There was a commercial with live kittens as office workers.
Every advert for cat related products, such as cat litter (one UK advert involved a white kitten searching the house for the litter tray with a child-like voice over) and cat food. They're also going to be on some of the packages of said products (especially for food that's specifically designed for kittens).
Chessie, the mascot of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. She was introduced in 1933 to promote the railway's overnight trains, and soon took over C&O advertising. The railway added two kittens (Nip and Tuck) and a husband (Peake the tomcat). In 1972, when the C&O merged with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Western Maryland Railway, Chessie became the mascot for the entire Chessie System.
Osamu Tezuka's Astro Cat: In a world where Astro Boy is just a cartoon show, a bullied Astro Boy obsessed kid is forced to take his little tomcat away from home. When a group of aliens disguised as humans accidentally run over him and his pet cat, they try to cover it up by healing both the boy and cat up and erasing their memories of the event. However, because they have never seen a cat before, they unwittingly give the near-death tomcat all the powers of Astro Boy based from their readings of the injured boy's memories. With the ability to speak, lift heavy objects and fly, Astro Cat spends the rest of the series saving his sweetheart, Mink, or his owner from danger, both mundane and supernatural.
Subverted by one of Astro Cat's enemies, Mephisto, a devil-like feline with supernatural powers who's lived since Egyptian times, who attempted to make Mink his bride.
In another of Osamu Tezuka's works, Yuusha Dan, a young Ainu native, Kotan, who's a Friend to All Living Things befriends a white tiger after it escapes from a train carrying him to the zoo. Together they fight off villains while searching for a fantastic treasure.
Additionally, Chiyo in a cat costume in Sakaki's imagination. Awwwww!
And if that weren't enough for you, Sakaki likes to fawn over Nekokoneko ("neko" meaning "cat", and "koneko" meaning "kitten"), a pair of white cats with Blank White Eyes (more accurately, a kitten resting on top of a cat's head).
Then there's also the very, very realistically-drawn newborn kitty that Yukari tries to hand off to the girls, and those in photos from Sakaki's Cat Fancy-style magazine. It was the Art Shift that made them realistically adorable.
Cute kittens seem to be all over Fullmetal Alchemist omakes...Al taking in a stray is probably part of the reason "Flame vs. Fullmetal" is a favorite in the 2003 anime (bear in mind, Al is an animated suit of armor).
Even better. She combines the cuteness of kittens with the cutness of bunnies, for a massive cuteness overload.
Not only can Kyo from Fruits Basket turn into a cat when hugged by a girl, but he even attracts cats to him, like a pied piper of cute. He's just chilling in class, minding his own business, when BAM! a dozen cats are suddenly draped all over him.
We can't forget Kisa, can we? She turns into a tiger. An adorable pint-sized baby tiger (who still has quite a bite, though. Tohru knows that well)
In the twelfth episode of Keroro Gunsou, Giroro takes a liking to a white kitten he finds in the rain (the FUNimation dub gives her a name — Miss Furbottom). She goes on to become a recurring character.
Sphinx, the cute little kitty Index smuggled home in A Certain Magical Index. She was so taken by his cuteness she'd named him shortly after she saw him.
Shampoo from Ranma One Half is cursed to turn into a cute kitten with pale pink fur and violet socks and ears. One of the more adorable transformations, but unfortunately Ranma's number one phobia.
The Student Council mascot Arthur in Code Geass. He enjoys biting Suzaku, his unofficial owner, but he's much nicer toward pretty much everyone else in the show.
Word of God says that Arthur does like Suzaku. His bites are supposed to be his way to show his affection, which is Truth in Television, as cats may bite or otherwise nibble on the object of their affection.
Sometimes cats just show up in random scenes for no purpose other than to be adorable. A strip where Italy practices his training on a cat, for instance, or where Japan pets one while delivering some exposition.
Meanwhile, the Alternate Continuity series Negima!? includes a kitty character in the form of Shichimi. While the cat may be annoying at times (although not as annoying as Motsu), Shichimi also has her share of cute moments (especially when said moments involve Nodoka in some way).
The Cat Returns exists solely because of this trope. It's about a girl who's taken to the magical world of cute, talking kitties and then herself begins to transform into a cute, talking kitty.
