For cat and anime lovers, a cat that appeared on screen was one of the ultimate happiness. With their cute tails, ears and eyes are not easy to not love them. They are also incredibly intelligent with tons of funny action. Cats also have a long line of historical greatness and have enormous amounts of mystery and beauty attributed to their species.
Sometimes, cats also contribute to the plotline of the story and not just become sidekicks of their masters. In this article, together we will look at how adorable these furry creatures are stealing our hearts from the anime world. Now please welcome the Top 50 best Anime Cats, Most Popular of All Time!
Top 50 Best Anime Cats
50. Meowth from Pokemon
As far as we all know, all Pokemon characters are based on some animal or other creatures. So Meowth is one of the animal-inspired characters that is shaped like a cat. It is not surprising to realize that you can actually collect an entire cat-themed team for your Poké-battles. But Team Rocket’s Meowth stands apart from the crowd thanks to his ability to speak. Meowth is attracted to round and shiny objects and has the unique ability to produce coins using Pay Day
He’s rather vocal about a lot of things, which only adds to the reasons why cats shouldn’t always be allowed to talk. Meowth is also a ‘human’ kitty-kat, in the sense that he walks upright on two paws rather than resorting to a four-limbed gait like his other feline cousins. In the “Pokémon” series, the nefarious machine-building Meowth is one of the handfuls of characters who have broken the fourth wall, making him as accomplished as he is still doing it.
Meowth appearance is a small Pokémon with cream-colored fur that turns brown at the tips of its hind paws and tail. Its ovoid head features four prominent whiskers, wide eyes with slit pupils, two pointed teeth in the upper jaw, and a gold koban coin embedded in its forehead. Its ears are black with brown interiors and are flanked with an additional pair of long whiskers. The tip of its tail curls tightly. No wonder he has become one of the most recognizable kitties in anime.
49. Blair from Soul Eater
Blair is one of our black little cats that is actually a witch girl. Do not be misled by its adorable appearance, this kitty can transform into a human at will. Her outdoor appearance may be amusing but causes this Catto to end up upsetting a lot of characters. Despite all of that this cat certainly packs some magical abilities, some of which involve the use of pumpkins. From shooting pumpkin-orbs at people to dropping large pumpkins on them, Blair seems to uphold the other side of pet-cat expectations.
Blair is very good at understanding other people and even showing kindness to others who are troubled. She is always looking for some fun, whether it is harmless or not. Playful and fun-loving, she is quite an affable person. She is well endowed, which is used when she flirts with Soul, usually by appearing out of her cat form in little to no clothing. This is most likely due to the fact that, in her cat form, she is always naked.
In human form, she takes on the appearance of a young, tall woman with short violet hair with long strands on each side of her face that curl up and around to resemble her tail. The bauble she wears in her cat form can be seen below her neck. She has a set of purple cat-like ears with pink tips instead of human ears. In cat form, she is a purple cat with large yellow eyes, ears with pale bushy tips, and a long curly tail. She wears a smaller version of her witch’s hat and a collar with a round bauble.
48. Happy and Carla from Fairy Tail
Okay, to be honest, these next two kitties on our list are not technically cats at all. They are, in essence, magical entities called Exceed that have taken the form of cats. Happy and Carly usually go with Cappy’s nickname. Can you imagine how adorable is that? Happy is a small blue Exceed with a white underbelly, rectangular head, and pink ears. His big black eyes with light blue cheek marks near to his tiny whiskers. Usually, Happy goes around with a green backpack. Happy can effortlessly fly, talk, speak, and do magic.
Happy is a type of character that is eccentric but very loyal to his teammates and fellow guild members. Carla on the other hand is an Exceed, the daughter of Queen Shagotee. Carla is a small cat with pink ears and brown eyes. She also wears a pink bow near the end of her tail. When uses magic, she sprouts two angeling-like wings to fly. Unlike Happy, Carla is more of a strict and serious character that rarely shows emotions.
These two cats are a buddy to the show’s protagonist, Happy the blue cat is as wacky as anime cats come. His scenes with Carla are great to watch. Both these furry cats are as captivating as their real-life counterparts. They make us want to watch their antics all day long. Besides, it’s great hearing him say “Aye Sir!” every now and again.
47. Nekobasu from My Neighbor Totoro
This show’s a classic in the anime realm, and the Catbus character Nekobasu or also known as Catbus has become a true pop culture icon. From spoofs to special mentions and merchandise galore, you’ll find that this kitty is one of the most famous anime cats of all. Nekobasu, actually a character that inspired the character of Appa in “Avatar: The Last Airbender” also looks very similar to the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland.
In the story, nekobasu appears on the road of the forest, when Mei, Satsuki, and Totoro are waiting for Tatsuo Kusakabe’s bus to arrive. After the bus speeds a bit too fast and then backs up, it meows with its glowing car light eyes and smiles like the Cheshire Cat (when he spots the girls), the girls make a random noise in surprise.
Nekobasu proves enormously helpful to the rest of the gang. When a passenger wants to go on Nekobasu, mostly Totoro and the girls, its sides droop down. Not like a normal bus door that slides on the side but in the movie’s real bus, the doors are open with a lady standing there due to it being the era of the ‘50s and it is in Japan they probably didn’t have buttons to open the doors like today.
46. Madara from Natsume’s Book of Friends
Nyanko-Sensei, or Madara as he’s otherwise called, is not your usual everyday chubby cat. He’s a Youkai, and a powerful one at that. Fans of the anime Natsume’s Book Of Friends will know that this Catto is only a chosen form for the Youkai, and not an actual kitty in any realistic sense of the word. He’s also single-minded about getting his paws on the Book itself, owing to its inherent power.
