Authors who loved cats -- Mark Twain
The love of cats is ailurophilia. Many famous people especially authors are and were ailurophiles. Here, then, is a list of authors who love and loved cats:
(1925-) Brian Aldiss (1922-1995) Kingsley Amis (1799-1850) Honoré de Balzac (1899-1986) Jorge Luis Borges (1818-1848) Her cat played at her feet while she wrote Charlotte Brontë Wuthering Heights. The cat’s name was Tiger. (1835-1902) “I must have a cat whom I might find homeless…” Samuel Butler (1788-1824) He had five cats which traveled with him. Lord Byron (1890-1938) Karel Capek (1795-1881) Thomas Carlyle (1888-1959) He had a black Persian cat (a female). He called her his “feline secretary”. He always read to her the first drafts of his murder mysteries. The cat’s name was Taki. Raymond Chandler (1889-1963) “I love cats because I love my home, and after a while they become its visible soul.” Jean Cocteau (1873-1854) “There are no ordinary cats…” Colette (1812-1870) Charles Dickens (1824-1895) “The cat, aristocrat both in type and origin, which has been so greatly maligned, deserves our respect at least.” Alexandre Dumas (1844-1924) “Silent guardians of my city of books” Anatole France (1929-1945) She had three cats. Boche, Tommy, Mouschi. Anne Frank (1897-1976) Paul Gallico (1811-1872) “Pashas love tigers and I love cats because cats are the tigers of us poor devils”. Théophile Gautier (1840-9028) His cat was a blue Persian called Cobby. Thomas Hardy (1899-1961) He is well known for his love of cats and he had 30. A number of them were Maine Coons, today’s most popular purebred cat arguably. Ernest Hemingway (1802-1885) Victor Hugo (1894-1963) “If you want to write, keep cats”. Aldous Huxley (1843-1916) Sometimes wrote with a cat on his shoulder. Henry James (1859-1927) Jerome K Jerome (1709-1784) is well known for having Samuel Johnson a cat named Hodge who he described as “a very fine cat, a very fine cat indeed”. He also kept a cat called Lilly. (1897-1958) “The surest way to forfeit the esteem of a cat is to treat him as an inferior being”. Michael Joseph (1865-1936) “He will kill mice and he will be kind to babies… But when the moon gets up and the night comes, he is the Cat that Walks by Himself…” Rudyard Kipling (1919-) “If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.” Doris Lessing (1928-) “I have loved cats from infancy; I am certain that I have been one in an earlier existence, perhaps several times…” Bernard Levin (1883-1972) “Nobody who is not prepared to spoil cats will get from them the reward they are able to give…” Compton Mackenzie (1850-1893) He was a founder member of Alexandre Dumas’s Feline Defence League. Guy de Maupassant (1533-1592) Michel de Montaigne (1919-) Iris Murdoch (1898-1983) Beverley Nichols (1811-1945) Edgar Allen Poe “The vanity of man revolts from the serene indifference of the cat.” Agnes Repplier (1804-1876) George Sand ate breakfast from the same bowl as her cat. George Sand (1893-1958) Dorothy L Sayers (1771-1832) Sir Walter Scott (1887-1964) She said she owned the most beautiful cat in the world. Edith Sitwell (1881-1896) Harriet Beecher Stowe Sir Roy Strong (1935-) As a photographer I photographed him for a woman’s magazine (Michael Broad). (1811-1863) William Makepeace Thackeray (1835-1910) “If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” Mark Twain (1717-1797) Horace Walpole (1866-1946) HG Wells (1913-1991) He kept many cats and his last cat was a stray called Cookie. Sir Agnus Wilson (1840-1902) In his Emile Zola Paradise of Cats an Angora cat relates the story. (1921-1995) American author who loved Siamese cats. Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith Photo: Gérard Rondeau—Agence VU/Redux
My deep indebtedness to Dr Desmond Morris who compiled the list in his excellent Cat World A Feline Encyclopedia.