He doesn't look much like one, but Doraemon is a robot cat. He had cat ears once upon a time, but they were chewed off by a mouse when he was sleeping. Poor guy is now terrified of them. His sister Doremi invokes this trope full force.
Tama & Shiranui of Hayate the Combat Butler invoke this trope when they show up. Isumi even comments on Shiranui being a cute kitten, before he starts his evil plan.
Would you believe this trope is used in Battle Royale? The island the students fight on seems to have a lot of kittens. Shuya and Noriko get a literal Cat Scare moment, a kitten is cruelly killed by a maddened student and there is a whole Flash Back sequence about one guy who took to his class a very young kitten. All those kittens are realistically drawn.
In Nyan Koi!, the main character Junpei, has been cursed to understand cats which he has an allergy to. To cure the curse (which will turn him into a cat over time), he has to grant 100 wishes to the cats he meets. Meanwhile, he's surrounded by a growing harem who likes cats.
Seto no Hanayome has an entire revolve around a kitten. Merfolk regard cats as their natural enemies, so when Nagasumi picks up a stray kitten, he finds out he can weaponize it and reduce hardened gangsters to gibbering wrecks. Everybody else at his school is just awed at the cuteness.
Early in YuYu Hakusho, Kuwabara is being blackmailed by a random thug who is holding his kitten hostage. That's right - the character who looks most like a normal street thug is a kitten lover.
WHENEVER Sebastian from Black Butler finds a cat (cue Ciel calling him a neko-baka, cat-obsessed idiot. Even if it's true when he sees one). Yes, cats are cute enough even to make demons gush over them.
Bulma's father in Dragon Ball has a gigantic soft spot for animals, and takes in stray cats, dogs, and dinosaurs (yes, dinosaurs) and lets them have free roam of Capsule Corporation. His favorite is a small, black, seemingly never-aging cat that spends almost all of its time perched on his shoulder. The cat is named Tama in the Japanese version and Scratch in the American dub. One of the very few times it moves off his shoulder is to rest in Android 16's hand and nuzzle into it in Dragon Ball Z. And that's not even getting into Yamcha's best friend Pu'ar, a sentient, floating shapeshifting cat; well, more of a cat-like thing, but still...
According to the PMMM wiki, Gen Urobuchi admits that he was not aware of any cat and that he was surprised when he saw it at the storyboard of the OP. Amy was never part of the original storyline as she was fabricated by SHAFT for the OP of the Anime to mislead viewers and fans with a Red Herring. However, SHAFT approached Urobuchi for the Drama CD and asked him to include the cat in it, so Urobuchi accepted and she was included in the drama CD. Amy is actually the reason why Madoka was a Magical Girl in the third timeline; her wish to Kyuubey was to save the kitty's life when she was seriously injured.
Yune of Ikoku Meiro no Croisée has a knack for finding cats wherever she goes, and she just can't... help... petting... them— 'scuse me, gotta chase a cat! Even the ending theme and mid-episode transition cards feature her with cats.
While not a kitten, Naruto gets help from an adorable cat named Ishi in completing the first step of the Rasengan.
In GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class, a misreading of the word for "sketching" inspires Kisaragi to draw cats in her croquis book and on a pasteboard where a cat who's "looking for a girlfriend" has been drawn; she later finds the same pasteboard with a bunch of kittens on it.
An episode of K-On! has Azusa taking care of a little bitty kitten that actually belongs to Jun. Azusa is uncertain due to her inexperience, but relaxes for a bit after the kitten climbs into her lap and lies down there.
Inuyasha has Kirara the two tailed demon cat. In her 'rest' form, she is an adorable little kitten.
In El-Hazard: The Magnificent World, there's Ura the armor cat. Why does El-Hazard have an armored vest that happens to be a talking cat? Because he's adorable.
Ruffles the Rage Cat (known in canon as Dex-starr) uses this to his advantage by being a) aggressively adorable and b) adorably aggressive. Then he blows your head off with his Red Lantern powers. His tragicbackstory just makes him more desire-to-hug inducing.
