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Cats are generally regarded as the human race’s second best friend. They’re part of families around the world, in almost every culture. According to Tuxedo Cat, the domesticated cat is actually the world’s most popular pet — beating the dog narrowly.

But how did this love affair with such a fiercely independent animal come about? It might surprise you to discover that humans have been keeping cats for around 10,000 years… far longer than they’ve been keeping dogs.

The story of the domestic cat probably began in Cyprus. While it’s impossible to be sure where and when cats first become domesticated, archaeologists have discovered human skeletons buried with cats. In some cases, these discoveries are believed to date back to around 9500 BC.

The evidence, however, is few and far between until you assess a major civilization’s relationship with its feline friends.

Cats in Ancient Egypt

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It is widely believed that the first civilization to domesticate cats in large numbers was Ancient Egypt. As food stores became increasingly old and decrepit within the empire, rodent infestations grew out of control. In an effort to tackle the problem, vendors introduced cats into their business. It would appear that mice and rats have always made very tasty and nutritious cat food.

Over the years, cat populations grew quickly in all of the major cities in Ancient Egypt. While friendly to humans, cats remained fiercely protective of their territory — which was great news for food vendors. It’s therefore not surprising that children formed a bond with local cats, and it wasn’t long before ordinary Egyptian families began to keep them as pets.

Such was the strong bond between humans and cats at this time, domestication eventually spread to the nearby empires of Greece and Persia, and thanks to one Chinese Emperor’s love of cats, the animal became the number one pet for the rich and powerful in China.

If you want an indication of just how important cats were in Ancient Egypt, take a look at the Egyptian god Bastet — which was half human, half cat.

The Roman Empire

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Historians now believe that the Phoenicians were the first to introduce cats to the Roman Empire. Initially, domesticated cats in Rome were used to protect larders and food stores from rodents and other pests. At the time of their introduction (around 500BC), the ferret was actually the pet of choice in the Empire. However, once people realized that cats were less smelly and easier to look after, ordinary citizens started to invite them into their homes.

Very little of modern-day Europe was left unconquered by the Romans, and everywhere the conquerors went, they took their beloved pets and protectors with them. If you want to know why cats have such a large role in modern civilization, you need look no further than Roman history.

Modern-Day Cat History

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The modern-day cat we all know and love is known as felis catus. After many years of interbreeding, today’s cats look very different from those kept by the Phoenicians. Thousands of years of evolution has made them more reliant on humans, and many of the natural hunting instincts that made Phoenician cats such good rat hunters have become less obvious.

Nevertheless, even the domestic cats of the 21st century like to hunt prey — even if it’s just a bit of fun. Perhaps this combination of hunting instinct, independence and playfulness is why Western society has grown to love its cats more than ever.

Fun cat fact: Queen Victoria was well known for her love of cats throughout her reign. She kept several at Buckingham Palace, and even held a lavish cat show — the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Today, cats are an integral part of most societies and communities. Whether they’re feral creatures scavenging in trash cans or pampered pets with their own quarters, domestic cats have a special place in the hearts of humans around the globe.

Got a great cat story to share? Or perhaps you have questions about the history of the domesticated cat? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below.

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“My beautiful cat, come onto my heart full of love; / Hold back the claws of your paw, / And let me plunge into your adorable eyes /Mixed with metal and agate.”
So wrote the 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire, author of the masterpiece The Flowers of Evil, and lifelong cat lover. Down through the centuries, great writers have been composing odes to the beauty of cats. Here are some of the most famous examples of those authors and their odes.
  1. T. S. Eliot

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The early 20th-century poet Thomas Stearns Eliot has earned a reputation as a difficult read – an erudite sophisticate who wove different languages and far-ranging literary references through his verses, but the author of the dense, allusive “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” could also be disarmingly homebodyish, unable to resist likening how cats move to “yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes”: “Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap, / And seeing that it was a soft October night, / Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.”

