Having a good mascot is important — it can show your competition just how fierce you are. So it’s no wonder that many teams pick the fiercest animal known to mankind: the kitty cat.
That’s right, hear them
roar meow! Because it’s International Cat Day, we’ve decided to rank the best cat mascots, from catty to cattiest. It was difficult, but we finally narrowed them down to only the finest felines.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 cat mascots in sports:
The Detroit Lions mascot is pretty straightforward — he’s a lion named Roary. He roars. Not the most creative, but he gets the job done.
9. Slamson the Lion
The only cat mascot whose name is a biblical pun, the Sacramento King’s kitty has very long hair and is frankly kinda scary looking. If my cat looked like this, I would be upset. But maybe that’s the point!
8. Sir Purr
The Carolina Panthers have this majestic panther to cheer on their team. And look at those whiskers — they’re practically pom-poms!
Spartacat looks like your average Ottawa Senators fan in cat form.
6. D. Baxter the Bobcat
Why do the Arizona Diamondbacks (a snake) have a bobcat mascot? Who knows, but D. Baxter is a pretty dang majestic cat. Look how furry he is! And he wears a jersey... which is always a good look for a cat.
5. Blaze the Trail Cat
The Portland Trail Blazers mascot Blaze gets bonus points for having a fire name, but loses some for the fact that he looks a
little dog-like, to be honest. Also I have no idea what a Trail Cat is. Doesn’t hurt that he can dunk, though!
4. Who Dey
The Cincinnati Bengals good cat mascot got its name from Bengals fans chanting “Who dey! Who dey! Who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?" in the 90s. And while the name may look a little awkward at first, the one gets points, of course, for be a tiger — the coolest of kitties.
3. Rocky the Mountain Lion
The Denver Nuggets, despite claims (by me) that their mascot is a large chicken nugget, actually have an extremely cool cat as a mascot. Rocky has a lightening bolt as a tail, wears a tracksuit and sometimes is very tall — what’s not to love.
The Kansas City Royals mascot is Sluggerrr, a lion with a crown built into his head. He also has a growl built into his name, which his honestly purrfect.
1. Jaxson de Ville
A jaguar. Named Jaxson. Who wears sunglasses. And swings from the sky. Hell yeah.
Of course, there are plenty of other good cats out there, mascots and otherwise. It would be impossible to rank them all. These are just 10 of the finest felines, but here’s a reminder that all cats are good. And sports cats are even better.