Cats and Tropes – Fabulously Feline Traits Celebrated in Fiction

Cats and Tropes – Fabulously Feline Traits Celebrated in Fiction

We all know that cats have more than one dedicated corner in the many realms of pop culture. Whether it is famous cartoon cats, internet cats or famous cats throughout history, they have a superstar brand that’s among the biggest in the animal kingdom.

In this post, however, we dig a little deeper and show you more interesting ways cats have inspired ideas in fiction. From trusty animal sidekicks to cat-eared races in fantasy, you’re going to see just how many of these popular tropes are distinctively feline!

  1. The resident snarky housemate.

snarky housemate

Whether it’s Garfield, Grumpy Cat or Salem Saberhagen, wit and sarcasm seem to be a thing for a lot of famous cats. It’s not just the fact that they happen to be snarky either. Many people love them because this type of personality trait just goes pretty damn well with being a cat!

A very plausible reason for this is that real-life cats do have all the traits that complement a smart and witty personality. Cats are reserved, aloof and have a silent, independent streak. If they could talk, it won’t be surprising that half of them will have the occasional biting (yet insightful) remark about our life choices.

  1. Cats as magical companions.

magical companions

Speaking of Salem, however, another popular cat trope is their affinity for being magical companions and knack for spellcraft in general. Other examples include Luna from Sailor Moon, the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, and Crookshanks from the Harry Potter series.

Cats are also a popular choice of pet in many fantasy role-playing games, including Dungeons & Dragons and World of Warcraft.

The connection between cats and magic is also not surprising because it has been an association that has existed long before medieval times. Whether it was their association with goddesses, witchcraft or luck, cats are an ideal companion when you have a thing for mysticism.

  1. Cats as super villain sidekicks.

super villain sidekick

Mwahahahahaha! And of course, we can’t forget another famous trope that we mentioned in one of our previous blogs! There is just something truly empowering when you hold a cat like the classic villain of superhero and spy stories.

Because much like wit and sarcasm, the traits of a supervillain are just the right match for cats. Like Blofeld, Corleone and Dr. Evil, cats have an air of superiority and the cunning to go with it. They like being pampered and are not afraid to deceive wannabe do-gooders by hiding their deadliest weapons within their paws.

  1. The rise of the cat people.

cat people

Last, but certainly not the least, you have the increasingly popular cat people. This is most often prevalent in anime and manga but characters sporting kitty ears and tails is an idea that can be found in other works of fiction as well.

Examples include the animated cult classic Rock & Rule as well as the adoption of this trope in games like Shadowrun and Final Fantasy XIV. It’s also not necessarily an anthro thing (as some might think). However, it’s certainly a fun idea to play around if you have an artistic or literary gift. Imagine what it’d be like to actually have the ears of the cat, the sharpness of its eyes and all the stealthy grace that comes with it. And naturally, it’s a cool way to imagine yourself when you also have some decidedly feline personality traits.

When you look at these tropes, is it really so surprising that cats are as celebrated as they are? They are such abundant bundles of creative ideas, both in terms of their cuteness and their coolness. What about you? What fun ideas do you have that were inspired by your feline friend?

Top Four Tools for Removing Cat Hair and How to Use Them

Top Four Tools for Removing Cat Hair and How to Use Them

cat hair removal

As much as we love our cats, finding their hair in all sorts of places around the house is not the best experience one can have as an owner. It gets even a bit more irritating when you know there are some in the sheets or stuck in your pillows but you can’t seem to get them out.

Such annoyances can happen even with shorthairs. Despite that, it is important to know that shedding is a healthy and natural process. We humans do it too (albeit in a way that doesn’t make as much of a mess). The truly best option is to get a hair cleaner that does the right job! Here are the top three most popular types of cleaners you can try to keep your house free from a hairy situation.

 

#1. Sticky Brushes

Using adhesives, these brushes are arguably the most effective at rooting out and pulling out stray strands from areas where they can be difficult to spot (such as sofas, sheets and curtains that share similar colours as your cat’s fur).

These tend to come in one or two shapes. Sometimes it’s like a roller, other times it’s more like a brush. The only true downside, however, is the adhesive itself. More often, you wouldn’t want one that might have harmful or non-environment friendly chemicals. They also need to be replaced regularly.

Setting that aside though, they can be a quick and powerful fix if your cat often sheds around things that would be difficult to wash hair off of.

 

#2. Non-Stick Rollers

While some rollers use adhesives, non-adhesive variants do exist and they deserve a category of their own. Plenty of them is cleverly designed to pull up and pick up hair from fabrics like those in carpets, couches and beds. These can be reused without any sort of refills and are durable enough to last a lifetime.

You might even find them a bit easier to use than adhesive (which can sometimes be fickle if they prove stickier than expected). Simply roll back and forth until no traces of hair are left.

 

#3. Cat Brush Glove

These types of brushes have been trending for a while and with a good reason. It conveniently turns your own hand into a brush and you can simply start sweeping the hair off with the palm of your hand.

Even more convenient is that it doubles as a grooming tool as well! Grooming is highly regarded as the better prevention method for shedding cats. Therefore, grabbing one of these gloves means you’re hitting two birds with one stone!

 

#4. Vacuum Cleaners

Don’t just get any vacuum cleaner though! There is, indeed, a standard for what you should buy if you think a vacuum cleaner could include cat hair in its list of things to clean. Generally, you would need a really powerful one to get all the hairs wedged deep inside pillows, carpets and other upholstery.

It also depends on your cat’s habits and where they most likely leave hair. If it’s just on the rugs, then suction power is all you have to think about. But if they are just shedding all over the place, then you’ll need a vacuum that can be used on sofas as well as carpets.

There are certainly a lot more options out there than what are listed here. As far as budget goes, the brush glove and the non-adhesive rollers are your best bet, requiring just a little bit of effort. The vacuum and adhesive brushes might be a bit more costly but they can be worth the cost too. Whichever you choose though, you can be sure that they are all great tools for ridding your house from all that shedded fuzz!

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