Eliot also took a break from highbrow poetry to dash off a children’s book titled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Published in 1939, it’s a collection of poems about cats that Eliot wrote for his godchildren. (“Old Possum” being one of Eliot’s nicknames.) Good thing this family pastime of his wasn’t locked away for a few generations in a sock-drawer. The English theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Weber found inspiration enough in it to compose his long-running musical Cats.

  1. William Carlos Williams

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A contemporary of Eliot’s, William Carlos Williams was also a poet (who somehow found time to be a career physician, too). Known for his spare, even disjointed use of language, Williams attempts to replicate the precision and litheness of feline motion in his gem “Poem (As the Cat).” The lines are worth quoting in full:

As the cat

climbed over

the top of

the jamcloset

first the right

forefoot

carefully

then the hind

stepped down

into the pit of

the empty

flowerpot

Williams had an affinity for painting and even collaborated with some visual artists. So sparse are the lines above that they almost resemble the strokes of a paintbrush, sketching just the outline of a cat as it climbs past you in perfect balance.

  1. Ernest Hemingway

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When most people think of Hemingway, the first animal that probably leaps to mind is a bull. (The man was a bullfighting aficionado.) Next on that list might be any of the big game animals he hunted in Africa, or you might wager that he’d be the proud owner of a few Doberman Pinschers, guessing from the he-man persona he adopted. But, apparently, Hemingway loved cats. He called them his “love sponges.” Who knew?

If that’s not weird enough, remember that left his home in Key West to his cats. Yes, you read that right – he bypassed his wives, children, grandchildren, lovers, friends, and neighbors to bequeath his Florida villa to his cats. Fast-forward a few generations, and these cats still inhabit the estate. (Their numbers have risen into the 40-50 range.) Thing is, one of the cats that Hemingway himself owned was a certain Snow White, a polydactyl (or six-toed) cat. Today, a lot of Snow White's descendants that currently lounge around in the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are also six-toed. On some shelf in the attic of that house is probably a volume of Hemingway's unpublished work. I think it's called "Six-Toed Love Sponges and Other Tales: The Lost Works of Ernest Hemingway."

 

The ancient Egyptians made sculptures in honor of cats, these alluring creatures that killed the mice that ate the grain in their storehouses. Ever since, every artist from painters to photographers to writers have tried to capture the beauty of this animal, so strange and beautiful that they excite our creativity and stalk our imagination.

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cat birthday
You know the special day is about to arrive -- it's your kitty's birthday! Although many people think cats don't know what day it is, pet parents know their fur kids can sense when it's a special occasion. How do you make it -- "purrfect" -- for your cat? Why, by bringing out on these great gift ideas! One might even help keep your kitty healthy so there are many more birthdays to come.

1. Human Furniture With a Cat Door

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You know kitty loves to hide, and in the most inconvenient spots -- at least from the human perspective. One company decided, "why fight it?" and developed a side table with a custom-made hole for kitty to sneak in and out. It's at once a clever hiding spot for your feline buddy and a place to stash your magazines.

2. Tricked-Out Sleeping Spots

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Your cat probably sleeps everywhere -- and that may or may not include that cozy bed you picked up from the pet store. Kitty's birthday is another chance for you to give her a space that's all hers for a delightful snooze. Consider a cave made of wool, a window perch, or a comfy mat that warms up according to kitty's current temperature. It's all for the love of your cat, so have fun with it -- even if she still decides to sleep in the laundry basket.

3. Great Monuments Made Out of Cardboard

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Ah, yes -- the box. Cats do love "the box," but why does it have to be the boring, brown kind? One company decided to up its kitty cardboard game by creating landmarks like the White House and the Kremlin, all cat-sized and made out of that beloved tough paper material. Your cat will never know he became a world leader for an hour or two before dozing off to sleep in his castle.

