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This is a list of famous cats which achieved some degree of popularity either in their own right or by association with someone famous.

Famous in own right[edit]

In politics[edit]


  • Tuxedo Stan, a cat who ran for mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1]

New Zealand[edit]



United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

  • India "Willie" Bush, US President George W. Bush's cat, named for Rubén Sierra "El Indio".
  • Misty Malarky Ying Yang, a Siamese belonging to Amy Carter and former pet of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
  • Puffins, US President Woodrow Wilson's cat.[4]
  • Socks, a stray cat adopted by the family of President Bill Clinton, named by his daughter Chelsea.
  • Shan, Siamese cat, belonged to US President Gerald Ford's daughter, Susan.[5]
  • Tabby and Dixie, Abraham Lincoln's cats. Lincoln once remarked that Dixie "is smarter than my whole cabinet."[6]
  • Tiger and Blacky, US President Calvin Coolidge's cats when he and his family lived in the White House. Coolidge was known for hiding the cats about the house, prior to and during his presidency, leaving his wife, Grace Coolidge, to find and rescue them.[7]
  • Hank the Cat, a Maine Coon that ran for Senate in the state of Virginia in the 2012 US elections. He finished in third place behind winner Democrat Tim Kaine.[8]
  • Stubbs, a cat who was honorary mayor of the town of Talkeetna, Alaska from 1997 until his death in 2017
  • Sweet Tart, a 9-year-old tabby, was elected to a three-year term as Mayor of the town of Omena, Michigan in July 2018. Sweet Tart prevailed over a field that included another cat, 13 dogs, a goat, a peacock, and a chicken. Two dogs, Diablo Shapiro and Punkin Anderson-Harden, were elected Vice-Mayor and Second Vice-Mayor, respectively.[9]


On the Internet[edit]

  • Dusty the Klepto Kitty (US), notorious for being an expert night cat burglar.[11]
  • FamousNiki (Russia, real name Niki), an Internet celebrity known for his humanlike behavior, facial expression and passion to pose for photo and video.
  • Longcat (2002–2020, Japan, also known as Nobiko), an Internet meme, known for her long torso.[12]
  • Grumpy Cat (US, real name Tardar Sauce), an Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression.
  • Kebab Shop Cat (UK), the cat of comedy writer Thom Phipps, whose tweet about it visiting the local kebab shop went viral after it was copied by VICE writer Sam Kriss to his account.[13]
  • Keyboard Cat (US), an internet celebrity.
  • Lil Bub (US), star of Lil Bub & Friendz.
  • Messi, a pet cougar who became popular on Instagram and YouTube in 2018
  • Felix the Huddersfield Railway Station Cat (UK), @FelixhuddsCat is the Senior Pest Controller at Huddersfield Railway Station working for Transpennine Express Trains in West Yorkshire, UK[14]
  • Maru (Japan), Internet celebrity famous for his love of boxes.
  • N2 (2000–2014), a "talking cat" who appeared on Animal Planet's My Pet's Gone Viral on 31 March 2013.[15]
  • Henri, le Chat Noir internet film noir "existentialist" cat.[16]
  • Sockington (US), a cat famous for his posts on Twitter.
  • Tara (US), a family cat from Bakersfield, California, who saved a four-year-old boy from a dog attack in 2014, and became a "viral Internet sensation" when household surveillance footage was published.[17]
  • Zoe the Cat, PhD, was a cat accredited by the American Psychotherapy Association, as part of a commentary about the state of accreditation within the industry by Dr. Steve Eichel.[18]
  • Bilbo the Cat (UK), a Twitter influencer recognised by the Scottish Parliament.[19]
  • Kittisaurus cat family (South Korea), also formerly known as Cream Heroes, is a YouTube channel portraying the life of ten cats ChuChu, Coco, DD, LaLa, LuLu, MoMo, TT, NaNa, ToTo and DoDo and their human companion Claire, who never shows her face so as viewers could uniquely focus on the pets. They can be seen in various situations of domestic life and visits to the vet are also reported, as it intends to spread awareness and share information on the achondroplasia disease which affects LuLu, as well as TT's issues with kidneys due to her poor drinking habits.[20]
  • Smudge, also known as "Table Cat", who became part of the woman yelling at a cat Internet meme in 2019. The meme consisted of a screencap of a woman pointing angrily from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills paired with a picture of Smudge at a dining table, seemingly looking confused.[21] Smudge has since amassed a large Internet following, with over 1.4 million followers on Instagram.

