Four Favorite Fictional Felines

June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day. Celebrate this purrfect holiday by reading about four popular cats from literature and giving your cats some extra love and attention.

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Today, June 4th, is Hug Your Cat Day. The purpose of this holiday is pretty self-explanatory: show your kitties a little extra love by giving them some extra hugs and attention (but only if they let you, of course). In honor of this purrfect holiday, here are four lovable feline characters from literature and what makes them so great!

 

 

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1. The Cheshire Cat (Alice’s Adventures of Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass)

When prompted to think of iconic cats from books, the Cheshire Cat is perhaps one of the very first examples to come to mind and for good reason! Lewis Carroll’s grinning, whimsical, disappearing feline is definitely an all-time favorite out of the creatures in Wonderland. He’s witty, clever, and quite mischievous in his own adorable way. Although he often seems to speak riddles and nonsense, the Cheshire Cat is very intelligent and understands the world he lives in. Like many cats, the Cheshire Cat does what he wants when he wants to, in the manner that he chooses.

 

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2. Garfield (Jim Davis comics)

Does anybody love lasagna more than Garfield? Probably not. This fat, orange feline has delighted readers with his wit, sarcasm, and larger-than-life personality since his first appearance in newspapers in 1978. Most people probably can easily relate to his love for food and sleep, and his hatred for Mondays. While he frequently pesters his owner Jon and fellow pet Odie, Garfield also occasionally exhibits his softer, more affectionate side, proving he’s not entirely self-centered and uncaring.

 

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3. Crookshanks (Harry Potter series by j.k. rowling)

If you walked into a pet shop and saw a giant, furry, ginger cat pounce on your best friend’s head, would it prompt you to purchase said cat? Well luckily for us, this particular incident led to Hermione Granger purchasing this fluffy, lovable pet. Whether prowling the Hogwarts grounds at night or chasing garden gnomes at the Burrow, Crookshanks was never too far from sight in the Harry Potter books. Intelligent and intuitive, Crookshanks detected something suspicious about Ron’s pet “rat” Scabbers, and also befriended Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, while Black was in his Animagus form as a dog. Although readers aren’t provided with a ton of appearances by Hermione’s furry friend, reading the scenes with Crookshanks is always a comfort for Potterheads who love cats.

 

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4. Nana (The Travelling Cat Chronicles by hiro arikawa, trans. by philip gabriel)

If you’ve ever wondered what your cat was thinking, or wished you could view the world from your cat’s perspective, then pick up a copy of The Travelling Cat Chronicles and meet Nana! He’s headstrong and unapologetically honest, but fiercely loyal to his owner Satoru. Any cat lover will definitely laugh, cry, and smile at Nana’s remarks and insights about life as a cat. Nana and Satoru’s journey across Japan offers many lessons and perspectives on relationships, grief, friends, and the irreplaceable bond between humans and their pets.

 

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