Feed the Kitty was the debut of Chuck Jones’ characters Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot.
This 1952 cartoon began with Pussyfoot, the smallest little kitty one might imagine, coming out of a salmon can, only to be attacked by Marc Anthony, a tremendous, vicious bulldog.
Nonchalant was the only word to describe Pussyfoot in response to the ferocious onslaught wrought by Marc Anthony. She even looked in his gaping, growling mouth without the least concern, advancing to his back, where she gently clawed an area and curled up for a nap, softening the erstwhile bully.
Having been admonished by the woman of the house to “not bring home one more thing,” Marc Anthony had to hide Pussyfoot. He eventually convinced his owner that the new addition to the household was a toy. It became paramount that he kept his “secret” and his life became comically difficult trying to maintain the pretense.
Coming unglued at the mistaken belief that kitty had been baked in a batch of cookies, Marc Anthony fell apart emotionally, howling and blubbering like a baby. Presented with a cookie in the shape of a kitty (as a reward for being good), the bulldog, bloodshot eyes and all, began to cry again, placing the cookie on his back where Pussyfoot used to sleep and ride.
In surely one of the most endearing moments in a cartoon, Pussyfoot mewed and licked her friend as he lay prostrate in his grief. His owner, having watched the display and now knowing what was happening, allowed Marc Anthony to keep the kitty if he took care of it. It was to be his responsibility. The little kitty climbed once again onto his back and the contented look on his face said, “It was all worth it.”