Cat Trivia

Interesting cat trivia, information and cat facts that cat lovers will enjoy reading about their felines. 

• Abraham Lincoln was a cat lover. He had four cats while living in The White House. His cat, Tabby, was the first White House Cat.

• Socks, a black and white cat that belongs to The Clintons, received approximately 75,000 letters and parcels eachCat Books - New Release Cat Miracles week while living in The White House. Socks Goes to Washington, the First Cat’s Autobiography, was published in 1993.

• In ancient Egypt a person could receive the Death Penalty for killing or harming a cat.

• Famous expatriate Author Ernest Hemingway had 30 pet cats.

• Leonardo da Vinci quoted: The smallest Feline is a Masterpiece.

• Misty Malarky Ying Yang was a Siamese cat that belonged to President Carter’s daughter Amy. He was First Cat from 1977 to 1981.

• Beerbohm, a tabby, was London’s longest serving Theatre Mouser. Beerbohm served at the Globe Theatre from the mid 1970’s to 1995.

• The record for the most kittens in a lifetime is held by Dusty. She gave birth to 420 kittens.

• Famed author Thomas had a Blue Persian named Cobby that was given to him late in life. Cobby vanished after Hardy died in 1928.

• Ernest Hemingway trusted his cat Mr Feather Puss so much he allowed the cat to baby sit his child.  
• In ancient times cats were worshipped as Gods. (they have never forgotten this)

• Felix the cats was the first animated character to be the subject of a marketing campaign.

• The Savoy Hotel in London places a wooden cat named Kaspar at tables to avoid seating unlucky parties of 13.

• Elizabeth Taylor once gave a Siamese cat named Marcus as a gift to James Dean.

• The Master’s Cat was a kitten of Charles Dickens’ favourite cat, Williamina, and the only kitten of the litter he kept. It is said he would snuff Dickens’ reading candle to get attention.

• Micetto was a grayish-red kitten with black stripes born in the Vatican. Micetto lived among Pope Leo XII’s robes.

• The prophet Mohammed was a renowned cat lover. Legend has it that once, when Mohammed was called to prayer, he cut off the sleeve of his robe rather than disturb his cat, Muezza, who was sleeping on it.

• Winston Churchill, a noted cat lover, was quite fond of his kitten, Jock. The kitten stayed by Churchill’s side in bed towards the end of Churchill’s life. Jock was mentioned in the Prime Minister’s will.

• The Woods family left their cat, Sugar, with new owners when they moved away, but Sugar tracked the family nearly 3,000 kilometres to their new home.

• Tarawood Antigone is a Brown Burmese cat who holds the record for most kittens in one litter. She had 19 kittens.

• As Emily Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights, her cat, Tiger, played at her feet.

• When the third Earl of Southhampton was put in the Tower of London, his cat, Trixie, allegedly found and stayed with him for the next two years.

• Timmy, one of President Coolidge’s cats, would allow the president’s canary to sleep between it’s paws.

• Charles Dickens’ favourite cat Williamina was actually called William until she had kittens.

• The title of the oldest Feline mother goes to Kitty, who gave birth to 2 kittens at the age of 30. Kitty gave birth to a total of 218 kittens in her lifetime.

• A cat named Hamlet escaped from his carrier while on a flight out of Toronto. He was found seven weeks later after traveling about 373,000 miles.

• After an earthquake in Taiwan in December 1999, an amazing cat was found still alive in a collapsed building after 80 days.

• At 689 cats, Jack & Donna Wright of Kingston Ontario hold the record for owning the largest number of cats.

• A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has only 206.

• Cats can sprint nearly 60kms per hour.

• A cat will almost never meow at another cat, cats use this sound for humans.

• Cats can be right pawed or left pawed.

• Cats can spend four or more hours a day grooming themselves!