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"Kenny the Cat" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. In this episode, SpongeBob looks up to a new celebrity: Kenny the Cat, a cat who can hold his breath for an incredible amount of time, or so it seems.



SpongeBob is excited because his brand new hero, Kenny the Cat, is coming to town. Kenny is a cat who can hold his breath underwater for an extremely long time. SpongeBob goes to Sandy's treedome, where he unsuccessfully imitates Kenny before he tells Sandy the news about Kenny coming to town, but Sandy thinks Kenny is a fraud because no land mammal can hold their breath for an extended period of time. Sandy points out that not even she can go through a long time without oxygen, but SpongeBob calls her jealous.

Kenny the Cat.

That night, SpongeBob and Patrick camp outside to see Kenny. They look at the stars shortly afterwards SpongeBob paints his and Patrick's faces to look like Kenny, which disturbs Patrick. He shows Patrick other objects he brought along to idol his idol. Patrick then gets creeped out by the amount of idol worship and quickly leaves.

The next day, Kenny the Cat finally arrives in Bikini Bottom and starts giving out autographs. SpongeBob asks Kenny to autograph his custom Kenny spatula. He then invites him to the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs does not care at first, until he sees how famous Kenny is and becomes excited about Kenny's visit to Bikini Bottom too, so he decides to have Kenny appear at the Krusty Krab and give him the manager's treatment. Kenny arrives at the Krusty Krab and Mr. Krabs gives him free ketchup packets and an all-you-can-eat buffet in his honor. He begins to struggle, as he needs to take a breath. He draws a toilet and runs to the restroom. In the bathroom, Kenny takes an oxygen tank out from behind his back and uses it to breathe. SpongeBob (who wanted an autograph) sees this and realizes that Sandy was right about Kenny being a fraud. Kenny begs SpongeBob not to reveal his secret because he just wants to be special and SpongeBob agrees.

When everyone is admiring Kenny and basking in his glorious fame, Sandy shows up and asks him some questions to expose Kenny. After she starts talking about what happens to mammals who go without air for a long time, Kenny gives in from pressure and takes out his oxygen tank and reveals himself. This causes everyone to turn against Kenny and Mr. Krabs takes back the ketchup packs.

However, SpongeBob decides to help Kenny by giving him a suit and helmet. He decides that Kenny should become a famous cat who likes water. Kenny thanks SpongeBob for helping him, as Sandy arrives and launches the smiling Kenny back home to the surface. Sandy mentions that you can never trust a cat, but gets confused, saying, "Or is it a dog?," as the episode ends.







 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  12th Street Rag with Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Another Krusty Krab Day - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [opening]
  Starlight Revue - Alan Braden [SpongeBob points to Kenny the Cat poster]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["What in clams name is 'the cat?'"]
  Banners Victorious - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob describes Kenny's accomplishments]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney [Mr. Krabs gasps]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Say, kiddo..."]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob enter at Sandy's House]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob dried up]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["You're kinda like a cat, aren't you?"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [transition]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hopeless."]
  Drama Link (F) - Hubert Clifford [Patrick shocked]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 17B - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick eats a taco]
  Breathing Underwater - Nicolas Carr [gazing into the stars]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, that reminds me!"]
  Goofy Conversation Continued - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Let's paint our faces to look like Kenny!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [The next morning]
  Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson [Kenny finally arrives at Bikini Bottom]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [at the Krusty Krab]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Kenny goes to the bathroom]
  Horror Crash - Harry Lubin [SpongeBob sees Kenny using an oxygen tank]
  Melodrama [#95] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["How could you, Kenny?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8A - Jeremy Wakefield ["I can't believe I fell for such a PHONY!"]
  Salt Water Works - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob, please let me explain!"]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Really?!"]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Kenny back at Krusty Krab]
  Proud to Be a Fish - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [fish holding their breath]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 18B - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob reads Kenny's note]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sandy enters]
  Agitation Bridge 5 - Phil Green ["I need oxygen!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 6A - Jeremy Wakefield [customers leaving out]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




  • There was exactly one year between the premiere of this episode and the premiere of its sister episode, "Yeti Krabs."
  • The Krusty Krab television appears again in this episode. However, this time it is a high-definition TV instead of usual standard-definition TV.
  • Sandy re-hydrates SpongeBob using a hose, similar to how she uses one to re-hydrate both Patrick and SpongeBob in "Tea at the Treedome."
  • The "Please Wash Your Fins" sign from the episode "Krusty Krab Training Video" can briefly be seen in the bathroom at the Krusty Krab.

SpongeBob's Kenny the Cat fan club membership card.

SpongeBob's driver's license in "Gone."

  • SpongeBob's Kenny the Cat fan club membership card looks similar to his driver's license photo in "Gone."
  • When SpongeBob finds out about Kenny being a fraud, he looks at the screen and speaks directly to the viewers stating that he should really talk about this with someone or he might get depressed. The fourth wall is broken here.
  • This episode reveals Sandy hates and distrusts cats, especially that cats and rodents (including squirrels) are natural enemies.
  • This episode is very similar to "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic," because both episodes feature SpongeBob being a fan of someone, but then getting disappointed at that person after finding out they were not who they appear to be.
  • This marks the first usage of "12th Street Rag" for a title card since the season 2 episode "Artist Unknown."
    • However, it is the shortened version with bass.
  • This is the first episode to feature an African-American voice actor.
  • This is the first episode where SpongeBob refers to Sandy as "Sandra."
    • However, this is not the first episode where she is referred to as "Sandra." The first was "Patrick SmartPants" by Patrick.
  • This episode marks Kenny the Cat as the first character in the series to refer to SpongeBob as "Bob."
  • This is the fifth time SpongeBob dehydrates in the treedome due to his suffocation without the helmet. The others are "Tea at the Treedome," "Squirrel Jokes," "Yours, Mine and Mine," and "House Sittin' for Sandy."
  • This episode premiered on the same day as the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Blank Hebrew title card.

Fixed Hebrew title card.

  • In the Hebrew version of this episode, there was originally no words on the title card. However, the title card was later fixed.

Cultural references

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  • Kenny's appearance is similar to Tom from Tom and Jerry.
    • Ironically, combining Tom and Kenny makes Tom Kenny, SpongeBob's voice actor.
  • The sign in the bathroom written in English ("Please Wash Your Fins") and Spanish ("Lave Las Aletas") references similar signs found in public retail stores.


  • SpongeBob manages to turn blue and lose consciousness for a short amount of time by holding his breath, however, it is not possible to knock yourself unconscious by holding your breath, as it is a reflex to automatically let yourself breathe again.
  • Right before SpongeBob face-paints Patrick, the latter is still seen wearing his green Kenny the Cat "A-Ok" hat. When SpongeBob face-paints Patrick, his hat suddenly disappears even though he is never shown taking it off.
  • Patrick's sleeping bag disappears right after he leaves, even though it is shown earlier.
  • Despite the fact Kenny needs an oxygen tank, he is able to talk after using it, which could not be true, because he would have drowned, but does not.

Kenny's white nails.

  • Kenny's nails turn white when he says, "Have mercy!" even though they are supposed to be gray.

The Chum Bucket is gone.

  • When Kenny punches himself for his oxygen tank and uses it in front of his fans, the Chum Bucket across the street from the Krusty Krab is nowhere to be seen through the front windows.
  • When everyone finds out that Kenny is a fraud, the fish walks away and a male voice saying, "Liar!" can be heard, but a female fish is the one opening her mouth for the word instead of a male one.



SpongeBob Kenny the Cat Trailer



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