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Cat Got Your Tongue?

In honour of Taggle from Plain Kate, the FYA Book Club pick for January, here's a roundup of our favourite talking cats!

Cat Got Your Tongue?

All month long, FYA Book Clubs around the world have been reading Plain Kate by Erin Bow -- and getting to know the literary treasure that is Taggle the talking cat. 

Y'all, I am not a cat person. With that said, I LOVE TAGGLE SO MUCH IT PAINS ME PHYSICALLY. [...] As much as I rooted for Plain Kate, it was always Taggle that had my heart. He's persnickety and wildly egotistical, but in spite of that (or actually, because of that), he's the best literary cat I've ever had the pleasure to meet. TAGGLE C'MERE AND LET ME SNUGGLE YOU. I'll even throw in some catnip, because the only thing better than a Taggle is a drunk Taggle.


Since I'm all about a theme, Taggle has served as inspiration for this list of beloved talking cats! (And if you're anything like me, you get to enjoy the company of these kittehs without threat of your throat closing up!)

Baron Humbert von Gikkingen (Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns)

I know we at FYA (or OK, just Megan and I) have shown a lot of love for the "most brave and handsome cat ever to walk upright with a top hat and cane", but he merely ended up at the top of this list because of the alphabet. Swearsies!

The entire cast of Cats

I've never seen Cats, so even though the singing's incredible, this presumably serious and poignant moment seems really silly with those costumes and no context.

Felix the Cat

Felix is to cats what Mickey is to mice. (And apparently, also a rowdy drunk.)


The greatest opponent of Mondays clearly has his priorities in order.

Jiji (Kiki's Delivery Service)

My love of Jiji has already been well-documented, but he truly is the perfect blend of sweetness and snark. 

Luna and Artemis (Sailor Moon)

Being the advisors to the Sailor Guardians can be a thankless job. At least these two can commiserate together.

(And with Diana too, I guess. Esp. since she has to look after Chibi, ugh.)

Meowth (Pokémon)

Team Rocket's bizarrely Brooklyn-accented Meowth has his moments of insight... and then it's back to cat puns, 24/7.

Puss in Boots

This swashbuckling kitty was so popular, he got his own movie (... that bared no resemblance to the original fairy tale, but whatevs).

Salem Saberhagen (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)

Salem can always be counted on for a well-timed "Meow".

Scratchy (The Simpsons)


This is the least violent depiction of Scratchy that I could find. (But of course, the rest of this parody is an entirely different sort of grim than the first five minutes of Up.)

Si and Am (Lady and the Tramp)

Their song: memorable. Their 'Asian' accents: deplorable.

Sylvester (Looney Tunes)

Even if you never wanted Sylvester to succeed, you felt a bit bad for the guy, right? 'Cause let's face it, Tweety's kind of a d-bag.

Thackery Binx (Hocus Pocus)

Binx may have gotten himself turned into a cat, but he's as brave and loyal as they come.

Tom Cat (Tom & Jerry)

Tom doesn't always talk, but he puts those pipes to good use when he's courting a lady cat.


So who's your fave talking cat? Did we leave anyone off of this list? Are you glad I made it to the end without a single 'purrfect'? (Whoops, almost to the end then.) 

If you'd like to chat about talking animals with an FYA Book Club, there's still time to make it to the Plain Kate meeting with some of our chapters -- Des Moines! Philly! Savannah! South Bay! Tyson's Corner! -- including Toronto, whose members will be brunching with author Erin Bow, WHAT WHAT! (And uhhhh February's pick, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, also has a sort-of-talking animal in it... yeeeeah.)

Want to join an FYA Book Club? We've got locations worldwide (and don't forget about the 'burbs)! Don't have one near you? Grab a cocktail, send us an email and start one today!

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.