A Cat. Which gets back to my ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get kittens’ adage. The going was definitely tough for Lincoln. And for General Robert E. Lee, who, interestingly enough, also loved cats. If only love of cats could have united these two great leaders. (***Our Siamese/tabby mix, Pavel pronounced Pabel, image by daughter Elise.)
“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.” –Abraham Lincoln
There are many notable cat lovers in history. To name a few: The Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Ann. I expect many writers names to pop up on this list. Here’s another Charles Dickens. Perhaps the best known author/cat lover is Mark Twain. It might save time to note those writers who didn’t or don’t favor cats. Let me know if you think of any. No one comes to mind.
An interesting article, A Few Famous Cat Lovers, gives a more complete list.
“The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn’t just one of your holiday games. You may think at first I’m mad as a hatter. When I tell you a cat must have three different names…” – T.S. Eliot
And most of ours do–P. Cuthbert Wiggins, for one. The P. stands for Percival and so we call him Percy, a dignified and highly affectionate Tabby. Also the first name of the Scarlet Pimpernel, I might add.
“When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?” –Montaigne
***Image of Percy (now the big purry tabby pictured above) and our funny SPCA rescue mix, Mia, in their younger days, taken by my mom, Pat Churchman. Percy was also a rescue kitty.
“After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.”-Charlotte Gray
“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.”- George Mikes
(***Pavel determined he and Percy are best friends.)
“Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place.”- Paul Gray
“One must love a cat on its own terms.”- Paul Gray
“Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.” – Jean Burden
“Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect.” - James Mason
Pavel is a kitten/cat now, small for his age, insatiably curious, and ever on the prowl for playthings. A gentle paw tags me for a round of ‘get the kitten’ which involves chasing him through the house. In his blue eyes I see intelligence and affection, but given on his terms. He’s quite busy, you see. Apart from his naps.
***Image of Pave, our latest rescue kitten, now cat, taken by daughter Elise.
“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.” -Cleveland Amory