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St. Gertrude of Nivelles - Patron Saint of Cats
Did you know that Cats have their own designated patron saint? Yes, they do and she shares 17th March with St. Patrick as their official celebration date.
Unattributed portrait of St. Gertrude mice) circa 1530
1871 - The inaugural Championship Cat Show
Cats were viewed as pest-controllers by Victorians until cat shows were started to show breeds, pictured Fulmer Zaida, an early champion cat born in 1895 that won over 150 prizes! Read full article here
National Black Cat Day - 27th October
In an attempt to dispel the myth that Black Cats are unlucky - 27th October (annually) is designated National Black Cat Day
Nothing is quite as elegant as a black cat—like a miniature Amazonian jaguar, they doze atop the highest point in the area, waking for several hours daily to prowl around hunting for a tasty morsel. But black cats and kittens are often overlooked when animal shelters are looking for new homes, and can be at the shelter much longer than they should be. So why is this?
The History of Black Cat Day
Interestingly, cats in ancient Egypt were revered highly, partly due to their ability to combat vermin such as mice, rats. Cats of royalty were known to be dressed in golden jewelry and were allowed to eat right off their owners’ plates. The goddess of warfare was a woman with the head of a cat named Bastet. These days, however, black cats are often are seen as unlucky or mischievous, but not everyone knows why that is. In Celtic mythology, it was believed that fairies could take the form of black cats, and therefore their arrival to a home or village was seen as sign of good luck. Unfortunately, the Pilgrims that came after them were devoutly religious and fearful of anything remotely related to the pagan beliefs of their ancestors, and it was because of that fear that black cats went from being seen as the vessels of fairies to the vessels of witches and demons. At that time it became common practice to severely punish those who kept black cats as pets, and even kill the animals themselves. Although these days nobody really believes black cats are witches or demons in disguise anymore, they are still often seen as signs of bad luck by many people in the West.
Source : Days of the Year
Here are some stars of history, famous and not so famous owners, literature, stage, screen and internet who have made their (paw)mark on their own merit:
All Dressed Up and Nowhere to go - 2016
Julian Assange's pet cat was spotted peering out of the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in London wearing a collar and tie while his owner is quizzed over rape allegations
The pet was given to Mr Assange by his young children earlier this year to keep him company during his four year stay at the embassy in Knightsbridge
COLLARED: Pet cat wears tie for the police
Wearing a smart white collar and a red-and-white striped tie, Julian Assange’s cat was dressed up for the interview. The fugitive’s moggy was spotted prowling the Ecuadorian embassy wearing the bizarre costume as her owner was quizzed over rape claims. It was given to the WikiLeaks founder by his young children to keep him company while he was holed up for four years at the diplomatic mission.
The female kitten, whose name is unknown, even has its own Twitter account – @EmbassyCat – where updates are posted about her daily activities.
It says it lives with Assange and is ‘interested in counter-purrveillance’.
Bob the Cat - film 2016
The Duchess of Cambridge meets 'Bob' himself at the premiere viewing
A fitting pose by star of stage and screen - one-time stray Bob - image courtesy of Dan Burn-Forti
With 500,000 Facebook followers, five million books sold and now a movie to his name, Bob – who started out as a neglected stray – is the animal kingdom’s biggest star. Introducing a very fabulous feline (and his human handler)
It’s a story that gives you paws for thought. And I promise you, now that’s out of the way, there will be no more cat puns. But seriously… Busker and recovering drug addict finds stray ginger cat on his doorstep. He tries to shoo the cat away, but the cat refuses to leave. Cat moves in, and ends up with busker in Covent Garden, where he scrapes a living playing Nirvana songs to uninterested passers-by. With the cat drawing a crowd, things start looking up. Busker stops busking and starts selling The Big Issue. Spotted by smart literary agent who commissions a book. Leading to a raft of further books, which sell millions of copies around the world and lead to a film, A Street Cat Named Bob. Bob is the cat. The (now former) busker and Big Issue vendor – and Bob’s minder, so to speak – is a softly spoken man named James Bowen.
Before the books and films – before Bob became an international celebrity – he and James would travel around London on the bus with Bob, secure on a lead, on James’s shoulders. But those days are gone.
Source Daily Telegraph
Henry is 137 - Is he the world's oldest cat?
