Here Are 12 Famous Cartoon Cats That we Love

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Last Updated: September 24th, 2023

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Remember your favorite cats from the animated world? From childhood favorites to iconic TV personalities, these 12 famous cartoon cats have won our hearts through the last few decades.

Introduction: Famous Cartoon Cats

Whiskers, tails, and witty personalities – cartoon cats have been entertaining us for generations. Their animated antics, timeless charm, and sometimes mischievous behaviors are what make them so lovable and often relatable. Whether you’re a cat lover or just a fan of classic animation, there’s a cartoon cat on this list for you. Let’s look through the world of animation and meet 12 of the most iconic cartoon cats that have marked our childhood.

Tom (from “Tom and Jerry”)

The eternal game of cat and mouse! Starting our list is none other than the most famous cartoon cat Tom, from the legendary “Tom and Jerry” series. This blue-ish grey house cat spends most of his time devising schemes to capture his ever-elusive rival, Jerry. While he might be seen as the antagonist, his frequent misadventures and funny reactions make audiences around the world root for him, if only just once, to have a tiny win over Jerry.

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A lasagna-loving, Monday-hating, ginger tabby, Garfield is the epitome of every person’s inner lazy self. Created by Jim Davis, this sassy cat’s comical hate for diets, hilarious antics with his canine counterpart, Odie, and his unapologetic attitude have made him an icon in the comic world. Plus, who doesn’t agree with his constant craving for Italian cuisine?

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“Sufferin’ succotash!” The eternal chase for Tweety Bird, Sylvester is known for his lisping voice and relentless ambition. Despite his many failures (and there are many), this Looney Tunes star never gives up on his dream of catching that little yellow bird. It’s this perseverance, misplaced as it might be, that makes him so endearing and funny.

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Felix the cat

Dating back to the silent film era, Felix the Cat is one of the earliest animated feline superstars. With his iconic black body and huge grin, Felix navigates through all sorts of wacky adventures with a bag of tricks that can transform into an array of objects. His timeless appeal proves that some classics never go out of style.

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Simba (from “The Lion King”)

From an adorable lion cub to a majestic king, Simba’s journey in Disney’s “The Lion King” is one of growth, self-discovery, and redemption. His transformation from a carefree youngster singing “Hakuna Matata” to the ruler of the Pride Lands is both heartwarming and inspirational. His tale reminds us of the circle of life and finding our place in it.

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Tigger (from “Winnie the Pooh”)

While not a domestic cat, this bouncy feline deserves a mention! Tigger, the ever-energetic tiger from the Hundred Acre Wood, brings laughter and chaos in equal measure. With his catchy tune and optimistic outlook on life, Tigger reminds us of the joys of being unapologetically ourselves. He is known for bouncing around on his tale.

Tigger from Winnie the Pooh bouncing on his tale
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Cheshire Cat (from “Alice in Wonderland”)

With his iconic grin and mysterious aura, the Cheshire Cat guides (and misleads) Alice on her adventures in Wonderland. His ability to appear and disappear at will, coupled with his cryptic advice, makes him a fascinating character in Lewis Carroll’s whimsical world. He’s the purrfect blend of wit and mischief, just like many cats in real life are.

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Puss in Boots

First known from the classic fairy tale and later popularized by the “Shrek” movies, Puss in Boots is the charming, hat-wearing cat with a Spanish accent and a knack for sword fighting. With his adorable big eyes that can disarm any enemy and his honorable code, Puss is an antropomorphic cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power and wealth.

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Top Cat

Living in a New York City alley, Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats. He’s slick, witty, and always has a plan up his sleeve. The 1960s Hanna-Barbera series showcased his adventures as he tried to outsmart Officer Dibble, making for comedic gold and earning him a top spot in animation history.

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Hello Kitty

Moving away from the animated screen and into global merchandise, Hello Kitty is a pop culture phenomenon. While she’s technically a girl and not a cat, her cute feline features have captured the hearts of many animated cat lovers.

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Snowball II (from “The Simpsons”)

In the iconic world of “The Simpsons,” Snowball II is the beloved pet of the Simpson family. Though not always the center of attention, her subtle presence and occasional comedic highlight, like many pets in family sitcoms, brings a touch of realism and warmth to the animated household.

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This orange street-smart cat knows how to get into mischief! Known for his adventures on the streets and his romantic pursuits with Sonja, Heathcliff’s rebellious nature and devious plans, usually involving fish, make for some very entertaining stories. He’s a testament to the saying, “Cats rule the neighborhood.”

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From alleys to kingdoms, from silent eras to modern animation, cats in cartoons have brought joy, laughter, and sometimes a tear to our eyes. They represent various facets of our personalities, dreams, and desires. Whether it’s the relentless ambition of Sylvester, the carefree spirit of Simba, or the lazy comfort of Garfield, there’s a cartoon cat that resonates with each one of us or at least with a little part of us.



Maja Sebenik is a proud owner of a Dachshund named Bimba. With three years of experience working as a researcher for a pet magazine, Maja's love for animals runs deep. Through her heartfelt writing, Maja shares practical tips, advice, and heartwarming anecdotes to inspire fellow pet lovers. Join her on a journey to explore the wonders of the animal kingdom, one paw at a time.

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