World Cat Day: Our Favorite Fictional Cats
Today is World Cat Day! It seems to exist solely for humans to fangirl/fanboy over cat gifs and videos more than they already do (hard to imagine given our tumblr feed, but challenge accepted, World Cat Day).
We have never been able to pass up any excuse to look up silly pics of cats and celebrate our intelligent, silly, fickle feline friends, so we thought we would compile a list of some of our favorite fictional cats for the occasion.
Church is the perpetually grouchy, temperamental Shadowhunter pet cat who lives at the New York Institute. He is immortal, and has appeared with some of our favorite Shadowhunters in both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments, though Jem is clearly his favorite.
Favorite Church quote:
“It’s unlikely, knowing Church, that he likes you, either.” ~ Jace, in response to Simon saying he doesn’t like cats.
The black cat in Coraline
The mysterious black cat Coraline encounters in and around her house is her only true ally. He is able to move freely between the real world and the Other World, and in that alternate world, he guides Coraline as she tries to escape the Other Mother with sassy quips.
Favorite black cat quote:
“Cats don’t have names…Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.” ~ black cat
The white cat in White Cat
It would be a spoiler to say exactly who this cat is, but let’s just say Cassel’s run-ins with the mysterious white cat have quite a lot to do with his curse working family, and the guilt he harbors over unintentionally killing his best friend Lila. This cat knows how to make an impression, that’s for sure.
Favorite white cat quote:
“Good kitty. Who’s an amazing killing machine? That’s right. You are! You are a brutal brutal tiny lion! Yes, you are.” ~Daneca
Tybalt in Anna Dressed in Blood
Tybalt is Cas’ mother’s cat, described by Cas as “a witch’s cat” who can sense ghosts and other unsavory presences. He isn’t particularly friendly, but fickle and suspicious, which comes in quite handy given Cas’s job of killing murderous ghosts.
Favorite Tybalt Quote:
“This is no ordinary cat.” ~ Thomas
Cheshire Cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Perhaps the most famous literary cat, the Cheshire Cat is an iconic, infuriating character that banters with poor Alice, confusing her with his words and his disappearing head, though he always leaves a smile behind.
Favorite Cheshire Cat Quote:
“We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” ~ Cheshire Cat
Mogget in the Abhorsen series
Mogget is the snarky, sarcastic servant to the Abhorsens, and despite being rather lazy, he does become quite helpful to Sabriel and Lirael. However, don’t ever take his collar off if you don’t want to meet his nastier, more violent side.
Favorite Mogget quote:
“Remember I advised against this way. Wake me when whatever terrible thing is about to happen happens, or if it appears I might get wet.” ~ Mogget
Kirjava in His Dark Materials
Will Parry’s daemon settles into the form of a large multi-coloured cat, and is named Kirjava by the witch Serafina Pekkala. She separated from Will on the ferry to the Land of the Dead, and traveled with Pantalaimon, Lyra’s daemon, through the multiverse. Like any good daemon, Kirjava comforts and helps Will through every dangerous encounter he faces.
Favorite Kirjava Quote:
“His daemon knew what he should do, and said simply, ‘Lyra.'” ~ His Dark Materials, The Amber Spyglass
Medea in the Mercy Thompson series
Medea is Mercy Thompson’s pet cat, and she has an unnatural affinity for supernatural creatures. She showed up one day at the door of Mercy’s auto shop and the two have been roommates ever since. Unlike most cats, she likes vampires and werewolves, and of course, shifters like Mercy – as long as they’re petting her, that is.
Favorite Medea Quote:
“Your cat likes anyone she can convince to pet her.” ~Adam Hauptman
Crookshanks in Harry Potter
Crookshanks is half-cat, half-Kneazle, and 100% badass companion to Hermione. He has a finely tuned evil detector, and he’s the first to identify Scabbers as a nefarious poser. He also prevents Harry from attacking Sirius Black, and helps him enter Hogwarts to warn Harry.
Fave Crookshanks quote:
“This cat isn’t mad. He’s the most intelligent of his kind I’ve ever met.” ~Sirius Black