By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com
Morris the Cat in 1978 CommercialSure, those felines made famous by YouTube are all the rage this week with their new documentary, Lil Bub & Friendz, in the spotlight at the Tribeca Film Festival. But before there was YouTube, Buzzfeed recently reminded us, there was Morris.
Remember him? The big orange cat was made famous by his 9Lives commercials. What you might not know is that Morris was a rescue cat, who was "discovered" in an Illinois shelter in 1968.(Below is a classic from 1978.)
As legend has it, Bob Mardwick, an animal trainer who worked for the Leo Burnett advertising agency, found Morris when he wandered into the Humane Society shelter in Hillsdale, Ill., according to Morris' 9Lives biography. Mardwick brought him in for a casting call for 9Lives.
Morris "jumped on the table… and he walked right up to the art director, the big cheese, and bumped him in the head. And then Morris just sat back," Mardwick said. "The art director said, 'This is theRead More »from Morris the Cat: America's First Famous Feline