From series to movies, books, and anime, our furry felines have meowed their way into every aspect of pop culture and our lives. We’ve created a list of famous cats in pop culture to celebrate their cuteness.
1. Puss in Boots — Shrek 2, 3, Forever After & Puss in Boots; Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Let’s start the list with a famous ginger feline from DreamWorks’ fairy tale satire, Puss in Boots. Voiced by Antonio Banderas, this tabby-patterned swashbuckling swords cat has moves like Zorro and is as ferocious as a tiger. Because—let’s be honest, who else has the nerve and the ability to take down a big Ogre or a crazed golden goose that wreaked havoc in a village but still managed to look cute? No one but Puss!
2. Crookshanks — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban & Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Crookshanks isn’t just a rescued pet found by Hermione in Diagon Alley. He’s a Kneazle, and in the wizarding world, Kneazles are miniature lions with bushy tails and copious floof. They are known for their intelligence and are uncannily accurate at detecting suspicious people.
Possessing the natural behavior of Kneezles, Crookshanks was the first to find out about Sirius Black and his whereabouts. He could also see through Peter Pettigrew as he disguised himself as Weasley’s family pet rat, Scabbers, who, like Sirius Black was an animagus.
Without Crookshanks’ keen observation and nimble paws, Harry Potter and the gang wouldn’t survive, get through the Whomping Willow’s secret tunnel, and discover the truth about Sirius Black.
3. Jones — Alien
In Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film Alien, Ellen Ripley and the Nostromo crew were terrorized by grotesque aliens while returning to Earth. Ripley is the sole survivor of the seven crew members—except Jones, the scrappy ship’s cat.
Jones was brilliant, like any kitties we’ve known in reel and real life. He managed to escape and elude the extraterrestrial beasts as they picked the crew off individually.
But that’s not all; Jones is a hero too! As Ripley and the crafty cat prepared to fly back to Earth, an alien attempted to stow away with them. With the feline’s senses, he saw the Alien in the shuttle, a mode of transport they would use to return to Earth. Good thing Jones saw the extraterrestrial beast; otherwise, Ripley would’ve died before they landed on Earth.
4. Buttercup — The Hunger Games & Mockingjay
In the first installment of The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen had a younger sister named Primrose. She was the light to her sister’s darkness—figuratively and literally. If Katniss had dark hair and gray eyes, Prim was blonde and blue-eyed.
Their attitude was different too. Katniss was known for her skepticism and hardened ways, while Prim was warm and kind.
Living in a poor district in a futuristic area of Panem, District 12, Prim’s pets were a goat named a stray ginger cat that was infested by fleas and worms before she nursed him back to health. Giving the mingy ginger stray a name, Buttercup, Prim was the only one who could get away with snuggling her prickly, finicky pet. Buttercup comforted Prim throughout The Hunger Games as she was forced to watch her sister, Katniss, compete, fighting for her life.
In the last installment of The Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Katniss rescued Buttercup from a destructed District 12. She snuck him into the underground bunker, District 13, where Prim and her cat reunited.
5. The Cheshire Cat — Alice in Wonderland
The Cheshire Cat played a crucial role in both 1951 Disney’s animated and Tim Burton’s live-action movies, Alice in Wonderland. Out of all the mayhem and madness Alice experienced in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat is one of the memorable ones in a bunch. His nonsensical rumblings, cunning smile, and luminously colored fur made him one of the ultimate scene stealers in this list of famous furry felines in pop culture.
This catty kitty was rather batty and didn’t give much help as Alice embarked her journey on the Tulgey Wood. Whenever he appeared, Alice would ask him questions that might help her throughout her escapade in Wonderland. However, instead of guiding her to the right path, he would give her wrong advice and directions that led her farther into this loony land.
6. Salem — Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a 90s sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart before was cynically rebooted by Netflix as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In the said comedy teen series, Sabrina lived with her witch aunts, Zelda and Hilda, and a talking black cat named Salem.
But Salem was far more than his appearance. His campy tirades and snarky one-liners about world domination came from his human background. You see, Salem was a warlock who wanted to rule the world. For that reason, the Witch Council stopped him from his desire and transfigured him into a domestic cat. Despite being in a feline form, he hadn’t lost his tongue, and boy, did he not let the viewers and the teenage witch forget it.
7. Kirara — InuYasha
In the hit anime series, InuYasha, one of its main characters is a young woman named Sango. She is a giant badass demon slayer, who lived in a village in ancient Japan, known for its supernatural and evil forces. Her partner in killing beasts and demons? A pint-sized furry with a “twin” tail named Kirara.
But as we often say, looks can fool you. This mewling ball of cuteness can transform into a fierce and mighty feline that’s bigger than a horse! With the ability to produce fire and fly, Kirara is a formidable force that keeps Sango airborne and kill demons down.
Who’s Your Favorite Famous Cat?
There you have it! These are just some famous furry felines in pop culture because there are more. If your favorite cat icon isn’t on our list, tell us who it is on the comment section, and let’s show our love for these famous furry, fuzzy felines!