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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.

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 in their first meeting. It fails miserably.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Poor Marc Anthony.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: 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.
  • 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: Invoked with Pussyfoot's design. The artists wanted to make Pussyfoot as cute as possible.
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  • 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 reacts this way when mistaking Pussyfoot for a mouse, after Marc Anthony covered Pussyfoot up with a bowl and Pussyfoot walked 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.
  • 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.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Marc Anthony again!!
  • 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 it ends quietly with "Ain't She Sweet" while Pussyfoot sleeps.
  • Licked by the Cat
  • Little Guy, 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." In both cartoons, Claude Cat is the antagonist: In "Feline Frame-Up," he plays the role of 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.
  • Screaming Woman: Marc Anthony's owner scream 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 (a line is 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 tried the trick a second time, but she doesn't buy it.


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