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3 of history's CRAZIEST cat lovers

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Cats are simply the best, right? Let’s celebrate all things feline and take a look at some of the most famous cat lovers in history…

By Alice Lang

Published on the 01/06/2019, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:46

They’re furry, they’re cuddly, they’re weirdly elegant and they’re often downright hilarious - there’s no wonder that we humans are no less than obsessed with felines!

So, it comes as no surprise that we’ve had no shortage of kitty-loving celebs and icons, now and throughout our history.

Let’s take a look at 3 of the most famous cat lovers in history - we bet they'll surprise you!

Abraham Lincoln

The 16th President of the United States is remembered for many incredible accomplishments, including beginning the process which eventually led to the end of slavery in the US.

It’s clear he had a big heart - so although it’s a relatively unknown fact, it’s no surprise that Lincoln had a soft spot for cats.

According to the Presidential Pet Museum, a treasury official wrote in Lincoln’s memoirs: “He was fond of dumb animals, especially cats. I have seen him fondle one for an hour. Helplessness and suffering touched him when they appealed directly to his senses, or when you could penetrate through his intelligence to them.”

In fact, Lincoln was known for his affinity for stray cats and often brought them home. On top of this, he was the first president to bring cats, whom he called Tabby and Dixie, to the White House. Now if that’s not a dedicated feline fan, we don’t know what is…

Mark Twain

He was a writer, entrepeneur, publisher, lecturer and… super committed cat lover.

That’s right, the uber-intelligent Mark Twain may have written two major classics - Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - but he also managed to find the time to look after his house full of cats.

And when we say house full, we mean it - Mr Twain owned up to 19 cats at once. Madness, huh?

According to Smithsonian, Twain once wrote: “If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." We couldn’t say we disagree…


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Freddie Mercury

This talented musician was best known for his leading role in legendary band Queen, but did you know he was also the ultimate cat man?

Mercury first discovered his love for cats when his girlfriend, Mary Austin, brought home Tom and Jerry, an adorable feline duo. After that, the rest was history and Mercury’s house consistetly had feline occupants - at one point, a total of 10!

In fact, the legendary singer is said to have filled up a Christmas stocking with treats and toys for every single one his cats - adorable, huh?!


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So, those are our pick of history's most famous cat lovers, though there's obviously loads more. And well, we can't exactly blame these famous faces for having a furious feline obsession - cats are the best, after all!