In the in French comedy The Closet the hero's quasi-mentor figure owns an adorable kitten. In fact, it was because the main character found said kitten on the terrace of his appartment that he had the chance to meet his gay neighbor which helps him.
The section of Allegro Non Troppo set to Sibelius' Valse Trieste. Watch this without tearing up at least a little. Bet you can't. No other animal would have worked as well as the cat. Not even a puppy.
Horribly, horribly subverted in The Brothers Grimm. The most infamous part in the movie is when a small, adorable white kitten is walking along the floor during an absurd scene where a woman is being threatened with a large, spinning blade. When the torturer sees the animal, he gets startled and (read at your own risk) kicks it in the air, where we see it hit the blade and get chopped up into pieces as its flesh flies everywhere.
Crosses the Line Twice: the evil General then takes the kitten's eye that's been splattered to his coat, and eats it like a rare delicacy - a Take That at French food?
Similar horrible, horrible subversion in Pet Sematary Two: at one point the evil, reanimated dog is shown in a kennel at a vet's office, growling at another kennel with three adorable tabby kittens in it. The kittens hiss back. Cut to the next morning, where we see an excited little girl being led into the room by her mom who tells her that she can pick whichever kitten she wants, only to scream in horror at the sight of the dog's busted-open kennel and the kittens' busted-open kennel caked with blood and gray fur.
Hellboy's film counterpart likes kittens even more than his comicbook version, keeping entire litters of kittens in his room. In the first film's Crowning Moment of Awesome, he whups a baddie while simultaneously rescuing a basket of itty-bitty kitties.
You know what I really like? A basket of kittens. I think everyone watching this film should just go out and buy, or otherwise procure, a basket of kittens.
Several kittens appear in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. Strangely enough, Michael, who is known to kill dogs, completely ignores the kittens.
Now who can forget Jonesy in Alien? Not even the xenomorph can resist thinking the cat is cute.
The Spirit establishes that the main character likes cats, and The Octopus the villain pretends like cats and introduces us to a cute kitten, Muffin, "his favorite" who he then proceeds to... melt to death.
Death, who is normally dispassionate about his job, has a soft spot for cats and gets really upset when he has to collect a bunch of kittens at once because someone drowned a sack of them in a rain barrel.
In The Last Hero, he also had a few things to say about Schrödinger's famous thought experiment.
And then there's this exchange from Thief of Time, on a diorama of stuffed kittens.
Susan: I wonder what happened when the man who did this met my grandfather.
Lobsang: Would he have met your grandfather?
Susan: Oh, yes. And my grandfather is rather fond of cats.
One of the ways it's made clear that Tommen Baratheon isn't bad is that Tommen is given a trio of kittens, of whom he becomes very fond. This is in contrast to his older brother Joffrey, who was once told that a cat was pregnant with kittens, so he cut them out of her with a knife. And if you think that A Song of Ice and Fire could never be cute, just listen to the names Tommen picks: Ser Pounce, Lady Whiskers, and Boots. After four books full of endless betrayal and suffering, this is exactly what the audience needs.
It is mentioned that Princess Rhaenys also had a black kitten; after her death it is implied that her kitten grew up to become a true Targaryen; it is the toughest, meanest old cat in the Red Keep. Martin has even basically confirmed this
In The Belgarion and The Malloreon series by David Eddings, Kal Zakath, the "evil" emperor of Mallorea, is foreshadowed as turning out to be a decent guy at heart by his affection for his striped tabby cat and her kittens. A Running Gag soon develops where 'Zakath is constantly trying to give the kittens away to people, as his cat keeps having so many of them.
Warrior Cats. They manage to even make Tigerstar and Scourge look adorable when they're written/drawn as kittens.
And of course, fan artists will always fall back on this trope when it comes to drawing chibis.
In the Cat Who series of books by Lillian Jackson Brown. There is a cast of several Kitties, but the main stars are the Psychic cat Koko, and his partner Yum Yum.
In T.S. Elliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and the musical based off of it called Cats, there's a couple dozen, and a subversion: Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, is now quite old and ugly.
Subverted by Umbridge in Harry Potter. Just because she likes (moving!) pics of kittens, this doesn't mean she's one of the good ones.
