Hollywood Screenwriter Reveals Why TV Characters Don’t Have Pet Cats: “I Never Realized”

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A Hollywood screenwriter just revealed the strange reason most TV characters don’t have cats What pets.

The mesmerizing sight is courtesy of tik tok user Michael Jamin (@michaeljaminewriter). Jamin, who has more than two decades of experience as a television writer and producer, has worked on shows such as King of the hill, Wilfredo and Tacoma FD.

However, his introduction to television cats came during his time as an executive producer on the sitcom. Maronstarring comedian and podcaster Marc Maron.

As Jamin explained in his viral clip, Maron is famous for having multiple cats, so he and the other showrunners wanted to include that detail in the show. But when the time came to carry it out, things got very, very difficult.

According to Jamin, he and the other producers hired a “Hollywood-trained cat” for a scene where Maron was eating salmon alone in his house.

“We just wanted to end the scene with the cat jumping on the table,” says Jamin. “In real life, you can’t keep a cat off the table when someone is eating salmon.

However, once they called to action, the cat froze in place. Jamin said that he seemed totally freaked out by the silence during the scene, and it took him about an hour to get him to jump.

“And it’s only for five seconds of screen time,” Jamin added.

Jamin’s point, it seems, is that even a trained cat is startled by the natural silence of a TV. Ultimately, an hour of cajoling and encouraging is not worth the short amount of screen time.

The alternative, Jamin said, was to let the cat roam freely around the scene. But that presents a continuity problem, because if they use multiple takes of the same scene, the cat would always be in a different place.

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“[If you do that], the cat in the background is going to be jumping around like a magical cat,” said Jamin. “It’s going to be really weird and annoying.”

At that point, Jamin said, he realized why so many shows don’t use cats.

“That’s why we don’t work with cats,” he added.

There are, of course, some exceptions to Jamin’s “no cats” rule. Salem the cat sabrina the teenage witchArguably one of the most famous television characters of all time, but it was often represented by puppets.

Pumpkin, the cat who played Crookshanks on the Harry Potter Films, reportedly did most of his own stunts. And then there’s Reggiethe cat who played Goose in the 2019 movie Captain Marvel.

Yet, TikTokers I largely understood Jamin’s point. It seems there is so much more tv dogsand many of the most famous television the cats are animated (no offense, Garfield).

“I never realized,” a user wrote. “But now that I think about it…”

“So interesting,” another agreed.

“It would probably only work on an animated show.” another added.

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