This 1894 film, one of the earliest produced by Thomas Edison’s movie studio, features two cats boxing — but it’s not actually the first recording of a cat in motion.
Rumor has it that a famous secularist has a cat named after a famous boxer, and that this cat not only likes to be “misted” daily (sprayed with a plant-misting bottle), but also uses a human treadmill for exercise and has learned to turn it on. Perhaps if there’s enough acclaim here, we can persuade said secularist to send us the videos.
And here’s the earliest photograph of a moving cat:
But is this the first recording of a cat in motion? That credit, it seems, goes to Eadweard Muybridge for his animal locomotion studies, which include this 1887 motion study of a cat running, below. Muybridge pioneered motion capture by inventing a setup of multiple cameras in sequence, which recorded continuous movement, frame by frame.