Puzzums was a famous cat in 1932

Puzzums and Jeanette MacDonald
Puzzums and Jeanette MacDonald. Picture in public domain.
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In 1932, Jeanette MacDonald posed with then famous cat, Puzzums who was kind of a big deal in old Hollywood. He earned $250/week to appear in films with stars like Will Rogers, Maurice Chevalier and Carole Lombard. The cat was raised by hand when his mother deserted him at birth, but he went on to develop abilities to do more tricks than the average dog. He could cross his eyes, “laugh”, and even feed himself from a baby bottle. – Suzanne Mitchell‎. I have tried to discover more about Puzzums, without success. If you can add to the page, I’d be very pleased. Simply write a comment.

Maurice Chevalier and Puzzums 1925
circa 1925: French entertainer Maurice Chevalier (1888 – 1972) holding feline animal actor Puzzums. Both wear matching straw boaters. (Photo by Orville Logan Snider/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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4 thoughts on “Puzzums was a famous cat in 1932”

  1. Puzzums died in 1934 from a tooth infection. There is a small article about him in the February People maghazine. Nadine and Katherine Dennis hand fed and trained him as a kitten.

  2. Puzzums was an intelligent cat. I do not really agree with cats performing tricks, but then again it does serve as a form of mental stimulation for the feline brain. This is a cool picture. I love the era of 1930’s and 1940’s. 🙂

    • Agreed about tricks. There is an innocence about the era which you don’t find today. Too complicated and too fast today with the internet.


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