Despite his continuous complaints about Natsume being too kind for his own good, Madara has grown fond of him and helps Natsume return names to youkai throughout the series even though it will diminish the power of the book by the time it is in his hands. Nyanko, on occasion, emits a strange light that has proven capable of scaring away other Youkai.
He takes the form of a maneki neko that is round and cute. His maneki neko form is white, with an orange and grey marking on the top of his head and back, black eyes, and wears a red cat collar with a gold bell on his neck and has small red markings on his face. In Nyanko-Sensei, fans see a feline that flies and one that can shape-shift. He may seem like a fat Catto, but this one packs incredible strength in its portly form. He grows fond of Natsume over the course of the show and makes us fond of him in return.
45. Chi from Chi’s Sweet Home
This next Catto from the anime “Chi’s Sweet Home” apparently enjoys having its name printed big in the show’s title. Heavily inspired by its manga version, this cat is anime to its core and every bit as adorable. This kitty also has a beautiful storyline. She is a kitten who was separated from her mother when she accidentally strayed away from her. Taken in by the Yamada family, the stray Chi takes viewers through a sublime narrative that is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming.
The series itself is renowned for having voluminous episodes, but each one is only around three minutes long. Suffice to say, this cat has proven to be quite the scene-stealer. Chi is a small gray and white kitten with large eyes and black stripes. She tends to smile a lot, but not all the time. Her breed is a mix of an American Short Hair and a grey and white-striped Tabby cat.
Chi can get easily distracted, particularly attracted to small moving objects. Chi is generally sweet but will sometimes come off as being rude. Chi is also very clumsy at times and makes many mistakes most of which she does not seem to be aware of. With her cuteness, who can resist her appearance?
44. Sakamoto from Nichijou
Another unforgettable anime, Nichijou – My Ordinary Life sees Sakamoto the Catto being taken in by a caring family. Nano and Hakase are the show’s main characters, but Sakamoto brings his own to the plotline. Things take a turn for the technological when Hakase crafts Sakamoto a scarf that enables the cat to speak. No magic here, just fictional tech.
This black cat, for all his cutest looks, then sounded older and demanded respect. It makes for hilarious viewing to see how he’s treated, sometimes with venerability and other times not so much. The more Sakamoto pretends he is more than a cat, and the more often he does things that are typically feline, the more fans end up adoring this anime cat. It is pleasant to see him transition from his deplorable former owner to genius inventor Hakase.
Sakamoto acts like a middle-aged man and usually speaks in a condescending tone towards Hakase and Nano. However, Sakamoto tends to act helplessly like a common cat when the situation calls for it. Sakamoto enjoys what other cats like to enjoy, such as playing with toys or small objects. However, he tries to hide it from Hakase and Nano so as to avoid being seen as immature, although at times he can’t hold it in.
43. Bananya from Bananya and the Curious Bunch
To put it simply, every character in this anime is called Bananya, but a prefix to each name denotes what role each of them plays in their amusing animated community. The main Catto of the lot is simply called Bananya and, if the merchandise is anything to go by, he’s immensely popular among fans of anime.
Step aside, Tabby and Elder Bananya, this cat has got everyone’s tongUE, wagging while vocalizing its cute-sounding name. His story is well-pursued in the series and has made this anime stand out. Adorable kitties in cute banana bodies? Sounds weird when you think too much about it, but they’re actually rather sweet. Sad that the show had to end.
42. Kuroneko from Trigun
Yet another black cat seems to have pounced onto our list, and she’s every bit as welcome as the rest of them. In the Trigun anime, we see a rather contrary kitty in Kuroneko. Meaning, she adds nothing of canonical value to the plot but somehow plays a significant role in the show. The number of times she shows up on screen varies but the fact remains that Kuroneko is present in every episode of this anime.
Kuroneko usually has a running joke of popping her oval-shaped, green-eyed head on-screen at some opportune moment and usually uttering a simple nyaa. As stated in the name, she has a black appearance from head to toe. But her presence brings a lot of mystery.
The cat has a brilliant character task: she adds comic relief where needed, sometimes even enhancing the humor already present in a scene. Her tension-breaking skills are as golden as the object-shattering capabilities of cats in general. Fans most certainly have appreciated the time this Catto stopped chess-cheat Wolfwood.
41. Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service
The titular protagonist of Kiki’s Delivery Service finds herself with a cat companion during her time training to be a witch. Witches and black cats have often gone wand in paw, and these two are more popular than they are cliches. Some strange magic is afoot with the Japanese and American versions of this show; unintentionally, we bet.
Jiji’s character in the Japanese version of the anime is cautious, has a feminine voice, and is as humble as she is adorable. Quite the contrary takes place in the American version of the show where Jiji proves to be chatty, speaks in a male voice, and is as sarcastic as he is proud. Kiki loses her capability to talk to Jiji in the Japanese version but regains that ability in the American.
One time, he had to pretend to be a stuffed cat for a boy’s birthday gift. The real stuffed cat, which looked exactly like him, was lost in the forest that represents his purity. Jiji also gets a girlfriend, who is a white cat named Lily. In the credits, it is shown that Jiji and Lily had kittens together. Jiji the cat here symbolizes childhood and innocence. Kiki losing her ability to communicate with Jiji meant she was growing up.
