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Not to be confused with Meathead Dog.

Meathead, also known as Frankie in Heavenly Puss, is a brown, mangy, generally dull-witted cat who first appeared in the Tom and Jerry 1943 short, Sufferin' Cats!, as Tom's rival. Meathead later reappeared in Baby Puss (in which he serves as one of three minor foes and a recurring villain) and additional shorts as one of Tom's alley cat friends or foes.


Not much is known about Meathead's personality, thought he is more or less a stubborn, and foolish alley cat. He is initially Tom's rival, but in comparison, he is less smart than Tom, and doesn't have a deep thinking like Thomas. He is the least intelligent cat among all the cats that have appeared in Tom and Jerry.


Meathead Cat has brown fur with white paws and wears a red toupee (which is sometimes the same color as the rest of his fur). He also has his tail tied in a bandage in his first two appearances. In Scat Cats, his final golden age appearance, Meathead is gray instead of brown.

In Tom and Jerry Tales, he is strangely portrayed as being orange similar to Lightning Cat's fur color and having a red nose and, in two of the episodes he appears in, a bushy tail.


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  • The Pied Piper of Harlem (cameo)
  • Planet of Mice (cameo)
  • Big Apple (cameo)

Film Appearances


  • Meathead somewhat resembles Lightning, but the two are not the same and have appeared side-by-side in some cartoons.
  • Oddly, in Heavenly Puss, his name is “Frankie”, This can probably be explained by “Meathead” being a nickname.
    • Furthermore, Meathead's name is based off a word describing someone as being stupid, dumb, or dim-witted.