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The Best Cat Movies for Kids 

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Updated December 20, 2019 444 votes 34 voters 23 items

List Rules Vote up the best cat movies for kids to watch.

If dogs are that kid from school that gets along with everybody, then cats are probably the kids that are too cool for school. That's not to say, of course, that cats aren't affectionate, sweet and lovable. Watch any of the movies on this list of cat movies for kids, and see if your heart doesn't melt a little bit.

While cats are a little more withdrawn than dogs, they have been shown to be good pets for children. They can calm down anxious kids, combat depression, and help younger kids form social connections. No wonder we love watching stories about them.

So if you've ever asked yourself "what cat films can kids watch," take a look at our list of the best cat films for children! Vote up the titles you like and don't forget to add other top examples of appropriate cat movies for kids.

And remember what Leonardo da Vinci said: "The smallest feline is a masterpiece."

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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin

Released: 1988

Directed by: George Scribner

Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th ...more
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The Secret Life of Pets ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Louis C.K., Lake Bell, Kevin Hart

Released: 2016

Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris Renaud. The quiet life of a terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) is upended when his owner takes in Duke ...more
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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more
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Puss in Boots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2011

Directed by: Chris Miller

Puss in Boots is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, and written by Brian ...more
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Homeward Bound: The Incr... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

Released: 1993

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed ...more
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That Darn Cat! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
That Darn Cat! Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

That Darn Cat! is a 1965 American Walt Disney Productions thriller comedy film starring Hayley Mills and Dean Jones. The film was based on the book Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon ...more
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Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lawrence Guterman

Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman. The screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra centers on the relationships between cats and ...more
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The Adventures of Milo a... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

Released: 1986

Directed by: Masanori Hata

The Adventures of Milo and Otis is an Japanese adventure comedy-drama film about two animals, the titular characters, Milo and Otis. The original English version was released on June 27, 1986, ...more
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Cats & Dogs: The Rev... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brad Peyton

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a 2010 family action comedy film, directed by Brad Peyton. The film stars Chris O'Donnell and Jack McBrayer. The film also stars the voices of ...more
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Garfield: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Hewitt

Garfield: The Movie, or simply Garfield, is a 2004 American live-action comedy film directed by Peter Hewitt based on the Jim Davis comic strip of the same name. It stars Breckin Meyer as Jon ...more
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The Cat from Outer Space... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan

Released: 1978

Directed by: Norman Tokar

The Cat from Outer Space is a 1978 American comic science fiction film, starring Ronnie Schell, Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall and McLean Stevenson. Produced by Walt ...more
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The Secret Life of Pets ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chris Renaud

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a 2019 American 3D computer animated comedy film directed by Chris Renaud. A sequel to the 2016 film.
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That Darn Cat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Christina Ricci, Dyan Cannon, Michael McKean

Released: 1997

Directed by: Bob Spiers

That Darn Cat is a 1997 mystery comedy film starring Christina Ricci and Doug E. Doug. It is a remake of the 1965 film That Darn Cat!, which in turn was based on the book Undercover Cat by ...more
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Garfield: A Tail of Two ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Tim Curry

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tim Hill

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties is a theatrical sequel to the 2004 live-action comedy film Garfield: The Movie. This film was directed by Tim Hill, produced by Davis Entertainment Company for ...more
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Nine Lives is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Nine Lives is a 2016 English-language French comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The plot follows a workaholic father (Kevin Spacey) who has his mind trapped inside of his daughter's new ...more
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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2003

Directed by: Bo Welch

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Bo Welch based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat. The film stars Mike Myers in the title role of the ...more
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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise

Released: 1986

Directed by: Don Bluth

An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more
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Cats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Cats Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Cats is a 2019 comedy-drama musical film directed by Tom Hooper. A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new ...more
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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
The Cat Returns Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba, Takayuki Yamada

Released: 2002

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita

The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Hiroyuki Morita of Studio Ghibli. A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, it was theatrically released in Japan on July 19, 2002 ...more
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Cats Don't Dance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Natalie Cole, Don Knotts, George Kennedy

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mark Dindal

Cats Don't Dance is a 1997 American animated musical comedy film, distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment and notable as the only fully animated feature produced by Turner Feature ...more
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Felix the Cat: The Movie... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Alice Playten, Chris Phillips, Peter Newman

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tibor Hernádi

Felix the Cat: The Movie is a 1988 Hungarian-American animated fantasy film directed by Tibor Hernádi and based on the cartoon and comic strip character of the same name. It was made in ...more
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Heathcliff: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Mel Blanc, Peter Cullen, Jeannie Elias

Released: 1986

Directed by: Bruno Bianchi, Bruno Bianchi

Heathcliff: The Movie is a 1986 animated film from DIC Entertainment, released by Atlantic Releasing under their Clubhouse Pictures label. Paramount Home Video released Heathcliff: The Movie on ...more
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A Cat In Paris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cat Movies for Kids
Bernadette Lafont, Patrick Descamps, Dominique Blanc

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol

A Cat In Paris is a 2010 animated mystery crime film written by Alain Gagnol and Jacques-Rémy Girerd, directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol. "Dino is a cat who shares his ...more