Full story - Daily Mail
A devoted pet owner is trying to have her cat officially recognised as the oldest in the world. Sally Brown, 48, of West Earlham, Norwich, claims her beloved short-haired cat Henry is 30 - four years older than the current record holder, a tabby from Oregon called Corduroy. The self-confessed 'mad cat lady' has launched a campaign to have Henry named in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Ms Brown added said she is throwing herself into the record race to raise awareness of the animal groups she work with, and to encourage people to be responsible cat owners. A Guinness World Records spokeswoman said Ms Brown would need a vet to prove the age, along with pictures and videos taken throughout the decades, before Henry can be officially recognised. The average life expectancy for cats is 15 years. The oldest cat ever recorded was Creme Puff from Texas, who died in 1967 aged a stunning 38.
Corduroy (holder of the Record) begs to differ!
Neighbours everybody loves good neighbours ........
The famous street sign heralding the start of Australian soap opera 'Neighbours' accompanied by the globally known signature tune.
How lovely to see screen heart-throb Scott McGregor practically chewing his cat's ear off in a show of affection (which he posted on Instagram)! Puss also shared the limelight in the image taken when Scott announced his engagement!
NCIS's Tony diNozzo - Rumbled!
In an episode entitled 'Charade' from Season 13 of the popular NCIS series - Abbi Sciuto rumbles Tony's secret passion or is it? We haven't had the episode over in the UK yet (07.04.2016) but I have been told it is a 'chick magnet' ploy - well done Tony you never change!
Image courtesy and © of CBS
Toby - the Railway Mascot
There's a little tune in my head which is playing 'Skimbleshanks, the railway cat, the cat of the railway train' (see sidebar for the full T.S. Eliot poem) one of my favourite songs from 'Cats - the Musical' which sets the poems of T.S.Eliot's 'Old Possum' to music - well here's a real railway mascot, meet Sir Toby Toblerone.
Seriously, who could resist this lovely boy, those pale pale sky blue eyes, the gleaming white coat, the wistful expression saying 'Cuddle me' and that 'too cute' pink nose? But looks can be all too deceptive can't they? This gorgeous little creature is a quadroplegic, alive today, thanks only to the dedication and devotion of his guardians. Their daily routine to keep this little chap alive, let alone looking stunning is a full-time plus job!
Much of Toby's story can be read on the internet and he, like Atchoum (see below), is now an Fb sensation. When he was first found in November 2013, Toby still had the use of his forelegs and could do some things for himself, despite having to drag his rear legs along behind him. Before finding his 'forever home' with Julie and Stephen, much was debated about the pros and cons of keeping an apparently healthy, but paralysed, cat alive when it is unlikely he would otherwise have survived. There appeared to be no logical reason for his paralysis - x-rays confirmed a good healthy bone structure, and further examinsations were unable to identify any nervous tissue damage. It was even thought that chemicals used in dog flea treatment might be to blame, but whether they were adminsitered deliberately or as an economy measure is impossible to tell. There was even speculation of a 'neurological' ailment being to blame. All in all, only Toby really knows what happened and he's keeping that close to his chest! Today, his daily routines include being groomed by his carers, and the limited movement in his neck allows for some restricted but personal grooming; he is hand fed but also encouraged to eat from a bowl. He communicates by a series of squeaks when he has toiletry needs and accidents are, amazingly few and far between! And so it goes on - Toby gets to look out of the windows to see the world outside to keep him stimulated and is warmly dressed when taken out for walks, in the safety of his carers arms. This cat is cuddled most of the, day every day - best feeling in the world cuddling a cat!
However, the world does not revolve around him 24/7 - Toby is lucky to have a sister who is healthy and doesn't appear to be bothered by being in the shadows of her more famous sibling and they have both, recently been joined by a part-feral step-brother who is slowly, but surely starting to trust his new family. He even made it into the house the other day. - Result!
Simon's Cat has his own web-site and features in a series of short videos which are recognisable to everyone who has ever 'owned' (sorry that is probably a bad word!), lived with or known a cat. Simon's creator Simon Tofield is a very talented and imaginative individual who, through his humour has reached thousand of people. All the videos are available to view through You Tube or his own site. Please visit and enjoy, certainly their content enriches this web-page dedicated to our feline friends in the spotlight!
