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==Description==
 
==Description==
A large orange [[tabby cat|tabby]] [[cat#Nomenclature and etymology|tomcat]], he is "the world's most finicky cat", eating only 9Lives, and making this preference clear with humorously sardonic voice-over comments when offered other brands. Every can of 9Lives features Morris' "signature".
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A large orange [[tabby cat|tabby]] [[cat#Nomenclature and etymology|tomcat]], he is "the world's most finicky cat", eating only 9Lives, and making this preference clear with humorously sardonic voice-over comments when offered other brands. Every can of 9Lives features Morris' "signature". Three different cats have played Morris the Cat.
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The original Morris was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a [[Chicago]]-area [[animal shelter]],<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.catchannel.com/media/news/morris-the-cat.aspx.pdf | title=Morris the Cat Visits Hinsdale Humane Society |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160304040834/http://www.catchannel.com/media/news/morris-the-cat.aspx.pdf |archive-date=3 April 2016 |date=14 June 2007 |publisher=catchannel.com}}</ref> by professional animal handler Bob Martwick.<ref name="Hinsdale">{{cite web |title=Hinsdale Humane Society – Morris the Cat |url=https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org/about/morris-the-cat |website=Hinsdale Humane Society |accessdate=8 December 2019}}</ref> Morris was featured in 58 television commercials which aired from 1969 to 1978.<ref name="Hinsdale"/> John Irwin provided the voice-over for the cat.<ref name="Hinsdale"/> The original Morris died in 1978.<ref name="Sun">{{cite news |last1=Hawks |first1=Ellen |title=Morris the Cat’s Second of Nine Pampered Lives : Marketing: Feline’s handlers take the nutritional message across the country, and the promotional fallout, well, that’s just gravy. |url=https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-10-18-fi-349-story.html |accessdate=8 December 2019 |agency=The Baltimore Evening Sun |date=18 October 1989}}</ref>
  
Three different cats have played Morris the Cat. The original Morris was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a [[Chicago]]-area [[animal shelter]],<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.catchannel.com/media/news/morris-the-cat.aspx.pdf | title=Morris the Cat Visits Hinsdale Humane Society}}</ref> by professional animal handler Bob Martwick. That Morris died in 1978. All cats to play Morris have been rescues, either from an animal shelter or a cat rescue. The current Morris lives in [[Los Angeles]] with his handler, Rose Ordile.
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All cats to play Morris have been rescue animals, either from an [[animal shelter]] or a cat rescue. After receiving multiple contacts from individuals who claimed that they were the original owner of Morris, Bob Martwick chose not to reveal which shelter he obtained the second Morris from.<ref name="Sun"/> After a yearlong search, Martwick selected the second Morris, who began appearing in commercials in 1979.<ref name="Sun"/> The current Morris lives in [[Los Angeles]] with his handler, Rose Ordile.
  
 
==Other appearances==
 
==Other appearances==
Morris has appeared in other media over the years. He debuted in the [[Robert Altman]] film ''[[The Long Goodbye (film)|The Long Goodbye]]'' with [[Elliott Gould]],<ref>{{cite web | url=https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070334/trivia?tr0775802 | title=Trivia for ''The Long Goodbye'' (1973) | publisher=[[Internet Movie Database]] | quote=Morris the Cat first did his 'finicky' routine in this film. | accessdate=2010-11-27}}</ref> and starred in the movie ''[[Shamus (film)|Shamus]]'' with [[Burt Reynolds]] and [[Dyan Cannon]] in 1973.<ref>{{cite web | url=https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070680/trivia?tr0592567 | title=Trivia for ''Shamus'' (1973) | publisher= Internet Movie Database | quote=The cat in this film is "Morris" from the famous 9Lives cat food commercials. | accessdate=2011-03-09}}</ref>
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Morris has appeared in other media over the years. He debuted in the [[Robert Altman]] film ''[[The Long Goodbye (film)|The Long Goodbye]]'' with [[Elliott Gould]],<ref>{{cite web | url=https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070334/trivia?tr0775802 | title=Trivia for ''The Long Goodbye'' (1973) | publisher=[[Internet Movie Database]] | quote=Morris the Cat first did his 'finicky' routine in this film. | accessdate=2010-11-27}}</ref> and starred in the movie ''[[Shamus (film)|Shamus]]'' with [[Burt Reynolds]] and [[Dyan Cannon]] in 1973.<ref name="Hinsdale"/>
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<ref>{{cite web | url=https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070680/trivia?tr0592567 | title=Trivia for ''Shamus'' (1973) | publisher= Internet Movie Database | quote=The cat in this film is "Morris" from the famous 9Lives cat food commercials. | accessdate=2011-03-09}}</ref>
  