40. Kuro from Blue Exorcist
Another black cat on our list. When you think about it, cats have so often been associated with demons that it comes as no surprise to see one manifest in anime. In Blue Exorcist, we see precisely such a thing happen in Kuro. Familiar with the show’s main character, Rin Okumura, this cat may seem playful but he is a rather capricious kitty.
Before his days as a familiar, the show reveals a moment when Kuro attacked several people for destroying a shrine that was dedicated to him. The exorcist Shiro Fujimoto soon made Kuro an offer he couldn’t resist. Naturally, it involved wine. It was heart-breaking and memorable to see how deeply this cat felt for Shiro’s loss when the man passed away.
Before long, Rin and Kuro became a magical companion pair whom fans couldn’t get enough of. Kuro is a black cat with two tails. The lower half of his face is covered with chocolate-brown fur and his chest fur is white. He has white fur on his upper right leg with small horns on his head. Kuro is a playful and energetic cat.
39. Artemis And Luna from Sailor Moon
We’re looking now at another pair of cats that are not what they seem. Aliens from Planet Mau, these two kitties are apparently too big for their fur coats. In the Sailor Moon anime, Luna also showed that she can adopt a human form, using which she fell in love with a man. The core duty these two characters fulfill in the series is to instill the value of magical young girls having pet companions, and oh what cute little companions they are.
Luna was a servant to Princess Serenity, sworn never to leave her side, as well as an advisor to the Queen. When the kingdom fell, she and Artemis were put into a long sleep and sent down to Earth to look after the Senshi, who would eventually be reborn there. Part of Luna’s memory was suppressed, in order to make her task easier; she only knew that she was supposed to find and awaken the Guardian Senshi. She found Usagi Tsukino first and taught her to become Sailor Moon, not knowing that this was merely a disguise meant to hide Usagi’s true identity as the reincarnated princess.
Artemis on the other hand has a memory of the Silver Millennium that seems to be more intact than Luna’s. In fact, before appearing in the Sailor Moon series he guides her through the Sailor V video game at the arcade, but not revealing his true identity. When a technical problem reveals him, Luna is greatly annoyed to learn that he’s been the one guiding her all along. Later, he fills in the details of her true mission. He has green eyes in the manga and live-action series, but blue eyes in the anime.
38. Kyo from Fruit Basket
High school boy turned cat, Kyo perfectly symbolizes the core narrative of the Fruits Basket anime. The show focuses on a family that is cursed by Chinese Zodiac symbols. Stuck in cat form means Kyo gets isolated from several people, including his loved ones who start to see him as a monster. Talk about curses!
Charismatic and hot-blooded, if a bit socially awkward, Kyo moves into Shigure Sohma’s house with Yuki and Tohru Honda at the beginning of the series. As the story progresses, Kyo falls in love with Tohru, and little by little, his heart heals by finding true love in her. In the process, he finds the courage to live on despite his guilt, misgivings, and hardships.
Kyo returned in the reboot and is still fun to watch. He brought outstanding balance to the narrative, despite being a cat. There is no end to the fun and funny moments he has contributed to the series. In the next season, Kyo is married to Tohru and has three children. What a spectacular guy, or cat.
37. Kirara from Inuyasha
In a series known for showcasing a plethora of demonic creatures, a demon-cat seems almost at home. Following Sango around is a diabolical kitty called Kirara who has captured the love and cute admiration of fans everywhere. Imagine a sweet little kitty that can transform into a flying sabretooth beast called a Nekomata.
Though this kitty cannot verbally communicate, like some of the other cats on this list, Kirara is still an intimidating creature packed into one small adorable package. Also, remember those sweet squeaky sounds she made when she was little? There’s certainly more to Inuyasha than meets the anime eye, and Kirara is definitely an integral part of the show.
Kirara usually appeared to be an adorable adult-sized feline but with the body proportions of a kitten. She has light yellow fur, black eyes with the red sclera, black pointed ears, a diamond-shaped marking on her forehead, black paws with a stripe, and two fluffy tails with two stripes on each one. Since Kirara is a cat demon, she acted similar to regular cats: eating cat food, treats, fish, and playing with cat toys, as well as having cat-like weaknesses. Kirara was shown to be very intelligent as well as sentient.
36. Sorata from Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
No plot involvement, no real character-driven narrative, and yet this kitty has made it on our list purely because it is cute. The pudgy Oreo-hued kitty called Sorata has made viewers of the Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi anime from experiencing intense cute attacks. Who cant resist Sorata on your side?
The cat is care-taken by characters like Takaho and then, ten years later, Yokozawa followed by Hiyori. This makes Sorata an integral part of the series, though the kitty plays no real game-changing role in it. Character progression and dynamics have indirectly benefited just from having this fluffy cat around.
Sorata is a black cat with white on the belly, part of the face, and on the legs. His nose is black. Also, his whiskers and eyebrows are white and his eyes are dark brown. When he was adopted he looked like he was a few months or years old, but now he’s over 10 years old according to Yokozawa.
35. The Baron from The cat Returns
Baron Humbert von Gikkingen. You wouldn’t think the name belonged to a cat. And what a cat! Style, sophistication, chivalry, and a protective spirit that makes him go the extra mile in The Cat Returns anime has made The Baron and his Cat Bureau fan favorites.
What was once a statue gathering dust in an antique store transforms into The Baron. Though this cat character first appeared in Whispers of the Heart in 1995, he made it big in The Cat Returns. There is a keen anthropomorphic angle in the show if this cat’s white suit and matching top hat are anything to go by.
