Ha! Doesn’t look like they tried too hard to find where Ludwig came from!!
(Here’s the first appearance of “the cat”, from 1993.)
http:// arloandjanis.com /wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/1993-11-02-first-cat.jpg
(You’ll have to take out the two spaces I put in the URL there, I don’t think we’re supposed to put ‘clickable’ links into the comments.)