The Greatest Cats In History!

As you probably already know, August 8th is International Cat Day. It’s a time when our furry friends who love naps and hate water get the rare opportunity to be praised and celebrated (note the sarcasm…my cat is celebrated daily by always getting the soft bedding which we use to make him a fort every day that he seldom actually goes in).

Let’s take a moment to honour some of history’s greatest cats!


Garfield was created by Jim Davis in 1978.
Garfield was created by Jim Davis in 1978.

He hates Mondays. He loves lasagna. He’s kind of abusive to his owner…Garfield is a cultural icon! Jm Davis first introduced us to this curmudgeon cat in 1978. Since then Garfield has appeared in his own movies, TV series, and at one time held the Guinness World Record for being the most widely syndicated comic strip.

Garfield takes his name from Jim Davi’s grandfather who lived on a farm. Davis would frequently visit his grandfather and the 25 cats who lived on the farm when he was growing up as a kid.


Hobbes starred in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson for a decade.
Hobbes starred in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson for a decade.


For a stuffed tiger, this character went on some great adventures! The much-loved comic-strip sidekick to Calvin, Hobbes was real in the eyes of the six-year-old kid who owned him. Created by Will Watterson, the Calvin and Hobbes comics ran from 1985 to 1995.

Hobbes gets his name from the 17th-century political philosopher, which is quite fitting considering some of the intellectual discussions that would arise in the comics, usually while careening down a hill in Calvin’s wagon.

Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat is one of the internet's most famous cats.
Grumpy Cat is one of the internet’s most famous cats.

This feline celebrated his fourth birthday just four days before International Cat Day. Grumpy Cat took the internet by storm after memes of this cat looking downright angry began circulating. Grumpy Cat has an underbite due to feline dwarfism which makes him look like he is perpetually grumpy.

Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tartar Sauce and is a female. Grumpy Cat once saved Christmas in a made for TV movie (voiced by Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Rec fame) and has her own wax sculpture at Madam Tussauds museum.

Missy is Missing

Are there any cats that deserve an honourable mention for National Cat Day? Be sure and let us know!

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