4. Organic Catnip for Birthday Celebrations

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Cats of all ages love the 'nip, for the playful effects it can have. Sure, you can buy toys that are filled with the stuff, but why stop there? For your kitty's birthday, you can get catnip in the shape of fleece fortune cookies. If you -- or your feline guest of honor -- is partial to the loose herb, you can get organic catnip to keep him free of unnecessary chemicals during his party.

5. New Wand Toys

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Sometimes, all it takes is feathers on a stick. That's enough to get your kitty going crazy, swatting at the inanimate object as if it were a real-life bird just out of his reach. Sure, you may have a few wand toys tucked away in the cat supply box, but since it's his birthday, don't you think he'd love a new thing to chase?

6. The Ultimate Cat Luxury Cat Litter

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Kitties love to keep clean, and they know when their litter box becomes a bit more odorous than normal. There's a fix for that! Although you may already be using an odor-control litter, it may contain chemicals that get into their digestive tract. A healthier cat litter alternative is made from natural minerals, so there's no harm to kitty when they are scratching inside the box.
PrettyLitter is the ultimate in luxury litter, as it actually changes color according to your cat's excretions, so you'll have a heads up of any potential medical problems. Clean and functional -- a gift for kitty and kitty's pet parents!
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Having a cat as a pet is a wonderful way to enjoy a companion in your home, care for another creature, and teach children responsibility. There are many ways you can choose a pet cat, from deciding on the breed to determining where you want to get the cat from (a rescue, a friend, etc.).
One of the most important considerations to keep in mind when picking a pet cat is the size of the cat. The size of the cat can have many effects on what it is like to live with them as a pet, and knowing more about cat sizes can help ensure you're making the right choice before you bring your new can home. Here's everything you need to know about cat sizes before you pick out your beloved pet.

Cats Can Be Bigger Than You Think

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You may think of cats as delicate and graceful creatures (which they are), but some cats are actually very big and heavy! So, you should decide whether you're looking for a lithe and light little animal before you pick a cat, or whether you're looking for a sturdier and stockier pet. The biggest cats can weigh around 25 pounds or more, and these cats require more food in order to keep them fed and healthy. To figure out if you're going to end up with one of the largest cat breeds, check out this list of the top 10 largest cat breeds. One of the most popular is the Maine Coon, which typically weighs between 10 and 18 pounds.

Small Cat Breeds Do Well in Small Spaces

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If you live in an apartment without a lot of room to roam, you could benefit from picking a small cat. Small cats do better in small spaces, since they can curl up and relax, and the space that you have will still fun and exciting for them to explore. Some of the most popular breeds of small cats include the Munchkin Cat, the Balinese cat, and the Singapura cat. If you want a large cat, be sure that you have enough space in your home.

Pay Attention to Litter Box Size

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Whether you choose a big cat or a small cat, you should make adaptations based on that size—particularly when it comes to choosing a litter box. The litter box should be at least 1.5 times the size of the cat, so that they can easily get into the litter box and use it. Cats too large for their litter box may start going to the bathroom outside the litter box, which can create a mess for you.
When you decide to bring home a pet cat, there are lots of things you need to keep in mind, including what size that cat will be. By learning about each size cat and what having one will entail, you can ensure you're picking the right animal for your family and prepare to have the right supplies and space. If you want to make the process of getting kitty litter simple and convenient no matter the size of your cat, consider signing up with PrettyLitter. We can make regular litter deliveries to your home to ensure that you always have the supplies to keep your cat healthy and happy.

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Cats and Babies

November 18, 2018

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Do cats and babies get along? The answer is usually, as long as you take the proper steps to introduce a new baby to the household and watch vigilantly in the first few meetings. If you're expecting, keep reading to find out how to prepare your kitty cat to meet their new sibling. Prepare for cute baby and cat pictures to send to friends and family!

