Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
You don't have to answer this if you don't feel like it, but what is offensive about it? (I don't mean to disagree at all, just curious)
It's strange how often cats are singled out as being evil or from the dark side. Even in that movie with Keanu Reeves... Constantinople was it? When he had to get to the world of the undead he just needed a pail of water and a cat because they have one foot in already. Black cats are unlucky, "witches" are pictured with a cat (I do mean the stereotype, cartoony type), they were worshiped by the humans who originally domesticated them. There seems to be something about cats that inspires some sort of mystery or fear or something in humans...
The movie you're thinking of is Constantine - and I don't think that the depiction of the cat is meant to be an association with evil - if I remember the quote correctly, he said that cats were "half in, half out" - not entirely of our world but rather bridging our world and the unseen world (not just hell, or hell specifically). And he didn't need a cat - he needed the water and something belonging to the dead girl - the cat had belonged to the dead girl, but was extra useful because of the mystical kitty property thing.
Cats do inspire us, incite our imagination - though they are not the only animals to do so (snakes, wolves) - and black cats, considered unlucky in the States are considered especially lucky in the UK and ROI.
Edited to Add: For people unfamilar with the movie, absolutely nothing scary or bad happens to the cat, and the pail of water is for Constantine to stick his feet in.