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Famous Cat Lovers in History

Updated on June 18, 2016
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FlourishAnyway is a psychologist and cat lady who enjoys learning more about the personal stories behind famous historical figures.

Stealthy And Self-Aware Gods In Fur Coats

Cats:  You're either with them or against them.  I am clearly with them.  Stand with us.
Cats: You're either with them or against them. I am clearly with them. Stand with us. | Source

The Almighty Cat, Friend of Creative Souls

Bless the Almighty Cat. He is the chosen confidante and muse of reflective, creative souls who sashay among us the writers, inventors, philosophers, and solitaries.

One does not dare not own or dominate a cat. The Cat will simply not allow it. He turns up his leathery nose and flicks his taut whiskers at anyone who attempts to claim "alpha" status. (Silly men.)

The Cat holds his feelings close to his fluffy chest. He is underwhelmed by you, mildly bemused even. (Sniff.)

The best you can hope for is recognition as near-equals, to be accepted into his exclusive Club of One. This takes patience, persuasion, diplomacy. Are you up to the challenge?

The Cat is stingy with his approval. Independent. Aloof. But when he decides to love, the Almighty Cat laps you up, encompasses you, wholly and completely. And then you'll know why he has always been a god in a fur coat.

Laugh Out Loud Cat Poetry

I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats

My niece gave this to me as a gift and I've read it over and over. This book of clever cat poetry will have you or the cat lover in your life laughing out loud and nodding in agreement. There are poems such as, "Who Is That On Your Lap?," "Seriously," "This Is My Chair," and "That Top Shelf." This book nails cattitude.

 

There's No Such Thing As "Just A Cat"

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Cats can always find a good place to sleep.Nothing beats a cardboard box, except perhaps one lined with tissue paper.Look into my eyes, deeply into my eyes ... .Cats are excellent secret keepers.My own princess, Stella, is a recovering feral cat.  She is skittish but very happy in my home.Cats are 99% angel with a little dose of devil to keep life interesting.They say that the eyes are windows to the soul.There's nothing like a good stretch.Cats understand if you're not a "people person"  Hey, not everyone is.Oh, I always forget the punch line.  I'm terrible at jokes, but believe me, it was hi-LAR-i-ous!
Cats can always find a good place to sleep.
Cats can always find a good place to sleep. | Source
Nothing beats a cardboard box, except perhaps one lined with tissue paper.
Nothing beats a cardboard box, except perhaps one lined with tissue paper. | Source
Look into my eyes, deeply into my eyes ... .
Look into my eyes, deeply into my eyes ... . | Source
Cats are excellent secret keepers.
Cats are excellent secret keepers. | Source
My own princess, Stella, is a recovering feral cat.  She is skittish but very happy in my home.
My own princess, Stella, is a recovering feral cat. She is skittish but very happy in my home. | Source
Cats are 99% angel with a little dose of devil to keep life interesting.
Cats are 99% angel with a little dose of devil to keep life interesting. | Source
They say that the eyes are windows to the soul.
They say that the eyes are windows to the soul. | Source
There's nothing like a good stretch.
There's nothing like a good stretch. | Source
Cats understand if you're not a "people person"  Hey, not everyone is.
Cats understand if you're not a "people person" Hey, not everyone is. | Source
Oh, I always forget the punch line.  I'm terrible at jokes, but believe me, it was hi-LAR-i-ous!
Oh, I always forget the punch line. I'm terrible at jokes, but believe me, it was hi-LAR-i-ous! | Source

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You're Either With Them Or Against Them

It's hard to feel neutral about cats, although quite frankly I question the moral character of those who detest any animal (except maybe snakes).

Throughout recent history, cats have found devotees among prominent men and women, particularly among creative individuals and other misunderstood souls. Cats have a special connection with writers and intellectuals, the introspective lot.

Do you find yourself among them, as I do?

Are You A Cat Purrson?

So what will it be?  Are you for them?  Are YOU a cat purrson?
So what will it be? Are you for them? Are YOU a cat purrson? | Source

History's Famous Cat Dudes and Cat Ladies

Here are a few of the famous men and women who have found companionship and inspiration in cats. They are some of history's Cat Dudes and Cat Ladies.

Florence Nightingale: Founder of Modern Nursing and Model Cat Lady

Oil Portrait of Florence Nightingale (1873), who was the founder of modern nursing and one heck of a cat lady.  Go Flo!
Oil Portrait of Florence Nightingale (1873), who was the founder of modern nursing and one heck of a cat lady. Go Flo! | Source

Florence Nightingale: Ministering Angel and Cat Lady

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was a prolific British writer of plainspoken medical literature. Most notably, Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing. She was regarded as a ministering angel to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, a conflict with Russia.

Nightingale rebuffed suitors in favor of establishing her nursing career, later becoming a pioneer in her field. Although she maintained friendships with powerful men, many of Nightingale's relationships with females were difficult.1 Nightingale loved the company of her cats, however.

The founder of modern nursing owned upwards of 60 felines during her lifetime. Disabled from brucellosis and depression, she wrote in the close company of her cats and arranged for them to have specially prepared meals and exacting care.2 Her manuscripts bear the evidence of their editorial assistance their inky paw prints.