In film and television[edit]

In literature[edit]

  • Bob, a ginger cat that was found injured and subsequently adopted by London busker, James Bowen, in 2007. Bob's and Bowen's adventures together on the streets of London became the subject of a book, published in March 2012, A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man And His Cat Found Hope On The Streets.[23]
  • Casper, (1997 – 14 January 2010) was a male domestic cat that was famous for travelling on a No. 3 bus in Plymouth, and inspired the book, Casper the Commuting Cat.[24][25]
  • Dewey Readmore Books, the library cat from Spencer, Iowa. Born Nov 1987; abandoned at the Library in Jan 1988; died (euthanized) December 2006. Subject of a best-selling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World[26]
  • Garfield the ginger Tom famous for his visits at the local Sainsbury's supermarket in Ely, England.[27] His adventures are chronicled on his Facebook page,[28] and fictionalized in his own book of short stories.[29]
  • Henrietta, the now-deceased cat of New York Times foreign correspondent Christopher S. Wren, made famous by the book, The Cat Who Covered the World (ISBN 0-684-87100-9 in one printing).
  • Hodge, Dr. Samuel Johnson's favourite cat, famously recorded in James Boswell's Life of Johnson, as shedding light on his owner's character.
  • Jeoffry, the visionary poet Christopher Smart's cat, who is praised as "surpassing in beauty" in his owner's poem "Jubilate Agno".[30] (Jeoffry was Smart's only companion during his confinement in an asylum in 1762–63.) The Jeoffry extract is set as a treble solo in the festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb Op 30, by Benjamin Britten.
  • Pangur Bán, the cat who inspired an otherwise unknown 8th (or 9th) century Irish monk to write a poem cataloguing their similarities.
  • Tao, male seal-point Siamese; inspiration for a main character in the 1961 novel, The Incredible Journey.
  • Thomasina, female tabby cat and subject of Paul Gallico's book, Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God which was made into the 1964 Disney film The Three Lives of Thomasina.

World record holders[edit]

  • Blackie, a cat that inherited 15 million British Pounds and thus became the richest cat in history.[31]
  • Colonel Meow, a Himalayan-Persian mix who became famous on social media websites for his extremely long fur and scowling face. As of 2014, he holds the Guinness world record for longest hair on a cat (nine inches). Died 2014.
  • Creme Puff, the world's oldest cat (1967–2005). Owned by Jake Perry.[32]
  • Himmy from Cairns, Australia the fattest cat on record who weighed 21.3 kg (46.8 lbs) at his death in 1986.[32][33]
  • Meow, once the world's heaviest cat.
  • Prince Chunk, a shorthair cat alleged to weigh forty-four pounds (two pounds short of the world record).
  • Smokey, the holder of the Guinness World Record for "Loudest purr by a domestic cat".[34]
  • Stewie, Guinness World Record holder for world's longest domestic cat from August 2010 until his death 4 February 2013.
  • Tiffany Two, the oldest living feline, aged 27 years, per Guinness World Records.
  • Towser "The Mouser" (1963–1987) of Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, Scotland, holds the Guinness World Record for the most mice caught (28,899).[35]
  • Félicette, the first cat ever launched into space by the French Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherches de Médecine Aéronautique (CERMA). Félicette was recovered alive after a 15-minute flight and a descent by parachute. Félicette had electrodes implanted into her brain, and the recorded neural impulses were transmitted back to Earth.[36]

On ships[edit]


  • Cherry Pop,"Jovan Cherry Pop of Mystichill", (1981–1995) was a pedigree Champion Persian who became the poster cat for the Broward Country Humane Society.[37] Money raised from Cherry Pop merchandise, events, and parties were donated to the Humane Society and other shelters, assisting in bringing attention to pet adoption for animals in need.[38]
  • Matilda, resident cat of the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. The Algonquin was for many years home to the Algonquin Round Table, consisting of such American wits as Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woolcott, and Harpo Marx. There have been nine cats who have called the Algonquin their home since the 1930s, but not all have been female. All the males have been named Hamlet (in deference to the actor John Barrymore), and the females Matilda.[39]
  • Şero, the political mascot of the Turkish Republican People's Party (CHP) who resides in the party's headquarters in Ankara.
  • Smudge, 'employed' for many years at the People's Palace, Glasgow and a trade union member as a result


