A Visit with Matilda The Algonquin Cat

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Furball Fables and Furball Pet Friends video creator and petmom Chase Holiday was in New York recently for the Friskies Awards, where she was in attendance as a finalist for her video Careers for Cats.

Despite having only a couple of days in the city, Chase made a special pilgrimage to visit with the Algonquin Hotel’s resident Directfur of Guest Relations, Matilda the cat.

Chase writes:

“We were in New York City recently for the Friskies Cat Video Awards because Furball Fables was a finalist. With only two days in the City, we decided we really wanted to visit the Algonquin hotel and meet Matilda!

“We knew about the famous hotel from the stories in the 30’s when all sorts of famous writers had lunch there everyday at the round table.

“So we sent Matilda an email and stopped by to meet her and co-worker Alice DeAlmeida.”


From the Algonquin Cat page at the hotel’s website:

In the late 1930s, a rather disheveled feline wandered into the hotel searching for food and shelter. Ever the quintessential host, owner Frank Case welcomed the furry traveler into The Algonquin and a tradition was born.

Matilda, the current resident, is very popular with our guests. She has the run of the house (except in dining areas and the kitchen) but prefers to oversee the comings and goings of the many guests who cross her threshold.

Matilda receives mail weekly from friends around the world and has been the subject of countless stories. On one occasion, when her collar was stolen, the “Algonquin Cat-Burglary” was the talk of the town.

Each year, Matilda is given a birthday party, as befits a New York celebrity. A memorable one occurred in 2002 when, while celebrating her seventh birthday with 150 of her closest friends, she jumped on her cake and ran out of the room, leaving a trail of paw prints.

Cat fanciers may contact Matilda directly at [email protected]


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