The Baron is also one of the most mysterious kitties on our list. He is a (living) statue of an anthropomorphic cat who is fully dressed, completed, and includes a top hat and shoes. At night, he comes to life. He belongs to the owner of an antique shop named Shiro Nishi.
34. Arthur from Code Geass
Arthur’s a cat. That’s all. No demonic powers, no shape-shifting, no talking, no magic. Just your average kitty, takin’ it easy. That’s precisely why we wanted to add him to this list. That, and because we could all do with a break this far into the article, don’t you think.
There was a singular moment in the Code Geass anime when Arthur stole Zero’s mask and made a run for it. He ran all over the school, giving fans of this anime a glance into what normal cats in real life usually do. Some interesting cool-cat moments and his invariable tendency to bite Suzaku have further endeared him to viewers.
Arthur has a unique appearance where he has grey fur with black spots on his right eye. Also, he has a black-greyish small dot right in the middle of his forehead. His tail also has an ombre color with grey and black fur. Yellow eyes and a black nose, Arthur looks so cute.
33. Korin from Dragon Ball
You will be forgiven for drawing any parallels to Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda. This next kitty-kat is a veritable kung fu master, as seen in the Dragon Ball anime before everything went super-Saiyan. This immortal cat, residing in a giant tower, is responsible for training the one and only Goku.
To be fair, the battle versus Cell could entirely have been avoided if this cat didn’t give the gang those dratted Senzu beans. But then again, where’s the fun in that? This fuzzy venerable old kitty is definitely Dragon Ball canon. Fans have adored his contributions to the show’s narrative, let alone Goku’s character arc.
With a strict but fun personality, Korin will smack you if you don’t practice enough. Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball writer, used his own cat as a model for Korin and drew him while the cat was sleeping, this is why Korin’s eyes are closed. Korin has blue fur in the manga, It is changed to white in the anime.
32. Shamisen from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
What at first appears to be your average stray cat soon becomes something magical. When Haruhi uses Shamisen in a game of her own making, granting him the role of familiar, confusions boil over and leave this kitty with the ability to talk. Morals and philosophies are often Shamisen’s go-to conversation topics, but this feline with its deep voice and drown-worthy eyes makes a good case for magical anime cats.
He plays a significant role in bridging narratives and has grown into one of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime’s most beloved characters. Shamisen purportedly loses his ability to speak when Kyon separates fiction and reality in Haruhi’s mind. By the next year, Kyon had not heard the cat speak.
Kyon thus adopts Shamisen, and Kyon’s sister thus takes a liking to him. Shamisen is often seen in slice of life moments in Kyon’s life, especially when he wakes up or before he answers the phone. Following the movie incident, Shamisen became an exceptionally well-behaved housecat, never acting like a stray, and often acting more intelligent than a regular cat.
31. Nekogami-Sama from Pani Poni Dash
His name quite literally means ‘Cat God’. This divine feline most certainly has powers, ones that he uses in the “Pani Poni Dash” anime to do the most bizarre thing. He stays within vending machines and makes sure all the drinks stay at a particular temperature. Even when he has to leave the said machine, he finds a replacement to step in and carry on the task. Talk about a dutiful cat!
Changing his fur color also happens to be another of Nekogami-Sama’s powers, and fans see him in a new hue every episode. This show is as strange as it is funny, and has stayed in the hearts and minds of anime fans all over the world. When he is unable to watch the vending machines, he will ask others to step in for him until his return
30. Kaya from Ghost Stories
In the real world, you skip things like summoning demons or accidentally getting your pet kitty possessed with one. The Ghost Stories anime certainly lives up to its name. Kaya the kitty-kat in this show becomes the unwitting victim of an unintentional reverse-exorcism, making her one of the show’s most hilarious characters.
Though grumpy and often on edge, Kaya manages to come across as amusing and worth watching. The English dubbed version of this show sees this kitty tearing several pages out of the potty-mouth book. Good thing the show came out in the early 2000s when such foul language was not a snowflake’s nightmare.
Kaya is Miyanoshita’s family pet, a Bombay black cat. It is stated that Kaya was a stray cat that came to them on the day of Kayako Miyanoshita’s funeral. Kaya is shown to naturally have heterochromia, a condition in which the eyes are two different colors, his right eye is blue, while the left is yellow. Kaya appears to have some supernatural affinity or as another possibility,
29. Chomusuke from Konosuba
Silent but deadly cute, the Konosuba anime is home to many wonderful characters, but this cat stands out in its own light. Or rather, she slumbers in it. Chomusuke plays the role of Megumin’s familiar and is often seen with the gang wherever they rove. She seems to be especially fond of Kazuma, seeing as how she often sleeps on his head.
And there is more than one reason why this next kitty on our list likes to spend time with Wiz. Except for the times she uses fire, this is to all intents and purposes a rather ordinary anime cat. Just don’t go telling her that. Her true power was sealed some time ago, thus leading Chomusuke to be the target of bullying from other kids.
Chomusuke is a black cat with a red cross-shaped marking on her forehead and bat-like wings. She has stubby legs, a big round head, and yellow oval eyes. When she’s happy or angry, she shows sharp teeth. Chomusuke cannot speak human language, but she seems to be fairly intelligent and can understand human speech to some extent. One time, Kazuma saw her heating up leftover fish with fire breath.
28. Maya from Azumanga Daioh
Sasaki has terrible luck with cats, worse when you consider that she gets bitten by them every time she tries to pet one. In the Azumanga Daioh anime, we even see a crazy cat called Kamineko more on him later unhinge its jaw to give Sasaki big painful bites. But one cat stands out from the bite-worthy crowd, and that’s Maya.