In Whispering Nickel Idols, Garrett acquires a bucketful of kittens whose very presence seems to radiate feelings of happiness, contentment, and party-time good cheer. It turns out that they're disguised lesser avatars of a goddess of merriment and the night.
HP Lovecraft loved cats; most of his bizarre dream based stories featured magical cats that lived on the moon and were generally very helpful. He also wrote an essay on why cats are better than dogs. here.
Only one of his stories features the helpful moon-cats. Another features the same cats in a creepier context, where they eat a couple of cat-haters to the bone for revenge of killing a kitten.
There is an entire subgenre of mystery books called the "cozy mystery" in which the protagonists have a pet cat that helps them solving the murder that happens.
German philosopher Oswald Spengler wrote in The Decline of the West this: "A peacock is indubitably speaking when he spreads his tail, but a kitten playing with a cotton-reel also speaks to us, unconsciously, through the quaint charm of its movements." Even cultural pessimists think everything's cuter with kittens!
In an episode of Scrubs, after the guest star psychiatrist told JD about "Takotsubo cardiomyopathy" (broken heart syndrome), where the heart muscle weakens due to emotional stress, JD wonders how he's supposed to treat emotions. Cue an Imagine Spot where he dumps a box of kittens over a patient having a heart attack ("Get the kittens! Stat!") and then lists the possible side-effects of kittens. Namely, allergies, tiny scratches, and erectile dysfunction.
Willow: I keep thinking, okay, that's the cutest thing ever, and then she does something cuter and completely resets the whole scale.
Spike takes Buffy out for a night of gambling with his demon buddies. In a Visual Pun the 'kitty' is filled with actual kittens ("They're delicious!") being used for currency. Eventually Buffy gets annoyed and upends the kitty, letting them escape.
Extremely subverted in Hyperspace, where anyone who is sentenced to their equivalent of rehab gets put in a room where all they see is kittens, and a voice saying stuff like, "Look at the kitten. The kitten obeys authority. The kitten is happy. Be like the happy kitten. Obey authority and be like the kitten." Everyone who goes in comes out brainwashed, although it does appear to wear off, otherwise the entire show would be full of people wandering around singing silently.
Don't forget the incident of Black Comedy in the form of Colbert challenging a guest to debate him on the subject of throwing kittens in a wood chipper.
In the 21-February-2012 episode, he challenged a fake anti-Colbert TV ad's claim that he doesn't kittens by holding a kitten in each hand. "I love these two little kittens," he said, "And I will continue to do so until the moment they become cats."
House: Death Cat. How can something so cute be an omen of your doom?
An episode of Top Gear has Jeremy discussing the finer points of twin turbocharged engines, but before he launches into his explanation, he remarks that some people in the audience tend to find such explanations boring, "so here's some soft little kittens for you to look at." The screen splits halfway between Clarkson and a mound of cuddly little kittens.
In the "Charlie" episode of The Mighty Boosh, Naboo advises Howard to look at a picture of kittens in a barrel to soothe himself whenever he feels himself getting too angry. The kittens in a barrel reappear during the end credits of the episode, apparently entirely for the viewer's benefit.
The Daily Show, during the healthcare debate, had the great toss-up between healthcare and a video of kittens playing in an empty tissue box.
Jon Stewart: Healthcare is today's hot-button issue, but... how did the kitten get in the box?
Data's cat, Spot, in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Possible subversion swinging back towards a straight play when Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome causes her to de-evolve into an iguana and then have a litter of perfectly normal kittens.
Craig Ferguson's version of The Late Late Show always ends with the feature "What did we learn on the show tonight, Craig?", which is introduced with an animated kitten.
Red Dwarf starts when Lister doesn't want to give up on his cat.
In an alternate universe, Kochanski discovered Lister's kitten when he smuggled it on board, and its Kitten Eyes convinced her not to disintegrate it.
Operation Kitten Calender on VH-1 was an extreme example of this trope. It's basically a spot on parody of The Apprentice except people are competing to make the best kitten calender, not work for Donald Trump.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Crow had a tendency to exclaim "Kitties!" with delight whenever a kitten showed up in a movie...or any kind of cat...or, well, pretty much any animal at all, especially if it happened to be deadly.
