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We’ve rounded up our top seven fictional felines for your reading pleasure! These meow-velous catty creations are sure to brighten your day, including some you might not be so familiar with!
1. THE CHESHIRE CAT
Perhaps the most influential cat in literature, Lewis Carroll’s grinning creation has known many forms throughout the years. He’s been depicted everywhere from the leering image of him formed by , to the original illustrations, to the different interpretations of him in the Disney, and Tim Burton‘s Wonderland-inspired movies. The phrase ‘grinning like a Cheshire cat’ predates Carroll’s work, and there are several theories regarding its origins, but the actual smiling, talking Cheshire Cat is Carroll’s own creation. This mischievous puss often makes philosophical points and vague statements that Alice struggles to understand but ultimately the two are friends. The Cheshire Cat has, as a result of the movies, gone on to inspire clothing, makeup lines, and .
2. ORLANDO THE MARMALADE CAT
Kathleen Hale’s wonderful creations, and his lovely wife Grace, are two of the finest felines in literature, for sure. Along with their three adorable kittens, Blanche, Pansy, and little Tinkle, they are a literary legacy not to be missed by the bookish cat lover. The illustrations are what make these books so irresistible, and are inspired by Hale’s own marmalade cat! You’ll be pleased to learn there is an entire series, encapsulating the family’s many adventures. From Orlando and Grace’s adorable relationship to the arguments among the kitten siblings, you are guaranteed to fall in love!
Notable for his rivalry with Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger’s ginger Tom is one of the only named cats to appear in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, aside from Filch’s beady-eyed Mrs. Norris. Crookshanks’s poor relationship with Ron is not only the result of them both vying for Hermione’s affections, however. Crookshanks relentlessly went for Ron’s pet rat, Scabbers, throughout ‘‘ (the third book in the series, and Crookshanks’s magnum opus). Consider Scabbers later turned out to be death-eater Peter Pettigrew in disguise, we think Crookshanks had the right idea.
The star of Sven Nordqvist’s children’s series ‘,’ Findus is an excitable, mischievous, over-all clad cat. He lives with farmer Pettson in their cosy, ramshackle cottage, and the two are best of friends. There are several ‘Findus and Pettson’ books, charting the many adventures they have around their farm and local area. The illustrations could melt anyone’s heart and will instantly win you over.