A Strange, But True, History of Cats

August 29, 2017

A Strange, But True, History of Cats

Egyptians worshiped our lovable feline companions nearly 4,000 years ago, but now research shows that cats could have been faithful companions nearly 12,000 years ago. And even more interesting is the fact that DNA research also shows cats domesticated themselves. Talk about staying power! Cats are special creatures, no doubt, Here are some famous cats throughout history that went above and beyond their calling as domesticated house cats. Here are the stories of three cats in history that will always have a place in our hearts, or maybe a new one.

Tama the Stationmaster

Starting off our list of famous cats, Tama, the calico cat saved the Kishi station in Japan from going under when she became the Station Master in 2007. Greeting passengers in a custom-made conductor's cap, Tama increased the station's revenue by about 10% in her first year on the job. Though she passed away in 2015, a shrine was erected in her honor and she was elevated to a Shinto goddess with the title “eternal honorable stationmaster.”

Stubbs the Mayor

In 1975, Stubbs the cat was elected as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska as a write-in candidate. He served for 20 years before his death in 2017. When he was working as mayor, he boosted tourism of the 800-strong community as people came to visit him en route to other destinations in the Alaskan bush. Reportedly, he only drank water muddled with catnip and served in a wine glass. Despite his luxurious lifestyle, approval rates for this kitty remained high.

Faith the Church Cat

Faith the cat took up residence in a London church in 1936 and gave birth to a litter of one in 1940. After having her kitten, she insisted on carrying him to the basement, meowing to be let in. She insisted on staying in the basement, even though it was chilly and damp. A few days after moving to the basement, the church was bombed to rubble by the Germans. Later, she and her kitten were found alive, and she was awarded a medal of honor for her courage, living in the rebuilt church for the rest of her life.

Honorable Mention

Mrs. Chippy, the tomcat, was a polar-bound kitty that traveled on the Expedition a ship traveling from London to the South Pole. The ‘diary’ of this famous feline has been shared throughout the world.

These three chapters in the history of cats show us just how inspiring our furry friends can be. If your cat could talk, what would they say?

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