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In honor of #InternationalCatDay, here are the 10 best cat mascots in sports

Here are our favorite feline friends!

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:

10. Roary

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.

Denver Broncos v Detroit Lions Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

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!

Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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!

New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

7. Spartacat

Spartacat looks like your average Ottawa Senators fan in cat form.

CAN: Nashville Predators v Ottawa Senators Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images

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.

New York Mets v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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

Hawks v Trail Blazers

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.

Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Tyler Barrick /Getty Images

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.

Chicago Bulls v Denver Nuggets Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

2. Sluggerrr

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.

Minnesotoa Twins v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

1. Jaxson de Ville

A jaguar. Named Jaxson. Who wears sunglasses. And swings from the sky. Hell yeah.

San Diego Chargers v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

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.