Cat lovers love to find their fellow cat lovers. We’ve always been fascinated by people who share our admiration for feline creatures. There is an abundance of online articles that list which celebrities and movie stars have a cat as a pet. For today, we have searched for historical figures who are cat lovers just like us.
Florence Nightingale was an amazing cat lady. It was that she owned over sixty cats over her lifetime. She didn’t shy away from taking care of 17 cats at the same time! Her love for cats really showed in the way she took care of them. She fed them food specially made for them in fancy plates. Pawprints can be seen in the letters she sent. It is safe to safe cats really mattered to her. Aside from being a prolific cat lover, she was also kind and caring to humans. Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing because of her efforts for organized care for wounded soldiers. She is regarded for laying the foundation for professional nursing when she established her professional nursing school in London’s St. Thomas Hospital.
Edgar Allan Poe
There is a rumor that Edgar Allan Poe once uttered that he wished he could write as mysterious as a cat. If that is not the ultimate declaration of adoration, I do not know what is. When not declaring his love for cats, Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective fiction genre and is considered the first to use the short story format. He is most known as a significant figure of Romanticism with his pieces on mystery and macabre. The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado are just a few classics that he wrote.
Catherine the Great
Another prominent cat lover was no other than Russia’s longest-ruling Empress. Today, the cats residing in the Hermitage Museum are the descendants of Catherine the Great’s cats. When not hanging out with her cats, Catherine the Great supported the arts of the age of Russian Enlightenment. During her time as empress, The Smolny Institute for Noble made was established, the first higher education institution for women in Europe that was funded by the state. It is also important to note her bravery. She inoculated herself against smallpox even though that procedure was still controversial at that time. She said, “My objective was, through my example, to save from death the multitude of my subjects who, not knowing the value of this technique, and frightened of it, were left in danger”.
Sir Isaac Newton
Do you know cats love? Cat Doors. Do you know who allegedly invented the cat door? Sir Isaac Newton. If that is the case, then It was Isaac newton that made cat lives all over the world more convenient from then till forever. When not making cat lives easier, Sir Isaac Newton wrote the book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy in 1687 which laid out the foundations of classical mechanics. He also formulated the three laws of motion.
Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885. This work got dubbed as “The Great American Novel”. He liked to have cats in cameos in his literary work. For instance, In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the cat named peter was mentioned. He took care of over 19 cats at the same time. He loved them dearly and gave them colorful names like Sin, Beelzebub, Apollinaris, Pestilence, Buffalo Bill, Blatherskite, Satan, Sour Mash, Zoroaster, Tammany, Soapy Sal among others.
There as countless cat lovers in this world today. And we definitely are not the first. Even the great figures of history couldn’t resist feline charm.