Simon's cat gets up to all sorts of capers and adventures and I particularly like this image - to find out what it's all about you should visit the Daily Mirror and follow his cartoon adventures! There's a lot about this cat that actually reminds us of Tinkerbell!
The Shop Cat
From the Shakespeare& Co. on 8th September 2015 - "We are very, very sad to announce that Kitty, our much-adored big white cat, passed away this morning. The shop will not be the same without him. Thank you for all the love you've shown him over the years." - Photo by Laura Stevens
A beautiful venue sharing a tragic moment at the start of January 2015
Not any old shop let me tell you but the world-renowned 'Shakespeare & Co.' in Paris (France). The shop has always had cats who look after the premises and find the best seats - yes, it's a bookshop where you can sit down and browse books - yes browse books, it's a description that came way before the internet grabbed it for its own use! (Smiley face!)
Atchoum - Internet Sensation
Atchoum states he's ''hairy not scary' - most people just find him adorable. Thank you to Atchoum's Fan for the images on his Fb page
From Atchoum's website : "Soon after being adopted it was discovered I have a very rare congenital condition called hypertricosis (also known as werewolf syndrome). It's less scary than it sounds. It means I have a hormonal condition that causes fast and continual hair growth and the thickening of my claws. My claws were growing so large and fast, it was unsafe and I had to be declawed. I also have tiny teeth but that doesn't stop me from eating well. I'm well cared for by a veterinarian who will monitor my health. Since I am the only cat known to have this condition, is unknown how it will progress. Life is good. I feel good and I believe we need to enjoy every day."
Portrait of the real 'Smiff'
I came across these animations based on real animals Mop (the English Sheepdog) and Smiff (Moggy) when, in the 1980s I was recovering from surgery and discovered day time (well Children's actually) television programmes. Here I got to know about Mike Amatt and his relationship with his animals. Each programme contained an animated segment and an original song, always with an educational message, written by Mike. There is very little on the internet about him these days and all that I can find is on the 'Cats on Tv' page
A rare article from the Radio Times featuring Mike and Mop as they contemplate a seaside romp!
Image courtesy and © of Caters News Agency
Bagpuss has now retired to the Rupert Bear Museum in Canterbury, part of the Museum of Canterbury, together with other characters from the show and Emily's shop window. Most of the stories and songs used in the series are based on folk songs and fairy tales from around the world. In 1987 the University of Kent at Canterbury awarded honorary degrees to Postgate and Firmin. In his speech, Postgate stated that the degree was really intended for Bagpuss, who was subsequently displayed in academic dress.
In 1999 the series came first in a BBC poll selecting the nation's favourite children's show. It also came fourth in the 2001 Channel 4 poll The 100 Greatest Kids' TV shows.
James Beck's cat 'Fred'
James Beck best known as Privat Walker in "Dad's Army" at his home in Sheen sitting with his cat, Fred. Image courtesy and © of Dennis Stone 15.03.1973
A still from the original film showing the iconic 'Black Cat cigarettes' poster in the background
Privates Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) and Walker - James Beck in more familiar pose in his Home Guard garb - image courtesy of the Daily Telegraph's Rex
Sir Terry Pratchett (Obituary)
As we bid farewell to yet another literary giant and cat lover, let us not forget that the late great Sir Terry (who died in his sleep with his faithful moggy by his side) treated cats with respect, humour and dignity.
"In Ancient Times Cats were worshipped as Gods and they have not forgotten this!"
Sir Patrick Moore's Cats
'Ptolemy things he can type.'
Sir Patrick Moore has written a book about his cats and as he is donating the profits and his goodwill to Cats Protection - the full story can be read here. An interesting feature is that any black cat that has shared his life has always been called 'Ptolemy' (presumably gender does not come into it!) and one, in particular has the makings of a literary genius - I am happy to share this 'Ptolemy' preparing to type - just the one cat and a typewriter? Puts all those monkeys and Shakespeare to shame doesn't it?
Douglas' cat - Misti
Misti is a literary cat with her own author!
Anne Golon's Cat - Boopy
l to r Boopy in cat pose and then inspecting the workload
Another lucky cat to have an author to look after him! And such an author, the creator (creatrix?) of the world-famous Angélique series which has its own section on this web-site. Boopy is not only very handsome but smart as well - he reviews the books he allows Anne to dedicate and makes sure her spectacles and writing implements are to hand (you can just see them by his front right paw).