Nightingale was famously credited to have remarked that cats possess more sympathy and feeling than human beings.

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Anne, Emily & Charlotte Brontë: Writers and Cat Ladies

The Brontë sisters, Anne, Emily and Charlotte, were nineteenth century poets and novelists, the daughters of a poor Irish clergyman. While still children, the young Brontë sisters and their brother were left alone in the world when their parents and older siblings died.

They attended horrid boarding schools and relied on their vivid imaginations for survival. The siblings eventually returned home to the safety of one another and an isolated existence which included the cats they loved.

The literary Brontë family built themselves a reclusive life in the countryside of Victorian England devoted to their writing. Their collective works included Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Emily Brontë in particular was painfully shy and solitary. She avoided contact with people outside of the family home. In an 1842 essay, Emily perfectly captured the essence of cats:

"A cat is an animal who has more human feelings than almost any other being. ... A cat, in its own interest, sometimes hides its misanthropy under the guise of amiable gentleness; instead of tearing what it desires from its master’s hand, it approaches with a caressing air, rubs its pretty little head against him, and advances a paw whose touch is soft as down.

When it has gained its end, it resumes its character ... and that artfulness in it is called hypocrisy. In ourselves, we give it another name, politeness, and he who did not use it to hide his real feelings would soon be driven from society."3

Hasn't this cat lady captured the cunning of felines so artfully?

Emily the cat lady never married, but her sisters did.

Cats Rock Each Of Their Nine Lives

“A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.” - English proverb
“A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.” - English proverb | Source
Accoutrements Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure Set
Accoutrements Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure Set

This 6" tall action figure celebrates the fact that cat ladies are super heroes, too! There's litter to scoop, meows to respond to, food cans to open. Let the cat lady in your life know you think she's awesome. Comes with 6 "starter cats." Great gag gift.

 

Isaac Newton: Inventor of Calculus and the Cat Door

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was one of the most brilliant scientific thinkers of all time, responsible for a variety of discoveries, including:

  • the laws of gravity and universal motion
  • calculus
  • the anti-counterfeiting measure of putting ridges on coins
  • the reflecting telescope and
  • the cat door.7

During his studies at Cambridge University, this brilliant cat dude found that his feline companions repeatedly interrupted his studies by wanting in and out. As a solution, Newton cut two holes in the door — one for the mother cat and a smaller hole for her kittens. (He did not realize that the kittens would simply follow their mother.)8

Newton never married, had few friends outside of his cats, and in retrospect is surmised to have had Asperger's syndrome. Cats brought companionship and inspiration to the world's most gifted thinker.

Cats Have Quiet Confidence

Every cat has something remarkable about him or her.  This is my calico, Stella, who has her own set of toothbrushes on the bathroom sink.  Minty breath!  What's special about your cat?
Every cat has something remarkable about him or her. This is my calico, Stella, who has her own set of toothbrushes on the bathroom sink. Minty breath! What's special about your cat? | Source

Favorite Cat Quotes

"Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons."

- Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”

- Mark Twain, American author and humorist

“I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.”

- Mark Twain, American author and humorist

"Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy." - Robert A. Heinlein, American journalist
"Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy." - Robert A. Heinlein, American journalist | Source

Victor Hugo Gushed About Cats In His Diary

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a well-known French writer and dramatist whose works include Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A noted cat dude, Hugo was melancholic and egotistical.4 (You can't have everything.)

His diary was filled with references to his fondness for cats. His favorite feline had a large red ottoman in the middle of his study.5 Hugo remarked that "God made the cat so that man might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger."

"If you hold a cat by the tail, you learn things you cannot learn any other way." - Mark Twain, American author and humorist
"If you hold a cat by the tail, you learn things you cannot learn any other way." - Mark Twain, American author and humorist | Source

Cubist Painter Pablo Picasso Was Another Cat Dude

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter and sculptor. Picasso was known for co-founding the Cubist movement in art, for his love affairs, and his extreme political views.

Throughout his lifetime, the artist had cats as companions and sometimes painted or sculpted them with the human loves of his lives. Picacco's 1941 painting, Dora Maar au Cat, is one of the world's most expensive paintings. It depicts a small black kitten perched on the shoulder of his lover.6

Mark Twain: A Man Who Understood the Nature Of Cats

Mark Twain strokes a kitten (1907).  Cats were plentiful in Twain's life, and he understood them as creatures that could never be dominated.  He wrote, "There's always somebody a king has to obey ... but it ain't so with a cat."
Mark Twain strokes a kitten (1907). Cats were plentiful in Twain's life, and he understood them as creatures that could never be dominated. He wrote, "There's always somebody a king has to obey ... but it ain't so with a cat." | Source

"A cat ain't ever anybody's slave or serf or servant, and can't be — it ain't in him to be. And so, he don't have to obey anybody. He is the only creature in heaven or earth or anywhere that don't have to obey somebody or other, including the angels. ... There's always somebody a king has to obey ... but it ain't so with a cat."

— Mark Twain, "A Refuge of the Derelicts"

Awesome Cat Dude Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pseudonym Mark Twain, was a famous American novelist and humorist. His works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter of which has been heralded as the great American novel.