  • Artful Dodger, a cat in the United Kingdom, who in 2011 was reported to regularly catch the cross-town bus.[40]
  • Bart, also known as zombie cat, a cat who survived a traffic accident, was unintentionally buried alive, and clawed its way out of the grave.[41]
  • Beerbohm, a cat that resided at the Gielgud Theatre in London.
  • Blackie the Talking Cat, a "talking" cat who was exhibited (for donations) by an unemployed couple on the streets of Augusta, Georgia. Blackie became the subject of a court case, Miles v. City Council of Augusta.
  • Chase No Face, a cat who lost her face in an accident, and is now a therapy cat for people with disfigurements.[42]
  • CC (Copy Cat, or Carbon Cat), the first cloned cat.
  • Crimean Tom, a cat that helped British Army troops find food after the Siege of Sevastopol
  • Emily, an American cat who, after being lost, was found to have gone to France.[43]
  • Faith, a London cat that took up residence in St Faith & St Augustine's church (by St Paul's Cathedral) in wartime, and received a PDSA Silver Medal for her bravery in caring for her kitten when the church was bombed.[44]
  • Fred the Undercover Kitty, a cat famous for assisting the NYPD and Brooklyn District Attorney's Office in 2006.
  • Jack, a cat who was lost by American Airlines baggage handlers at John F Kennedy airport before Hurricane Irene.[45] He was found later but was severely dehydrated and malnourished after his 61-day ordeal[46] and was euthanized.[47]
  • Ketzel, the tuxedo cat who won a prize for his piano composition in 1997.[48]
  • Lewis, a cat who became infamous after being placed under house arrest.
  • Little Nicky, first cloned animal for commercial reasons.
  • Macavity, the busdrivers' nickname of a British cat, white with different-coloured eyes, known for regularly catching the local bus by himself.
  • Marzipan (c.1992–2013), a calico cat who lived in the lobby of Astor Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. She was the theatre's unofficial mascot and was often seen sitting on the couches, waiting for the patrons to pat her as they left the cinema. She was also known to stroll in the cinema and watch the movies, or simply wander down the aisle and sit on patrons' laps.[49] She had her own Facebook fan page.[50]
  • Mike (1908 – January 1929), a cat who guarded the entrance to the British Museum.
  • Mittens (~2009–present), a ginger Turkish Angora who wanders Wellington, New Zealand, and has a Facebook-based fanbase who regularly posts photos of him climbing into rental cars, entering businesses, and napping in unusual places.
  • Nora, a gray tabby cat who plays the piano alongside her owner.
  • Oscar, a cat fitted with bionic hind legs following an accident in 2009.
  • Oscar the hospice cat, written up in the New England Journal of Medicine for his uncanny ability to predict which patients will die by curling up to sleep with them hours before their death. To date he has been right 25 times.[51][52]
  • Panteleimon, (affectionately known as Pantyusha), lived in Kotik, a restaurant opposite the Golden Gate in Kyiv.[53] A hospitable host, and a favorite of restaurant workers and visitors alike, he did not allow himself to rest until he checked whether everyone was comfortable at the table. According to an unconfirmed story a fire broke out in the restaurant and Panteleimon woke everyone up so they escaped their death but the cat itself died, suffocating in the smoke.[53] In 1998 a monument to the animal was erected near the entrance to the same restaurant.[53]
  • Peter, the Lord's cat, the only animal to have an obituary in Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.[54]
  • Pickles, a cat who lives on the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, New Zealand.[55]
  • Red, a cat who became a millionaire in 2005.[56]
  • Room 8, a tomcat who appeared at Elysian Heights Elementary School in Echo Park, California at the start of the school year in 1952, returning every day thereafter, before disappearing for the summer, only to return the following September. This behavior continued into the mid-1960s. (Ref. Los Angeles Times)
  • Rusik, the Russian police sniffer cat on Stavropol, who died in the line of duty fighting against illegal endangered sturgeon fish traffic in 2003.
  • Scarlett, who in 1996 saved her kittens one by one from a fire in Brooklyn NY, suffering horrible burns in the process. Named Scarlett by the fireman who rescued her. She became a famous example of the power of a mother's love.[57]
  • Senator Capitol Kitty, a resident of Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA and star of Sharon Davis's book "The Adventures of Capitol Kitty"[58]
  • Sissi the Red Cat, an Italian cat who achieved celebrity by correctly picking the results of the 2014 World Cup matches in Brazil.[59]
  • Tama, a calico cat who was the station master at Kinokawa, Wakayama railway station, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan from 2007 to 2015.[60]
  • Tibs the Great (November 1950 – December 1964) was the British Post Office's "number one cat" and kept the post office headquarters completely mouse-free during his 14 years of service.
  • Tiddles, tabby resident of the Ladies' toilet at Paddington Station, London. Thousands of passengers met her and their donations fed her.
  • Tobermory Cat, a cat living in Tobermory, made famous by Angus Stewart.
  • Willow, a cat lost from a Boulder, Colorado home, who was discovered 5 years later and 1,800 miles away in New York City. She survived owls, coyotes, criminals, and Manhattan traffic. She was reunited with her owners with the help of her microchip.[61]
  • Winnie, who awakened a New Castle, Indiana family in April 2007 at 1 a.m. after detecting carbon monoxide in their home, saving the family's lives.[62]

Pets of famous people[edit]

John Moisant and Mademoiselle Fifi, 1910.

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