Star of Facebook (Fb to those in the know). This cat has thumbs! Did you know that cats have thumbs? That they might develop thumbs? Blame Cravendale for this discovery! I'm not afraid of the end of the world predicted sometime soon (today being 21.05.2011) but I am afraid, very afraid of Tinkerbell ever developing thumbs!
Back to Bertrum - from the Cravendale site 'Bertrum is a cat with thumbs. And plans. Big plans. He uses his thumbs to post daily updates, photos and general musings on Facebook and Twitter.He's a pro-active genius, trapped in the body of a cat. His interests include chess, cricket, martial arts (traditional), and world domination.' - Off course he is!
Importantly his birthdate is 10th March 2006 and his personal biography states 'My forebears have helped sailors navigate their the Atlantic and been companions to great thinkers, politicians and writers, like, Isaac Newton, Winston Churchill and Earnest Hemingway. Hemingway, in fact, was a true friend to many polydactyl cats, an evolutional leap to which I am proud to belong. Yes, I have thumbs. And plans. Brilliant plans.' On a personal level he tjhinks of himself s a 'Domestic cat, adopted at a young age by (and still living with) Helen, a delightful woman of some intellect and very pleasant character, and her boyfriend, who is a recent acquisition. Has a name. Not sure what it is.'
That will do for Bertrum, but he will feature in several images as he obviously has a very clever and imaginative IT contact!
Sockington - the cat with his lown logo!
I absolutely adore the red boots as worn by all Kliban Cats!
I have been a fan of Kliban Cats for as long as I can remember, somehow those red bootees always made me smile - the small splash of colour against black and white drawings. The website for Kilban is a derivative of 'Eat Mousies' - perfect!
Louis Wains Cats
The man who started it all - I found this lovely cat with flowers for her eyes whilst looking for a suitable picture to showcase Louis Wain's immeasurable talent.
Wonderful picture of Louis Wain with one of his many beloved cats, who to my mind, resembles our own Nephyr
The Downing Street Cats
We'll Start with Humphrey. Who else could knock on the door of No. 10 and gain admittance?
Then there's Larry who likes to walk the corridors of power or should that be tables of power?
Wearing his swanky Union Jack Bow-Tie to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Checking everything is in order - proper order and taking the opportunity of a photo shoot of course!
A Tudor Cat?
The Tudors television series is a little whimsical, but nice to see a portrait of one gorgeous feline with an acceptable backdrop of Henry VIII and his Queen, Anne Boleyn. Can't see it as being a historical fact somehow .... although allegorically this is pointing to Henry's 'enchantment' or 'bewitching' by Anne.
Not some 1930s secret weapon ‘Cat-a-pult’ but the Captain’s cat in one of the 8 inch gun barrels of the cruiser HMS Cornwall. The question is, how did she get there – and how did she get down again?
In 1941 Winston Churchill is photographed petting the ship’s cat aboard HMS Prince of Wales, after which the cat was renamed Churchill.Picture: Getty Images
Death Row Cats
Cat(s) in Space
Yes, seriously - another not such nice topic, but happily Félicette survived. A full and comprehensive record of her life and eventual sacrifice can he found here
"La carte édité par le CERMA porte l'indication suivante : Merci pour
votre participation à nos succès du 18 octobre 1963." (From the website which remembers 'France's forgotten heroes')
The British press of the time called her the 'Astrocat'; but at some point and from an unknown source — possibly journalists — she gained the name Félicette.
Hemingway cuddling one of this beloved cats
An enormous fan of cats Hemingways 'cat-proof' gate is currently on offer for sale on ebay but his memory lives on in the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum complete with a whole section dedicated to cats!
Have they had a disagreement about who should have the wine? Hemingway gazes at a very handsome cat keeping him company on the dining table
Ronald Searle's Cats (Obituary)
Ronald Searle - beloved for his charismatic and quirky illustrations of cats and the never to be forgotten St. Trinians girls!
"Cat of a Thousand Disguises concealing itself as a rug" Lithograph, 1967, a unique proof, with extensive hand colouring, signed, extensively annotated, dated in pencil,
Looks like he's been around for a few years now and evolved into a slicker version of himself.
Image courtesy of www.zarqun.com
Page updated : 17th November 2016