List of cats

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This is a list of specific natural cats. For fictional cats refer to List of fictional cats. For cat breeds, see List of cat breeds.

Famous in own right[edit]

In politics[edit]

On internet[edit]

Main article: The Internet and cats
  • Anfield Cat, a cat who became famous after wandering on to the Liverpool pitch during a football match. Currently has over 74,000 followers on Twitter.[3]
  • Brutus "The Morrisons Cat", is famous in his village of Saltney just outside Chester (UK) where he visits the Morrisons supermarket every day. He currently has over 8000 followers on his Facebook page. In October 2014 he was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease which is a condition that he would have had from birth and for which there is no cure. He has been in the local newspapers numerous times as well as the Mail Online, mentioned on Radio 2 and featured in Your Cat magazine and German cat magazine Geliebte Katze. [4]
  • FamousNiki (real name Niki), an Internet celebrity known for his humanlike behavior, facial expression and passion to pose for photo and video.
  • Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce), an Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression.
  • Kebab Shop Cat, 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.[5]
  • Keyboard Cat, an internet celebrity.
  • Lil Bub, star of Lil Bub & Friendz.
  • Maru, 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 March 31, 2013. N2 also has a YouTube channel with over 46,000 subscribers. N2 was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and died in 2014.
  • Henri, le Chat Noir, internet film noir "existential" cat.[6]
  • Sockington, a cat famous for his posts on Twitter the microblogging site.
  • Tara, 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.[7]

In film and television[edit]

  • Baggage, a cat famous for lending its name to the hit British TV show Baggage, hosted by his owner, Gok Wan.[8] He also has a limited following on Twitter.[9]
  • Morris the Cat, is the advertising mascot for 9Lives brand cat food.
  • Orangey, a cat featured in Breakfast at Tiffany's and other movies.
  • Tsim Tung Brother Cream, is a cat who lives in a convenience store in Hong Kong. He has appeared in a book, and in advertising and on TV programs.

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.[10]
  • 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.[11][12]
  • 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[13]
  • 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.
  • Pangur Bán, the cat who inspired an otherwise unknown 8th (or 9th) century Irish monk to write a poem cataloguing their similarities.
  • Sassy, Siamese or Himalayan, the feline star of the true-life Canadian adventure story, "Incredible Journey" (1963); later remade into "Homeward Bound: the Incredible Voyage" (1993) with Sally Field voicing the character of Sassy.
  • Thomasina, female tabby cat and subject of Paul Gallico's book, "Thomasina" which was made into the movie, "The Three Lives of Thomasina" by Walt Disney Studios (1964).

World record holders[edit]

  • Blackie, a cat that inherited 15 million British Pounds and thus became the richest cat in history.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • Heed, a cat considered by Guinness Book of World Records as potentially one of the world's smallest.
  • Himmy from Cairns, Australia the fattest cat on record who weighed 21.3 kg (46.8 lbs) at his death in 1986.[15][16]
  • 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".[17]
  • Stewie, Guinness World Record holder for world's longest domestic cat from August 2010 until his death February 4, 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).[18]
  • 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.[19]

On ships[edit]

Main article: Ship's cat


  • 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.[20] 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.[21]
  • Hamish McHamish (1999–11 September 2014), a long-haired ginger cat that was adopted by the citizens of the town of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and has had a statue built in his honour. Something of a local feline celebrity with tourists and students, he became famous after the publication of a book titled "Hamish McHamish: Cool Cat About Town". In 2013, a bronze statue was crowd funded in his honour, unveiled in April 2014.
  • 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.[22]
  • Şero, the political mascot of the Turkish Republican People's Party (CHP) who resides in the party's headquarters in Ankara.