Twain was an abolitionist, a supporter of women's suffrage, and a man who adored cats. Twain was high strung, unpredictable, and experienced deep sadness as a result of the deaths of several close relatives.9 He was known, however, for his humor.

Twain was frequently photographed with cats and often featured them in his literature. He kept many cats at his family home in Missouri and gave them unusual names like Sour Mash, Appollinaris, Zoroaster, and Blatherskite "to practice the children in large and difficult styles of pronunciation."

The author often played pool with a cat nestled in a corner pocket while others chased the billiard balls to and fro. If a cat fell asleep on the pool table while he was playing, he would rather stop the game than move the animal. A true cat dude, Twain also trained his cats to hop up on a chair, to go to sleep, and to wake up on request.

In his unpublished novel, The Refuge of The Derelicts, Twain recognized that it is in cats' nature to bow to no one:

"A cat ain't ever anybody's slave or serf or servant, and can't be — it ain't in him to be. And so, he don't have to obey anybody. He is the only creature in heaven or earth or anywhere that don't have to obey somebody or other, including the angels. ... There's always somebody a king has to obey ... but it ain't so with a cat."

Cats Make the Whole World Brighter

Cats like Shepherd add fun and excitement to any situation.
Cats like Shepherd add fun and excitement to any situation. | Source

Marie Antoinette: Royal Cat Lover

Ill-fated Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) was the wife of France's King Louis XVI. While the people of Paris starved, she hosted lavish soirees at Versailles and outfitted herself in expensive gowns, diamonds, and slippers.10

Marie Antoinette is most often associated with her love of small dogs, however the royal family also had cats that had free reign of the palace. There were so many animals at Versailles that visitors sometimes remarked about its filth. During court gatherings, Marie Antoinette permitted her six white Turkish Angora cats to roam the tables.11

Cat Dudes and Cat Ladies Appreciate That Quiet Confidence

According to research, cats recognize their owners' voice but opt to ignore it.  Cat lovers appreciate their independence.
According to research, cats recognize their owners' voice but opt to ignore it. Cat lovers appreciate their independence. | Source

Legend has it that during the French Revolution the Queen made plans to escape to America. She hoped to escape the same fate that her husband had met: public execution at the guillotine.

Marie Antoinette's belongings, including her cats, were therefore loaded upon a ship, which was ready to usher her to freedom. However, the royal animal lover was captured and beheaded before she could set sail.

The Queen's long-haired cats left France without her and reached the coast of Wiscasset, Maine. After mixing with the local cat population, they produced a breed of cats called the Maine Coon cat.

Today, the Maine Coon is one of the most popular breeds. It is known for its large size, intelligence, and gentle personality. Perhaps the Queen got the last laugh after all.

A Cat On the Grounds Of Versailles

In Marie Antoinette's day, cats were plentiful at Versailles.  She kept six white Angoras before her unfortunate demise.
In Marie Antoinette's day, cats were plentiful at Versailles. She kept six white Angoras before her unfortunate demise. | Source

And So the Legend Goes: Marie Antoinette's Cats Traveled From Versailles to Maine

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Do You See the Cat On Ernest Hemingway's Famous Writing Desk?

The Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida is home to his personal effects and 40-50 polydactyl cats.
The Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida is home to his personal effects and 40-50 polydactyl cats. | Source

Ernest Hemingway: Awesome But Self-Destructive Cat Dude

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was an American author, journalist, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He led an adventurous lifestyle crammed full of masculine pursuits: deep sea fishing, big game hunting, and bullfighting.

Hemingway was also a wartime ambulance driver and married four times. He was known for his hard drinking, tight writing style, and his love of cats. In personal letters, Hemingway wrote in detail about his cats, describing the "mass migration at feeding time" and how he trained some of them to drink milk with him while he drank whiskey.12

Hemingway Cat: Too Many Toes

Polydactyl cats, also called "Hemingway" cats, have six or more toes.  This produces a mitten effect.
Polydactyl cats, also called "Hemingway" cats, have six or more toes. This produces a mitten effect. | Source

A ship captain gave the author a six-toed (or polydactyl) white cat named Snowball. Today, each of the 40-50 polydactyl cats that still live on the property of the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida, are Snowball's descendants.

He named each of his cats after famous people (e.g., Dillinger, Fats), and the Museum continues the tradition. Polydactyl cats are often referred to as "Hemingway cats" in honor of the famous cat dude.

Upon receiving the Nobel Prize, Hemingway noted that "Writing, at its best, is a lonely life." Ultimately, however, not even his cats could save Hemingway from himself. Plagued by what we now consider bipolar disorder, he committed suicide with his favorite shotgun.

"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not"€ - Ernest Hemingway.  This is my polydactyl cat, Spanky, who was a neighborhood stray.  He has 28 toes at last count!
"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not"€ - Ernest Hemingway. This is my polydactyl cat, Spanky, who was a neighborhood stray. He has 28 toes at last count! | Source

Cats Know That We Need Them

For these men and women of history -- these cat dudes and cat ladies -- feline friends have served their purpose with distinction. Cats have been their editorial assistants and muses. They have been companions to those who were isolated from larger society by infirmity, geographical distance, or other walls that separated.

