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55 Disney Cats That Feline Fanatics NEED to Know!

November 5, 2022
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Are you looking for a comprehensive list of Disney cats that’ll scratch that feline itch? Perhaps you’re looking for some name inspiration for your next furry family member. If so, you’ll want to keep scrolling!

Dogs and mice might be the most important animals in the Disney franchise. But did you know that there are several Disney cats that are worth mentioning? From Tigger and his bouncing to the adorable Aristocat kittens, there are so many cats in Disney movies that have stolen our hearts over the years.

In this post, I’ll run you through the most popular Disney cats that you’re bound to love. If you’re trying to name your new pet, make sure you take note of your favorites! And hey – you might even come across a few felines that you’ve never heard of!

The 55 Disney Cats You Need to Know

Marie (The Aristocats)

Marie is the adorable white cat from the 1970 film The Aristocats.

She wears a pink bow and is the sassiest and classiest kitten out of the trio.

She’s usually vying for attention from her mother and can be seen fighting her brothers throughout the film.

Oh, and she has a charming singing voice too!

Toulouse (The Aristocats)

Toulouse is the oldest kitten from The Aristocats and is always causing trouble. He wears a blue bow and wants nothing more than to be just like Thomas O’Malley.

He’s often found playing around with paint (he’s an artist, you know!) or enjoying music.

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Berlioz (The Aristocats)

Berlioz is the younger brother of Marie and Toulouse in The Aristocats and he’s on the shy side.

He has black/grey fur and beautiful blue eyes. This little cat also sports a thin red bow around his neck. He’s also super musically talented and plays the piano for the family when they want to have a singsong.

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Duchess (The Aristocats)

Duchess is the main female character in The Aristocats and she’s utterly gorgeous. She wears a delicate gold collar around her neck and has perfect white fur, luscious whiskers, and soft ears.

She’s the love interest of the alley cat Thomas O’Malley and is owned by the once-famous opera singer Madame.

She yearns to have an exciting life with the swoon-worthy Thomas, but she’s also fiercely loyal to her owner. But that doesn’t mean she can’t get up to a few adventures while she’s exploring the Great Outdoors!

Thomas O’Malley (The Aristocats)

Thomas O’Malley is one of the most iconic Disney cats as he’s charming, loyal to a fault, and incredibly street-smart.

He’s the first cat to come across the abandoned Duchess and her kittens (they weren’t abandoned by Madame, by the way!).

So, he’s essentially the knight in shining armor.

The story follows his blossoming love for the gorgeous cat Duchess and his stepfather-like relationship with her kittens.

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The Scat Cats (The Aristocats)

The Scat Cats aren’t in The Aristocats for long, but they’re certainly memorable.

They’re alley-cat friends of Thomas O’Malley who play jazz in a penthouse. This is where you’ll first hear the song “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat!”.

The Scat Cats are called Shun Gon, Peppo, Billy Boss, and Hit Cat.

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The Cat from the Black Cauldron (The Black Cauldron)

If you have an eagle eye, you might spot the next animal on my list of Disney cats.

The cat from the 1985 film The Black Cauldron only appears for a few minutes, but he’s worth mentioning. He’s a domestic cat that belongs to Dallben and he has orange fur and a white belly.

He’s usually found wandering around in the background of shots, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Rufus (The Rescuers)

Rufus is the only cat in the popular 1977 movie The Rescuers. He’s the wise old cat who lives in the orphanage with the main character Penny who longs to find a family of her own.

He’s technically there to hunt mice. But he’s more interested in helping the Rescue Aid Society and the charming mice Bernard and Bianca track down Penny and remove her from the villainous Madame Medusa.

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Simba (The Lion King)

I literally couldn’t write a list of Disney cats without mentioning Simba. He’s the main protagonist in the 1994 film The Lion King and starts the movie as a lion cub who wants to be king of Pride Rock.

He’s the son of Mufasa (the current king!) and the nephew of Scar (who eventually kills his father in a stampede).

He eventually escapes to the jungle after Scar forces him to run away and assumes he’s been killed by the hyenas.

Instead, he spends time with Timon and Pumba before returning to fight Scar and take back his rightful place as king.

Fun Fact

The Lion King is based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet! If you didn’t know, Simba is a mirror of the character Hamlet while Scar is King Claudius.

Mufasa (The Lion King)

Mufasa is Simba’s father and the king of Pride Rock at the beginning of The Lion King. He teaches Simba the importance of respect and excellent leadership before he’s tragically killed by his brother Scar.

He plays a crucial role in bringing Simba back to Pride Rock to face his true path in life.

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Scar (The Lion King)

Scar is a villain you love to hate. Part of that is down to the fact that he’s voiced by Jeremy Irons. But I just can’t get enough of the song “Be Prepared”!

