Cats do well in high places, so it’s no wonder they can often be seen at the side of the world’s most powerful people. Behind every great leader, there’s a cat plotting total world domination in a most adorable way. Here are a few cats that stood by some of the world’s most high-powered people.
Tabby and Dixie
When he wasn’t busy fighting against slavery and keeping his country in one piece, Abraham Lincoln would spend hours doting on his two pet cats. He was even caught feeding Tabby from the table during a formal dinner at the White House, and once said, “Dixie is smarter than my whole cabinet! And furthermore she doesn’t talk back!” Lincoln was also known to bring a few strays into the White House, but Tabby and Dixie held a special place in his ever-honest heart.
Who put the “cat” in “Catholic”? Well, it probably wasn’t Micette, but that didn’t stop Pope Leo XII from keeping the cat hidden beneath his robes when giving audiences. The grayish-red cat was born in the Vatican and accompanied the pontiff during his various meetings and duties, staying hidden, for the most part, within his garments. When you’re the head of a whole religion, a hidden, secret, best friend is a good thing to have.
What could possibly comfort the Prime Minister of a country fighting Nazi forces? Jock, Winston Churchill’s marmalade cat, of course. Churchill loved his cat, who ate with him, slept in his bed, and watched over his wartime Cabinet meetings. In fact, if Jock was late for a meal, Churchill would send his servants to find him and refuse to eat until he arrived. Jock was with Churchill on his deathbed, and as a dying request, Churchill asked that a ginger cat would always live at his country home. And that tradition is carried out to this day.
The Angora Cats
Marie Antoinette had six Angora cats, and she may very well have let them eat cake. The cats lived in the Palace of Versailles with the Queen of France until the French Revolution. Marie Antoinette knew she was in trouble, so she planned to escape to the United States by ship, but she was stopped before she could board. Legend has it that her six cats were safely aboard at the time of her capture and set sail to Maine, where they became the ancestors of the Maine Coon breed.
One of the most famous presidential cats has to be Socks, the Clinton’s cat. Photographers first stalked him around the Arkansas Governor’s mansion before he moved into the White House. There were cartoons and songs written about Socks. Socks was so popular, the Clinton family had to ask reporters and photographers to please leave the poor kitty alone.
Cats have always been symbols of power in human history, and now-a-days they rule the Internet!