|How did we get from this....|
|Detail of a mosaic from the House of the Faun, Pompeii|
|Detail of a medieval illumination, from the British Library|
- In ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods, and the crime of killing one was punishable by death.
- "Smilodon" is the name of the now-extinct (thankfully) sabre-toothed tiger.
- The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African wild cat, which still exists today.
- Persians, Siamese, and Maine coons are the most popular breeds in the U.S.
- Alexandre Dumas' cat was called Mysouff; named William, Charles Dickens' cat became Williamina after bearing a litter of kittens. [Please spill the names of your cats, if any!]
- "Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow."–Jeff Valdez
- Cats have the largest eyes of any mammal. (awwwww!)
|by Shen Chou, Ming Dynasty|
- Edward Lear's tabby cat, Foss, was the inspiration for his poem "The Owl and the Pussycat."
- "The playful kitten, with its pretty little tigerish gambols, is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world."—Lady Sydney Morgan
- Anecdotal evidence indicates that cats may have been brought to North America on the Mayflower.
- The loftily named Tarawood Antigone, a female Burmese, may hold the record for the largest litter ever: 19 kittens, 15 of which survived.
|Cats are purportedly good for your blood pressure and overall health. The subject of "Young Girl With a Cat" by Berthe Morisot (1892) looks like she'd agree.|