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The Cossack Cats are the opening antagonists of An American Tail. The novelization calls them Cat-Sacks, though they are never referred to by name in the film.

Role in the Film[]

They were seen attacking Shostka, Russia and terrorizing the mice at the same time their human counterparts were engaging in an anti-Jewish pogrom. Fievel Mousekewitz tries to fend them off with a pot and spoon, but is chased and only narrowly escapes being eaten. They then retreat when they failed to eat Fievel. Their fate is unknown, though several cats that look similar to them are seen working for the Mott Street Maulers.

Trivia and Goofs[]

  • They have the same snarl from Dragon the Cat from The Secret of NIMH. In fact, their snarls are a mixture of bobcats and leopards instead of house cats.
  • Notably in The Treasure of Manhattan Island, the Cossack Cats were briefly referenced by Papa when he stated the mice were going to be eaten after Fievel asked why they left Russia.
  • Their breed is unknown.
  • They are a metaphor for antisemitism in the Russian Empire in the 1800's.
Villains of An American Tail
Villains Warren T. RatDigitMoeThe Bullying OrphansCat R. WaulT.R. ChulaSweet WilliamOne EyeFrenchyFeloniusMr. ToploftyMr. GraspingMr. O'BloatChief McBrusqueScuttlebuttMadame MouseyTwitchBootlickSlug
Gangs The Cossack CatsMott Street MaulersCactus Cat GangThe Outlaw Cats