Cats have motivated inventions and have softened even the hardest of hearts. They have comforted the grief-stricken, continued legacies, and provided insight into the essence of human nature.

Let the detractors say what they will. Cats resonate quiet confidence because they know that we need them. Sometimes we humans need someone to simply sit and listen or to enjoy silence together as ideas percolate. Cats are remarkably good at that. Humans? Not necessarily. (And I've never known one to spill a secret.)

Cat Welcomes Soldier Home After Deployment

Notes

1Wikipedia. "Florence Nightingale." Last modified November 28, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale.

2Shiller, Joy. "Florence Nightingale: Cats." Country Joe McDonald. Last modified 2003. http://www.countryjoe.com/nightingale/cats.htm.

3"Bronte Sisters." Accessed December 1, 2013. http://brontesisters.ru/writings/essay/the-cat.

4Encyclopedia.com. "Vicomte Victor Marie Hugo." Last modified 2005. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Vicomte_Victor_Marie_Hugo.aspx.

5Bartleby.com. "Chapter Twelve. Literary Men Who Have Loved Cats. Van Vechten, Carl. 1922. The Tiger in the House." Accessed December 1, 2013. http://bartelby.org/234/12.html.

6Wikipedia. "Dora Maar au Chat." Last modified July 22, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dora_Maar_au_Chat.

7LiveScience. "Isaac Newton Biography." Last modified May 14, 2012. http://www.livescience.com/20296-isaac-newton.html.

8Lamb, Robert, and Tristin Hopper. "Top 10 Isaac Newton Inventions." HowStuffWorks. Accessed December 1, 2013. http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/famous-inventors/5-isaac-newton-inventions.htm#page=11.

9Mark Twain quotations. "Cats." Accessed December 1, 2013. http://www.twainquotes.com/Cats.html.

10Paws On Your Heart. "Marie Antoinette and the Maine Coon Cat Breed." Last modified May, 2013. http://pawsonyourheart.com/famous-friday-marie-antoinette-and-the-maine-coon-cat/.

11Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette. "Marie Antoinette's Flaws." Last modified January 2, 2012. http://leahmariebrownhistoricals.blogspot.com/2012/01/marie-antoinettes-flaws.html.

12Smithsonian magazine. "Ernest Hemingway Taught One of His Many, Many Cats to Drink Whisky." Last modified September 25, 2013. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/09/ernest-hemingway-taught-one-of-his-many-many-cats-to-drink-whisky/.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Snakesmum - Most definitely there is! Thanks for reading and voting!

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Cats are beautiful animals, and I wouldn't be without one. Winston Churchill is supposed to have liked cats, whilst Adolf Hitler is reputed to have hated them. Wonder if there's something in that? Voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Paradise7 - Thank you (long, slow blink, slight curl of the tail).

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      DealForALiving - Wear your love of cats like a badge of honor! You are in good company, my friend.

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      Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Terrifically interesting and well-written hub. I enjoyed it immensely, so thank you for writing it.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Now I have a couple great examples to use for defense when someone calls me a cat person: Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Audrey - Annie sounds like a true goddess. I'm glad you have finally learned the sweet girl's language. Meow to you! Thank you for voting and sharing.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

      This article was so interesting. :-) I enjoyed all the quotes about cats and the stories about the famous people who owned cats throughout history.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      "A God In A Fur Coat." Purrrfect description. And speaking of perfect, you've really outdone yourself with this hub that has everything! Love it.

      My cat, 'Annie' teaches me humility. This girl rules! It took me a ton of band-aides before I woke up and learned that the reason she scratches me after I'm through petting her is just because she doesn't want me to stop. :)

      Can't thank you enough - Voted up and completely across on this masterpiece and will pin to my animal board and share everywhere.

      Purrrrrrr :) Audrey

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - Only four are inside cats (one comes in on occasion). The rest are porch cats. Most are elderly "leftovers" from the days when I rescued and did spay/neuter outreach to poor communities or they are walk-ups from our neighborhood -- cats that decided to eat at our house and never wanted to leave because they could count on a steady meal, good medical attention, and affection. I do love cats and have spayed and neutered hundreds over the years. My calling.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Wow, you have a lot of cats. You must really like cats!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - My daughter is a dog person, too, but she will have to wait until she is an adult to get one because we already have 10 older cats who are set in their ways. Thanks for visiting, and have a nice weekend.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      The Hemingway cats are really cute, with their big paws. I was a total cat person for a long time, but I've gotten very fond of dogs ever since we broke down and got one for my daughter, when she was 10.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Peggy - Thank you for sharing! I love fellow animal lovers!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      As a long time cat (and dog) lover...you need not mention that to the cats!...I really enjoyed reading this hub. Pinning it to my Interesting People board (would also fit my Cats board) and will also share with my followers. Enjoyed the photos of your cuties!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      CyberShelley - Thanks for stopping by and for the kind compliment!

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      Shelley Watson 2 years ago

      You always manage to take a subject, turn it on it's head and write something thought provoking and utterly polished! I am so jealous, but in the nicest possible way LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Chelsey Wall - Oh, do I love cats. There's always one that's tagging along room to room. They make like purrfect, don't they?