Step One: The Preparation Starts During Pregnancy

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Keep Cats Indoors

There is actually a disease called toxoplasmosis that can spread from cats to humans. The virus is typically harmless, but it can hurt your unborn child. Experts recommend keeping cats indoors, so they don't bring the disease home if they don't already have it. Expectant parents should avoid being the one to change the litter, and should wear gloves when gardening in areas where cats may have defecated because it spreads through feline feces.

Change Routines

Cats love habits and are sensitive to change. Once your little one comes there will be a lot of change happening all at once. So, change your cats feeding and care routines to what you think they will be when the baby comes months before your little one even arrives. To further prepare your cat for the coming changes, you can even play baby noises so they can get used to cute coos and goo-goos.

Step Two: When You Bring Your Little One Home

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Introduce Scents First

Before you introduce the baby, introduce something with the baby's scent. This could be a hat, piece of clothing or blanket the baby has worn. That way your cat can acclimate to this strange new creature before they even meet.

Supervision is Key

You never know how an animal is going to react, so you need to supervise each visit. Watch for signs of aggression. In general, keep your cat in a separate room while the baby is sleeping and never let it go in the crib with your newborn because they can't move much or turn over. A cute snuggle kitty could easily become a serious trap in a matter of moments.

Give Your Cat Attention When the Time is Right

When your new baby is finally sleeping and you have a moment to yourself, give your cat plenty of attention so they don't feel left out. Give them scratches, treats and play with their favorite toys so they know you still love them.

Step Three: Troubleshooting Baby and Cat Relationships

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The Peeing Problem

Some cats get mad or sad that they're not the center of attention anymore. They may feel competition with the new baby for territory. They may be upset that they can't go into the baby's room, or they may simply be stressed by the new changes. They may retaliate by peeing wherever they want. However, you can remedy this problem by giving them anti-stress medications, and making their favorite pee spots inaccessible. Remember, don't clean up the pee with smelly products because that can make them want to mark their territory even stronger!

Separation May Be the Solution

If things just really aren't going well, the best solution for the moment until the baby gets a bit older may be separation. Make your cat a really comfy room where they can stay while the baby is out and playing, and let them out when the baby is sleeping in their bedroom. Make sure your cat always has access to the litter box and some food and water.
Making your household work with a cat and baby really isn't that hard, and it's totally worth it for the adorable pictures and social media memes.
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Cat Scratching Furniture
We know just how much people love their cats, but we also know that caring for them at home isn’t always smooth sailing. While cats are independent, they can also be mischievous.
Young cats love to scratch and play, and they don’t always make it to their cat litter. As a result, household furniture often takes a battering. We’ve cobbled together some top tips for buying cat-friendly furniture — to save you money and keep your home looking its best.

1. Cat-Friendly Fabric

Believe it or not, some furniture fabrics are better suited to homes with cats. Playing, clawing, fur-loss and little accidents can all take their toll on chairs and couches, so it’s best to choose items that feature tougher fabric weaves.
Furniture covered with microfiber fabrics tend to be both durable and relatively easy to clean. Opt for stain-resistant materials wherever possible.
Leather and the various synthetic alternatives are easy to clean after accidents, but they won’t stand up to nicks and scratches from little paws. Crypton, however, is a patented fabric treatment that guards against stains and restricts the growth of bacteria — perfect for your little pride and joy.

2. An Appropriate Color

Cat Sleeping on Couch
Despite all your best efforts, your cat will always have little accidents. Not only that, dirty paws are one of the facts of life all cat-owners have to contend with, and if all that’s enough, dropped fur can be more noticeable against certain color schemes.
Think about all these issues when you’re choosing the color of your furniture. How prominent will stains and fur be on the items you’re looking at? Buying patterned chairs and couches is often a good way of masking such issues.

3. No Sharp Edges

Cats love to play and explore, and at times, they can be a little clumsy. This means that the furniture in your home can become dangerous if you don’t choose it wisely. Look for items with rounded or padded edges and corners. Of course, there will be times when an item of furniture poses a risk. Make sure you position these items in a way that minimizes the chances of nasty accidents.

