History and fiction are littered with beloved cats, and one of the most recent is Pete the Cat. Invented by artist James Dean and inspired by his real-life black cat of the same name, Pete the Cat is well-known and loved for his unbridled optimism, music, and wacky adventures. To date, Pete’s made his way into over 60 children’s books, a TV show, and even a few musicals.
Like some other fictional kitties, it’s unclear what breed Pete is. Our most likely guess would be a domestic shorthair. The art style used in Pete the Cat books and shows is so stylized that it’s hard to tell a breed, anyway. Regardless of his breed, Pete has been a hugely positive influence on children from his first appearance in Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Other vital themes of Pete the Cat include problem solving, generosity, art, music, and self-confidence.
Pete isn’t the only famous cat out there. Both history and fiction are full of bold felines of uncertain origin or breed. Let’s find out a little more about Pete the Cat, as well as some other famous cats. Check out the details down below.
Why Are Cats So Popular in Fiction?
Cats have fascinated us since they domesticated themselves in ancient Egypt, so it’s little wonder we put them in some of our most cherished art. You can see examples as far back as cat pictographs and as recent as Garfield, symbolizing grave sincerity and watchfulness as well as zany frivolity.
Our favorite felines have been associated with good luck on ships, pest-free farms, the afterlife, and more. The iconic Cheshire Cat, for instance, is known for being cryptic but well-meaning—the epitome of a cat’s spirit. Last but not least are cat videos, which everyone knows and loves.
Cats could also be so popular because they’re adaptable. While occasionally associated with witches or the underworld, at heart, we know that cats aren’t really that sinister. Still, those unblinking eyes and the old black cat myth can certainly make a cat creepy at night!
Famous Fictional Cats
Everyone knows at least a couple, but we’ve put together a list of the most famous felines in all of fiction for you to peruse. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite! Check ‘em out below.
Pete the Cat is a big-hearted fictional cat who’s grown into a beloved institution, even if we can’t tell what breed he’s supposed to resemble. Along with other cats like Tom and Garfield, Pete has a lot of valuable life lessons and fun adventures to share with people of all ages.
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