Sasaki finds this cute kitty during a trip to Okinawa. Ironically, Maya happens to be a wild cat but one that is uncommonly comfortable with Sasaki getting close to her. This Catto even follows the protagonist all the way back home, thereby becoming an important element of the series. Maya is a brownish cat that has lots of black stripes throughout her body. Maya has a soft side that is cuddly to her master.
27. Karupin from Prince of Tennis
Setting high cuteness standards for all anime cats, Karupin deserves recognition just for sheer adorability. Ryoma and he love each other so much that it becomes hard not to want something like that for ourselves. This Catto adores his toys so much that he actually follows any characters who go carrying one of his playtime favorites.
Cuddle buddies have seen nothing until they witness Karupi and Ryoma catching a snooze in some of several amazing moments in the Prince of Tennis anime. Karupin is often seen sleeping or just roaming around the Echizen household. He is mostly seen in Ryoma’s bedroom sleeping together with him. Karupin is also seen to be very mischievous and quite smart as he was aware that Ryoma had accidentally packed his favorite toy and even followed Ryoma to school.
This caused Ryoma to be worried and he started looking for him around the neighborhood. Karupin was found and returned by Momoshiro and the Seigaku friends such as Tezuka, Oishi, and Kikumaru in the end. When Ryoma was invited to play in the USA Open, Karupin hid inside Ryoma’s bags and followed Ryoma to America.
26. Anpu from The Disastrous Life of Saiki Kusuo: Reawakened
A fancy name for an otherwise straightforward anime, this series gave the world a cliched cat but one that is still a favorite among anime pet lovers. One of the main characters, Saiki, can read the kitty’s mind. Through him, viewers experience the high and mighty attitude of this Catto who is always attempting to manipulate someone for something or other.
Used to get all the attention, and then some, Saiki’s don’t care stance often annoyed Anpu. Their interactions make for some funny moments in the show. At the end of the day, this cat plays diverse roles in Saiki’s life, from protector to wingman. Anpu has orange fur with a large body. His appearance showed a chubby and huggable catto. Anpu always showed with a red scarf on his neck
25. Puck from Re: Zero
Carefree pseudo-spirit Puck serves as a protector to Emilia, who’s one of the characters in the Re: Zero anime movie. The way Puck jokes around in the company of Subaru and Beatrice adds to her endearment value. But when this cat turns angry, she might give The Hulk a run for his smashes.
This kitty is, canonically speaking, quite the powerhouse. It would have been a gross under-use of such potential if the writers failed to tap into this. Puck, despite his cute-sounding name and adorable feline features, is every bit as deadly as his jungle cousins. Puck is generally a nice spirit. He is usually in a very good and happy mood, and usually stood at Emilia’s side to protect her
The puck stands at nine centimeters tall and is small enough to fit in the palm of a person’s hand. The light grey and white fur that coats his entire body is well-groomed and very soft. His eyes are icy green and his pink nose is another trait that separates him from a house cat. Puck’s tail is abnormally long to the point that it is the length of his body and his ears are floppy yet extremely soft to the touch. On his left ear, Puck wears a single golden hoop earring that makes his ear droop down.
24. Panther Lily from Fairy Tail
We nearly forgot about this dark and deadly kitty from the Fairy Tail anime. He may seem small and adorable, but Pantherlily is the Magic Militia’s ‘First Division Commander of the Royal Army’. An Exceed character, his power is rather extraordinary. His being a member of the reputed Fairy Tail Guild adds to his legendary status in this popular series.
He despises noisy people and is a grumpy cat most of the time. For all his bluster, this kitty is afraid of thunder. But offer him some kiwi fruit, and he will continue singing yet another ditty praising its deliciousness. Panther Lily is a black panther, but he has a tall, muscular build similar to that of a human. He has a white muzzle, small red eyes, and a scar running down across his left eye.
Panther Lily seems to have reservations about Operation ETD, unlike the other commanders. This was presumably because he did not want his own race to be destroyed. However, Panther Lily is on good terms with Mystogan as he saved the young prince from death when he was a small child. Panther Lily does not discriminate against Exceeds or humans and treats them as equals. He also seems to have a penchant for oversized weapons
23. Neko-Sensei from Princess Tutu
A tutor and a cat both rolled into one, Neko is at once annoying and welcome. His obsession with marriage may seem unhealthy at first. Just ask anyone who’s been single for a while and they will tell you that the whole idea is a rotten one. But with Neko, duty comes first, failing which marriage to him should come soon after.
It is ironic and interesting to see him run away when the big moment actually finds him. He does eventually settle down, though. The Princess Tutu anime may sound strange, but it has a lot of good points working in its favor, one of which is certainly Neko-Sensei. Just watching him on-screen will make fans giggle with delight.
In one episode, when Ahiru was in a bad mood, she accidentally says she wanted to marry him and he is seen throughout the episode waiting for Ahiru to meet him at a restaurant. He is last seen in the ending episode, not in a human form like the rest of the animal characters, but as an ordinary cat. He also seems to have found love at last and it wasn’t one of his students, as he is shown walking with a female cat and a family of small kittens.
