[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00AEFXLBQ” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41zKVQR5lvL._SL160_.jpg” width=”112″]Film classic [easyazon-link asin=”B00AEFXLBQ” locale=”us”]Breakfast At Tiffany’s[/easyazon-link] stars an unnamed (on screen, at least) orange tabby cat… oh, and Audrey Hepburn, too. Cat serves to illustrate Holly Golightly’s willful rejection of formal ties to other people and creatures:

Holly Golightly: He’s all right! Aren’t you, cat? Poor cat! Poor slob! Poor slob without a name! The way I see it I haven’t got the right to give him one. We don’t belong to each other. We just took up one day by the river. I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I’m not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It’s like Tiffany’s.

Paul Varjak: Tiffany’s? You mean the jewelry store.

After Holly gets dumped by one suitor and rejects another, she deliberately abandons Cat in an unfamiliar neighborhood in the rain. It isn’t long before Paul convinces her that allowing herself to form ties doesn’t mean putting her in a cage but freeing her to love, and Holly suddenly realizes her mistake and goes after Cat.

Presumably they gave the cat a name and bought furniture.
Cat was played by Orangey, an animal actor owned and trained by the well-known cinematic animal handler Frank Inn. Orangey (credited under various names) had a prolific career in film and television in the 1950s and early 1960’s and was the only cat to win two Patsy Awards (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year, an animal actor’s version of an Oscar), the first for the title role in Rhubarb (1951), a story about a cat who inherits a fortune, and the second for his portrayal of Cat.


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