Fat Freddy’s Cat is a fictional orange tomcat nominally belonging to Fat Freddy Freekowtski, one of the Freak Bros., a trio of hippie characters featured in Gilbert & Shelton’s underground comics.
Fat Freddy’s Cat first appeared in 1969 in underground newspapers as a character in The Fabulous Furry Freak Bros. comic strip, and later had his own small strip. Many of these strips have been collected in comic book form, in Rip Off Comix, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy’s Comics and Stories, and The Adventures of Fat Freddy’s Cat, which ran for four small size issues in the 1970s and were reprinted and expanded in six comic book size issues in the 1980s. A seventh edition was released in 1993. After the demise of the underground newspaper, the Cat continued to appear in various comic books. His last appearance to date was in a 1990 strip reprinted in The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers #12.
The Cat is much smarter than Freddy, and is a sort of hippy Garfield (whom he pre-dates). He tends to regard the Freak Brothers with amused contempt, frequently expressed by defecating in inappropriate and inconvenient places, such as stereo headphones. One of his storylines featured him playing the role of “F. Frederick Skitty”, an undercover agent sworn to stop the distribution of “Tee Hee Hee”, a drug that turned people into homosexuals.
Reprints continued through the middle years of the 21st century’s first decade, but eventually ceased and individual issues began going out of print. In 2009 the Todds and Gilbert dissolved the corporation and returned the U.S. publication rights to the Freak Brothers to Gilbert. As of 2012 no other publishing company had yet picked up these rights.