Even Keith Olbermann is not immune. The "sanity break" at the middle of his show often had one or more adorable kitten videos. Keith would occasionally interrupt himself to squee "Ooo, a kitty!" Unfortunately, he's allergic to cats.
German TV station hr3 used to play segments of this video during programme breaks. Probably the only case in history where you were annoyed at the break ending.
Comedians Hale&Pace can't resist to play with this trope. Enter Hale with some really, REALLY cute kitten on his shoulder. Cue to Pace revealing a big microwave...How will THAT end? After much talk and zig-zagging, they finally open the microwave to reveal an already microwaved cat. Plastic, of course. (Note: This gave them instant infamousness to the point that even the Other Wiki mentions the sketch.)
There's a show on Animal Planet called Too Cute! Kittens that looks at litters of various cat breeds from birth to a few months old.
In the song Wretch by the Canadian band Protest The Hero, there is meowing at 3:31.
"Jakdo" by pinknruby has purring most of the way through. The band made a stop-motion animation of the first 30 seconds featuring the sleeping cat and some scrunched up paper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyY9Y7XUCRU
You attack a baby, he cries. Attack a puppy, he cowers. Attack a kitten, he fights! One day old and he's lookin' for some shit!
Swords and Scorcery Creature Collection - Moon cats. Magical kitties that appear after moonrise. Those who encounter them get good luck afterwards. Although sought by mages believing them to hold access to powerful magical energy, there are no known instances of them being captured. The rare times a moon cat has been caught, it vanished by sunrise.
Fragile Dreams relies heavily on this. Not only can you feed and play with stray cats, but there are three mandatory quests that involve Seto following or befriending a cat. Part of Ren's motif is her strong friendship with the cats. Cats are arguably the one thing in Fragile Dreams that is happy, put there to cheer the player up.
In My Sims, the cat statue ground flair adds 3% to a building's cuteness.
In The Sims 3, a Sim who uses the "Awwww" interaction on a kitten will receive the +10 moodlet "Kittens!" for one Sim hour. A cat that had just given birth to a litter of kittens will give herself and her family the +80 moodlet "New Kittens" for one Sim day. All the same things work with Precious Puppies, too.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves has disco dancing kitties in Jimmy T's stage.
In Chrono Trigger, the main character has a cat, and he can win more kitties at the fair (as well as a supply of food!). Later on, we learn Magus used to have a cat named Alfador...and if you have Magus in your active party and go where the cat is, he'll follow his owner around the area! Aww...
Cats are pretty much a running gag in the game. When you fight Ozzie as part of Magus' sidequest, you hit a switch and fall down a pit. After heading back, everyone prepares for battle, then stops and they all watch as a cat randomly wanders in and presses the switch that kills Ozzie, then leaves.link.
There are plenty of stray cats to feed and befriend in Persona 3. One of Elizabeth's Requests is to feed one in particular. When you do feed it, it comes back looking larger and healthier.
Persona 4 has them too, including one you can spend time playing with to increase a social stat.
Ōkami also provides lots and lots of cats to feed in the game's strangely endearing "Animal Feeding" mini-quests. The game went as far as to reinstate the Cat as a Chinese Zodiac constellation, and this Brush God gets along quite well with Amaterasu despite the latter being a canine.
On the other hand, an undead questgiver has nothing better to do with her kitty than using it as a guinea pig for experiments with demonic substances.
With pet battles, now there are many different cats to collect as vanity pets, including Kel'Thuzad's cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, now a reward if you collect certian pets that drop from older raids. Unlike most cats in the game, he's classified as undead and has ice attacks.
There are quite a few cats in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, who always come up and greet Link (be he human or wolf) with a 'Mew!'. You can even cuddle them! In the Hidden Village you can even play a game where you have go talk to them all, and one of the responses you can get if you talk to cat which you've already talked to is "We're already friends, meow!". Awww.
Dwarves in Dwarf Fortress are susceptible to this trope, often adopting the fort's ludicrous supply of cats. This can be very bad for your framerate. The main developer, Toady One, has his own feline companion, Scamps, and the update log often includes lines such as "Scamps fell asleep on my shoulder like a very tired parrot today." Awwwwwwww...
In Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, there are cats hiding in some areas. Upon picking a cat up, it will go back to the village. Normally you can't do anything with them (aside from hitting them to make them freak out), but if you have a particular glyph, you can transform into a Cat Girl and talk to them to get some hints. Also, the cats are all named after various ingredients (like Soybean, Flour and Tofu), which makes them all the more cuter. Holding the stylus on the screen while one of the cats is present will cause a toy mouse to appear, allowing you to tease the cats with it and make them jump after it.
Chen from Touhou is sometimes depicted in fanart as having cat subordinates. And her animal form, as part of her nekomata shtick, is a two-tailed cat.
She canonically tries to have cat subordinates. They don't listen to her and only hang around because she feeds them.
No More Heroes — Jeane the cat, the closest thing to family our homicidal hero Travis has in Santa Destroy. The player can interact and play with her by selecting the "Jeane" option in Travis' living room. There is absolutely nothing gained by doing this. Try to stop yourself doing it every time you're in the room.
Jeane returns in the sequel, much chubbier. A major sidequest is to bring her back down to brainshattering cuteness, which also nets a nice extra.
But chubby Jeane was already brainshatteringly cute!
One of the jobs in the first game has Travis wondering around picking up runaway cats.
Monster Hunter: Your character can interact with the simply adorable Felyne, a race of cat people. Keeping one as a partner has beneficial effects such as decreasing damage taken, enhancing the benefits of food consumed, reducing field tool breakage, affecting the size of your bombs, improve cooking results, negating the intimidation effects of some monsters, and much more. But watch out for the Melynx; behind their cuddly appearance lies master thieves and pickpockets.
You can easily buy kitten 'companions' (pets) in World of Warcraft, provided you have enough gold.
Oh so subverted in Dragon Age: Origins "The Stone Prisoner" DLC. Kitties aren't nearly as cute when possessed by demons.
Played straight in Awakening. You can give Anders a cute little kitten that he will immediately gush over, naming it "Ser Pounce-a-lot". Anders' love of cats has a tragically hilarious backstory: the only fond memories he had of his time in the Circle Tower were the times he played with a cat that lived in the Tower named Mr. Wiggums. Sadly, Mr. Wiggums somehow became possessed by a Rage Demon and had to be put down — but not before Mr. Wiggums killed three Templars by himself. Also, sadly Anders had to give up Ser Pounce-A-Lot after he nearly gotten him killed during an expedition to the Deep Roads (though he still has a deep love for cats).
Can't forget that in vanilla Dragon Age: Origins Leliana and Sten have a conversation about Leliana catching the 'fierce Qunari warrior' playing with a kitten. Sten of course justifies it as 'training'. (As in, giving 'warrior training' to the cat. No one believes it for an instant.)
Subverted with Sukeban Shachou Rena for Wii, which, despite being based around a premise of cat love, ended up being the worst-selling Wii game at 100 copies sold.
One of the new 3DS games coming out is Nintendogs. Plus cats. Really, the name is "Nintendogs Plus Cats".
While Kintaro from Mortal Kombat would normally be classified as Panthera Awesome, if you manage to pull off a Babality on him in Mortal Kombat 9, you wind up turning him into a cute kitten version of himself, complete with kittenish mewling and purring and him drinking from a saucer of milk.
The musk cats from the Phantasy Star series, anyone? They're cute kittens that talk! In the first game, one is even a playable character!
In Shadow Of Destiny, doing an extra side quest can result in the library being filled with cute cats. You just go back into the past and give the little girl there a kitten. Back to the future, and bam. The place is filled with it's descendants.
A number of heart areas in Guild Wars 2 have kittens about, notably at the Snow Leopard shrine in the norn starting area. You can progress these areas by killing enemies, helping the priests... or playing with the kittens.
Minecraft has kittens made of blocks and they are still adorable. They are also one of the game's only defenses against the kamikaze creepers which won't go within 16 metres of one.
Kitten Helpers, Workers, Engineers, and Overseers are all upgrades you can purchase in Cookie Clicker. Their effectiveness increases as you accumulate more milknote Itself earned by unlocking achievements. Notable for being among the few things you can do that doesn't make the world a significantly worse place.