He has a dark mane and a scary facial scar that represents his inner turmoil.

He lures Simba and Mufasa to the stampede area and releases Mufasa to be crushed by the wildebeest below. It’s basically one of Disney’s most traumatizing movie moments – if you know, you know!

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Nala (The Lion King)

Nala is Simba’s love interest and the eventual queen of Pride Rock. She’s Simba’s childhood friend but grows into a respectable lioness who seeks out Simba and convinces him to come home.

She’s brave and strong-willed, making her the perfect Disney heroine!

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Sarabi (The Lion King)

Sarabi is Mufasa’s wife and Simba’s mother. She’s not seen in the movies as frequently as the other lions, but she’s an important voice of reason in the movie.

Although she’s forced to become Scar’s wife when he usurps the throne, she convinces the rest of the lionesses to shun him as the true king. Talk about girl boss energy!

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Oliver (Oliver & Company)

Oliver is the protagonist in the 1988 movie Oliver & Company and he’s said to represent Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist!

He’s a super-cute orange kitten who ends the movie in a secure home with a wonderful girl called Jenny.

The film follows the story of a bunch of stray animals who are trying to survive a rough life on the streets of NYC.

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The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)

The Cheshire Cat is one of the most famous Disney cats of all time. I mean, who doesn’t know that purple and pink fur and bright smile?

He’s an apparition that appears to Alice in Alice and Wonderland, and he leaves behind a ghostly grin when he disappears.

He rarely sticks around for long, but he’s incredibly memorable.

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Thackery Binx (Hocus Pocus)

Thackery Binx is the charming black cat from Hocus Pocus. But there’s a slight twist.

He’s actually a teenage boy who’s turned into an immortal cat after he tries to save his sister from witches in the 1600s! And those witches are the Sanderson Sisters!

He talks like a human and helps the protagonists banish the sisters back into the legendary book they were summoned from.

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Bagheera (The Jungle Book)

Bagheera is the black panther that looks after Mowgli (or man-cub!) in the 1967 movie The Jungle Book. He’s the tritagonist and is protective and loyal throughout the film.

He’s slightly short-tempered with Baloo and Mowgli, but he always means well. If you didn’t know, his name means “panther” or “leopard” in Hindi.

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Shere Khan (The Jungle Book)

Shere Khan is the villain in The Jungle Book and is a fierce (but suave!) Bengal tiger who dominates the jungle.

He stalks Mowgli throughout the movie as he believes he’ll turn into a hunter that’s born to kill.

He antagonizes the other jungle animals and they’re all terrified of him. Don’t worry – he gets his just desserts in the end!

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Prince John (Robin Hood)

Prince John is the ridiculous and comical brother of King Richard who oversees England while his brother fights in the war. He’s completely useless at his job and appears immature and rash throughout the film.

As he can’t seem to make any decisions on his own, he relies on the scheming Sir Hiss to make every policy for him. And that means taking a lot of tax from the poor.

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King Richard (Robin Hood)

King Richard is the true ruler in Robin Hood and he’s a pleasant and beloved king who is adored by all the characters. He’s a lion just like Prince John, but he embodies the braveness that you’d expect from the King of the Jungle.

He eventually returns to take the throne back from Prince John (much to the delight of the rest of the characters!).

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Flute Cat (Robin Hood)

The flute cat is onscreen for just a few seconds, but he’s still worthy of a mention on this list of Disney cats!

He appears in the 1973 flick Robin Hood and plays the flute as the main characters dance around Sherwood Forest.

Figaro (Pinocchio)

Figaro is the sweet black kitten from Pinocchio.

He’s owned by the woodworker Geppetto in the 1940 flick, but he was also Minnie Mouse’s cat once upon a time!

He’s full of energy and has a bit of beef with Geppetto’s goldfish during the movie! But he remains one of the cutest Disney cats around thanks to his playful attitude and adorable physical features.

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Gideon (Pinocchio)

Honest John is a not-so-cute cat from Pinocchio. He’s the bumbling sidekick of the fox Honest John and he’s essentially a drunken con artist.

He’s more annoying than helpful to Honest John, but he remains an important part of the movie.

Believe it or not, he has zero lines in the film as he’s a mute!

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Snowball (Hercules)

Snowball isn’t a main character by any means, but this singed cat is one of the survivors of the Thebes fire.

His owner doesn’t get off lightly either!

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Sergeant Tibbs (101 Dalmatians)

I’m a huge fan of 101 Dalmatians, but there’s an important cat amongst all the dogs! This cat is part of the Dalmatian search during the film and won’t rest until every single dog is returned to Pongo and Perdita.

