On the first day of March Russian celebrate the Day of Cats. My cat-loving Russian friends reminded me of this. In the USA, cats are celebrated on October 29, in Poland — February 17, in Japan — February 22, and the World Cat Day is August 8.
Felinology (from Lat . Felinus – cat and Greek . Logos – science) stresses that cats are exceptionally smart animals. Very smart. If, unlike dogs, they do not bring a stick or slippers to their owners, it is only because cats do not consider themselves obliged to follow their owners’ silly orders.
Instead of posting cute pictures of cats, I’ll mention cats who made it to the movies, whether or not Hollywood was their 9 lives-long dream.
Witch Jill ( Kim Novak ) and her magic cat Pyewacket in Bell, Book and Candle, a 1958 American romantic comedy film directed by Richard Quine.
The Black Cat (Italian: Gatto nero) is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. The film is based loosely on the story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe.
Orangey, a male marmalade tabby cat has its own Wikipedia article. He was an animal actor owned and trained by the well-known cinematic animal handler Frank Inn.
Orangey was a great actor with a long and prolific career in the 1950s and early 1960’s and was the only cat to win two Patsy Awards (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year, an animal actor’s version of an Oscar). First Patsy for the title role in Rhubarb (1951), a story about a cat who inherits a fortune. The second award Orangey won for his portrayal of Audrey Hepburn’s “poor slob without a name” cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Orangey has also been credited in the 1959 film adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.
Frank Inn trained a dozen more similar cats that were doubles Orangey, but their names history of cinematography has not preserved .
Cat’s Eye (also known as Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye) is a 1985 American anthology horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by Stephen King. It comprises three stories, “Quitters, Inc.“, “The Ledge“, and “General”. The first two are adaptations of short stories in King’s Night Shift collection, and the third is unique to the film. The three stories are connected only by the presence of a cat traveling long distances to find a young girl in distress. The cat is a leading character in the third story.
In Alien and Aliens Ripley had a cat named Jones. In Aliens when Ripley is preparing to go to LV426 with the marines she says to Jones,
"And you, you little s**t-head... you're staying here..."
In Harry and Tonto (1974), an elderly widower, Coombes (Art Carney), tries to cope the best he knows how with the hardships of old age, sharing it all with his pet cat Tonto.
Mrs Norris is the pet cat of Argus Filch, the caretaker of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Mrs Norris is described as having an unusually strong connection with her master, alerting him to any students misbehaving inside the school grounds.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy movie by the Coen brothers. At first glance, it seems that the cat is present in the film merely as a prop. But it soon becomes clear that the cat is one of the most mysterious personages in the movie. Although the cat does not move the plot, he/she serves as an encrypted commentary on the protagonist’s encrypted journey from one misadventure to the other.