The Puyo Puyo series has a pair of cute twin Siamese cats named Cait Sith.
Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius has Mike and Ran, flying cats that shoot balls of yarn. Mike's "force field" power is hiding under various furniture, and Ran's shield is a paper bag.
Nastily subverted in Drowtales. Kel'Noz gives little Ariel a kitten - which then gets sick while Ariel is locked in a room for a week with it, and Ariel's abusive older sister Syphile, disgusted, kills the kitten in front of her.
The Order of the Stick: Mr. Scruffy. In a stick figure comic, his presence never fails to add a sense of levity to the scene. Even when he's disembowelling minor human characters. (A joke about a notorious quirk in the Dungeons & Dragons game rules.)
When the mad scientist of Narbonic has her superintelligent gerbils begin their inevitable rebellion against their creator, she sends in a cute kitten named Sir Pounce. The gerbils' human intelligence causes them to coo and aww over the kitten even as he eats them one by one. After his death, Sir Pounce is spotted in Hell.
"You can't sentence Sir Pounce to eternal torment!"
"It was an evil kitten. We can't give leniency for cuteness."
The Hey! Answerman column on Anime News Network has a "Flake of the Week" section where Answerman responds to a stupid e-mail sent to him with a cute baby animal picture. This used to be of kittens only, but now is more varied.
Probably one of the reasons Lolcats is so popular.
Tuck was pretty much the only one in his family not to be smitten by Cheddar Underfoot, mainly because cats are yet one more thing the he's allergic to. Unfortunately for him, given just was being done to the kitten when Brian saved it's life in the first place, there wasn't any way that the cat was going to go.
The pufferkittens, classified as Euclid owing to their ability to generate enough d'awww to disrupt normal staff activities.
On /b/, every Saturday is "Caturday" and there will be at least one thread involving pictures of cats.
In fact, cats serve as /b/'s Morality Pets. They absolutely hate those who abuse kittens, as seen by their efforts to bring Kenny Glenn and Cheyenne Cherry, who did just that For the Evulz, to justice.
I've heard of cats perched on shoulders, but I've never heard of cats perched on heads. This cat is so comfortable it doesn't mind using his owner's head as a blanket while she rinses and flosses her teeth. He's a cat AND a hat!
Every Friday night on Cartoon Network, they would have a short skit called "Whiskers, the kitten that can name fruit" which was exactly what it says on the tin. Here's a collection of all the fruits said by the kitten.
And then there is the "Surprised Kitty" that has actually been featured in the French Yahoo page because it is so cute it would put you in a good mood for the day.
YouTube personality Tobuscus has a video clip series called "Cute Win Fail". Needless to say, the "Cute" segment has a disproportionately high number of cats doing absurdly cute things, with babies and dogs as the other favorites.
Subverted by SCP-2559-J which is a gigantic oncoming mass of kittens who crushed a researcher and her assistants when they tried to open a portal to an alternate Nazi universe, but instead ripped open another dimension known as the "Plane of Infinite Kittens" which is apparently where all kittens come from. The mass of kittens, or kitten pile as it's commonly called, are proven to be invulnerable to conventional weapons and can exist without harm from extreme temperatures and pressures.
When The Tick was trying to masquerade as a villain to track down another villain, he was asked to prove it by, well, eating a kitten. Naturally, he beat all the bad guys and saved the kitten, instead.
The same applies for Defrosting Ice Queen Tigress. While some found her behavior in the first movie grating, seeing her as a sad young kitten trying to earn the approval of a man incapable of giving it did astounding things for her popularity.
Goes even further in the Spin-offs, in the Orphanage the directors and other kids were terrified of her because she was so strong despite all she wanted to do was play and have friends. And it got to the point where every time she asked an innocent question *Why is the sky blue?* *Why is soup hot?* the directors would openly ridicule her for "Being stupid" alienating herself further from others.
Subverted in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go where the team wipes an invading time-traveling insectoid species from existence, causing an alternate species of "space kittens" that transform into vicious monsters to take their place in the timeline.
