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27th Oct '17 8:08:05 PM Actua11y
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** ''Disney/TheAristocats'' has the song "Everybody Wants to Be A Cat", where the cats sing an ode to their species' superiority. It actually has nothing to do with cats the animal. The song is a pun, since at the time in the Jazz world, referring to someone as a "cat" meant that s/he was a hip and swingin' musician. If you listen to the lyrics, it does nothing to diss other animals, only "squares."

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** ''Disney/TheAristocats'' has the song "Everybody Wants to Be A Cat", where the cats sing an ode to their species' superiority. It actually has nothing to do with cats the animal. The song is a pun, pun since at the time in the Jazz world, referring to someone as a "cat" meant that s/he was a hip and swingin' musician. If you listen to the lyrics, it does nothing to diss other animals, only "squares."



* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast''. Eureka the cat has this attitude while eating dinner with Deety, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast''. Eureka the cat has this attitude while eating dinner with Deety, the Cowardly Lion Lion, and the Hungry Tiger.



* So does [[FairyCompanion Edgewood Dirk]] of Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover'' novels. Of course in his case he is actually ''literally'' a fairy, and in that world fairies might as well as be [[StarfishAliens Starfish Aliens]] as well as aware of far more magic, knowledge, and philosophy than mere humans could, so some of this may be justified. Doesn't stop his SmugSnake, DeadpanSnarker, and HolierThanThou attitude from becoming very annoying sometimes, though. Though Dirk seems to identify himself as a cat first and Faerie second, to the point where anytime he tries to explain or justify his attitude, it's always by reminding the person annoyed at him that he is a cat, never that he is a Faerie creature.

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* So does [[FairyCompanion Edgewood Dirk]] of Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover'' novels. Of course in his case case, he is actually ''literally'' a fairy, and in that world world, fairies might as well as be [[StarfishAliens Starfish Aliens]] as well as aware of far more magic, knowledge, and philosophy than mere humans could, so some of this may be justified. Doesn't stop his SmugSnake, DeadpanSnarker, and HolierThanThou attitude from becoming very annoying sometimes, though. Though Dirk seems to identify himself as a cat first and Faerie second, to the point where anytime any time he tries to explain or justify his attitude, it's always by reminding the person annoyed at him that he is a cat, never that he is a Faerie creature.



* In Alan Dean Foster's ''Catalyst'', some cats are powerful energy-based aliens that pose as cats and watch over other sentient beings. Of the three we meet, one attaches herself to the human protagonist, the second is actually evil and has a VillainousBreakdown near the end, and the last is run ragged by the absent-minded plant-like aliens who started everything a long time ago. It is the last that makes the main character some what suspicious - how do ''aliens'' have house cats?

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* In Alan Dean Foster's ''Catalyst'', some cats are powerful energy-based aliens that pose as cats and watch over other sentient beings. Of the three we meet, one attaches herself to the human protagonist, the second is actually evil and has a VillainousBreakdown near the end, and the last is run ragged by the absent-minded plant-like aliens who started everything a long time ago. It is the last that makes the main character some what somewhat suspicious - how do ''aliens'' have house cats?



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has Rita and Runt, a cats-rule-dogs-drool OddFriendship. However, Rita is more of a sympathetic nature, as despite her arrogance and selfishness, most of her misfortunes have been examples of [[DudeNotFunny unfair and unequal treatment]]. Still others are brought on by her own ego, so there's a slight subversion there, and Runt is frequently saving her bacon.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has Rita and Runt, a cats-rule-dogs-drool OddFriendship. However, Rita is more of a sympathetic nature, as nature as, despite her arrogance and selfishness, most of her misfortunes have been examples of [[DudeNotFunny unfair and unequal treatment]]. Still Still, others are brought on by her own ego, so there's a slight subversion there, and Runt is frequently saving her bacon.



* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' This is {{deconstructed|Trope}} and PlayedForDrama, since the {{Catfolk}} of TheEmpire of Thundera are a {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} who are [[SuperiorSpecies genuinely excellent]] fighters, have an [[TheOrder order]] of KungFuWizard[=/=]{{Magic Knight}}s and possess powerful {{Ancient Artifact}}s. As a result, they do much CulturalPosturing around [[MasterRace believing]] their own press, that they were and are the great civilizers of their planet, who "brought law and order to a [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals world of warring animals]]." This is a deeply-rooted societal justification for [[AnimalJingoism jingoistic]] FantasticRacism against other [[PettingZooPeople Animals]]. They place minorities like {{Dog|faces}}s in a FantasticGhetto to be victimized by "Alley Cats" (the bottom rung of Cat society, who apparently distract themselves from their own low status by lording it over the even lower-status Dogs). In their war with the {{Lizard|Folk}}s, the Cats [[MadeASlave enslave]] the hungry Lizards they catch raiding crops (due to the Cats' monopolization of arable land) even [[VigilanteExecution lynching]] them, if they feel like it. Its only a matter of time until the Cats' sense of security undoes them. [[spoiler: It turns out that this is all due to the Cats being Mumm-Ra's most trusted lackeys back before crash landing on Third Earth when they overthrew Mumm-Ra. The cats were put in charge of the new society; generations later, it went to their heads.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' This is {{deconstructed|Trope}} and PlayedForDrama, since the {{Catfolk}} of TheEmpire of Thundera are a {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} who are [[SuperiorSpecies genuinely excellent]] fighters, have an [[TheOrder order]] of KungFuWizard[=/=]{{Magic Knight}}s and possess powerful {{Ancient Artifact}}s. As a result, they do much CulturalPosturing around [[MasterRace believing]] their own press, that they were and are the great civilizers of their planet, who "brought law and order to a [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals world of warring animals]]." This is a deeply-rooted societal justification for [[AnimalJingoism jingoistic]] FantasticRacism against other [[PettingZooPeople Animals]]. They place minorities like {{Dog|faces}}s in a FantasticGhetto to be victimized by "Alley Cats" (the bottom rung of Cat society, who apparently distract themselves from their own low status by lording it over the even lower-status Dogs). In their war with the {{Lizard|Folk}}s, the Cats [[MadeASlave enslave]] the hungry Lizards they catch raiding crops (due to the Cats' monopolization of arable land) even [[VigilanteExecution lynching]] them, them if they feel like it. Its It's only a matter of time until the Cats' sense of security undoes them. [[spoiler: It turns out that this is all due to the Cats being Mumm-Ra's most trusted lackeys back before crash landing on Third Earth when they overthrew Mumm-Ra. The cats were put in charge of the new society; generations later, it went to their heads.]]



* The fossil record as currently available suggests the reason there are so many more cat species than canine is that cats were driving canines extinct by virtue of being superior hunters, the exceptions usually being canines who formed packs.

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* The fossil record as is currently available suggests the reason there are so many more cat species than canine is that cats were driving canines extinct by virtue of being superior hunters, the exceptions usually being canines who formed packs.
27th Oct '17 8:57:51 AM bfunc
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** Study of actual living felids suggests that they regard the notion that you can't reproduce outside your species as quaintly provincial. For felids in general, species in the same Genus and of compatible sizes are more likely than not to be cross-fertile, and quite frequently the offspring are also fertile (unlike mules, which are also a cross-species hybrid, but are generally sterile). Some exotic pet cat breeds are the result of crosses with smaller wild felines, such as servals.
6th Sep '17 12:35:27 AM PaulA
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* Creator/HPLovecraft's essay [[http://www.psy-q.ch/lovecraft/html/catsdogs.htm Cats and Dogs]] is all about this. Also, in his novel ''{{The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath}}'', cats are high-powered, intelligent and benevolent.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft's works:
** The
essay [[http://www.psy-q.ch/lovecraft/html/catsdogs.htm Cats and Dogs]] is all about this. Also, in his this.
** In the
novel ''{{The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath}}'', ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'', cats are high-powered, intelligent and benevolent.
26th Aug '17 8:27:40 AM Silverblade2
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* A number of cat Franchise/{{Pokemon}} are like this, including SelfDemonstrating/{{Mewtwo}} for a bit.