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      Chelsey 2 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      This is awesome! I am a huge fan of cats, and it's nice to know that there are people who love them as much as I do. I had no idea that some of these famous people loved cats too!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rebecca - Thanks for stopping by. I am very suspicious of those who do not enjoy animals.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I'm glad I caught this great Hub. I don't know how I missed it. Amazing photo of Mark Twain with the Kitty. I agree, I would not want to befriend or even work with anyone who doesn't like dogs, cats or both.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Shyron - Thanks for reading. I adore cats and nearly always have one with me. They are my Hubber consultants and editors, pawsitively perfect companions. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

      Flourish, this is a delight. I love to read about cats. Cats are so smart and just as loyal as dogs. I don't know how I missed this one, or did I?

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Carolyn - Thanks for commenting and sharing. I cannot imagine a life without these wonderful creatures.

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      Carolyn Emerick 2 years ago

      Commented once before but stumbled upon this one again. I knew about some but not all of those famous cat lovers. Coming from a family of "cat ladies" I especially loved all the pictures. Sharing on a FB page for cats I admin on ;-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Tori, I have seen cats convert even the most confirmed cat haters, dog lovers, and animal know-nothings. They are patient, determined, and brilliant little divas. I always hub with at least one as my advisor.

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      I've always considered myself more of a dog person, but I must say that my boyfriend's cat has really grown on me. We bond in ways that I have never been able to bond with a cat before. Now, I will say there are some cats that I just want to avoid because they act like little demons, but I'm starting to see how wonderful these creatures can be. I think you just have to find the right one :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Techygran - I understand the complete devotion to them. My cat, Shep, is sitting at the computer now demanding his morning "kisses." He is my co-Hubber. I love their softness, the smell of their hair, their quiet confidence, independence and stealth. I know you dearly loved your kitty, and I hope that one day when the time is right you'll dare love another cat in her honor. You may be surprised how quickly you fall in love again. Have a lovely weekend and hug your sweet doggie for me.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      thank you for this brilliant homage to cats and their people. I really and thoroughly loved a cat once, and when she left this life we missed her so much that we were unable to have another cat... we do have a little dog, though, who often appears to pretend to be a cat.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      VioletteRose - Cats are marvelous creatures and typically treat us as we do them. To gain trust with a cat, try making "sleepy eyes" at them.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      I love seeing cats, they look so cute and I would never want to hurt them. But really, I am little scared since I know they act on an impulse not like dogs. Great hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      shahkar-khan - That is very I treating to consider. I appreciate your comment and insight. Have a terrific New Year.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sabrina - I agree that cats are secretive and elusive. They are entertaining to watch and great companions. It's great to meet another cat lover. Thanks for reading and commenting,

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      FaithReaper - Thanks for stopping by and for being so supportive. You're always so gracious in your support and encouragement.

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      shahkar-khan 3 years ago

      In the history of art, the pairing of cats and women was an allusion to feminine wiles and sexual aggression, as exemplified in Manet’s notorious Olympia. It is also interesting to consider that the artist has paid particular attention to the sharp, talon-like nails on the long fingers of his model. In life Maar’s well-manicured hands were one of her most beautiful and distinctive features, and here they have taken on another, more violent characteristic.

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      Yoleen Lucas 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I am a MAJOR cat lover! I have one named Darshan who was feral, but I've managed to tame him, and now he's downright affectionate.

      Though Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) was primarily a dog lover, she once had a cat that attacked dogs. Kitty was the most famous cat in De Smet - probably in all of Dakota Territory!

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      Sabrina 3 years ago from Colorado

      It's always interesting learning more about cats... in my case anyway. I like reading about them because in all the experience I've ever had with cats, I always find them to be very secretive and very mischievous. it's always entertaining to see.

      Very nice article.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Congrats Dear Flourish on the HOTD!!! I just love your hubs, especially this one!

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Hui - It's always nice to meet a cat lover, especially someone who has tended to free-roaming (feral) cats. For more than a decde my husband and I have fed a small colony of feral cats, spaying and neutering them as well as tending to them daily. They are brave, fabulous creatures.

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      Hui (蕙) 3 years ago

      Awesome. Cat family is my favorite animal, and cats are always around me. I used to look after a group of free cats for years, including two cat families, so adorable. This hub tells me a lot about cats that I don't know, and makes me love them more.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      DzyMsLizzy - Thanks for stopping by again! Have a great 2014.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Just stopping back again to say "Congrats on HOTD!" Well deserved!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rebecca - Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend and Happy 2014.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is just wonderful! Congratulations, FlouishAnyway!

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      woody marx 3 years ago

      The Cat in the Hat is my favourite cat! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Dennis - Hemingway is my favorite, too. If you've never been to his museum/home in Key West, I highly recommend it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      WriterJanis - You have a good heart. I hope those cats reward you for the lovely work you do on their behalf.