Morris also appears as a "spokescat" promoting responsible pet ownership, pet health and pet adoptions through animal shelters. To this end, he has "authored" three books: ''The Morris Approach,'' ''The Morris Method'' and ''The Morris Prescription''. He was quoted at the 1993 "end of year" edition of [[People (magazine)|''People'' magazine]] which noted deaths of 1993 to which he quoted a simple "Meow" in honor of the death of his friend, fellow advertising mascot, the dog [[Spuds MacKenzie]].
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Morris also appears as a "spokescat" promoting responsible pet ownership, pet health and pet adoptions through animal shelters.<ref name="Sun"/> To this end, he has "authored" three books: ''The Morris Approach,'' ''The Morris Method'' and ''The Morris Prescription''.<ref name="Hinsdale"/><ref name="Sun"/> He was quoted at the 1993 "end of year" edition of [[People (magazine)|''People'' magazine]] which noted deaths of 1993 to which he quoted a simple "Meow" in honor of the death of his friend, fellow advertising mascot, the dog [[Spuds MacKenzie]].
  
 
In 2006, Morris was depicted as adopting a kitten, Li'l Mo, from a Los Angeles animal shelter, representing the first adoptee in a campaign known as Morris' Million Cat Rescue.
 
In 2006, Morris was depicted as adopting a kitten, Li'l Mo, from a Los Angeles animal shelter, representing the first adoptee in a campaign known as Morris' Million Cat Rescue.
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*[https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org/about/morris-the-cat Hinsdale Humane Society] - About Morris the Cat
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Morris the Cat (voiced by John Erwin) is the advertising mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, appearing on its packaging and in many of its television commercials.

Description

A large orange tabby tomcat, he is "the world's most finicky cat", eating only 9Lives, and making this preference clear with humorously sardonic voice-over comments when offered other brands. Every can of 9Lives features Morris' "signature". Three different cats have played Morris the Cat.

The original Morris was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a Chicago-area animal shelter,[1] by professional animal handler Bob Martwick.[2] Morris was featured in 58 television commercials which aired from 1969 to 1978.[2] John Irwin provided the voice-over for the cat.[2] The original Morris died in 1978.[3]

All cats to play Morris have been rescue animals, either from an animal shelter or a cat rescue. After receiving multiple contacts from individuals who claimed that they were the original owner of Morris, Bob Martwick chose not to reveal which shelter he obtained the second Morris from.[3] After a yearlong search, Martwick selected the second Morris, who began appearing in commercials in 1979.[3] The current Morris lives in Los Angeles with his handler, Rose Ordile.

Other appearances

Morris has appeared in other media over the years. He debuted in the Robert Altman film The Long Goodbye with Elliott Gould,[4] and starred in the movie Shamus with Burt Reynolds and Dyan Cannon in 1973.[2] [5]

Morris also appears as a "spokescat" promoting responsible pet ownership, pet health and pet adoptions through animal shelters.[3] To this end, he has "authored" three books: The Morris Approach, The Morris Method and The Morris Prescription.[2][3] He was quoted at the 1993 "end of year" edition of People magazine which noted deaths of 1993 to which he quoted a simple "Meow" in honor of the death of his friend, fellow advertising mascot, the dog Spuds MacKenzie.

In 2006, Morris was depicted as adopting a kitten, Li'l Mo, from a Los Angeles animal shelter, representing the first adoptee in a campaign known as Morris' Million Cat Rescue.

British advertising

When he first appeared in British television advertisements in the late 1970s, he was coincidentally voiced by Johnny Morris (then famous in the UK for his anthropomorphic character portrayals in the series Animal Magic), which led many British viewers, unaware of the character's origins, to wrongly suppose that the cat had been named after Morris himself. British ads for 9Lives later featured the voice of Richard Briers.

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