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Related: 25 101 Dalmatians Quotes That You’ll LOVE!, 101 Dalmatians Names: A List of Every Single Name!

King Leonidas (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)

King Leonidas is one of the Disney cats that doesn’t get talked about much. But he’s a crucial character in the popular film Bedknobs and Broomsticks starring Disney legend Angela Lansbury.

King Leonidas is the king of the Isle of Naboombu in the 1971 movie and is a great soccer player (though he doesn’t follow the rules!).

He’s arrogant but overly sensitive, making him an interesting character.

Oh, and he’s also the owner of the Sar of Astaroth. So, the main characters must play a game of soccer in order to steal it away.

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Mochi (Big Hero 6)

Mochi is the adorable and chunky cat from Big Hero 6. He’s a Japanese bobtail cat owned by Aunt Cass and her nephews Tadashi and Hiro. He’s rarely seen with the two boys, but Baymax finds him fascinating!

Related: 25 Baymax Quotes That Will Lift Your Spirits

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Related: 25 Baymax Quotes That Will Lift Your Spirits

Tigger (Winnie the Pooh)

Tigger is the high-energy tiger from Winnie the Pooh who uses his tail to bounce around and bother the residents of the Hundred Acre Woods. He’s always filled with energy and positive vibes, which makes him a popular character for kids who need a lift!

Yzma in Cat Form (The Emperor’s New Groove)

Okay, Yzma isn’t a cat for the entire film. But her appearance as a transformed potion-filled cat is hilarious. Despite being one of the dastardliest Disney villains, Yzma in cat form just isn’t intimidating. She can still bite and claw, but her voice is so high-pitched that Kuzco and Patcha can’t take her seriously!

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Jaguars (The Emperor’s New Groove)

The Jaguars aren’t the main characters in The Emperor’s New Groove, but they’re part of a huge turning point in the film. Kuzco accidentally wakes them up when he’s mocking a squirrel before being saved by Patcha. And there starts a beautiful bromance.

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Charlotte’s Kitten (The Princess and the Frog)

Charlotte’s Kitten appears for about two seconds in The Princess and the Frog. But it’s an appearance for the books! The cat is seen right at the start of the film when Tiana and Charlotte are young. The scene of her teasing the cat is short and sweet – she even puts a homemade green hat on it!

DC (That Darn Cat)

DC from That Darn Cat becomes part of a serious robbery investigation when it holds the only clue to the crime – a wristwatch! The cat spends the entire film being chased by FBI agents who want to get to the bottom of that fateful afternoon.

Felicia (The Great Mouse Detective)

Felicia is an enormous and spoiled cat that’s owned by Rattigan from The Great Mouse Detective. This cat used to terrify me when I was a kid (and I’m a cat person!). So, don’t let the cute purple bow fool you.

She spends most of her time eating the mice that Rattigan feeds her. If you hadn’t guessed, being fed to Felicia is the ultimate evil punishment in this film!

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Kiara (The Lion King II)

Kiara is Simba and Nala’s daughter from The Lion King II. She’s the older sister of Kion and the lioness mate of Kovu.

She looks a lot like Nala and is technically a princess! It’s believed that she’s around 11-14 in human years.

She also appears in the 2016 series The Lion Guard!

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Kovu (The Lion King II)

Kovu is Kiara’s mate and he’s considered the Prince Consort as he marries Kiara.

He bears a striking resemblance to Scar from the original Lion King and was named Scar’s chosen heir. However, he was exiled along with the rest of his pride to the Outlands when Simba takes power.

He eventually meets Kiara and the rest is history!

He has an incredible quote where he challenges Simba on his decision to exile the lions:

“I have left the Outsiders. I am a rogue. Judge me now, for who I am. Or am I to be blamed for a crime I didn’t commit?”.

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Zira, Nuka, and Vitani (The Lion King II)

The other important lions from The Lion King II are Zira, Noku, and Vitani. Zira is Kovu’s father, and Nuka and Vitani are Kovu’s brothers!

Dinah (Alice in Wonderland)

Dinah is Alice’s lovely pet kitten in Alice in Wonderland. She only appears at the beginning and the end of the film, but she’s worth remembering! This cat has red fur, a cute pink bow, and enormous green eyes.

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Mayor Lionhart (Zootopia)

Mayor Lionhart was first introduced in the 2016 film Zootopia and he’s framed near the start of the film.

I won’t go into too much detail, but Judy Hopps is responsible for solving the case and getting him off the hook.

He’s loud and a bit arrogant, but he’s a good guy at heart.

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Mr. Manchas (Zootopia)

Another in Zootopia is a black male jaguar who works for the city’s limo service.

He’s a minor character who unfortunately goes rogue after becoming one of the predatory citizens infected with the Night Howler Sickness.