  • Artful Dodger, a cat in the U.K. who regularly catches the cross-town bus[23]
  • 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.[24]
  • 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.[25]
  • CC (Copy Cat, or Carbon Cat), the first cloned cat.
  • Emily, an American cat who, after being lost, was found to have gone to France.[26]
  • 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.[27]
  • 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.[28] He was found later but was severely dehydrated and malnourished after his 61-day ordeal[29] and was euthanized.[30][31]
  • Ketzel, the tuxedo cat who won a prize for his piano composition in 1997[32]
  • 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.[33]
  • 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.[34] She had her own Facebook fan page.[35]
  • Mike (February 1909 – January 1929), a cat who guarded the entrance to the British Museum
  • 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.[36][37]
  • Peter, the Lord's cat, the only animal to have an obituary in Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.[38]
  • Red, a cat who became a millionaire in 2005.[39]
  • Room 8, a tomcat who appeared at Elysian Heights Elementary School in Echo Park, California at the start of the school year, returning every day thereafter, before disappearing for the summer, only to return the following September. This behavior continued for over a dozen years. (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.[40]
  • Senator Capitol Kitty, a resident of Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA and star of Sharon Davis's book "The Adventures of Capitol Kitty"
  • Sissi the Red Cat, an Italian cat who achieved celebrity by correctly picking the results of the 2014 World Cup matches in Brazil.[41]
  • Tama, a calico cat who was the station master at Kinokawa, Wakayama railway station, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan from 2007 to 2015.[42]
  • Tiddles, female tabby resident of the Ladies' toilet at Paddington Station, London. Thousands of passengers met her (including men, who were allowed in by permission for this sole purpose) and their donations fed her – unfortunately too generously, for her death in 1983 was mainly due to overeating (she weighed in at 32 lb).[citation needed]
  • 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.[43]
  • 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.[44]

Pets of famous people[edit]

United States Presidents and their families[edit]


  • Andy, one of nine cats belonging to actress Jenna Fischer.[47]
  • Baggage, a cat owned by British television presenter Gok Wan. Baggage was the inspiration for Gok's TV series 'Baggage', first broadcast in the UK on the 21st of September 2012.[48] Has a limited following on Twitter and a fanpage on Facebook.[49][50]
  • Bimbo, the cat belonging to Makarios III during his British-imposed time in exile in the Seychelles.[51]
  • Catarina, Edgar Allan Poe's pet cat and the inspiration for his story The Black Cat.
  • Cheddar, who belongs to the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper.[52]
  • Choupette, the pet and muse of designer Karl Lagerfeld
  • Delilah, belonging to the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury; Mercury paid tribute to Delilah, a female tortoiseshell cat, on the Queen album, Innuendo.
  • F.D.C. Willard, actually called Chester, the cat of Jack H. Hetherington, who listed him as author of several physics papers from 1975 to 1980.
  • Foss, belonging to Edward Lear; subject of many drawings, some published in The Heraldic Blazon of Foss the Cat; inspired The Owl & the Pussycat; Lear buried Foss in his garden and died himself only two months later.
  • Jellylorum was T. S. Eliot's own cat, immortalized in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the basis for the musical Cats.
  • Jeoffry, the visionary poet Christopher Smart's cat, who is praised as "surpassing in beauty" in his owner's poem Jubilate Agno (A Poem from Bedlam). (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.
  • Khouli-Khan, the cat of Thomas Anson is memorialized by the neoclassical "Cat's Monument" in the park at Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire, unless the cat in question is the first cat to circumnavigate the globe in the company of Admiral George Anson on HMS Centurion.
  • Kitty Purry, a Maine Coon belonging to singer Katy Perry.
  • Logos, the cat of Jacques Derrida. Mentioned in Plato's Pharmacy: "Logos, a living, animate creature, is thus also an organism that has been engendered. An organism: a differentiated body proper, with a center and extremities, joints, a head, and feet."
  • Lion, a cat who belonged to guitarist John Fahey, who later wrote a song about Lion called "Lion" in tribute.
  • Macak, Nikola Tesla's cat.
John Moisant and Mademoiselle Fifi, 1910.

Pets of famous gorillas[edit]

See also[edit]


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