Cats and books, cats and books! What more could you want? These literary cats have captured the hearts of the Martial Rose Library, and we’d love to share them with you!
We all know cats have 9 lives, so… here are our Top 9 Literary Cats!
Who’s your favourite literary cat from our list? Are there any that we’ve missed? Tweet us @uniwinlibrary with the hashtag #literarycats and let us know!
Name: Aslan, ‘The Great Lion’ (technically a cat!)
Pet Humans: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie
Appearance: A magnificent and magical lion, ‘so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him’.
Most Often Found: Watching over Narnia and the children, appearing and disappearing suddenly, overcoming evil, and saving the day!
Memorable Quote: “Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight. At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more. When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death.
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
8. Cat from Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Pet Human: Holly Golightly
Appearance: A ginger cat with ‘tiger-striped fur’, described by Holly as a ‘poor slob without a name’.
Most Often Found: Having his head tickled by Holly and meandering around her apartment. Or being thrown out on the streets in the rain by Holly, never to be seen again…
Memorable Quote: Holly: ‘We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don’t belong to each other: he’s an independent, and so am I’… and then…‘Oh Jesus God we did belong to each other. He was mine.’
7. Aristotle from The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King-Smith
Pet Human: Bella Donna, a friendly old witch
Appearance: Little white kitten (apart from when he falls down the chimney and becomes a black cat!)
Most Often Found: Getting into all sorts of mischief, climbing, exploring, falling off things, eating ‘frogs’ legs, snails and fried woodlice’, and losing his nine lives ones by one!
Memorable Quote: ‘Purring like a steam-engine’
Find me in the Library: The lovely illustrated book is in the SRC at shelfmark YF/KIN.
6. Buttercup from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Pet Human: Primrose Everdeen
Appearance: A “filthy” and “hideous-looking cat” (Katniss’s words, not mine!) with a scruffy, muddy yellow coat.
Most Often Found: Being cuddled by Prim and giving Katniss the evils.
Memorable Quote: Katniss to Buttercup: “No hissing. This is the closest we will ever come to love.”
5. Behemoth from The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Pet Human: Professor Woland (aka Satan… ok, so not technically human!).
Appearance: Black fur, size of a hog, walks on two legs and looks generally demonic.
Most Often Found: Demonstrating his penchant for chess, vodka, pistols and punitive sarcasm.
Memorable Quote: “The cat, covered in dust and standing on its hind legs, bowed to Margarita. Round its neck it was now wearing a made-up white bow tie on an elastic band, with a pair of ladies’ mother-of-pearl binoculars hanging on a cord. It had also gilded its whiskers.”
Find me in the Library: The book The Master and Margarita is at shelfmark 891.73/BUL.
4. Lying Cat from the graphic novel, Saga
Name: Lying Cat
Pet Human: The Will
Appearance: Large, bald and sphynx-like with blue-green skin.
Most Often Found: Tracking down criminals with her Bounty Hunter human and calling everyone out on their fibs.
Memorable Quote: “Lying”
Find me in the Library: Volume 1 of Saga is at shelfmark 741.5/VAU.
3. Macavity: The Mystery Cat from the poem by T.S. Eliot in the book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Name: Macavity aka The Mystery Cat, The Hidden Paw or Napoleon of Crime
Pet Human: Unknown
Appearance: A ginger moggy who is tall and thin with sunken eyes, “His brow is deeply lined in thought, his head is highly domed; His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.”
Most Often Found: Committing typical cat crimes… and vandalism, theft, espionage, cheating at cards, leading an organised crime ring, and just generally being a master criminal.
Memorable Quote: “Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity;
He’s broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.”
Find me in the Library: The complete poems and plays of T.S. Eliot are at shelfmark 821.91/ELI. We also have the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Cats’ as a REF DVD, original cast recording CD, Score, and Book of the Musical… all available at 782.81/LLO.
2. Crookshanks from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Pet Human: Hermione Granger
Appearance: Big, bandy-legged, ginger with yellow eyes and a bottlebrush tail. His squashed up face gave the appearance that he had ‘run headlong into a brick wall’.
Most Often Found: Chasing shabby old men turned into rats, talking to large black dogs, being sworn at by Ron and receiving lots of love and fuss from Hermione.
Memorable Quote: Ron Weasley: “You bought that monster?” Hermione Granger: “He’s gorgeous, isn’t he?”
1.The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Name: The Cheshire Cat
Pet Human: The Duchess
Appearance: Bright green eyes and constantly grinning. Has a tendency to disappear, leaving nothing but its huge grin behind. Not creepy at all, cat…
Most Often Found: Educating wanderers on the ways of Wonderland and appearing unexpectedly.
Memorable Quote: “We’re all mad here.”