People and their cats a lot like like Forrest Gump and his gal pal Jenny: peas and carrots. We love them so much, in part because it seems like they love us, too.
Indeed, our somewhat symbiotic relationship evolved through mutual appreciation and affection, but also because they served early human settlements as bona fide rodent hunters. They scratched our backs, and we repaid the favor tenfold by making them the most celebrated species in the world. They now rule the internet, but most famous cats over millennia were actually celebrated in art, religion, and folklore.
Back In the Day
Ancient Egyptians have been credited with elevating cat ownership to the status our pets enjoy today. In fact, they deified the feline species and worshipped cat goddesses like Bastet and others. Over thousands of years, living with and caring for cats became popular around the world, especially after the Islamic prophet Mohammed became known for appreciating his favorite friends.
The idea of keeping cats strictly indoors arose after the arrival of kitty litter. Before that, cats may have slept inside but almost always went outside to do their business. They lived between our human world and the wild (even if they lived in established settlements or cities). Of course there have always been the cats that didn’t return, but mostly they did come home. We could only speculate over what they saw or did on their adventures, and human fascination has been sealed since!
From Dewey the Library Cat Iowa to Mike the Feline Guard at the British Museum, Felicette the first (and only cat in space) to Unsinkable Sam (the cat that made it through 3 shipwrecks during WWII), there are plenty of real, historical famous cats to inspire future generations. I
The following cats that made their way from their creator’s imagination to the page, block of clay, film and more may be fictional, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t relatable or realistic to many of us:
- Tom Cat (of Tom and Jerry)
- Hobbes (of Calvin and Hobbes)
- Mr. Bigglesworth from Austin Powers
- Felix the Cat
- The Cheshire Cat
- Sylvester from Looney Tunes
- Salem Saberhagen from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
- Thomas O’Malley from Aristocats
- Cat in the Hat
- So Many More!
Next Wave of Famous Cats
How many times have you spent more time than you had watching funny cat videos on YouTube? You’re not alone. They’re the best! Amazingly, there just isn’t a shortage of great cat content on the internet, and these famous cats can prove it:
- Grumpy Cat
- Cole and Marmalade
- Lil Bub
- Sam (the cat with eyebrows)
- Colonel Meow
- Oskar and Klaus
- Oh Long Johnson
Luckily, the world will not run out of funny, handsome cats to drool over and laugh about. This ist will continue to grow over the coming years as new stars rise.
The history of cat ownership is a long, varied, interesting story. They say a great deal without talking our ears off, they’re so smart, and the impact and influence of cats on cultures around the world cannot be overstated.
At Wheaton Animal Hospital we think cats are the…cat’s meow!