10 Best Cat Anime 2020 | All Hail The Feline Superstars!

If you’re often called the crazy cat lady (or the male version of it), you’re definitely going to love this recommendation of best cat anime! This list is filled with some heartwarming, some adventurous, and some even mysterious stories! Check out the best cat anime recommendations down below!   

My absolute favorite from this list is ‘She and her Cat’ and Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends) – watching these series made my whole entire heart so happy. And another best cat anime I want to point out is Chi’s Sweet Home – this cat anime series is just too adorable to handle! Check out the rest of the recommendation for best cat anime down below! 

Best Cat Anime Best Cat Anime For GenrePrice
Youkai Watch SeriesChildrenComedy, Supernatural$24.99 
Fuujin Monogatari (Windy Tales)Children And AdultsSlice of life, Alternative Anime$34.99 
Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru (Night on the Galactic Road) Anime MovieFamily Fantasy, Philosophical$58.24 
Nekojiru Sou (Cat Soup) – Anime MovieAdultsComedy, Fantasy$59.99 
Fruits BasketAdultsHarem, Occult Fiction, Rom-Com$79.25 
She And Her CatAll AgesDrama
Chi’s Sweet HomeAll AgesSlice of life$44.95 
Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns)All AgesComedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure$15.43 
Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)KidsMystery, Slice Of Life, Occult Fiction, Comedy$29.20 
Stand by Me Doraemon!All AgesSci Fi, Adventure, Drama, Comedy, $48.45 

#1 —  Youkai Watch

Best Cat Anime For Children

  • Genre: Comedy, Supernatural
  • Age Rating: All Ages

Yo-Kai watch is an anime based on a video game that will remind you of Pokemon (my absolute favorite anime series btw, unfortunately, it doesn’t have a cat which is why it’s not a part of this list). This anime revolves around traditional Japanese Yokai that Keita Amano (the main character) befriends in his journey. 

When he’s lost in the woods, he has no other option but to set Whisper, a Youkai, free. Whisper rewards Amano with a Youkai watch which enables him to interact with other Youkai. Now along with the cat spirit Jibanyan, Keita and Whisper try to help Youkai. 

Episodes Aired 
214January 8, 2014 – March 30, 2018

#2 — Fuujin Monogatari (Windy Tales)

Top Cat Anime For Children And Adults

  • Genre: Slice of life, Alternative Anime
  • Age Rating: All Ages
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Nao and Miki, two best friends, who are the only members of the Digital Camera Club in their school. Nao loves taking pictures of the skies on the rooftop. And one day she finds a cat who can manipulate the wind! What more strange characters will the two of them find in their world? 

Windy Tales is one of the best cat anime stories – a little bit magic and a lot of creative imagination. This anime is a bit deeper than your average anime and is definitely worthy of your time! Check it out! 

Episodes Aired 
13September 11, 2004 – February 26, 2005

#3 — Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru (Night on the Galactic Road)

Best Cat Anime Movie Recommended For Family 

  • Genre: Fantasy, Philosophical
  • Age Rating: All Ages

Giovanni, the cat, is a lonely guy who takes a mysterious train to the galaxy! In this journey, Giovanni sees many unusual sights and even more unusual beings. This anime is filled with life lessons that both kids and adults will enjoy! It was adapted from Kenji Miyazawa’s unfinished children’s novel. 

Episodes Aired 
1 Jul 13, 1985

#4 — Nekojiru Sou (Cat Soup)

Best Cat Anime Movie For Adults

  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Age Rating: 18+

If you like happy cats then this isn’t for you. It also not recommended for kids as this cat anime movie can get a bit dark. But if artistic anime is something you’re interested in then Cat Soup will definitely peak your interest. 

This anime is about two siblings Nyatta and Nyako. Nyako, only a little kitten, faces the Jizou, a death spirit who slices Nyako’s soul in two halves. And her little brother, Nyatta manages to hold on one half of her soul while Jizou takes away the other. Will Nyatta and Nyako find the other half of her soul? How will they find Jizou and put her soul back together? 