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* A number of cat Franchise/{{Pokemon}} are like this, including SelfDemonstrating/{{Mewtwo}} Mewtwo for a bit.
1st Aug '17 6:05:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YegEm2J73mM Commercials for Fancy Feast cat food]] emphasize the regal nature of cats. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GX-pCjJXO8 Commercials for Sheba cat food]] remind cat-owners that cats were once worshiped, claiming the product is "to be served by people who continue to cherish the cat".
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24th May '17 7:39:25 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Literature/TheWayBack'': Friday doesn’t think any humans are worth as much as him except his owner Anna.
24th May '17 6:14:37 AM Mjcompton
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* ''Literature/TheWayBack'': Friday doesn’t think any humans are worth as much as him except his owner Anna.
29th Mar '17 2:11:05 PM Theriocephalus
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* Most outdoor cats in "Webcomic/PrinceOfCats" talk down to Lee, whom they telepathically communicate with as part of an obligation to their princess who is smitten with him.

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* Most outdoor cats in "Webcomic/PrinceOfCats" ''Webcomic/PrinceOfCats'' talk down to Lee, whom they telepathically communicate with as part of an obligation to their princess who is smitten with him.



* Many ''WebOriginal/LOLCats''.

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* %%* Many ''WebOriginal/LOLCats''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', his pet lion is this and KingOfBeasts- he's got all sorts of special powers and stuff and assists in battle, but rarely follows Steven's orders and tends to wander off on his own.
* You could make a case for Plagg from ''WesternAniamtion/MiraculousLadybug''- he's not a cat, but a cat-themed, um, "kwami", but he tends to just want to sit around eating [[TrademarkFavoriteFood camembert cheese]] all day, regardless of what Adrien tries to tell him. That is, until an [[MonsterOfTheWeek Akuma]] shows up, upon which Plagg becomes one half of his TransformationTrinket and undergoes a sort-of FusionDance with Adrien into his superhero identity, Chat Noir.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', his pet lion is this and KingOfBeasts- KingOfBeasts -- he's got all sorts of special powers and stuff and assists in battle, but rarely follows Steven's orders and tends to wander off on his own.
* You could make a case for Plagg from ''WesternAniamtion/MiraculousLadybug''- ''WesternAniamtion/MiraculousLadybug'' -- he's not a cat, but a cat-themed, um, "kwami", but he tends to just want to sit around eating [[TrademarkFavoriteFood camembert cheese]] all day, regardless of what Adrien tries to tell him. That is, until an [[MonsterOfTheWeek Akuma]] shows up, upon which Plagg becomes one half of his TransformationTrinket and undergoes a sort-of FusionDance with Adrien into his superhero identity, Chat Noir.
29th Mar '17 2:09:44 PM Theriocephalus
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** Yet another: "Dogs eat. Cats ''dine''."



* The fossil record as currently available suggests the reason there are so many more cat species than canine is that cats were driving canines extinct by virtue of being superior hunters, the exceptions usually being canines who formed packs, of course.

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* The fossil record as currently available suggests the reason there are so many more cat species than canine is that cats were driving canines extinct by virtue of being superior hunters, the exceptions usually being canines who formed packs, of course.packs.
25th Mar '17 2:21:44 PM Quanyails
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** In most Muslim countries cats are considered superior because they were the favorite animal of Muhammad, who owned several. They are considered ritually clean, and allowed to enter mosques. Dogs get a negative rap because many Muslim clerics believe they're suitable only for hunting, not as pets and dogs, especially black dogs, scared Muhammad(they're often considered unclean). Many striped or tabby cats have three black streaks on their head, and there's a (though fairly obscure) Muslim legend that when Muhammad petted his favorite cat, three of his fingerprints stayed on her head and those of her descendants to mark their favored status. It's highly unlikely that all the cats with that marking are descended from one cat, but it's a good story. In another story, Muhammad is said to have cut the sleeve off a favorite robe that he was wearing rather than risk disturbing the cat who was sleeping on it.

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** In most Muslim countries cats are considered superior because they were the favorite animal of Muhammad, who owned several. They are considered ritually clean, and allowed to enter mosques. Dogs get a negative rap because many Muslim clerics believe they're suitable only for hunting, not as pets and dogs, especially black dogs, scared Muhammad(they're Muhammad (they're often considered unclean). Many striped or tabby cats have three black streaks on their head, and there's a (though fairly obscure) Muslim legend that when Muhammad petted his favorite cat, three of his fingerprints stayed on her head and those of her descendants to mark their favored status. It's highly unlikely that all the cats with that marking are descended from one cat, but it's a good story. In another story, Muhammad is said to have cut the sleeve off a favorite robe that he was wearing rather than risk disturbing the cat who was sleeping on it.
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