This fierce little orange cat wields fire like no man’s business. It’s adorable watching such a powerhouse kitty-kat sometimes give in to lethargy or simply choose to disregard Nate’s orders. Play anything from his favorite music group, ‘Next HarMEOWny’, and he’s your friend. But Jibanyan is a Yo-kai that has fierce determination to do anything such as being eager to fight over other Yo-kai that is causing trouble for him
22. Jibanyan from Yo-kai Watch
Especially fond of Chocobars, Jibanyan has found a place in fans’ hearts for being determined, adorable, and relatable. That last is thanks to his fanboys’ craze for that music group he adores to the point of worship. Jibanyan is a red and white-colored cat Yo-kai, with pink inner-ears and a chip on his left ear. He has yellow-colored eyes with large pupils, his nose and inner ears are a dull shade of pink.
Attached to his collar is an aquamarine-colored bell, matching the hitodama flames at the end of his two tails. On the middle of his chest, Jibanyan wears a yellow haramaki which is always worn with several exceptions revealing nothing under there. He also stores Chocobars and several other items like magazines of Next HarMEOWny under it.
21. Cheshire Cat from Pandora Hearts
In what appears to be a well-transcripted alternate version of the famous Alice In Wonderland story, the Pandora Hearts anime has much worth appreciating. The Cheshire Cat in this series is based on the original one, of course, but with some major twists. More like twisted.
This Catto can change into human and back to cat form again. The anime harbors plenty of dark narratives, which have certainly rubbed off on this kitty. Driven by aggression and motivated by vengeance, this is one of the darkest cats on our list, and we aren’t referring to his fur.
Cheshire shows love and companionship throughout the manga and anime towards Alice, even up to the point he would kill her or attempt to kill her in order to prevent her from finding painful memories. Chesire death-causing Alice great pain, especially the White Alice
20. Poyo Satou from Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki
A round Catto named Poyo rolls onto our list. He can be found in all his rotund glory in the Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki anime, along with the family who adopted him. The show is simple and sweet, ferrying viewers into an everyday world, one that first originated in the manga created by Ruu Tatsuki. Poyo has this yellow fur with orange stripes. His fluffy and round body make it so adorable to hug him
The character Hide is initially averse to this orange kitty but grows to like him as the show progresses. All in all, Poyo has become a household name owing to his high adorability quotient. The fact that he is the show’s main character is as curious as it is admirable.
19. Kamineko from Azumanga Daioh
Touted to be Sakaki’s main antagonist in the “Azumanga Daioh” anime, this Catto is no walk in the park. We detailed Maya earlier, another sweet cat found in this series. But with Kamineko you get all fangs and no purrs. His name literally translates to ‘biting cat’ or ‘evil cat’ in Japanese.
Having a great soft spot for cats, Sakaki tries to pet it, but it ends up latching its huge, beartrap-like teeth onto her hand. Jaws akin to a bear-trap and his tendency to keep snapping down on Sakaki each time she tries petting him has been an ongoing laugh-fest in this series. Who knew something so adorable could prove so villainous?
18. Tailmon from Digimon Adventure
Partnering with Yagami Hikari in the amazing and well-paced Digimon Adventure series, this next cat on our list brings a lot to the table. Her ‘evolutionary’ arc is admirable, more so given the circumstances in which she grew to become Tailmon. This cat packs a punch, in more ways than one. Her ability to remain consistent and, when required, to retaliate has made her quite the fan-favorite.
Tailmon is certainly a bona fide anime cat. Tailmon appears similar to a white Egyptian cat wearing large lime yellow and red striped gloves with black claws sticking out of them. Its ears are large with tufts of purple hair on the tips reminiscent of a caracal. Its tail has purple stripes with a tuft on the end and it wears a Holy Ring on it.
17. Aria Pokoteng from Aria the Animation
A blue-eyed kitty, serving as a mascot that brings good luck. Fans found this and more in Aria the Animation. The President of ‘Aria Company’, Pokoteng seems to have his work cut out for him. This Aqua breed feline has the skill to comprehend human words. Thanks in good part to Akari and Alicia’s attentions, Pokoteng has become one of the most beloved chubby cats in anime.
He adores eating, finds himself drawn to President Hime, and is particularly repelled by President Maa. The latter gives unruly bites on his soft round belly, and he absolutely hates it. He is smart enough to understand human speech. President Aria was a stray cat before being taken in by Grandma twenty years ago and has been the company’s mascot ever since.
16. Bub from Sankarea
Family cat to the Furuyas, Bub brings a bucketload of quality to the Sankarea anime. Some interesting death and reanimation narratives drive this story forward. Bub’s technically an un-dead kitty, one who met with an accident and couldn’t quite be reanimated.
The way the writers managed to work in resurrection potions, characterization excellence, and feline other-worldliness all do this show great credit. It certainly makes Bub the only death-touched kitty on our list. This adorable zombie cat practically confirms his cuteness each time he sits on Mero Furuya’s head.
Bub is first introduced in a fishing box packed with ice, with a white bandage tied into a bunny-bow around his torso. Bub is a gray-black cat, with a darker tail with a fluffy pom pom-like end. He has a small body with black feet and a round face, with large eyes with dark slits for pupils which are yellow and red, and reappear after he consumes hydrangeas regularly
15. Marl from Fairy Tail
We covered Happy from this same anime earlier, but found ourselves wondering ‘Where does he get it from?’ This led us straight to mama-cat, namely Marl. From her memorable matronly looks to her sweet voice, this cat may be far beyond her kitten years but still exudes innocent charm.
Her kindness and willingness to help often save Happy and Carla from some tight spots. Marl’s compassion was also how Shagotte even flew again. She is more understanding than others of her kind, namely Exceed, making her more than worth adding to this list of best anime cats.
