Chegg. She has worked in digital marketing, libraries, and publishing. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in History/Art History, and earned her Master’s degree in Public History/Library Science from St. John’s University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and cheering on the Yankees/Islanders/Jets. She lives and works in New York.