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Cats always know when it’s time to wake you up
5. Cat – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The cat in 1961 romantic comedy classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a “poor slob without a name,” according to its owner Holly Golightly, who’s played by Audrey Hepburn. Poor slob maybe, but the cat is the only feline on this list to have picked up two animal Oscars, known as Patsy Awards. The cat’s real name was Orangey, although he was sometimes credited as Rhubarb the Cat. Astonishingly, Orangey’s career stretched for 15 years, and he appeared in movies like The Incredible Shrinking Man, Gigot and The Comedy of Terrors. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is arguably his most memorable role, though, and he no doubt still brings tears to the eyes of cat lovers when he’s abandoned in the film based on the Truman Capote novella.
Crookshanks is actually part Kneazle, which explains his cleverness.
4. Crookshanks – First Appearance: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
In the Harry Potter books, Crookshanks the cat is described as a large ginger cat with a “squashed head” and a face that made him look as if he’d “run headlong into a brick wall.” Luckily, the filmmakers were able to find a cat that fitted this unfortunate sounding description. All well and good, except that Pumpkin, the red Persian cat who plays Crookshanks in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is actually a she.
Pumpkin is a rescued cat – just like Crookshanks, whom Hermione Granger took home when a pet shop owner said that “nobody wanted him.” As with Crookshanks, Pumpkin seems to be super-smart. A director’s dream, she behaved on set and did what was asked of her. Plus, she was incredibly friendly – so much so that the sound team had to regulate her purring during filming, as it was so loud. A star in the fantasy film series and a star in real life, Pumpkin now lives the good life with her owner on the Isle of Man.