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Nine Famous Cats of Literature and Film

While dogs get an awful lot of press and tend to be featured more than cats in everything from comic strips to feature films, quite a few famous felines have also made their mark. How many of these famous cats do you recognize?

  1. Puss in Boots

Although today’s kids probably recognize Puss in Boots from the animated “Shrek” films, the original story of a devious cat who helps his master gain fame and fortune was written in the seventeenth century in France. Puss in Boots has inspired everything from cartoons to Operas.

  1. The Cheshire cat

In Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland,” the Cheshire cat became famous for his sly commentary and habit of disappearing except for his grin when things got too difficult. The Cheshire cat often stole the show in various film adaptations of the Alice tales.

  1. Felix the Cat

Felix starred in a string of films during the silent movie era and even had a few “talkies” before his star was eclipsed by other cartoon characters. Today he has his own website and an extensive cast of characters. A Felix the Cat doll was the first image ever broadcast over television and a Felix balloon was the first one to appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

  1. Sylvester

Sylvester was the star of the first Loony Toons cartoons. He was known for his constant battles with the charming Tweety Bird. He lisped to fame while tirelessly pursuing his prey in inventive and amusing ways.

  1. The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss penned the original “The Cat in the Hat,” a tale of a mysterious cat who visits two children at home to entertain them. In the process, he manages to destroy the house and create chaos before leaving with a flourish.

  1. Tigger

With a “top that’s made out of rubber and a bottom made out of springs,” Tigger is Winnie the Pooh’s sweet, bumbling companion. While technically a tiger, Tigger always insists he is “one of a kind,” but he is definitely a domesticated feline. His boundless energy and optimism endear him to children in several animated films based on the Pooh books.

  1. Garfield

In 1978, Jim Davis published his first Garfield comic strip featuring Garfield, a fat, self-satisfied feline whose mischievous adventures turned him into a household name with his own line of licensed products. He also has a series of books and more recently a computer game.

  1. Morris

The popular, orange-striped cat of 9 Lives cat food commercials shot to fame in the 1970’s. Billed as the most finicky cat in the world, he eventually ran for president in one of his later commercials. Today, many lives later, Morris is alive and well on Facebook, where he promotes cat rescues and better health for felines.

  1. Tom of “Tom & Jerry”

Another beloved cartoon character, Tom’s nemesis was Jerry, a fun-loving mouse who constantly slipped past Tom’s attempts to capture him. Hanna Barbera productions made the shorts between 1940 and 1958, earning several academy awards along the way. Since then, there have been various television specials and feature length, animated films.

The list of famous cats is almost endless, proving that cats will always be popular with men and women of all ages and from every culture. What famous cat is your favorite? We’d love to hear from you!


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