Please note: I didn’t know the man so what I’m saying is complete speculation
I don’t think Walt Disney was a cat person.
What Lady and the Tramp teaches us, among other things, that dogs are capable of caring for human babies and cats will make every effort to destroy them. While the film stops short of having the cats try to steal the babies’ breath, it sure doesn’t make cats look like loving creatures that could bring warmth and happiness to any home.
It isn’t really fair to judge Disney by one movie, though. Looking at the “classic” Disney films (the ones made before his death), let’s see how cats make out, shall we?
Well..there’s 101 Dalmatians. That movie has..a whole lot of dogs…and…um…one cat. He’s a nice cat so that’s something, I suppose. Of course he is involved in a strange military hierarchy where he is out ranked by a dog and a horse. A horse? Had these people met a cat before? There is not a cat on this planet that would take orders from a horse.
From a cat perspective, the fact horses allow themselves to be saddled and ridden is the source of ridicule and contempt. At least it would be if cats could bring themselves to give a shit about horses.