He’s eventually cured at the end of the movie!

Sabor (Tarzan)

Sabor isn’t really the primary antagonist in Tarzan, but this leopard is responsible for killing Tarzan’s parents.

The leopard is eventually killed by Tarzan when Sabor attacks, allowing him to finally avenge the deaths of his parents.

But honestly, no one’s as awful as Clayton who’s the main villain in the movie!

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Serlot (Raya and the Last Dragon)

Serlot is one of the newer Disney cats who burst onto the scene in Raya and the Last Dragon in 2021.

He looks like something between a panther and a jaguar. He’s usually seen with the Fang Troops and has long ears and a muscular body.

Antonio’s Jaguar – Parce (Encanto)

Antonio’s Jaguar doesn’t have a huge role in Encanto, but he always has Antonio’s back. He’s one of the first animals to communicate with Antonio after he receives his powers, making him special!

The jaguar is a big cat, but he’s mild-mannered and lets Antonio ride his back whenever he wants.

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Sox (Lightyear)

Sox makes an appearance on my list of Buzz Lightyear quotes as this robot is just full of amazing one-liners. He’s a ginger tabby with large green eyes and a great sense of humor!

He’s essentially a personal companion robot that’s designed to emotionally support Buzz after each of his missions in Lightyear. He wants Buzz to succeed in his mission and is partly responsible for finding the secret to achieving hyperspeed.

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Mr. Mittens (Soul)

There are some hilarious things said when 21 turns into Mr. Mittens in Soul.

He’s technically a therapy cat in the hospital, but his feline life takes a turn when he accidentally absorbs Joe’s soul.

He’s a warm and cuddly cat who momentarily makes it to The Great Beyond!

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Related: 60 Incredible Soul Movie Quotes to Make You Think

Mittens (Bolt)

There’s another Mittens on our list of Disney cats, but this one is a sassy street cat in the 2008 film Bolt!

She has black and white fur and struggles with abandonment issues. She has a New York accent and helps Bolt in his journey toward finding himself.

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Aslan (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Aslan is a majestic lion who plays an important role in The Chronicles of Narnia. He’s the king of Narnia and appears in the original movie, Prince Caspian, and Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

As well as being the king, he also created Narnia and modeled it after his idea of heaven. He’s a kind and fair leader who wants every creature to be happy.

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Jake (The Cat from Outer Space)

Jake is the playful kitty from the 1978 movie The Cat From Outer Space. He’s technically an alien but looks just like a regular Abyssinian cat!

The alien is made to crash-land his ship on earth before meeting a bunch of scientists who try to figure out the unusual activity. There’s tons of charm in this film, so make sure you check it out!

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Thomasina (The Three Lives of Thomasina)

Thomasina is a wonderful cat from The Three Lives of Thomasina which was released in 1963.

It’s a live-action film that follows the story of a regular cat and its impact on a normal suburban family.

The cat is a lovely ginger tabby and she even gets dressed up in a bonnet during one scene!

Rajah (Aladdin)

Rajah is Jasmine’s tiger pet in Aladdin and he’s the opposite of what you’d expect from this fierce jungle cat. He’s loving and sensitive, often comforting Jasmine after she has an unpleasant run-in with a suitor (or Jafar!).

He’s not a fan of Jafar or “Prince Ali”, but he eventually warms up to Aladdin!

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Lucifer (Cinderella)

Lucifer is Lady Tremaine’s mean-spirited cat and he exists to make Cinderella’s life more difficult.

Whether she’s just mopped the floors or is struggling to get out of a locked room, Lucifer is there to mess things up.

This cat is still cute, but Lucifer spends his time stalking the mice and trying to stop Cinderella’s dreams from coming true. Bad kitty!

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Sassy (Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey)

Sassy is the charming cat from Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. She’s a gorgeous Himalayan breed and is owned by a girl named Hope.

True to her name, Sassy is sarcastic and witty which comes in useful throughout the film. She has disagreements with Chance throughout the movie, but she manages to make up with him when it matters most.

Listen out for her iconic saying “cats rule and dogs drool”!

Si and Am (Lady and the Tramp)

Si and Am are the two Siamese cats from the 1955 movie Lady and the Tramp.

They spend their screen time tormenting Lady and are mischievous and downright mean. These Disney cats even try to blame Lady for messing around with the goldfish.

They sing a famous song called “We Are Siamese If You Please” and are often seen slinking around or sitting in a picnic basket.

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There you have it: a comprehensive list of Disney cats that will satisfy your love of felines! Who’s your favorite Disney cat? I have a soft spot for Rajah and Marie, but I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you prefer dogs, why not check out my favorite Disney dog movies on Disney Plus?

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