A business tycoon named Tom Brand rushes to get a last minute present for his daughter Rebecca, and enters a pet shop owned by a man named Felix Perkins. He buys a cat, and quickly makes his way home. However, on the trip back, he makes a detour at his tower, and he and the cat fall off when one of his associates refuses to pull him up. When he wakes up, he's in the body of the cat while his own body is comatose.
Perkins explains that he must reconcile with his family before his human body dies, or he'll be trapped as a cat forever.
This film provides examples of:
- Artistic License Biology: Tom drinks a dish full of brandy, which is potentially deadly to cats. Furthermore, he's about a tenth of his human weight as well.
- Baleful Polymorph: Tom, Ian, and perhaps other cats at Mr. Perkins' shop.
- Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: At one point, two security guards decide to tase a cat, and this is portrayed as being funny.
- Break the Haughty: Tom after he's switched bodies with a cat.
- Cats Are Mean: Discussed at the beginning and end of the movie.
- Cats Are Snarky: To be fair, Tom already was snarky before he became one.
- Cats Have Nine Lives: A cat recovers from falling off a tower due to being on his eighth life and having one left.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Tom as a cat. Cat owners who watch this movie will be glad that their cat(s) is not as noisy as him.
- Driven to Suicide: David. Fortunately he's saved.
- Hollywood Law: Executives can't be summarily fired, since their employment is under contract and they have clauses that restrict this. A majority shareholder also can't do things which damage the minority shareholders' stake in the company, as continuing the tower construction would.
- Incendiary Exponent: Invoked with he name of Tom's company, Firebrand.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Tom after turning into a cat, going to great lengths to get alcohol.
- Instant Expert: Tom goes from barely able to climb on a counter to flawlessly descending buildings in about a day.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The board of directors are disinterested in expanding the tower, as at this point the only real reason for expansion is so that Tom can be owner of the tallest building in North America, which is becoming a waste of money.Executive: We're not running a charity for your ego, Tom.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tom. Even before his transformation he's not really a bad guy, just too focused on business to be a good husband and father. Even his ex-wife concedes that he loved his family even if he doesn't show it. Once he was able to see firsthand how much his family missed him, he realized how much he took them for granted.
- Karmic Transformation: Tom hates cats. Guess what he turns into? It's implied that Mr. Perkins does this on a regular basis to people who hate cats.Perkins: It's the not the end of the world, Tom. You're a cat.Tom: But I hate cats.Perkins: That's what makes this so perfect.
- Lady Drunk: Tom's ex-wife.Lara: Let's get you a new martini.Madison: YES.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Mr. Perkins.
- Trickster Mentor: Mr. Perkins, portrayed by Christopher Walken in a role similar to his character in Click.
- Wolverine Publicity: This movie was heavily promoted by popular cats on social media, including Lil Bub and Nala Cat, stating that they were going to be in the movie. Nonetheless, they are just small cameos (with Lil Bub being more noticeable).