Cats of Some Renown: Celebrity Kitties

Cat lovers know that there’s something entirely special about their cat. Felines have been domestic pets since ancient Egypt, at least. In fact, Egyptians considered cats so highly that to harm one was a crime punishable by death. And, when a family cat passed away the whole family would show their mourning by shaving off their eyebrows!

Following you will find a by-no-means-complete list of Famous Cats, both modern-day and throughout history:

* Felix: Star of the very first animated cartoon, Felix was a movie star even before Mickey Mouse. Felix carried his ‘bag o’tricks’ with him everywhere he went and often used the contents to thwart his nemesis, Master Cylinder.

* Garfield: Created by cartoonist Jim Davis, Garfield is a big orange-and-white tabby with an insatiable appetite for lasagna.

* The Cheshire Cat: Denizen of Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat was often found lounging on an overhanging tree limb. He was known to purr-speak something witty to Alice before disappearing, leaving only his smile behind.

* Duchess the Persian and O’Malley the Alley Cat: Stars of the 1970 Disney cartoon, The Aristocats, Duchess and O’Malley were two of the most well-loved cartoon kitties ever drawn.

* Sylvester: With his blustering speech impediment, Sylvester made his cartoon debut around 1945 and remains one of the most well-known cartoon cats, ever. He was always after the little old lady’s pet canary who, when sensing Sylvester’s presence, shouted “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!” Sylvester never did catch the bird.

* The Cat in the Hat: Created by Ted Geisel aka Dr. Seuss in the mid 1950s, the Cat in the Hat helped teach generations of kids to read with his simple, often one-syllable vocabulary.

* Krazy Kat: Created by George Herriman, Krazy Kat was the first comic-strip kitty. He appeared on the scene in 1910 in The New York Journal. Poor Krazy was always being bombarded with bricks thrown by Ignatz Mouse.

* Fritz the Cat: Created by Robert Crumb, who originally named him Fred, Fritz was the first (and probably still the only) X-rated animated cartoon cat. Of course, the ratings system in 1970 was a lot more strict; today Fritz would likely merit only an ‘PG-13’.

* Morris: An enormous orange tabby, Morris was rescued from an animal shelter in 1968 and by 1969 was the most famous cat in America. He was spokescat for Nine Lives cat food and was invited to the White House by then-President Richard M Nixon where he signed (with a paw-print) the National Animal Protection Bill.

* Puss’n Boots: Created by the Brothers Grimm, Puss’n Boots has remained famous for generations. The boot-wearing Puss even had a speaking part in the Hollywood movie, Shrek.

Cats, with their curious and often humorous behavior, will always be entertaining. Of course, in our own personal lives the most famous kitties of all will be the ones sleeping at our feet.

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