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This section is devoted to mentioning well-known or famous people, from both historical and more recent times, who have been noted for their liking of cats. For most the name of at least one of their pets is given, although some people had more than one cat, or a succession of them (like Ernest Hemingway, who remarked, 'One cat leads to another.'). Thumbnail portraits of the people are included, in a few cases with cat.

Of course these are only some of the celebrated personages throughout history and up to more modern times who have taken a liking to cats — in some cases a real love of them. A number of American presidents have had cats in the White House, and you will find them mentioned near the beginning of our page about Socks, the Clintons' cat.

It's interesting to note also people who definitely did not like our feline friends, although so far we have come across fewer ailurophobes than ailurophiles. But is it significant that some of the most feared and ruthless conquerors in history are said to have detested cats? Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Napoléon Bonaparte were all apparently cat-haters, as were Julius Caesar, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and General (later US President) Dwight D. Eisenhower. Perhaps there is something in many military minds that leads them to dislike the cat's independence and the fact that it is practically impossible to make a cat do what it doesn't want to.

Other ailurophobes include Henri II, Henri III and Charles IX of France, the French biologist Comte de Buffon, writer Rudyard Kipling, and the famous dancer of the early twentieth century, Isadore Duncan. William Shakespeare is also said to have disliked the animals.

Feline Fans 1
Surnames A-K

Lloyd Alexander
Kingsley Amis
Cleveland Amory
Ian Anderson
Matthew Arnold
Pope Benedict XVI
Alexander Borodin
David Bowie
Russell Brand
Brontë Sisters
George Burns
William S Burroughs
Lord George Byron
Karel Capek
Raymond Chandler
King Charles I
Frédéric Chopin
Chu Hou-Tsung
Winston Churchill
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
Jean Cocteau
Billy Crystal
Marie Curie
James Dean
Charles Dickens
Alexandre Dumas
T S Eliot
Tsuguharu Foujita
Anne Frank
Paul Gallico
Théophile Gauthier
Guy Gibson
Whoopi Goldberg
Thomas Hardy
Stephen Harper
Ernest Hemingway
Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi)
Whitney Houston
Victor Hugo
Samuel Johnson
Janis Joplin
Lech Kaczyński
Paul Klee
Gustav Klimt
Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Feline Fans 2
Surnames L-Z

Edward Lear
Robert E Lee
Vivien Leigh
John Lennon
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Pope Leo XII
Abraham Lincoln
Charles Lindbergh
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Emperor Louis XV
Edouard Manet
Marie Antoinette
James Mason
Henri Matisse
Freddie Mercury
John Mills
Marilyn Monroe
Sir Patrick Moore
Iris Murdoch
Isaac Newton
Florence Nightingale
Edgar Allen Poe
Maurice Ravel
Cardinal Richelieu
Theodore Roosevelt
George Sand
Dorothy Sayers
Domenico Scarlatti
Albert Schweitzer
Sir Walter Scott
Dusty Springfield
Théophile Steinlen
Sultan El Daher Beybars
Elizabeth Taylor
Nikola Tesla
Simon Tofield
Carl Van Vechten
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Queen Victoria
Louis Wain
Horace Walpole
Charles Dudley Warner
Emma Watson
Bill Watterson
H G Wells
Ann Widdecombe
Frank Zappa

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Our featured feline at the head of the page is Freddy, pictured in 1996. As can be seen from his photo, Freddy was a very handsome cat. He and four other cats lived next door to me in North Wales in the mid-1990s. For various reasons I was unable to have a cat of my own, and he was a frequent and welcome visitor for a few biscuits. He even brought one of his housemates along sometimes, and the two of them would curl up and sleep on the spare bed. When I moved back to the area permanently in 1999, I still saw him occasionally. He died in 2006 at a good age.

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