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      Dennis Bruckner 3 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT

      What an entertaining hub. :P I am definitely a cat person (have two myself) so it's nice to see that my favorite self destructive writer (Hemingway, duh!) was also a cat person. I never knew that before.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      I love cats and have done a lot of rescue work with them.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sharyn - I have the same reaction to people who do do not enjoy cats. I wonder what's wrong with them that they'd dislike a whole species. Close-minded. Glad you like them. Have a Happy 2014.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Heidi - Thanks for stopping by.and for the kudos. Cats are wonderful companions and don't need tobe exercised. Just loved, fed, litter changed, and played with on occasion.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Sunshine! Have a purrfect day.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      ChitangadaSaran - Thank you for stopping by! Cats are fantastic, patient creatures with mny fine qualities. I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      pstraubie48 - Good to hear from you again. So happy that you enjoyed this. Hope your kitties are keeping you happy and warm. Blessings to you.

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Excellent hub with excellent research. Extremely deserving of HOTD. Congratulations FA! I am a cat person, dog too. And I honestly cringe just a little when people say they do not like cats. But I understand it because I used to "think" the same way. It wasn't until I helped a friend rescue a very sick cat that I truly became a cat lover. Funny that the friend is no longer in my life - but the cat, Punkin, is :)

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      What amazing photos and info! A well deserved Hub of the Day award for sure. Congrats! Even though I'm currently a dog chick, cats are on the radar as my "retirement" pets. Absolutely love 'em.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats on HOTD! This hub is the cat's meow! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Amazing information and so well researched hub! Although I do not have a fascination for cats, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading your hub!

      Congratulations for HOTD!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Congratulations on HOTD What a clever twist you have taken I do so understand why the more well known loved their kitties.

      I have had many over the years having first been introduced to them by my daughter as she had me become a part of animal rescue with her.

      My two precious kitties now have stolen my heart away. My Milo kitty I have written about as he is polydactyl, a Hemingway kitty.

      I enjoyed this article from beginning to end.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Suzanne Ennazus - I'll have to check that out. Thanks for weighing in with that suggestion. Have a Happy 2014.

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      Suzanne Ennazus 3 years ago

      There's also Freddie Mercury and his waistcoat with images of his cats in his last video.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Jimmy432 - Glad you enjoyed this. Cats are great animals if you give them a chance.

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      Jimmy432 3 years ago

      Never did like cats, not sure why. But this was an awesome read nonetheless!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - My editorial assistant, Stella, is greatly relieved to hear that. She is purring happily at me now rather than tail swatting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Noooo, I wouldn't hurt them or wish them ill. I'm just not a fan of felines. Happy New Year! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - Hmmmm. But you wouldn't hurt them, right? Or even wish them ill? Hope not! Thanks for visiting and for weighing in. Have a Happy New Year!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I really do have a soul! I just don't like cats. I do like your tribute to them! Well done! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Carolyn - Glad you enjoyed the cat ladies and their fellows. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to comment and vote.

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      Carolyn Emerick 3 years ago

      I love all your animal hubs, always so interesting with tidbits of info I didn't know before. Upvoted and sharing :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Crafty - It's so good to "see" you back. We've missed you. I love my cats too (and those that do not belong to me). Cats are so intelligent and yes, crafty (!). They know who likes them and who doesn't and can turn on the charm when needed. Thanks for stopping by.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I'm totally a cat person. They find me when they want something. Otherwise, they like to be left alone. But, they are very friendly to company. Anytime someone comes over, they want attention. I'm always amazed at your in-depth knowledge on these topics Flourish! I never knew any of the people above were cat people.

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      mariewj - When I hear someone likes cats, I'm a friend -- the rest seems to fall into place. It's wonderful how these beautiful creatures can bring people together. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      mariewj 3 years ago

      I love cats, dogs, birds - most animals really! This is a really fun and entertaining topic to read about all the people who adored and cherished their cats. And I wasn't aware of many of these either.

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      nArchuleta - Thanks for reading and commenting. Lindemann sounds like Shepherd's kind of cat -- always playing, always part of the family. Shep's talent is kissing. He'll never actually touch "lips" with you but if you pucker he'll turn his head sideways to "kiss." Such a talented individual. Have a great day!

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      Nadia Archuleta 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Fantastic hub, as always. Love the picture of Shepherd with the Christmas lights. Lindemann is fond of electrical cords. I was carrying my laptop, and the cord was trailing. Lindemann danced behind me like I was the proverbial Pied Piper! Thanks for sharing -- I'm a big proponent for promoting cats.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Kate H - Cats are such darlings. I'm sure they are doing a number on History's Cat Haters Club as we speak. I can almost smell the urine sloshing in Mussolini's boots. Payback. Never cross a cat or someone who loves one!

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      Kate H 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great hub! Very fun and well written. I love cats too and I can't believe how many people just don't understand them. I really enjoyed it thank you for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rasimo - I appreciate your reading.

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      Rasimo 3 years ago

      Thank you so much.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rasimo - I appreciate your reading. Meow and have a great day.

