A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 5

A fifth selective collection of ‘cat-scratch’ facts on the intriguing feline pals. Have your favorite drinks and snack ready and enjoy. Perhaps your very own cat shares the same manner!

  • Winner of 1954 Nobel Prize, novelist Ernest Hemingway was a well-known cat lover who had cats throughout his entire life. He understood cat’s mindset and behavior very well to the extend he trusted his gentle Persian, F. Puss, to babysit his three month old young son, Bumby while he and his wife were out.
  • English author Charles Dickens had a kitten which was known as The Master’s Cat because of its attachment to him. The little kitten stayed with him while he wrote. As the day grew late, the little kitten would snuff out the candle with its paw to remind his master to take a well-deserved break.
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States, was a great cat lover. First Lady Mary Todd said cats were her husband’s only hobby. President Lincoln doted on his cats unapologetically. He once fed Tabby from the table at a state dinner. When his wife complained, Lincoln reassured her, “If the gold fork was good enough for [former President James] Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.”
  • Swiss artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) had many cats at his side; they were his inspiration, his subjects, his travel companions, and sometimes his aids. American philanthropist and collector Edward Warburg once tried to shoo away one of his cats from walking across Klee’s still-wet watercolors. Klee stopped him. “Many years from now,” Klee said, “one of your art connoisseurs will wonder how in the world I ever got that effect.”
  • American actor Robert Downey Jr. never thought he could tolerate cats in his life, until he met Montgomery and Dartanian, two rescues from West Hollywood. The actor said about his change of heart, “Eighteen months ago, I’m saying, ‘I don’t want any rescue pets within 100 yards of either of my residences, I’m sorry. I don’t want some, like, tripod, abused animal.’ I was adamantly opposed to the whole idea. And now I couldn’t imagine living without them. I’ve become one of those people where the Missus is like, ‘They don’t want to see iPhone pictures of our kittens right now. Stop it.”

Feed your craving for all cat things: A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.