No doubt, many players will lament the loss of the iron, but the cat is certainly a sensible choice for the 80-year-old board game.
‘‘I think there were a lot of cat lovers in the world that reached out and voted,’’ Hasbro game marketing vice president Jonathan Berkowitz told the Associated Press.
That may be so, given that the AP reported that Humane Society of the United States, said that there are more than 86 million cats living in American homes.
Then again, Americans were also told recently that the lovable house cat is also something of a serial killer, being responsible for the deaths of billions of birds and other critters each year.
Who knows, perhaps one of those cats will be caught skulking about Marvin Gardens. The penalty for that, of course, would be to go directly to jail, without passing ‘‘Go.’’