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      Rasimo 3 years ago

      Nice post! Thank you for ring!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Writer Fox - That would be an excellent idea. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for reading.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is an amazing collection of information about famous cat lovers. If you ever make a modern list, you can include Google's Matt Cutts. He has two cats that he dotes over and blogs about. Vote up!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      amiebutchko - I agree with you about cats being reincarnated, old souls. There are certain ones I love dearly that think I have known before in a past life. A little weird, but the cats don't mind my beliefs. 6724One or two of them have just connected that well with me. I find it fascinating that Hemingway was so enthralled with big game hunting, shark fishing, bullfighting, the killing of animals much larger than he, yet he was so devoted to these dainty lions. When asked about the irony, he once remarked that he killed so many large beasts to stop from killing himself (which he eventually did anyhow). Gives one lots to think about -- loving the dainty lion who can only do you so much harm. Thanks for reading!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      agusfanani - I'm so glad to hear that there is reverence for cats in Indonesia, as elsewhere. Cats bring a multitude of benefits and are docile creatures, true survivors in this tough world. Bless you for your kindness to them. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Amie Butchko 3 years ago from Warwick, NY

      Very entertaining hub! I don't even like cats (allergies), but you are making a great argument for them, for sure. I have always thought cats might be reincarnated, old souls. I especially loved the section on Hemingway. Who knew? Immensely creative topic.

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      I'm always with cat and cat has special place in our life. Cats are respected and sometimes people here treat them more than they do to human. Driving people always avoid to hurt cats in the street and many believe that hitting a cat in the street may bring bad luck in one's trip. So, drivers would rather swerve and hit other objects than victimizing a cat. :)

      I like your story about cats and the English Proverb about nine lives of cats is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Diana - Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm a firm believer that when it comes to dogs and cats, although we may be more of a cat purrson or a dog dude/dudette, it sure does not have to be an either/or proposition. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Diana L Pierce 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I love this well thought out truths about cats. I consider myself more of a dog person, but I have found great company with many cats over the years. Voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      electronician - Thank for reading and commenting. Cats are fabulous friends and companions. Mine love to chase bugs (but no snakes!) -- very entertaining.

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      Dean Walsh 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Lovely hub. People say that dogs are man's best friend, but cats were the first animal to be domesticated and did a lot to protect people in Africa from having their grain eaten by rodents or being killed by poisonous snakes and insects.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Hugo Furst - Thanks for the kudos and for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      DzyMsLizzy - Crazy cat ladies rock! (Can you tell I'm one, too?) I love that you have seven and that you exude such unbridled enthusiasm for them. I know that in purrson we'd make marvelous friends. Thanks for reading, voting, sharing, pinning. Meow to you and all of yours.

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      Hugo Furst 3 years ago from Australia

      You just took "awesome hub" to a whole new level! Thanks heaps for writing this hub -- really interesting :) Voted up.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a wonderful article about marvelous creatures. It was very interesting to learn how the Maine Coon Cat came to be. One of ours is part Maine Coon...he's a big kitty, and very fluffy--usually looks as if he'd been combed with a balloon!

      I am most definitely a "crazy cat lady." (We have 7 of the darlings--I'd have more if space and budget permitted.)

      They are all so special. One, who is about 9 years old, now, is our "nurse cat." When my husband was going through a spell with breathing difficulties, she would sleep on his bed, and either meow at him, or gently paw his face to wake him up if he was in distress in his sleep.

      Since my knee replacement, she's often in my lap, parked on the surgical leg, which helps with both warmth and my stretching exercises.

      The others are just sweethearts, and have their own purrrrsonalities, and keep us entertained. The youngest will snuggle and sing purr songs as I drift off to sleep, which provides a wonderful, relaxing sound to mask my tinnitus!

      We tell people, "Our cats are our last remaining link to sanity."

      Voted up, awesome, shared and pinned.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rebecca - Glad you enjoyed taking a look at this. Cats are marvelous entertainers, confidantes, and more. Thanks for the share and pin. Have a great evening.

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Oh this was just brilliant! I really enjoyed it. Shared and pinned. Very nice.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      vespawoolf - Thanks for stopping by. Glad to know that you've loved cats in the past and can appreciate them. They are magical creatures.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a very interesting write-up about famous cat lovers! I wasn't surprised about the Bronte sisters or Florence Nightengale, but Newton and Hemingway caught me off guard. Although we can't have pets in our apartment, my parents and in-laws both keep very large cats so I can sympathize with cat lovers. : )

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Solaras - I Googled it. Very strange. She is a gorgeous white blue-eyed Persian type, but he is 77 years old. Oh, and the species difference. I hope she says no.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Suzanne - Thanks for reading and commenting. Cats certainly don't bow to anyone, but they're loyal in their own way.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      It was interesting to read about all those famous people who adored their cats! From what I can tell, cat owners appreciate the majesty and independence of cats in personality, a bit like having another human being living with you, rather than a servant like a dog. Voted!

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      Solaras 3 years ago

      Check out Karl Lagerfeld and his cat that he wishes he could marry! The images are wonderful!!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Bill - Wasn't the Hemingway House just awesome? I loved how all those cats lounged anywhere they wanted all over his desk and sofas as well as on merchandise in the gift shop. Thanks for reading, commenting, and pinning/sharing.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Flourish. What an interesting hub. I was at the Hemingway House in Key West a few years ago and met many of his six-toed cats. It was fascinating. We don't have any cats but we love all animals and my mother had many cats while we were growing up. They are amazing creatures. Very interesting to read about the many famous people who have had a love of cats. Great job. Voted up, shared, pinned....

