month's featured animal is
is a talking black
cat. He generally just sits around the house
and offers up wisecracks to his human
companions Sabrina Spellman, a pretty blond
teenage witch and her aunts Hilda and Zelda.
When not getting into trouble, Salem likes to
play with a rubber mouse. He whimpers when he
is displeased. Salem was once a warlock named
Salem Saberhagen who was transformed into a
cat (American shorthair breed) for a period of
100 years by the Witches Council as punishment
for trying to "rule the world." As Salem said,
"Like any young kid, I dreamed of world
domination. Of course, they really crack down
when you try to act upon it." Now, since Salem
can no longer go dancing or play squash, the
only thing that makes him feel alive is the
sound of the can opener. When Salem gets
really bored he puts a pencil in his mouth and
types on the family's laptop computer to
access Internet chat rooms (under the guise of
a woman). Salem's family included a daughter
named Annabel who he hadn't spoke to in a long
time; and his mother who is allergic to him.
Among his romantic interests were Paula Abdul
(Salem stalked her); Dreama's cat, Juliet;
and his old girlfriend Shelley who dumped him
because he was a cat. Salem's favorite
newspaper is The Economist.
Cat with his friend Sabrina (Melissa Joan
Photograph courtesy of ABC and Warner Brothers
Salem the cat appears on the
sitcom SABRINA, THE TEEN AGE
WITCH/ABC/WB/1996+. Nick Bakay provides the
voice to Salem, as well as the voice of
Norbert on the cartoon The Angry Beavers.
Salem the Cat appeared regularly in the
Sabrina comic book as a striped tabby cat from
1971-83 (where his thoughts floated in
traditional comic balloons). There are two
versions of Salem the Cat used on the series:
a real live cat and two animatronic puppets
(one lying down and one sitting up) created by
The Animal Makers and Chiodo Brothers. The
facial expressions on the puppet cats are done
with radio-animatronics; the tail and head
movements are cable-control, and the body
movements are performed with animatronic-rod-controls.
The names of the real cats
who portrayed Salem on the TV are Elvis, Lucy,
Witch and Salem. For
read try: Salem's
Guide to Life With Sabrina the Teenage Witch :
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(Sabrina the Teenage Witch) by Kitty
Some Fun 'Salem the Cat' Quotes
Sabrina: Where's my lunch?
Salem: Not half-eaten and hidden in the
draw behind me, that's for sure!
Salem: I always found the hardest thing
was saying no to pie.
Zelda: Oh look, the first robin of
Salem: That's him? Devil bird!
Salem: Paula Abdul really knows how to
pick a man. I love her.
Zelda: She doesnít know youíre alive.
Salem: Well thatís gonna change. I
know some people in high places who have some
friends who... told me her numbers on the
Salem: (Sob!) All right! All right!
Itís for Paula Abdul. I faked my own
kidnapping so she would pay attention to me.
Sabrina: Does she even know who you
Salem: Why does everyone think thatís
a necessary part of love?
Zelda: Whatís wrong?
Salem: I canít remember what it was
like to be human! This voice used to bark
orders to a legion of mercenaries, now it begs
two old maids for catnip.
Sabrina: I believe the correct term is
Hilda: Come on ya big wuss, suck it up.
Take it like the man you used to be.
Sabrina: I know what you canít resist.
Zelda: Your favorite cat-toy.
Salem: I donít need your pity.
Sabrina: This is serious, usually he
thrives on our pity.
Zelda: Oh letís go and see if he wants
his tummy rubbed.