Except in werewolf movies, canines are portrayed as heroes, and on the evidence of National Velvet, Seabiscuit and countless westerns, horses can do no wrong.
Cats, on the other hand, have had a rough time of it since the first Tom and Jerry cartoons. Devious, scheming, vicious and cowardly, preying on birds, mice and other defenceless creatures, cartoon cats usually meet a gruesome fate. In the heyday of Loonie Tunes, Warner Bros’ animation trademark, when Sylvester matched wits with Tweetie Pie the cat was routinely squashed, pulverised, dismembered or blown to smithereens, much to the delight of young audiences and their parents.
It’s true cats had favourable supporting roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and achieved a certain cult status in The Incredible Journey and The Cat from Outer Space, and there have been feline bit parts in countless other films, read full