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Jackie - Miss Kitty is such a sweet name for a cat. I used to volunteer with a cat charity helping to spay and neuter people's owned animals and that was a very popular name. I also like the name Lily. Graceful. Thanks for reading. I'm so glad there are others who love cats like I do.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sha - I can tell you are a cat purrson through and through. They are often more perceptive than people and so loyal. If a cat reacts negatively to a person, they sense something that we do not and we need to pay better attention. You are so right about that. Oh, if they could speak. Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope those kitties are encouraging you and acting as faithful editorial assistants.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Flourish, I am a cat lover and love this post. I have a cat (actually, I have a total of 4) who has the persona of a person. She looks me dead in my eyes and I can almost hear her human voice. She has a very expressive face and lets me know what she's thinking, what questions she's asking or what admonishments she's sending my way.

      I always pay attention to how my cats react to new visitors in our home to determine whether or not I'll have them back again. Cats are really smart people and should not be disregarded. Unlike dogs, they do not do what you expect of them, but they are right there by your side when you're blue or sick. And they are very good judges of people!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for sharing other cat lovers with us. I have always had a cat, sometimes more but usually just the one. Most I name Miss Kitty but Mom graced my last one Lily. Love your photos and all the interesting info. ^

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      kidscrafts - They teach us so much about ourselves and how to treat others. I like their range of options for responding to annoyances: ignore, hiss, run, claw. I'm so glad that your kitty moved with you from overseas and that you're teaching your kids your love of animals. I was also raised with cats. Growing up, we lived at the end of a cul-de-sac in the country, and people unfortunately found it to be a good drop-off place for unwanted kitties. Thank you for the kind compliments and for reading.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub and lovely pictures of your cats.... especially the top one on close-up! It's interesting to read how cats touched the lives of so many well known people! I found the story about the cats of Marie-Antoinette quite fascinating! She saved the heads of her cats but not her own!

      I love cats, I had cats in my life since I was born and passed that love to my kids who continue the tradition. I have to cats at the moment: one is almost 18 years old and the other one is three.

      When my husband and I moved from Belgium to Canada... our cat of the time moved with us :-)

      I think it's important to raise children with animals; they can learn so much from them. As a kid, the cats were my confidents and they never repeated what I said :-)

      Thanks for sharing another lovely hub, Flourish! Very interesting, beautiful pictures and simply awesome!

      Have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      FullOfLoveSites - Great to meet another cat lover. They are purrrrfect, aren't they?

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      billybuc - Glad you enjoyed this. Lucy wasn't your editorial assistant?

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Jodah - Glad to know you are such an animal lover. I've had little luck training cats. Mostly they train me. Mark Twain must have been one truly inspired cat dude.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Faith - Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is a title you do not see every day on HubPages! LOL Great read; considering the fact I'm not much of a cat person, this one was very interesting.

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      FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

      Very interesting and entertaining hub, you let us look into some of the famous people and how they loved and cared for their feline friends. I am cat lover so thumbs up for them :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful hub Flourish. I have four cats and four dogs, so while most people have a penchant for one or the other, I love both. I have written hubs about my dogs, but not yet my cats. Just a matter of time as they are special intelligent creatures. Each one has it's own distinctive personality. Mark Twain must have been a 'real' cat dude being able to actually train them. It was interesting to read of all the cat dudes and ladies you mentioned. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Fascinating hub here dear Flourish! Thank you for sharing all about the famous cat dudes and ladies here. Enjoyed the read.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Frank - The Hemingway house in Key West is a fabulous place to visit for not only the cats but also his memorabilia. I visited a few years ago. The cats are strewn about everywhere with utter free reign, and the place even has a live feed via internet so you can see what the cats are up to. You can definitely feel his spirit there. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      sprickita - Yes, snakes are in their own special category! I like your kitty's trick. They are our masters, I think. Such a smart kitty. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      DDE - Cats are cunning but also very sensitive and wise. I have known many people who did not consider themselves cat people, only to find their hearts changed by one special cat. You never know! Thanks for reading as always, DDE.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      quicksand - Cats are great looking animals and so clean. Glad to meet other cat lovers.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Cat Dudes and Cat Ladies: Famous Men and Women In History and their Love of Cats is indeed a well informed hub and the photos are lovely too. I have mixed feelings about cats.A cat is cunning just most humans and I am not not much of a cat lover however your hub is useful, awesome, incredible, interesting and I vote up.

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      sprickita 3 years ago from Reno

      I love animals ( with the exception of snakes scared to bits of em in fact lol but) , cats have always had a special spot in my life. Loved the hub thank you. As for cats that iv had the pleasure of knowing one trick that stands out would be fetch - I had a kitty that tought me to throw her ball when she wanted me to play fetch 8-) happy hubbing

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      hey flourish I am a dog person, but this was so entertaining, the quotes, the love between cat and owner, the to find out Hemingway had a love for cats.. very entertaining, up and shared!!!!!

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      quicksand 3 years ago

      Cats are indeed good looking animals, and they are extremely clever too! Hats off to all those cat dudes and dudesses! :)

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