4. Nothing with Wooden Legs

Cats are instinctive creatures. Many of the instincts that help them to survive in the wild are present in domesticated cats today. One such instinct is claw sharpening. Cats love to dig their tiny talons into wooden chair and table legs. They do this to keep them sharp, but also to keep them clean and free from infection.

If your cat doesn’t have a dedicated scratching post in the house, your furniture will be as an attractive alternative. Your cat may view your furniture as an attractive sharpening tool if there isn't a scratching post in your home. Buy one, and place it near your cat's bed.

It’s not just legs that are at risk, though. Any type of wooden furniture is a potential sharpening tool in the eyes of a cat. Think about where you’ll position these items when they’re in your home. Hide or obscure wooden elements where possible, and ask yourself: Is there a way of restricting access to wooden furniture?

5. Robust and Affordable

Cat with Tiny Furniture
Cats can be inquisitive and precocious, particularly when they’re young. They’re going to play on your furniture, and they’re going to cause a degree of damage. You’ll simply need to get over it. Don’t buy dainty or fragile furniture that won’t stand up to the test, and don’t spend a small fortune, otherwise, you’ll always worry about damage and breakages.
Cats can be hard on household furniture. Make your life easier by choosing the right items made with the most appropriate materials. Take time to select chairs, couches and everyday furniture that are conducive to life with cats, and you’ll save yourself a lot of stress and worry.
What is your favorite cat friendly piece of furniture? Let us know in the comments!

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Cat Litter Coupons

November 02, 2018

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There’s nothing quite like scoring the best cat litter coupons available. Saving money on cat litter is necessary especially for cat owners with more than one furry friend. After all, those coupons are helping you save money on something you’re buying to simply throw out later. While coupons for cat litter are one way to go, reducing how often you need to throw out that litter is better. A higher quality product, perhaps one that doesn’t create an odor and does a fantastic job, is a better route to take.

Why Are Cat Litter Coupons So Hard to Find?

As you head out to the store to haul another 35-pound box of cat litter home, balancing it on the shopping cart as you do, you may ask yourself this question. Why can you find coupons for just about everything else? Manufacturers may offer cat litter coupons at some point, but few do. These coupons can be hard to find simply because litter is already pretty expensive when you consider what it is and how you use it.

Finding Discount Pricing Is Also Challenge

Though a bit easier to do than tracking down coupons, some people experience difficulty just finding affordable prices on litter. They end up spending too much to get the brand they like. Or, they have to settle for a product they are not so sure about.

It’s frustrating, but how can you overcome this?

Buy a Better-Quality Product Through a Subscription

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One of the best ways to save money is to skip the coupons and the sales and head right to the subscription. Here’s why it matters.

#1: Your Cat Is Getting a Better Product

This means you spend less time having to clean up after your cat’s mess (ever have a cat not happy with its litter and decides to go outside of the box in protest?) It also means you can count on it to work better long term. Products like PrettyLitter works well at this. They make your cat happy and they ensure you don’t have to worry about odors.

#2: No Moisture Means It Lasts Longer

Even better than having a full cat litter coupon is this benefit. With PrettyLitter, the product lasts longer. That means less scooping and a significantly longer amount of time for your product to not require replacement. As a result, you end up saving money significantly. Imagine not having to buy litter for a whole month instead of every week. Using less cat litter is the biggest savings opportunity for you.

#3: It’s a Subscription and That Means Savings

Subscription-based purchases of cat littler make sense. Because you are buying the product every time from the company, and it is sent to your home, there is less cost involved. Most often, people save a significant amount of money from this area alone. And, of course, that means no heavy hauling out of the grocery store either.

What About You? How Do You Find Cat Litter Coupons?

PrettyLitter is the best non-cat litter coupon savings tool out there. It is perhaps the best way to reduce all of your stress with litter and keep your cat happy along the way.

