Lincoln was the first President to have ‘this’ in the White House–Beth Trissel

tabby Siamese mix catA 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

PercyThere are many notable cat lovers in history.  To name a few:  The Bronte sistersCharlotteEmily 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.

pavel and percy“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

I am firmly of the belief that sometimes you just need a kitten. Or two. Is there room in your heart and home for a rescue kitty?
***My daughter-in-law’s kitten.
***This cat collection is a reprint of one of the most popular posts I did in 2012.

8 responses to “Lincoln was the first President to have ‘this’ in the White House–Beth Trissel

  1. I love cat, or any animal really, posts.


  2. We got our first kitten this summer. My daughter played the cat whisperer for days trying to coax it out from under our porch. It is now a member of the family. A little black calico girl named Cocoa.

    Interesting post. I really enjoyed it.


  3. Lovely post Beth. As you know I too love cats so much. I miss mine.


  4. I never knew he was the first president to have a cat. That’s why he was so smart. LOL. I cannot imagine a life without cats. They amaze me everyday.
    Sue B


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