Before cats took over the internet, there were cartoons. From Felix the Cat, who was created in the silent film era in the 1920’s, to Simon’s Cat, the white British feline cartoon character who has taken the internet by storm over the last few years, cartoon cats have delighted and entertained cat lovers for decades. Meet five of the top cartoon cats.

Felix the Cat

Felix’s black body, white eyes, and giant grin make him one of the most recognized cartoon characters of all time. Developed in the 1920’s, Felix cartoons began airing on American TV in 1953. He first appeared in a short film called Feline Follies, and shortly thereafter, he made the transition from screen to print. Eventually, Felix was syndicated n over 250 newspapers all over the world. He is still published today in various magazines and publications.


Tigger is the fictional tiger in A.A. Milne’s book The House at Pooh Corner. This sweet tiger with distinctive orange and black stripes bounces rather than walks, which fits his cheerful, outgoing personality. Tigger often overestimates his own abilities and has complete confidence in himself, which leads him into some interesting predicaments. In addition to the books, Tigger has appeared in multiple Disney movies.


Garfield was created by Jim Davis in 1978, and the lazy feline who loves to eat and hates Mondays has spawned an empire that includes merchandise earnings of $750 million to $1 billion annually. The strip has also been turned into animated television programs and two full length feature films.

Hello Kitty

This fictional cat was designed by Yuko Shimizu. The female white Japanese bobtail cat with the red bow first appeared on a vinyl coin purse in Japan in 1974. Since then, Hello Kitty has turned into a global marketing behemoth worth more than 5 billion a year.

Simon’s Cat

Simon’s Cat is an animated cartoon series created by British animator Simon Tofield. Based on Tofield’s own cats, the cartoons feature a charming, yet mischievous cat that lives with Simon. His first cartoon alone, Cat Man Do, featuring black and white pencil drawings of a cat trying to wake his human has garnered more than 45 million views since it was posted on YouTube five years ago. In addition to the cartoons, Simon’s Cat has several books out, and Simon’s Cat merchandise ranges from toys to household goods, turning Simon’s Cat into a multi-media empire worth several million dollars.

For most cat lovers, the most enchanting feature of these, and all cartoon cats, is how well they capture cats’ unique traits and personalities.

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15 Comments on Top 5 Cartoon Cats

  1. I’m so surprised no one has mentioned Hobbes…I love that Tiger from Calvin & Hobbes. He’s my favorite for sure…but Simon’s Cat is a close second!

  2. Oh, my gosh, I forgot about Top Cat. I loved him too! But I think I’ll say Felix, the Cat, is my favorite because he was my first. Of course I, too, remember the Aristocats, Sylvester (poor fella), Tom (& Jerry), Figaro (I had my own with this name), oh, so many cats. 🙂

  3. My all time FAVORITE cartoon cat is GARFIELD (Dear God, please do NOT give Grumpy cat his own cartoon show I can’t take anymore….lol)
    But…I can’t believe you left out TOP CAT!!! He was my FIRST cartoon cat love!

  4. I watched Felix the cat when I was little but I have to say I am partial to Garfield. I do like Tigger too, however, my favorite from Pooh is Eyeore. This article made me smile thinking about these cartoon cats. I love all the posts!

  5. Oh Ingrid, you’ve hit on my second passion: cartoons. I love the cats you listed–Simon’s Cat and Tigger being my faves. But my love for cartoon cats started with the movie Gay Puree ( with Mewsette and the accomplished mouser Jaune Tom. Then the Arisocats (Thomas O’Malley, Scat Cat and Duchess) and tv’s Top Cat (which I only caught in reruns). I know I’m dating myself but these cartoon cats are awesome!

  6. From the recent ones, and as Pat says, because it gets so close to real cat behaviour, Simon’s cat, but from the older I remember watching on TV, Krazy Kat was insanely funny.

  7. I’d have to say Simon’s Cat, since just about every behavior he illustrates is a behavior I’ve seen in my cats.

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