What steps do you take to find the best cat litter coupons online or locally? Do you purchase the high-quality products available or do you seek out the least expensive option you can find? Comment here with some tips everyone can share.

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SuperHero Cat
So you've probably heard that cats are pretty much impossible to kill. What with the nine lives, the ability to leap off skyscrapers while landing daintily on their tippy toes without so much as chipping a claw, or the all knowing side eye that may or may not be plotting your imminent death at any moment, nature has endowed cats with a host of super powers that will probably guarantee that they will eventually take over and rule the earth.

5 Impressive Cat Senses/Super Powers to Admire and Fear

Cats may milk their reputation as aloof, low key, emotionally independent domestic pets, but don't let your guard down just yet. These talented, stealthy, and sophisticated beasts can go claw to claw with some of nature's and magic's most wily and formidable animal warriors - and win. Here are just a few of their (known) super senses and powers.

Supersonic Hearing

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According to Animal Planet, cats don't really have ears so much as finely tuned satellites on either side of their head that can pick up frequencies so high as to make their human and canine counterparts seem deaf. Not only can they pick up sound vibrations at an astonishing 100,000 hertz, but their outer ear can rotate as much as 180 degrees, guaranteeing that if a mouse so much as farts in a field five or six miles away, the cat will just know.

LOL What Gravity?

And that's just the outer ear. Ever wonder how a cat can be lying prone across your laptop's keyboard one moment, only to shoot out like a projectile from a rocket without warning onto the top of the refrigerator the next? (Hint: it's all in the creepily advanced, science fiction robot-like ears.) A cat's inner ear is an engineering marvel so sophisticated and precise that it makes a human's ability to walk and sit upright seem like nothing more than the contrived movements of a ventriloquist dummy. A network of millions of tiny hairs, crystals, and fluid in the inner ear gives cats an unparalleled sense of balance and spacial acuity, making it possible for the perceived ability to fly and course correct mid-fall.

Night (Vision) Stalker

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Forget night vision goggles. If you ever find yourself in a war zone or nighttime hunting expedition, just leash up the cat and let it be your eyes. From wider peripheral vision to larger corneas, a cat's eyes at night are like a stealthy roaming set of flashlights attached to creepily sensitive satellites (remember the ears?)

Caveat: The Human Eyeball Advantage

For all their tricks and super powers, cats are practically colorblind and nearsighted. So if you need to gain the advantage, the way to outsmart them is to don a plaid jumpsuit and get right up in their face.

Wily Whiskers

Cat whiskers
So you thought whiskers were just for decorative purposes, like a cat beard? Think again. Cat whiskers are actually a set of antenna that allow them to gauge dimensions and space, like whether the crack between you and the bathroom door is large enough for them to squeeze in through, your privacy and dignity be damned. And if you're thinking of trimming them for your own advantage - they're already one step ahead of you. There's an extra set behind their front legs for good measure.

Tell Us What You Know

Have you tangled with or stared down a super stealthy feline and lived to tell the tale? Is your cat hiding some potentially incriminating secrets or living a double life? Share your experiences or get some answers in the comments section!

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For centuries, we’ve been obsessed with cats. From superstitions about black cats crossing our paths, to whole musicals about them, cats are an intrinsic part of Western and Eastern culture. They’ve moved into our homes, our hearts, and even our literature and popular culture. From comic strips in the newspapers, to feature films, cats pop up everywhere and their popularity as fictional characters shows no signs of waning. Here are just a few of our favorite fictional cats from books, cartoons, film and more.

Garfield

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Beginning life in 1978 as a comic strip in a newspaper, Jim Davis’ feline creation Garfield is now in best-selling books, cartoons and even feature films. Garfield has been on the cover of People Magazine hailed as ‘America’s Number 1 Pussonality’ and has even won his creator several Emmy Awards. The record-breaking cat’s popularity has remained pretty much constant, and at 40 years old, Garfield is as laid-back and lovable as ever.

