Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – Chill Cats in the Movies

Is your cat star material? Is he or she mellow enough to relax around a lot of people? How would he react to lights, cameras, action? I don’t think I’ve ever had a cat that would tolerate being a movie star. Can you imagine taking your cat to a busy Hollywood studio where he would perform in front of a camera? They’d have to film my cats staring out from under a sofa or from inside a closet.

Yet there are chill cats all over the world. We’ve reported here on cats who like to go camping, hiking, swimming, flying, boating… There are cats that act like dogs in that they’re so friendly—well, maybe not quite as friendly as most dogs with the wiggly butt and jumping bean activity upon meeting someone new.

We’ve all seen cats in movies and most of us have wondered how in the heck did they get the cat to do that? I’m still in awe of the cat (or I guess the cat and her doubles), who played Sassy the Himalayan, in “Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey.” You see cats in old Westerns—just strays with small roles, such as General Sterling Price, John Wayne’s cat in “True Grit.”

There are some more recent movies with cat cameos and even starring roles—there was Jersey, the tuxedo cat in “Can You Ever Forgive me” (2018) and Church, the part Maine coon cat that played in Stephen King’s 2019 version of “Pet Sematary.”

If your cat was in a movie what role do you think he or she could nail? Yeah, both of our cats, Sophie and Olivia would be best at hiding in the closet until all the people were gone. Olivia, however, appears in the latest Klepto Cat Mystery, “Calico Calamities,” and I’m currently working on Book One of Olivia’s Calico Cat Mystery series.  “Lights, Camera, Action!”

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