by Bonney Brown
Cats are the most popular pet in the United States and have been the animal companion of choice for many famous and powerful men.
Winston Churchill’s cat, Jock, slept with him and attended Cabinet meetings. Cats have shared the White House with Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Aviator Charles Lindbergh took his beloved cat Patsy along for company on some of his flights. Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer and Isaac Newton (inventor of the cat door) enjoyed the company of cats. Schweitzer wrote; “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
Popes Leo XII, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI all shared their lives with felines. Cardinal Mahony said of Pope Benedict; “Street talk that the pope loves cats is incorrect. The pope adores cats.” Cardinal Richelieu kept dozens of cats and left money to care for them after his death.
Authors Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo and tough guy Ernest Hemingway adored cats. Descendants of Hemingway’s 30 felines still reside at his Key West home, now a museum. Hemingway wrote; “A cat has absolute emotional honesty, human beings may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” Mark Twain, who shared his home with 11 cats, wrote; “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction.”
Then there are musicians—Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, John Lennon, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa—all cat-guys. Freddie Mercury of Queen dedicated his first album to his beloved cats and wrote a song for one of his favorites, Delilah.
Artists Henri Matisse, Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol all admired felines. Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci wrote; “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”
Marlon Brando, George Burns, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Ricky Gervais, Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Jon Stewart and Regis Philbin are only a few of the celebrity cat lovers. Hollywood trainer Joel Silverman regularly comes to Nevada Humane Society to train cats for his TV show Dog and Cat Training with Joel Silverman. Jackson Galaxy, AKA the Cat Daddy, has taken Animal Planet TV by storm with his hit TV show My Cat from Hell.
So all you guys out there who love cats, you are in great company! Want to join their ranks? You can adopt a cat at a local animal shelter today.
Events that Help Homeless Pets:
Real Men Love Cats Adoption Promotion throughout June at Nevada Humane Society. Men (and women) may adopt a cat over three years of age for free. Other cats are $25, kittens $60, and dogs $45. Shelter located at 2825 Longley Ln, Reno and open for adoptions seven days a week from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10:00 am on Saturdays.