Top Cat 

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With an even older pedigree than Garfield, 1960s classic Top Cat has had a recent revival in a series of British TV adverts for a bank. Top Cat and Officer Dibble are once again at loggerheads, this time over his iconic trash-can home. The ad cleverly mixes Top Cat animated characters into live-action film, for a comedic touch to this advertising campaign. Top Cat is the ultimate cheeky con-cat; street smart and just about keeping out of serious trouble. Kind of like many real cats we know!

Puss in Boots

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Who can resist those huge, glossy eyes peering up at them? Puss in Boots from the Shrek franchise has become one of the most loved movie cats ever, probably because he swings from fierce to friendly just like our real cats do! Puss is based on the original ‘Puss in Boots’, a European fairy tale about a miller’s son who sets out to seek his fortune after only receiving a cat as his inheritance. Just like Puss from Shrek, this cat is smart, cunning and manages to set the poor miller’s boy up as a Marquis who wins the heart of the princess.

The Cheshire Cat

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Eternalized by Lewis Carroll, the Cheshire Cat from children’s classic ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is a creature of mystery and madness. Frequently disappearing only to leave his huge grin behind, the Cheshire Cat epitomizes the craziness of the weird world Alice has found herself in, where nothing makes sense. The Cheshire Cat has been brought to life on the screen many times since the 1865 novel, from the 1951 Disney animated film to Tom Burton’s more recent colorful reimagining. The phrase, ‘To grin like a Cheshire cat’ is actually way older than the Lewis Carroll novels, possibly originating in the 1700s. It was used to describe someone who showed all their teeth when grinning, like a cat caught in the creamery.

The Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat

 

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Dr. Seuss’ immortal creation, The Cat in the Hat, has no other name than this and is a naughty trouble-causer who arrives to make mayhem with children when parents are away! The book came out in 1957 to instant critical acclaim, partly because there was finally a book for young kids that was a little bit mischievous and full of the weird and wonderful. Having the cat as the ambassador for this seems highly appropriate; after all, most cats are a little bit naughty at times!

Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service

Jiji

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Kiki’s Delivery Service is a gem of a movie from Japanese anime giants Studio Ghibli. A sweet coming-of-age tale, this movie sees young witch Kiki moving to the big city with nothing but her broom and her faithful cat, Jiji. Jiji is smart, loyal and will do anything for Kiki. He can talk, but only Kiki can understand him. I think all of us feel that way about our cats at times. One of the sweetest animated fictional cats, Jiji is a jet-black charmer of a kitty who even has a special way with the lady cats!

Baron Humbert von Gikkingen

Baron Humber

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What a mouthful that name is! One of the most popular fictional cats of Japanese cinema, ‘The Baron’ initially appeared in Whisper of the Heart, a 1995 movie based on the Manga cartoon of the same name. The Baron is a statue in an antique shop, and a girl called Shizuku makes him into a character in her stories. The Baron was so popular, he became a primary character in the 2002 movie The Cat Returns, in which he helps the hapless protagonist Haru escape the Cat Kingdom. Suave and sophisticated, the Baron is very Abyssinian like, especially as he is definitely an action cat!

Doraemon

doraemon

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Ok, so this cat is actually a robot; a robot cat who helps his owner travel through time to save his family’s future. Cute, blue, and funny, as fictional cats go this one is pretty unique. The 2014 Japanese movie, Stand By Me Doraemon, was a massive box office hit, keeping the number one spot for five weeks!

Muta/Renaldo Moon

Muta

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Very few fictional cats are as grumpy or as large as Muta, also known as Moon or Renaldo Moon. Appearing in both Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns (just like The Baron), Muta is a huge, hungry, sarcastic lump of a cat who you can’t help but love. In both films, he guides the hero to the help she needs in the shape of The Baron, but in The Cat Returns, Muta gains a much more integral role and becomes an indispensable but accident-prone member of the team.

