August 8 is International Cat Day, and we’re so excited about it we’re practically purring. Literature is full of fantastic felines: Some are large, some are small, some wear hats, and others wear boots. All, however, have one thing in common: We think they’re the cat’s meow. Read on and check out these literary cats!
Don’t tell Mrs. Norris (or Argus Filch), but we are totally on Team Crookshanks when it comes to the cats of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Crookshanks is large, orange, and belongs to one Hermione Granger. This charming ball of fur is highly perceptive and excels at antagonizing Scabbers, Ron Weasley’s pet rat.
Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
We don’t know about you, but we’re big fans of this four-legged inhabitant of Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat spends a fair amount of effort trying to convince Alice that she is crazy, and maintains a mildly creepy grin all the while. We’d be highly amused by his occasional disappearances.
Cat in the Hat from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat sure is a marvelous friend,
When you’re with him you hope the day never ends.
We love his style and don’t have many gripes
Except that we don’t look as good in red and white stripes.
Behemoth from Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
When you think of large cats, you probably think of lions and tigers rather than massive, vodka-swilling house cats. But as far as Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita goes, you would be mistaken. Behemoth walks upright, likes to play chess, and has a biting sense of wit. We wouldn’t mind if this black cat crossed our path.
The story of Puss in Boots is centuries old, and appears in numerous forms and variations over the years. Just like the Cat in the Hat is immediately memorable for his headwear, Puss in Boots is recognizable largely for his footwear. As far-ranging as his appearances might be in literature, one thing remains the same: those adorable boots.
Tom Kitten from The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter
If you like kittens, then you are going to adore Tom Kitten from Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Tom Kitten. Tom Kitten loves to play with his sisters Mittens and Moppet, and is doing just that when his mother, Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit, has company over. Alas, Tom Kitten is a mischievous little furball, and (adorably) has trouble behaving for the guests.
Cat from Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an undeniable classic. Cat is Holly Golightly’s sidekick and confidant, and makes even the dog people at Bookish think hard about what it might be like to switch to a feline. We like Cat’s independence, namelessness, and general aura of mystery.
Sure, Winston Churchill the cat (who goes by “Church”) isn’t exactly cuddly in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Church starts out as a normal, sweet family pet. But when the cat is run over by a truck, Church comes back to life as something far more sinister and spooky. It sure makes a great story, though.
Tao from The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Cats and dogs may usually fight like, well, cats and dogs. Not Tao. When Tao and two dogs, Luath and Bodger, find themselves a long way from home, there’s only one thing to do: Get walking. Tao is a gorgeous Siamese cat and an excellent teammate with a real knack for survival.
Aslan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Lions are, of course, very large cats. And which large cat is more memorable or majestic than Aslan from C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series? We can’t imagine anything cooler than spending a day with Aslan (with his mane blowing in the breeze) by our side. Bonus points if he’s willing to let out a roar.