In today's society, there are those who love cats, and those who loathe them (Ailurophobia).

However, there are very few people who simply don't mind cats. Throughout history, there have been some famous cat lovers, as well as some famous cat haters. Despite the fact that in early Christian stories, cats often symbolized Satan, some Saints kept feline companions.


Mohammed 570-632 - The fonder of the Muslim faith approved of cats but felt dogs were unclean. He once cut off the sleeve of his robe to avoid waking a sleeping cat as he rose to pray.

Petrarch 1304-1374 - When the poet died his cat was put to death and mummified.

Cardinal Richelieu 1585-1642 - This Prince of the Church reserved one of his rooms for cats, where overseers fed them chicken pates twice a day. When he died the overseers and cats were provided for.Cardinal Richelieu, who had dozens of cats, built a cattery at Versailles in which to house them.

St. Agatha (d. 251) is still known as Santo Gato (Saint Cat) in parts of the Pyrénées mountain range of southwestern France. She is said to appear in the form of a cat on her day, February 5th, to punish women who have angered her.

St. Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226), according to an Italian legend, was saved from a plague of mice by a cat which sprang miraculously out of his sleeve.

St. Gregory the Great (540 - 604) possessed no worldly goods except a cat, which he liked to stroke and hold in his arms while he was meditating.

St. Ives (1035 - 1115), the patron saint of lawyers, appears in portraits with a cat by his side, and is sometimes depicted as a cat.

St. Jerome (340 - 420) was famous for owning a cat and is frequently depicted in paintings accompanied by a domestic cat instead of his more traditional lion mascot.

St. Molig of Ireland, according to legend, became disturbed when his pet cat caught a sparrow which had eaten a fly; he restored both bird and insect to life.

Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965 - The statesman enjoyed eating with his ginger kitten, Jock. Servants were often sent to find the pet so meals could begin.

Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965 - Although left-handed, Dr. Schweitzer would often write prescriptions with his right hand because his cat Sizi liked to sleep on his left arm and could not be disturbed.

Abraham Lincoln's cat, Tabby, was the first of several White House cats.

Alexander Dumas, the author of The Three Musketeers, owned a cat called Mysouff. This cat was known for his extrasensory perception of time. Mysouff could predict what time his master would finish work, even when his master was working late.

Amy Carter, the daughter of Jimmy Carter, owned a number of cats including a Siamese cat with a peculiar name 'Misty Malarky Ying Yang'.

Artists Renoir and Monet - The French artists Renoir and Monet loved cats and put them in several paintings.

Charles Dickens's cat give birth to a litter of cats. Dickens only allowed one of these kittens to remain with its mother. The kitten was known as the 'Master's Cat'. The kitten would snuff out Dicken's candle in order to gain his attention.

Dr Samuel Johnson, the compiler of the first dictionary, had a pet cat named Hodge whom Johnson fed oysters and other luxurious treats.

Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain - Although Edgar Allan Poe used cats as symbols of the sinister in several of his stories, he himself owned and loved cats. Also his fellow writer, Mark Twain, was also a cat lover.

Edward Lear was known for writing the famous limerick 'The Owl and the Pussy Cat'. Lear was devoted to his cat named Foss. When Foss died, he was buried in Lear's Italian garden.

Ernest Hemingway - Owner of 30 Cats - One of Ernest Hemingway's most unusual cat was a six-toed cat given to him by a ship's captain.

Egyptian Sultan - A thirteenth century Egyptian sultan left his entire fortune to the needy cats of Cairo. For many years afterward homeless cats received a free meal daily.

Writers Paul Gallico, H.H. Munro, Walter de la Mare, Thomas Hardy, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Beatrix Potter, and W.B. Yeats all owned and loved cats.

Florence Nightingale - Bismarck was a large persian cat owned by Florence Nightingale.

Horace Walpole - the British essayist wrote lovingly about his cats.

Pope Leo XII - Micette was a grayish-red cat with black stripes. Micette was born in the Vatican and lived among the pope's.

Rutherford B Hayes - The first Siamese cat brought to the United States was a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Sir Isaac Newton, the scientist who first described the principle of gravity, also invented the swinging cat door for the convenience of his many cats.

Sir Walter Scott owned a cat called Hinse. This Tomcat was known to terrorize Scott's dog.

Swiss Artist Theophile Steinlen's Paris home was known as 'cats corner' because of the large number of the former reproduced on a variety of articles.

T.S. Elliot - The Nobel Prize-winning British poet, playwright, and cat lover, wrote an entire book of poems about cats. His Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats was set to music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and became the long-running musical, Cats.

Theodore Roosevelt had a cat named Slippers, a grey/blue cat. Slippers had a disease, which resulted in him having more than 5 toes on his feet.

Vanna White - World-famous letter turner owns two cats that she mentions frequently on Wheel of Fortune.

Victor Hugo, considered the greatest author in the history of French literature, wrote fondly in his diary about his cats.

William Wordsworth - Famous for writing these poems about cats:- The kitten and the Falling Leaves, Kittens! Kittens!, Loving and Liking, See the kitten on the Wall.

Anatole France Famous cat lover.

Montaigne - Famous cat lover, had a cat that he played with.

Lord Byrom - Famous cat lover as well as other animals such as dogs, monkeys, eagle, crow, falcon.

Charles Baudelaire - Famous cat writer who wrote the book called "Cats".

The Brontes - Famous cat lovers.

Jeremy Bentham - Famous British Economist who was famous for his theory on Utilitarianism, was a cat lover.

Samuel Butler - Famous writer who loved cats.


Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) One of Brahm's favourite forms of relaxation was to sit at an open window and attempt to kill neighborhood cats with a bow and arrow.

Napoleon Bonaparte was once found sweating with fear and lunging wildly with his sword at the tapestry-covered walls. The source of his fear was a small kitten.

Noah Webster (1758 - 1843) described the cat as a "deceitful animal and when enraged, extremely spiteful."

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) - Eisenhower's loathing for cats was so great, he gave his staff orders to shoot any seen on the grounds of his home.

Henry III (1551 - 1589) was like a lion when persecuting the Protestant minority in France, but the presence of a cat turned him into a chicken. He would faint if a cat came near him.

Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon (1707 - 1788) The French naturalist praised dogs, but claimed that cats possessed "an innate malice and perverse disposition which increases as they grow up." He added that they "easily assume the habits of society, but never acquire its manners.

Wu-Chao, Empress of China (624-705), Pope Gregory IX (1147-1241), Pope Innocent Vll (1336-1415), Pope Innocent VIII (1432-1492), Elizabeth I (1533-1603), William Shakespeare (1564-1616), King Louis XlV (1638-1715), Buffon, George Louis Leclerc, Comte de (1707-1788), Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953), Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969), JRR Tolkien, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin

The World's Worst Cat-Hater

Chicago banker Rockwell Sayre must have been the worlds worst cat-hater. He lived in the early 1920's, and started a campaign to rid the entire world of cats by the year 1925. He offered financial rewards to cat killers.

He said that cats were "filthy and useless" and claimed to have inspired the killing of seven million cats during the first three months of his campaign. In 1925 he extended his campaign for a further ten years, as there were many cats still left. But soon after he himself died.


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