In Xiaolin Showdown, the cat wearing Catwoman wannabe Katnappe uses genetically altered super-kittens as weapons against the Xiaolin.
In a first-season episode of Teen Titans, a botched practical joke leaves Starfire angry at Beast Boy — who tries to cheer her up by turning into a kitten. It doesn't work the first time, but the second...
Tom and Jerry averted this trope in the cartoon "Triplet Trouble" when Mammy Two Shoes adopted three kittens who turned out to be complete brats that terrorized Tom and later went after Jerry. It was one of the few times Tom and Jerry teamed up against a greater foe.
"The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse" has another interesting variation: Jerry protecting a new kitten from the jealous rage of Tom. In other words, a mouse is protecting a kitten from a cat, never mind that kittens eventually turn into cats.
The Disney shorts "More Kittens", "Three Orphan Kittens", "Lend a Paw", and several others.
Sylvester is an alley cat who gets out of the cold when Elmer takes him in - then finds his position in jeopardy when an alley kitten gets taken in too. "I can't keep you both...hahaha, baby kittens are so cute!"
Inverted in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Anger Mismanagement". The counselor asks Grim Mandy and Skarr to imagine their happy place. Grim's is a cemetery, Skarr's is beating a man erecting a giant Skarr statue, (Mandy's only shows white noise). The counselor then asks them to think of "fuzzy cute kittens". Grim imagines a pet cemetery and Skarr has the kitten raising his statue instead.
There is an episode of The Powerpuff Girls ("Catastrophe") in which the Powerpuff Girls have to find one of the kittens for a giant monster in order to help him leave Townsville alone.
The Emperors New Groove - Villainess Yzma gets dosed with a vial of her own transformation serum and turns into an evil, terrifying... floofy little kitten.
The Archer episode "El Secuestro" has Archer finding out that Cheryl, the ISIS secretary, is secretly a heiress with a pet ocelot... and the notably Jerk Ass secret agent is instantly smitten with the exotic cat. "Oh my God, you guys! Look at his little spots! And his tufted ears!"
Figaro from Pinocchio, who was spun off into his own series of short cartoons.
When the (extremely popular) Sheffield branch of Virgin Megastore finally closed, they left a sign in the window reading "Thank you and goodbye. We love you all. P.S. HMV kills kittens for profit."
There's a Japanese train station which never got any service or tourism — so Tama, a cat, was made station master. The station's now raking in the tourism money, which, according to Stephen Colbert, goes to "repairing the horrific accidents that result from having a cat as station master."
Given how the catfish lays its eggs with other fish fry, which the young catfish eats, more like "Sea Cuckoo".
Life subverts itself in that even adorable little kittens are proficient killers and learn to hunt as early as three or four weeks of age. It's creepy-cute to see a kitten carrying around a (nearly) dead mouse that looks to be nearly the size of its wee head.
Some studies have indicated that having a cat "may" have limited beneficial effects on the health and well-being of people, especially older adults. Also, medical researchers have demonstrated that stroking a purring cat can lower human blood pressure and pulse rate, as well as increase feelings of peace and well-being.
Just search for most popular YouTube videos for "Pets And Animals" and see how many you get featuring cats.
Taylor Swift has designed several greeting cards featuring kittens including this one. She's on record as saying "I feel like kitten cards make everything better, pretty much." Here.
Also a case of a series of pictures (Warning, this may make you feel like cuddling the nearest ball of fluff for the next several minutes) of an asian woman stepping on the head of a kitten whilst wearing stiletto boots. Several /b/tards tracked the lady down, based on nothing more then what she looked like, and the location of the bridge she was standing on! Not entirely sure what her punishment was, but knowing /b/, it's safe to say she'll regret killing that kitty for the rest of her life. Rightfully so, too.
Ditto for the infamous Zippo Cat video (inspirer of the NEDM meme), where a man is shown dousing a kitten in lighter fluid then filming as he sets a match to it. Thankfully, the man who did it and the teenager filming it for him were both arrested, and, in a very rare instance, the video for it was successfully erased from the Internet.
Cat cafés are cafés featuring a number of cats that can be interacted with by customers. They are rather popular in Japan, although cat cafés exist in other countries as well.