The Cats of Neko Atsume House

Neko Atsume

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A story of a struggling writer, Neko Atsume House is a 2017 movie done in an almost documentary style. This live-action offering follows Masaru as he moves into a big old house, and is soon adopted by one of the local strays. Masaru finds that the cat brings him out of his slump, and he researches how to make his new cat friend happy. He ends up enticing a whole load of stray cats of all different types and colors. The film follows their antics as they play and roam the house just as closely as it follows the human angle of the story, making this film a must for cat lovers everywhere.

What other cats from Western and Eastern culture can you think of? Want to share your favorites with us? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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Laughing Cat

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Cats have a reputation for being aloof and even snobbish, but we know better, right? Here are just a few of our favorite cat-themed jokes and trivia tidbits to share the next time someone tells you cats aren't funny!

Cat Jokes:

Cat Jokes
What's the worst cat to invite to a card game?
A cheetah!
What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?
One has claws at the end of its paws. The other is a pause at the end of a clause.
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Claws.
Claws who?
Claws the door; I’m getting cold!
What is a cat's favorite color?
Purrple!
What do you get when you cross an octagon with a cat?
An octopus.
Two cats sat looking into a green canary's cage. The first cat said to the second cat, "That's not a canary. It's green!"
The second cat said, "I don't know. Maybe it's not ripe yet!"
A police officer stops a man in a car with a panther in the passenger's seat.
"What are you doing with that panther?" the officer asks the driver. "You should take it to the zoo!"
A week later, the officer sees the man again. The panther is still there in the car, and this time, they're both wearing sunglasses.
"I thought you were going to take that cat to the zoo?" the officer asks.
The driver nods and says, "I did. We had so much fun that we're going to the beach this time!"
What do you call a cat that's a really good swimmer?
A catfish.
Where did the cat go to get a new tail?
The retail store.
Why are cats such bad storytellers?
They only have one tale.
What do you get when you cross a cat with a parrot?
A carrot.
What do you call an old Tom cat?
Grand-Paw
What do you call a cat police force?
Claw enforcement.
Which vegetable do cats like the most?
As-purr-agus.
If lights run on electricity and cars run on gas, what do cats run on?
Their paws.
Which side of the cat has the most fur?
The outside.
Where do sophisticated cats go?
The mewseum.
What do cat actors say on stage?
Tabby or not tabby, that is the question.
A woman invited her neighbor over for dinner and introduced her four cats. "That's Alogue, Aract, Erpillar, and Astrophe," she announced.
The neighbor was surprised and asked, "Where on Earth did you get those names?"
"Oh, those are their last names," the woman said. "Their first names are Cat."
What is the most prestigious award a cat can earn?
The Purr-litzer Prize.

Trivia:

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  • A wealthy, 94-year-old Italian woman named Maria Assunta passed away in 2011 and left her estate to her cat, Tommaso. What was this lucky kitty's take? A whopping $13 million! That'll buy a lot of catnip!
  • Sir Isaac Newton invented the world's first cat flap. His cat, Spithead, kept pushing the door open and ruining his experiments that needed to be conducted in darkness. Newton then created the cat flap to save his experiments and allow Spithead to come and go as he pleased.
  • There is a commemorative tower in Scotland built in honor of a cat named Towser. This prolific hunter caught nearly 30,000 mice in her lifetime!
  • It's commonly believed that ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats and own them as pets. However, the oldest known pet cat was found in a grave on the island of Cyprus. The grave is 9,500 years old--4,000 years older than the earliest known Egyptian artwork depicting cats!
  • Staff members of Holland's embassy in Moscow, Russia, noticed that two Siamese cats living there kept meowing and clawing at the building walls. The owners investigated, expecting to find mice in the walls. Instead, they found microphones hidden by Russian spies; the cats heard the microphones when they turned on!
Do you have a favorite cat joke that we missed? Let us know down below in the comments!

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