Just in time for National Cat Day, we’re here to discuss one of the most egregious tragedies of cinema – the long, sad history of cat misrepresentation. If we’re talking about four-legged furry friends in movies, the conversation is usually around man’s supposed best friend, the dog. But just for today, Lassie can take a hike. This video essay pays tribute to the fierce felines in our lives and in our screens, and offers an indictment of Hollywood for its anti-cat ways. Here’s to the crazy cat ladies, feline-inclined Bond villains, and most importantly, their adorable accomplices.

Watch Now: The only thing that’s better than cat videos are cat movies, several of which are streaming here on Fandor — see our Spotlight, Cats & Dogs.

If you’re like us, then you’re of the opinion that the cat from “Pet Sematary” just needed a welcoming lap and a bowl of kibbles — read our thoughts on the remake’s new trailer. Plus, check out how cats are often filmed experimentally, and our retrospective on Jacques Tourneur’s “Cat People.”