Picture Credits (l-r): Disney, Stage 6 Films, 20th Century Studios
Picture Credits (l-r): Disney, Stage 6 Films, 20th Century Studios

Cats can make such lovely, funny companions; many people have one as a pet and adore when their furry friend gets along with their children. National Hug Your Cat Day is June 4th, so why not settle down on the couch with your little ones, your cat (if you have one), and check out these movies with felines in them?

The Secret Life of Pets

A perfect family film may be hard to decide on, but The Secret Life of Pets is sure to be a movie everyone can agree upon!

Max (Louis C. K.) is a small terrier who hates when his owner leaves the flat every day; but when she brings a giant furry dog named Duke (Eric Stonestreet) home, things begin to unravel. After the two dogs get lost trying to get rid of one another, their friends wonder where they’ve gotten to.

Among those is an unbothered cat named Chloe (Lake Bell), who reluctantly agrees to help Gidget (Jenny Slate) look for the pair. As you may expect, Chloe gets into all sorts of bother including stepping in cupcakes and becoming covered in snacks. This film has a great mix of pets and Chloe is a great cat to watch.

Garfield

Bill Murray stars as the iconic ginger cat Garfield, as he gets into all sorts of trouble when he leaves home on a mission.

Garfield’s owner, Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer), buys a terrier named Odie in order to impress a girl he likes but, when the pup is stolen, it seems that Garfield must save the day! We all know the ginger kitty to be a relaxed one who generally lacks the ability to care, but despite this he still wants to get Odie back.

This film contains one laugh after another as while on his dog-saving mission, Garfield definitely makes a mess or two on the way; the perfect family flick!

A Street Cat Named Bob

Busker and homeless man James (Luke Treadaway) has his life changed in the most miraculous way, when a ginger street cat named Bob comes into his life.

Based on the bestselling book of the same name, A Street Cat Named Bob shows how pets, cats in particular, can fill up the spaces left by sadness and despair. While perhaps not a film for young kids, this movie can still be a family flick as the charming and wholesome story will leave you grinning from ear to ear.

James is a recovering drug addict and it seems that Bob, an adorable feline, is the one thing he needed to get his life back on track.

Bolt

Bolt is a wonderful story about home, love and family.

Bolt (John Travolta) is a German Shepard, owned by young actress Penny (Miley Cyrus); after shooting exciting scenes for her show, Penny and Bolt retire to their trailer. Sadly, Bolt knows nothing more than the fantasy of the series and acts unlike a normal pooch.

After getting himself lost, Bolt come across a stray cat named Mittens (Susie Essman). Mittens was abandoned and now has no home, while Bolt wants nothing more than to find his home once again.

The two team up to get Bolt home, and Mittens teaches the pup to enjoy life and love being a dog.

Puss in Boots

Puss (Antonio Banderas) began his big screen adventure in the 2004 animated movie Shrek 2, and has since had many of his own spinoffs and even Netflix series.

Puss in Boots follows the ginger sword-wielding cat as he teams up with Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) in order to defeat criminals Jack and Jill, and steal their magic beans.

We all know Puss to be rather charming and of course, funny; this film focused on him and his feline friend as they take on an exciting quest together!

Cats and Dogs

This movie definitely plays into the clichés of both cats and dogs, as the pooches are represented as loyal and determined, while the kitties are shown to be slightly evil.

A secret war between cats and dogs has begun, and unsuspecting Beagle Lou (Tobey Maguire) is caught in the crossfire. While his owner, Mr. Brody (Jeff Goldblum) is trying to create a serum that cures all dog-related allergies, the cats are trying to steal it at every chance they get.

Led by Mr. Tinkles, a white Persian cat, the other felines prepare for war when they attempt to snatch the formula and make it so every human is allergic to dogs – will they succeed?

The Cat in the Hat

This 2003 movie is chaos from start to finish, as two siblings are left home alone and a crazy, talking cat sends the house into madness!

Brother and sister Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and Sally (Dakota Fanning) Walden are left home alone one day, and are visited by the Cat in A Hat (Mike Myers), who turns their house upside down! While this character isn’t technically a cat, he dresses like one and causes absolute disarray, so there isn’t really much of a difference!

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal


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