Episodes Aired 
1Feb 21, 2001


#5 — Fruits Basket

Best Cat Anime For Adults

  • Genre: Harem, Occult Fiction, Romantic Comedy
  • Age Rating: 16+ 

After her mother’s death, Tooru decides to live by herself, going away from her family. In the woods, she loses her tent after which she is invited by Yuki and Shigure Souma to live with them. Here Tooru learns and discovers that everybody in this family can transform into different zodiac animals. Tooru falls in love with Kyou Soma who can transform into an adorable cat but that’s not his true form. Will Tooru find happiness with the Soma family? Will she find a cure to the curse they’re living with? 

Episodes Aired 
26Jul 5, 2001 to Dec 27, 2001

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#6 — She And Her Cat

Best Cat Anime Recommended For Cat Lovers

  • Genre: Drama
  • Age Rating: All ages
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Miyu’s college life doesn’t seem so difficult with her fluffy black cat around to keep her company. This anime is based on a short film that goes by the same name. With only 4 short episodes, this show is just too adorable to handle. So all those who live with a little furry feline will definitely enjoy this series from the cat’s perspective. Maybe we all can finally understand what goes on your kitty’s minds!

Episodes Aired 
4Jul 5, 2001 to Dec 27, 2001

#7 — Chi’s Sweet Home

Top Cat Anime Recommended For Family

  • Genre: Slice of life
  • Age Rating: All ages

Here’s another anime that might give you some insight on what goes on in an ordinary cat’ life. After being separated from her mother, Miss Chi Yamada, a little kitty is adopted by Youhei Yamada and his mother. With her new adoptive family, kitty Chi experiences what a good domesticated life has to offer her. In my opinion, Chi is the most adorable cat anime ever! 

Episodes Aired 
104Mar 31, 2008 to Sep 25, 2008

#8 — Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns)

Top Cat Anime Movie For Kids

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure
  • Age Rating: All Ages

Haru Yoshioka, a high school going girl, one day saves a cat from an accident. Only later to learn that the cat she saved was none other than Lune, the Prince of Cats. And to show his gratitude, Prince Lune and his father  (the Cta King), invite Haru to the magical Cat Kingdom.

Things get complicated when Prince Lune and his father ask Haru to marry Prince Lune, the Cat prince! What will Haru do? Marry Lune and live in the Cat Kingdom or escape? Find out in this adventure cat anime movie filled with magic!

Episodes Aired 
1 July 20, 2002

#9 — Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)

Top Cat Anime For Kids 

  • Genre: Mystery, Slice Of Life, Occult Fiction, Comedy
  • Age Rating: 8+

Natsume Takashi has always seen unusual creatures called Youkai but could never figure out why. Until, one day, Madara the cat, saves takashi from a Youkai. Madara tells Takashi about the book of friends and how he can break the curse of the Yo-kai by setting them free.

Madara and Takashi go on an incredible journey, befriending Yokai. But why does Madara decide to help Takashi? And will Takashi finally be able to get rid of the chasing Yokai? Find out in this shoer cat anime series! 

Episodes Aired 
13July 8, 2008 to September 30, 2008

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#10 — Stand by Me Doraemon!

Best Cat Anime Movie For Kids 

  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Family
  • Age Rating: All Ages

This list of best cat anime would be incomplete without Doraemon, a cat from the 22ns century. Doraemon is requested by Sewashi Nobi to go to the past so he can help Nobi’s ancestor Nobita, otherwise the future will not look so good. And so Doraemon, the robot cat, travels to past to help Nobita in anyway he can. 

The story of Doraemon and Nobita is a cult-favorite amongst many kids, not just in Japan, but all over the world. The anime is much more than Doraemon travelling to the past. It’s a symbol of how technologically advanced Japan is and also about a sweet friendship between Doraemon and Nobita. Stand by Me Doraemon! is a great cat anime movie for kids who are just starting to discover the world!

Episodes Aired 
1 Aug 8, 2014

There were some of the best anime movies and series featuring cats. Most of these best cat anime are suitable for all ages except a few like Cat Soup and Fruits Basket. Regardless, the storylines in all these best cat anime are excellent, heartwarming, and simply adorable. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh. forming personal connections with these characters – and in my opinion, that’s a sign of a good movie or series!

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