Cats and power go together like two peas in a pod. Throughout history, some of the most important people had a serious affection for their fluffy pets, unabashedly singing their affection on the creatures. These historical figures might have made waves with their actions but a little closer to home, all they wanted was to spend time with a cat or two.
- Abraham Lincoln
One of America’s most famous Presidents, Abraham Lincoln did a great deal for the country. When he was at home, however, he only had eyes for his cats. The then-President was such a big fan of the felines, that he had several wandering around the White House and is even said to have taken in a stray or two in his time. The President loved cats so much that, at a state dinner, he is said to have fed one of the cats of Secretary of State William Steward from a golden fork. His cats most certainly had preferential treatment!
- Charles Baudelaire
One of France’s most famous writers, Charles Baudelaire was responsible for some of the most lyrical writing in history. While his verse might have won the hearts of many, it seems like it had a much different subject than people assumed. Les Fleurs du Mal, one of his most recited poems was not only written in praise of the cat but also, contains a verse that specifically celebrates the sound of its meow. Thanks to Baudelaire, cats have been immortalized in cultural history.
- Paul Klee
An artist and creative, Paul Klee is best remembered for his contributions to the Cubist and Expressionist movements. Look a little closer at his work, however, and you might be surprised at what you find. Not only were cats the subject of nearly 30 of his works but also, they feature in the background of a great deal more. He loved his own cats so much that they traveled everywhere with him, taking in some of the world’s most famous sights.
- Mark Twain
When he wasn’t writing some of the most universally loved literature in history, Mark Twain was tending to any one of his 19 cats. The writer loved the creatures so much that when he wasn’t at home, he would rent local felines to be in his quarters. According to Twain, “if a man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve the man but it would deteriorate the cat”.