Kit-Cat Clocks have been around for over 80 years, becoming an indelible part of American history with their happy and catchy look. We're dedicated to keeping this part of Americana alive by keeping the same look that's survived since the 1950s. Kit-Cat Clocks have been American made since their inception, and we intend to keep it that way. These iconic clocks are a valuable piece of Americana that'll brighten up your home or your office with their contagious smile.
In 1932, during the height of The Great Depression, the Kit-Cat® Clock was first invented in a small Oregon town by designer Earl Arnault (1904-1971). With his signature wagging tail, rolling eyes, and contagious smile; Kit-Cat inspired joy during one of America's roughest patches.
In the 1930s, the Allied Clock Company was founded in Portland Oregon to manufacture these uniquely animated pendulum clocks. The first models of Kit-Cat were made with metal but Allied Clock soon adopted the increasingly popular method of plastic molding and moved to Seattle, WA.
The 40s and 50s were decades of explosive growth for Kit-Cat's popularity and marked the first (and last) changes in his design. The top paws and the Kit-Cat's dapper bow tie were added. Due to his popularity, it wasn't long before Kit-Cat became synonymous with the 1950s in America.
In 1962, Allied Clock moved production to Southern California and renamed itself the California Clock Company. In 1982, the owner of the California Clock Company convinced Ohio native and serial entrepreneur Woody Young to take over as President/Owner and keep Kit-Cat going strong into the new millennium.
But in the late 1980′s, the American Made legacy of Kit-Cat was almost lost! In the span of a few years, American electric motor manufacturing was almost exclusively relocated to Asia, leaving Kit-Cat without a US motor supplier. A battery motor powerful enough to move Kit-Cat's exclusive "one-second" animation had yet to be invented. With no other alternative, the California Clock Company was driven to develop a new battery technology.
Kit-Cat kept on ticking through the 90s when the first Limited Color Edition Kit-Cats began to be manufactured, including the first 3/4 size Kitty Cat which was introduced in 1996. It wasn't long before Lady Kit-Cat first burst on to the scene in 2001, swapping out the bow tie for pearls and eyelashes.
2012 marked Kit-Cat's 80th anniversary, 50 years manufacturing all of their clocks in California, and 30 years with Woody Young as President. To celebrate this milestone, Kit-Cat sponsored the only 100% US grown commercial float in the 2012 Pasadena Rose Parade. After 80 years, Kit-Cat continues to prove that he is truly "timeless" as Kit-Cat Clocks are now sold through stores in countries all around the world. In fact, for the last 50 years, someone has purchased a Kit-Cat Clock every 3 minutes.