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"Feed The Kitty" is a 1952 Merrie Melodies short, and one of Chuck Jones' most beloved shorts.

A bulldog named Marc Anthony encounters an adorable little tuxedo kitten (retroactively named "Pussyfoot") who is unfazed by Marc's attempts to scare him, and in fact takes a liking to Marc as he naps on the dog's back. Marc Anthony takes the kitten home with him, but also tries to hide Pussyfoot from his owner, who is fed up with him bringing junk home.

Not to be confused with Pet the Dog or Feed The Cat.

The film is notably #36 on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list and is one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes.


This cartoon provides examples of:

  • The 50 Greatest Cartoons: #36.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Marc Anthony tries to represent this when he first meets Pussyfoot, barking and growling at him. It fails miserably.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Poor Marc Anthony runs himself ragged trying to keep Pussyfoot out of trouble.
  • Big Friendly Dog: No matter how tough he acts at first, Marc Anthony ends up going gaga over Pussyfoot. It's no good denying it, Marc Anthony.
  • Black Comedy: Marc Anthony watching in horror and what he believes to be his beloved kitten getting turned into cookie batter.
  • Bully Bulldog: Marc Anthony turns out to be a subversion. He at first acts unfriendly to Pussyfoot, but quickly melts after the kitten refuses to act scared. Later entries in the series have Marc Anthony playing this trope straight as he protects Pussyfoot from others.
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  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The first thing we see is Pussyfoot's eyes inside a can.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted. Pussyfoot does get Marc Anthony in trouble but he doesn't seem to do it on purpose.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Marc Anthony positively melts when Pussyfoot acts cute.
  • Cute Kitten: Enforced with Pussyfoot's design. The artists wanted to make Pussyfoot as cute as possible.
  • Dramatic Irony: Unlike Marc Anthony, the audience knows that Pussyfoot climbed out of the cookie batter and is safe and sound. It makes his tears while watching his owner bake her cookies all the more hilariously dark.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: The mistress of the house sees Pussyfoot running away under a bowl and think it's a mouse. She has the standard reaction, shrieking in fear as she hitches her skirt and runs away.
  • The Faceless: The lady of the house is only seen from the chest down.
  • Fake Rabies: Marc Anthony pretends to be rabid to scare off his owner in order to save Pussyfoot, but she just scolds him for wasting her whipped cream.note 
  • Gentle Giant: Marc Anthony.
  • Housewife: Marc Anthony's owner is your standard '50s housewife, taking care of the household for an unseen family.
  • Heroic BSoD: Marc Anthony breaks down sobbing when he believes that Pussyfoot has died in his master's baking. His breakdown gets worse when he is given a cookie in the likeness of a kitten, but suddenly, the real Pussyfoot, who managed to climb out of the batter bowl earlier, shows up and meows, overjoying the grief-stricken bulldog.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: Marc Anthony kisses the lady's feet to appease her.
    Lady: Well, I never!
  • Innocently Insensitive: Marc's owner tries to cheer him up with a cookie. Unfortunately it's a cat-shaped cookie and he's currently under the impression that Pussyfoot was made into said cookies.
  • Jaw Drop: Marc Anthony's jaw drops over Pussyfoot in his hand after the owner told him that he could keep the kitten.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Marc Anthony again!! His mistress also proves to have a soft spot for cats, letting Pussyfoot stay once she discovers him.
  • Knee-High Perspective: The cartoon is a good example of what Chuck called "baseboard cartoons". The only human character is only seen from the waist down.
  • Leitmotif: For Pussyfoot, "Ain't She Sweet". This is actually one of the few cartoon shorts not to end with a big crescendo, instead ending quietly with "Ain't She Sweet" while Pussyfoot sleeps.
  • Licked by the Cat: Marc Anthony starts to warm up to Pussyfoot once he licks him in the mouth, even after the dog barked at him.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: Pussyfoot as the Little Guy and Marc Anthony as the Big Buddy. The trope even used to be named "Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot".
  • Papa Wolf: Marc Anthony's role to Pussyfoot, played up in "Feline Frame-Up" and "Cat Feud." For both cartoons, Claude Cat is the antagonist: In "Feline Frame-Up," he plays the role of a jealous house cat who schemes to get rid of Marc Anthony so he can easily do away with Pussyfoot. "Cat Feud" saw a scraggly looking "Claude" harass Pussyfoot (who in this cartoon has been thrown in a sack and left for dead at a construction site), and Marc Anthony stop the bully cat at every turn.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Pussyfoot. Especially when we see his face in a measuring cup (just eyes, nose and mouth).
    • Even the cat-shaped cookie that Marc Anthony thinks Pussyfoot was made into is ridiculously adorable.
  • Screaming Woman: Marc Anthony's owner screams a few times.
  • She's Got Legs: Marc Anthony's owner. Shown a bit more when she pulled up her skirt upon seeing what she thought was a mouse. She wears pantyhose (hemline shown on the back of her legs) and high heels.
  • Shout-Out: Marc Antony's name is a reference to politican and general Mark Antony.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Odd because Marc Anthony is a dog making these distinctions, but when the mouse kisses him it provokes a very different reaction, than when Pussyfoot licks him earlier.
  • Wind-Up Key: Marc Anthony takes a key off of a toy car and pretends to wind up Pussyfoot with it to fool his owner that the cat is a toy. He succeeds, and Pussyfoot then gets himself into the before mentioned toy car, minus key. Marc Anthony finds it cute, until Pussyfoot manages to get the toy car working and starts driving erratically, possibly because of the before mentioned removal of the key.
    • He tries the trick a second time, but his owner doesn't buy it.


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