Something I've been working on this weekend: Famous Cat People. And here I have also collected some interesting tidbits about each of these terrific people.
Mark Twain was a very keen cat fancier and was quoted as saying, "When a man loves a cat, I am his friend without any further introduction." Here are some more Mark Twain cat quotes and also some photos he took of his beloved cats too.
Queen Victoria was a very keen animal humanitarian and had a number of pets during her life (mostly dogs) which included a pretty white persian cat called White Heather. You can learn about her love of animals and the white persian here.
French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette had a number of cats that she was very fond of and even wrote a book called "La Chatte" which features a cat as one of the main protagonists.
Isaac Newton, discoverer of gravity and inventor of the cat flap door! Yes, that's apparently correct, Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat flap door for his cat Spithead. Spithead would open the door to his room which Newton wasn't too happy about and so invented the cat flap door in 1700. Read all about it here.
Winston Churchill was a huge cat fancier and had one called Tango (a ginger tom) and another called Mickey (a tabby). For more stories of Churchill's cats click here.
John Lennon was a lifelong cat fancier and owned a number of them over the years including: Elvis, Salt and Pepper and Major and Minor to name but a few. More info here.
Vivien Leigh was very passionate about siamese cats and had a number of them given to her by her husband Sir Lawrence Olivier. Their names were Tissy, New Boy and Poo Jones. You can read more about her history with cats here.
The well known Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale reportedly owned sixty cats plus over the course of her life! Wow!