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Morris the Cat

From rescue cat to celebri-cat activist.

Morris the cat laying on a couch

Hello, Human

Morris the Cat here. You read that right — Morris the Cat himself. The 9Lives® humans asked me to write this. I like to help ‘em out, especially since they make the only food in the world that I like to eat.

You’re probably here because you have questions. What’s the story behind Morris the Cat? Where did he get his start? How did he get so handsome?

I can’t explain my irresistible looks, but I can tell you that I wasn’t always famous. Before my rise to stardom, I was a shelter cat.

Cat-apulted Into Fame

One day in 1968, an animal talent scout named Bob Martwick discovered me at the Humane Society in Hinsdale, IL. He had me audition to be the 9Lives spokescat, and naturally, I nailed it. I was so charming that the art director said, “He’s the Clark Gable of Cats” (you know, the “King of Hollywood). Suddenly, I had a loving home and a lifetime supply of delicious, nutritious 9Lives cat food.

I’ve been living the celebri-cat life ever since. (Check out the timeline below.) Before long, Morris the Cat became a household name. But that’s not what really satisfies me.

My True Purrpose

Despite my many accomplishments, my most important role is advo-cat for animals in need.

With help from the 9Lives team, I promote cat adoption and make it easy for humans to give cats a comfortable life with plenty of tasty and nutritious food.

I’ve visited countless schools and led large-scale campaigns for the cause, but my work is far from done. I won’t quit until every cat out there is living The Good Life.

It’s a big goal, but it’s worth it. Because every cat has a right to prospurr.


Morris the 9Lives cat next to a stack of wet cat food cans

9Lives is Born

Morris the Cat is discovered and becomes the 9Lives spokescat.


Morris the 9Lives cat next to a food bowl

Making History

Morris stars in 58 commercials, creating one of the most sucessful advertising campaigns in TV History.


Morris the 9Lives cat with Burt Reynolds

Movie Star

Morris makes his acting debut in The Long Goodnight and stared with Burt
Reynolds in the movie Shamus.


Morris the 9Lives cat for president

Presidential Feline

Morris runs for President.


Morris the 9Lives cat next to candles

Proud American

Morris’ Salute to American Pets.


Morris the 9Lives cat at a pet adoption event

Morris to the Rescue

Morris leads the Morris’ Cat Rescue adoption campaign.


Morris the 9Lives cat next to an old computer

Friend Request

Morris joins Facebook


Morris the 9Lives cat next to a microphone

Top Cat

Morris runs for President again.


Morris the 9Lives cat wearing goggles

Even Higher Profile

Morris joins Twitter, Instagram, & Tumblr.


Morris the 9Lives cat with cans of wet food

Purrfessional Achievements

The Museum of Brodcast Communications recognizes Morris as an Advertising Great, and Morris appears at SXSW as a feline tech correspondent.


Morris the 9Lives cat

Lending a Paw

To mark his 50th Adopt-i-versary, Morris helps out at CatCon, holding Meet and Greets and enlisting the 9Lives brand to sponsor Adoption Village


Morris the 9Lives cat

Pawsitively Dedicated

Morris continues advo-cating to help all cats live the good life.