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Songs About Cats (And Other Pets)

Updated on August 5, 2016
  • Originally published August 13, 2011

I had to put my beloved two year old tabby down recently. It sucked, pretty bad. It got me to thinking. There are some pretty bad ass songs about our pets. Few about cats unfortunately, but nonetheless, there are several pretty cool ditty's about house pets. So grab your furry companion and listen to the following pet inspired tunes!

"Stray Cat Strut" - Stray Cats

How much cooler can you possibly get, than with the help of the Stray Cats? This song makes dogs look like, well, pussies.

"What's New Pussycat?" - Tom Jones

Okay, so back in 1965, Welsh singing sensation, Tom Jones, wasn't exactly singing about a member of the feline family. Still a classic tune, nonetheless! And Tom was so delicious....

"I Love My Dog" - Cat Stevens

What's better than a song about a dog, by a...Cat--Stevens that is. It's a cute, sentimental homage to your average house pet, but not sure if singing "I love my dog, as much as I love you," is quite the compliment :P

"Martha, My Dear" - The Beatles

I bet you didn't know that the "silly girl" Paul McCartney was referring to in this track from the White Album was about his beloved sheepdog, did ya? He also once stated that it was him singing in reference to long time and former love, Jane Asher. Again, enough with comparing your dogs to your women. Seriously.

"Jet" - Paul McCartney & Wings

If you haven't noticed, McCartney enjoyed singing about his dogs. Yes the Wings classic, "Jet" is about a dog. See, you're learning a lot today aren't you? In 1976, McCartney began a successful run with his new band, Wings, alongside wife, Linda. It was always rumored to be about their golden lab, though several years later, McCartney himself said he actually owned a pony named "Jet" as a child. Whatever, Paul. Still, it's about an animal.

"Old Shep" - Elvis Presley

Ah, when I was a young lad, uh, lass, I heard this song for the first time. IT IS SOOO SAD. Just a wonderful story about a boy and his dog. You can't get it any better than this:

Old Shep he has gone
Where the good doggies go
And no more with old Shep will I roam
But if dogs have a heaven
There's one thing I know
Old Shep has a wonderful home

Sometimes, even a King has got to sing about a dog.

"Ben" - Michael Jackson

Now here's a ringer for ya. A song about a rat. It's not every day you hear a song about a rat. But only a movie about a rat, could have a theme song about a rat. Come a ten year old Michael Jackson to the rescue. It's so sad, because everyone knows what happens to Ben in the movie. Poor Ben....who names a rat, Ben?


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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Great list! My favorite songs about Cats and other pets is "Wild Packs Of Family Dogs" - Modest Mouse, "Mean Eyed Cat" - Johnny Cash, "Cat City" - White Denim, "Plea From A Cat Named Virtue" - The Weakerthans, "Pets" - Porno For Pyros.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sorry to hear about your cat,i know how badly that sucks. Loved all the music videos and music facts !

      Vote up !!!

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      Kimberly D King 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I was even thinking of The Stooges, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" :P

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      Kimberly D King 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Thank you guys for checking out this hub! And @Flora, I totally have to check out that duet... :)

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      moncrieff 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Great to see the Stray Cats. That's a cool video and a live performance by Tom Jones is great. I'm surprized, you didn't include The Cure's Love Cat, it's a good video, too. There was an underground band in the mid-2000s called Men in Fur (I think they were from Atlanta); all their songs were about animals, it was their theme, so to speak. Thanks.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      So sorry to hear about your dear darling cat.

      This is a fun list. I can think of more cat song "The Year of the Cat" and "The Cat Came Back." There is also a comic opera duet called "Duetto Buffo" where the only lyric is "meow."