Marl is an elderly Exceed who, in the physical aspect, is the spitting image of her son: Happy. Marl’s body is covered in blue fur (her cheeks, however, have baby blue spots), and she is often seen wearing a white dress, over which she wears a yellow apron. Marl also wears a dark green scarf, with holes cut out for her ears, which is wrapped around her head in a similar fashion to a Hijab.
14. Muta from The Cat Returns
Though he plays a supporting role in this superb anime film, fans have enjoyed nearly everything this large cat brought to the movie. Anyone can be a star when they find themselves in a Studio Ghibli production. Remember The Baron cat we detailed earlier? Muta’s his chubby companion at the ‘Cat Bureau’.
With Muta the grumpy cat, fans were amused at the sheer sarcastic potential contained in this kitty. Add a generous dose of condescension and an immense appetite, and this is one cat who’s definitely earned his place on our list. When the time came, he proved more than ready to team up and help out, which redeemed him in the eyes of fans. His story-arc with Haru and the ‘Cat Realm’ is a must-see.
He is a big fat cat or fatso, and he complains a lot but has a golden heart. Brash and grumpy, Muta is known for his unchecked sense of sarcasm and condescension towards people and his other companions, and for his huge appetite. This accounted for his chagrined relationship with Toto, but he has a mutual dislike with him, though they wouldn’t hesitate to team up and work together when the need arises.
13. Puar from Dragon Ball
A shape-shifter and Yamcha’s best buddy, this next Catto brings exceptional loyalty and care into the Dragon Ball anime. His unconditional faith in Yamcha sets him apart from all the cats in the crowd. This cute blue wide-grinning egg-hatched cat has its own fanbase. He can also be devious when he wants to be, and did we mention he can shape-shift.
This kitty has witnessed and lived through some of the most game-changing moments in the Dragon Ball franchise. Puar is very close and is extremely loyal to Yamcha, often following his orders without question or hesitation. Whenever Yamcha gets hurt or dies, Puar is the first to show concern, thus proving that he cares deeply for his best friend’s well-being.
12. Nanashi from Clannad
Though this cat does not speak or do anything of significance to further the plot of the “Clannad” anime, he still has fans all over the world. This striped kitty has been lauded for being as cute as a button. This cat is actually one of the most normal-looking, behaved cats on our list.
Additionally, this cat’s story link to the character Misae in the series has gathered countless admirers. That sweet smile and those big eyes on his itty-bitty face are enough to bring most viewers to the brink of a giant cute attack. Due to the popularity of Clannad, Nanashi also got this spillover
11. Lecter from Fairy Tail
We are covering yet another Exceed cat on our list from the evergreen Fairy Tail anime. As if Lecter was not powerful enough, He is also a skilled Mage in this show. From his red fur to that smug expression on his kitty-face, it is not surprising to realize that Lecter has his own set of fans despite being one of the most arrogant cats in the series, and the most egoistic one on this list.
His affiliations with Sting and the Sabertooth Guild make for amusing viewing. His character arc also adapts to changing narratives in this anime, and he brings more than a handful of expressions to the show. Lector is a highly arrogant cat. He has a habit of belittling others, considering everyone to be beneath Sting, and, in general, beneath the Sabertooth guild as a whole
Being an Exceed, Lector’s appearance is that of a small, mildly anthropomorphous cat standing on his rear legs, with his two front legs acting as hands of the sort. His fur seems to be dark brown in color, with most of his body being red, but his face, belly, paws, and the end of his long tail are pink. He has large, pointed ears, and prominent tufts of dark fur jutting outwards in correspondence to his cheekbones,
10. Lucky from Fairy Tail
Another cat from Fairy Tail. We have thus far detailed Happy and his mom Marl on this list, and we would have been guilt-struck if we forgot to mention the dad, namely Lucky. This venerable white-furred black kitty-kat redefines the words strict, aggressive, loud, and angry.
His sense of style could do with a wake-up call, but none of this has stopped Lucky from making a shipload of fans. The “Fairy Tail” anime already has fandoms all over the world, especially anime cat lovers. Lucky’s also a rather caring father, adding to the wonderful characterization value that suffuses this series.
Lucky is an elderly-looking Exceed sporting white fur, thin black facial hair, and a mono-brow. Lucky’s basic attire consists of an open blue vest with a yellow t-shirt, a straw hat, green pants, and a brown pair of shoes with pointed toes. Lucky is very loud, aggressive, strict, and naturally angry. However, underlying this outward aggression is an extremely caring, loving man who would put his, and his wife’s, own safety at risk solely for their son
9. Chimera from Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
A cat known for her signature look, Chimaera lives up to her name in the “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions” anime. This Catto’s ever-present pink angel wings and attached serpent have turned the heads of fans every time she showed up in the series. Touka Takanashi’s interactions with her are fun to watch, seeing as she’s allergic to cats in general.
Not that Chimaera cares, though. Around season two’s finale, we see this cat becoming the proud mom of six adorable kittens with different colors. All in all, this character is absolutely worthy of being on this list. She is a real roleplay for us, adult humans, to look up to our children
8. Sphynx from A Certain Magical Index
This is a memorable anime for a variety of reasons, most importantly the way it conveys the importance of adopting pets. The main character Index saves one such kitty from a harsh life on the streets, and that’s how Sphynx the cat enters this well-written series. There’s a catch, though. This kitty needs to remain hidden in Toma’s dorm room.
