In this case, we’ve saved the best for first. As punishment for trying to take over the world, former man-witch Salem was transformed into a powerless cat, doomed to spend 100 years with the Spellman family. He’s also responsible for the destruction of the once-great holiday Bobunk. (“Sweet, sweet Bobunk.”)
Scratchy, The Simpsons
Despite his constant screams of terror, we don’t believe Scratchy is ever truly afraid of death. (Why else would he spend so much time with the blatantly homicidal Itchy?) Plus, he more than earned his spot on our list for having to spend even one episode with that god-awful Poochie. Ugh… Poochie…
Wendy Beauchamp, Witches of East End
Cursed with the ability to turn into a cat at will — though we consider that to be more of an adorable blessing — Aunt Wendy squandered most of her nine lives on risky encounters with crocodiles and knife-wielding Virginia Madsens. Plus, there was that nasty bout with syphilis… but Wendy doesn’t like to talk about that.
Stimpy, Ren and Stimpy
Sure, Stimpy doesn’t look like a cat, but did anything on this show make any sense? I mean, Stimpy is literally hugging a fart in this picture, so his lack of cat-ness should really be the least of our worries.
Mrs. Whiskerson, Friends
While some people (Joey!) would dismiss Mrs. Whiskerson as “not a cat,” this hairless wonder wormed her way into our hearts — and Gunther’s — forever with just a one-episode guest appearance.
The Thundercats, Thundercats
Snarf aside, I dare you to find a more muscular group of cats in Hollywood. Go on, take all the time you need.
Purrfect, The Voice
CeeLo Green may not be returning to The Voice, but his fluffy friend Purrfect will live on forever — mostly because it has its own Twitter account.
Garfield, Garfield and Friends
Though we never really knew why Garfield hated Mondays so much — seriously, how is one day different from any other for a cat? — something about his I-just-can’t-be-bothered attitude really spoke to us. Also, lasagna.
Toonces, Saturday Night Live
“Where to?” is what this ’90s SNL staple would have asked if it could speak. Sadly, it could not speak, only drive. (And, honestly, it didn’t even do that very well.)
Snagglepuss, The Quick Draw McGraw Show
The animated embodiment of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the ambiguously flamboyant Snagglepuss lived in a closet cave which he was always trying — and failing — to make more liveable. #PinkPeopleProblems