Grumpy Cat’s not going to be happy about this.
Gothamist published a series of photos Tuesday featuring an adorable feline who starred in New York City subway etiquette posters in the 1960s.
Etti-Cat (get it!?!?!) had a much better grasp of the English language than the LOLcats of today.
Plus, Etti-Cat wasn’t perfect — even the spokeskitty for good behavior made mistakes sometimes:
TL;DR: Don't vandalize things.
Etti-Cat also appeared in a 1965 book called “The Courtesy Cat” that touched on general manners. Blogger Mew Mew Munchy Toe (we’re guessing that’s a pseudonym) got her paws on a copy of The Courtesy Cat and found all sorts of other useful tips. “Be easy to get along with,” Etti-Cat advises. “I get along with Ginger, the dog, even though I am a cat.”
While we, perhaps incorrectly, assumed the cat superstars of today would feel threatened by Etti-Cat’s charm, eloquence, and cool demeanor, at least one famous feline appears to be a fan. In 2011, Morris the Cat posed a trivia question about Etti-Cat to his fans, noting “I am always one for manners.”