Interactions between the characters and the Sphynx which feels like a curious name for a cute little cat such as this are worth appreciating. Sphynx is a kitten, and as such is small and can be easily carried around by Index. In fact, it is often seen inside of Index’s Walking Church. Sphynx, like cats of its breed, is covered with patches of brown and black fur covering its white coat. Sphynx has yellow-green eyes and sports a red collar around its neck
7. Takkun from Fooly Cooly
Adopted by Mamimi, this little black Catto is all kinds of adorable. Blessed with literally cartoony proportions, just one look at him will make any fan wonder how the illustrators of the “FLCL” anime managed to weave him into a genre known for a recognizable and distinct animation style.
Takkun’s movement and body are the stuff of cartoon flair. He is around for the longest time in Mamimi’s life. It is genuinely beautiful to see the way these two meet and play at a riverbank because Mamimi is not allowed to keep pets at home. Takkun is a small, black cat with cartoon-ish proportions.
He lacks much detail, his legs ending in points without paws or feet, and his mouth being virtually nonexistent. His only distinguishing features are his large, round eyes, which have small black dots for pupils with no irises. When he is jumping at something or trying to be expressive, his legs are represented by cartoon-ish lines conveying incredibly fast motion.
6. Haru Mikazuki from My Roommate Is A Cat
If her name sounds like a full-fledged anime character, that’s because it is. The only difference is that Haru Mikazuki is a feline. A stray tuxedo, she was adopted by the main character Subaru Mikazuki in the “My Roommate Is A Cat” anime. With her unforgettable tragic back-story and wonderful emotion-driven moments, Haru is an important addition to this master-list of anime kitties.
Aside from her signature red ‘Meowal’ collar, with attached ribbon and no-longer-attached bell, Haru’s story-arc and characterization in this show are nothing short of excellent. Haru’s appearance is a cat that has black fur with a white triangle over her eyes and mouth. She wears a red Meowal collar with a red ribbon attached, it formerly had a bell which Subaru removed since it annoyed him
Having grown up as a stray struggling to survive, Haru has been shown to be insecure and cautious of those around her. This distrust extends especially towards humans, who mistreated her and her siblings on the streets.
5. Cait Sith from Final Fantasy VII
The “Final Fantasy” franchise is as anime as it gets. Besides, we wanted to take a quick break from talking about cats within the illustrated realm of anime. The game “Final Fantasy VII” has a lot going on, its characters being one of the best things about it. Cloud’s party better brace themselves for some insane and dopey moments where this kitty is concerned.
With Cait Sith, fans received a playable character who is no pushover. Megaphone in hand, this kitty gives all the orders, particularly to a large stuffed Moogle that he gave life to. Cait Sith’s an anthropomorphic plush-toy kitty, one who’s remote-controlled, and one who definitely belongs on this list of the best.
4. Chachamaru from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Amino
In this creepy yet fun anime, fans see the character Tamayo conducting medical research into ‘demon blood’. And of course, he needs a familiar to help him. Enter, the cat Chachamaru, who at first appears too adorable to be associated with anything diabolical.
This tricolor calico Catto has beautiful brown, black, and white spots on his body, enough to make anyone want to pet him instead of fear him. The brown box it carries has its own nefarious purpose, and the bright red Yushiro-drawn talisman hanging from its neck adds to the familiar’s devious purpose for being.
Chachamaru is a small, tricolor calico cat with black, white, and brown spots. It has big amber eyes. On its back, it wears a brown box with a syringe created by Tamayo with the purpose of collecting Demons’ blood. Around its neck, it wears a necklace with a paper talisman that was made and given by Yushiro, which it uses to hide with Yushiro’s Blood Demon Art.
3. Piro from Kanon
Nayuki finding the stray Siamese cat Piro proved to be a game-changer in the “Kanon” anime. She later joins the Minase Household, where this next kitty on our list continued to inspire love and awe. Translated in Russian, this Catto’s name actually means ‘Fried Pork Bun’, which makes her sound leagues cuter.
There’s a moment in this series when Piro’s disappearance was a point of concern for fans. A strong emotional arc follows this kitty within the storyline, making her an integral part of the narrative in “Kanon”. Especially when Piro disappears near the end of Makoto’s arc, causing her to leave the house and search frantically for the cat, becoming sick in the process. Sadly, she fails to find her.
2. Doraemon from Doraemon
Looks like we’re finishing our list with a cat whose name is actually the show’s own. This ‘gadget cat from the future has become an icon and fan-favorite. From his blue fur to the fact that he’s born in the year 2112, Doraemon has become a household name for an assortment of reasons, one of which is that he plays a potent part in the “Doraemon” anime.
He is sent back in time to help the main character, Noby. Making ample use of the ‘4th Dimensional Secret Gadget Pocket’ situated smack in the middle of his belly, Doraemon fishes out all sorts of secret gadgets to help Nobita. But the boy often falls short of competence, adding to the humor and amusement that this series comes packing. Even though Doraemon calls himself a fox, he is more like a cat.
1. Nyamsus from Nyan Koi!
Family cat to the Kousaka household, this chubby and superior kitty-kat with its red bandanna seems all set to make Junpei’s life a living hell. But her real intentions are later revealed, and they are not all bad. Her role in the “Nyan Koi!” anime is defined and important, one that fans have come to appreciate.
Let’s just say that without this kitty in the series, an entire character should be created just to replace her, and to bridge crucial scene moments. Guess she has a good reason for being all icy and supercilious. Nyamsus use a tuxedo color pattern. She wears a red bandana around her neck. She is often described as a fat cat.
So, which one is your favorite cat anime?