Louis Jean Lumiere (October 5, 1864 to June 6, 1948) and his brother were among the earliest filmmakers. They released Sortie de l'usine Lumière de Lyon in 1894 and histories consider it the first real motion picture.
He directed in 1899 La petite fille et son chat . We are indebted to the blog "Cinema Cats" for this information and the pictures:
English Title: The Little Girl and Her Cat
Starring: Madeleine Koehler
Directed by: Louis Lumiére
Synopsis: A short film from the early film pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumiére. A little girl (Madeleine Koehler) sits in a high chair and feeds her pet cat treats from a cup.
Cinema Cat: One of the earliest cat film stars, this gorgeous striped long haired Maine Coon seems happy to be getting treats.
At one point the cat jumps down off the high chair’s table. Moments later the cat “jumps” back on. We believe this is the first instance of someone throwing a cat back into a scene.
The cat again enjoy the treats and even grabs the little girls hand in its eagerness to get more. The title may have been more accurate as being Le son chat et petite fille, as the cat blocks the view of the girl through much of the film.
Final Mewsings: It’s clear cats know how to upstage!