No one can deny the fact that cats are socially purrfect! Graceful and intelligent, with an aptitude for navigating any situation, it’s no wonder that in 1965 a feline named “Etti-Cat” was created to help steer etiquette deficient and impolite Americans into a world of manners and courtesy!
Etti-Cat, also known as the “Courtesy Cat” was originally featured in a children’s book titled “The Courtesy Cat.” Delightfully written as a tool for teaching school aged children proper etiquette and socially acceptable behaviors, the author, Jo Mary McCormick, created this fun and easy to read book featuring a lovable tuxedo cat flanked on the cover by a United States and United Nations flag. Displaying just enough patriotism to make any polite American proud, Etti-Cat eagerly shows his readers appropriate manners through funny photos accompanied by sweet and witty dialogue from a cat’s purrspective.
|Be easy to get along with. I get along with Ginger, the dog, even though I am a cat.|
Etti-Cat quickly gained popularity among adults…especially those that maybe needed a little brushing up on their lack luster people skills.
|Stretch your arms way out once in a while, it is good for you. I also move my ears.|
Call this a stretch, but at one point the New York Board of Transportation decided to feature Etti-Cat on New York subway ceiling ads (marquee signs).
In these ads, Etti-Cat politely teaches passengers the in’s and out’s of courteous and appropriate subway behavior. Anyone who’s been to New York may agree with me when I suggest that maybe Etti-Cat needs to be brought back! (Just a suggestion...)
|Etti-Cat telling New Yorkers to kindly give up their seat to little white haired ladies!|
Please enjoy some more adorable pictures from "The Courtesy Cat!"
|Its not kind to stare. It makes other people uncomfortable.|
|Flowers are to look at and enjoy because they are beautiful. Do not pick or disturb them without permission. I'm sorry I did.|
|Remember to say thank you if someone gives you a special treat like an ice cream cone. It may not be a big present but it is meant kindly.|
|Climbing into chests or old refrigerators, it is not safe. You might get locked in. That's why I have my head sticking out.|
|When you sneeze or cough, always cover your mouth. Oops, I didn't have time.|