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Kitty Movie Night: Top 5 Dramas to Watch With Your Cat


Written by Adam Lee-Smith

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Published: 07/25/2022, edited: 07/25/2022


Dramas can be gritty, romantic, and action-packed, meaning there's plenty of substance for you and your purring pal to sink your teeth into. Cats can make out images on television, and many love watching along with their pet parents — especially if other animals are on screen. 

With a few good drama films and your cat on your lap for company, you'll be able to plan the "purrfect" movie marathon. Planning on watching a few drama flicks with your feline friend? Check out these top 5 dramas to watch with your cat!

Life of Pi (2012)

Go on a whirlwind adventure with your own tiny tiger when you watch Life of Pi. This multi-award-winning drama revolves around a 16-year-old boy who, following a shipwreck, is stranded on a small lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. It's a beautiful, vibrant film that'll take you on an emotional rollercoaster. 

Your fur-baby won't be able to take their eyes off the tiger scenes, and there are also plenty of other animals, including meerkats and hyenas, to pique your kitty's interest. Life of Pi is regarded as one of the finest films of the 2010s and is a must-watch with your mouser next movie night. 

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Based on a true story, We Bought A Zoo is a heartfelt family drama that will get you in your feelings. Widower Benjamin Mee (played by Matt Damon) decides he and his kids need a fresh start. He finds the perfect new home — the only problem is that it comes with a zoo home to 47 animal species!

With family drama, love interests, and animal antics, We Bought a Zoo is "pawfect" for cuddling up with your kitten. Plus, your cat will enjoy watching all the zoo animals while the cast tugs at your heartstrings.

The Cat Returns (2002)

Studio Ghibli has made dozens of magical movies — including a couple of the best animated dramas featuring cats. A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns follows high schooler Haru as she saves a cat from being hit by a truck. The cat turns out to be the prince of the Cat Kingdom, and Haru soon ends up in another world inhabited by anthropomorphic felines.

The Cat Returns is ideal for all ages with its enchanting story and beautiful animation. Both the original and dubbed versions feature a stellar voice cast, making it a must-see for any anime fan with a feline friend.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Fancy watching a classic cartoon from your childhood come to life? If you haven't already, put your feet up, grab your feline, and watch the live-action remake of The Jungle Book. Mowgli and co. are back with all the hit musical numbers and a story that's more serious in tone than its animated predecessor.

Featuring an all-star cast, including Bill Murray as Baloo and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, The Jungle Book is a spectacular homage to the original film. Not to mention the many dancing and talking animals are sure to hold your fur-baby's attention. Take a stroll down memory lane and entertain your little lion with The Jungle Book.

Okja (2017)

Disclaimer: Okja contains lots of strong language and a few violent scenes, making it unsuitable for children.

South Korean-American action-drama Okja is a thrilling flick with an important message. A young South Korean girl named Mija and her grandfather are chosen to look after a "super pig" named Okja. These pigs are bred by a corporation to help solve world hunger. Okja is taken away from Mija to NYC to be slaughtered, and Mija follows in pursuit to save her best friend. 

It's a unique film that highlights the damage done by the meat industry to both animals and people. This movie will have you reaching for the tissues several times, and Okja the "super pig" will undoubtedly entertain your feline friend.

That's a wrap on our guide to the best drama movies to watch with cats! What's your "furvorite" flick to watch with your feline? Tell us in the comments, or tag #wagwalking on Instagram!

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