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Famous Felines: 8 Cats Who Were Famous Before The Internet


The Internet is the greatest invention known to modern man. It’s also a great way to connect with other people and share information, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right pieces of information without having them filtered through hundreds or thousands of people or websites before they get posted somewhere.

One thing that makes this difficult is when you want to know something about cats because there really isn’t much out there online about cats in general—at least not as much as there is about dogs! So let’s take a look at some famous felines that existed long before the Internet went mainstream:


Morris was a cat who lived in London during the 19th century. He was famous for riding on a horse, and he belonged to Reverend Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). His name comes from his owner, who also called him “the gentle cat.”


Tabby cats are the most common cat breed in America and Britain. They were once so popular that Queen Victoria had them painted on the walls of her palace!

Tabby cats are named after their distinctive spotted coats; however, their fur color is determined by a genetic mutation rather than being purely random like with most other breeds.

Tabby cats also have curly tails and wide faces with large ears (hence why they’re called “Mr. T’s” or “Miss Piggy’s”).

The first recorded Tabby was born in 1750; however, it wasn’t until 1859, that another British cat breeder named William Robinson began breeding these unique felines for exhibition purposes at London’s Hyde Park Zoo.

that people began taking notice of them as pets instead of just exotic specimens kept behind glass cages at museums around Europe during those days before electricity became widespread throughout homes across North America.

This kicked off an interesting boom within this family group that continues today, even though there hasn’t been much movement between different regions since then, except perhaps due to global warming. 

This might change everything again if humans continue using fossil fuels instead of renewables such as solar panels, despite knowing how vital these sources really are for our survival now more than ever before!


Blackie was a cat who lived in a nursing home. He was so popular with the patients and staff that he was known as “Blackie” or “The Cat” by everyone who worked at the home.

Blackie had his own fan club, which included people from all over the world. The fans would write letters to Blackie, telling him how much they loved him and how great he looked!

One day, while visiting his elderly owner, Mrs. Harrison (who had Alzheimer’s disease), one of these fans came up to her with another gift—a pillowcase full of money! It must have seemed like an amazing surprise when she realized what it was: $25 worth of bills totaling $250!


Dusty was a Tabby cat who lived in the White House during the Nixon administration. She was a gift to the Nixon family from the wife of an employee of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, who also happened to be a former cat lover.

Dusty was well known for her love of chasing mice and could be heard meowing loudly as she chased them around her owners’ home. Her name comes from “DUSTY,” which stands for “Disturbed Urban Teenagers’ Unstable Guidance System.”


Sock was a cat who lived at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., from 1995 to 2003. She was born in the spring of that year and was a Himalayan-Persian crossbreed named by her keepers after their favorite pair of socks (which they were).

Socks and her sister, Stinky—who lived during the same period as Socks but died in 2000—were both named by their owner: “Socks” because it’s such an adorable name for a pet; “stinky” because it rhymes with “smelly.”


Hamlet was a cat who lived at the San Francisco home of the writer and poet Gertrude Stein. He was named after the character in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.

Hamlet was born in April 1906 and died on January 15th, 1917, at the age of 10 or 11 (depending on whether you believe he was an only child or not).

Gertrude Stein often wrote about Hamlet, whom she called “the sweetest little cat she had ever seen.” She also wrote about how much fun it would be to have him as a pet: “I think that if I could take care of him properly,” she wrote, “that his life would be so full that there would be no room left over.”


Stubbs was a cat who became the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. He lived at Nagley’s General Store in Alaska and passed away in 2015 at the age of 14 years old.


The most famous cat in the world is a stray who wandered into a New York City newsroom in 1957. Tigers are known for their stripes and markings, but this particular one was named after

Mickey Mantle, an American baseball player who played for the Yankees from 1947 until his retirement in 1964. Tigers have been known to be playful and curious; they can also be territorial and vicious when provoked or threatened.

There were famous cats long before the Internet was a twinkle in anybody’s eye!

Cats are famous for being cute and cuddly, but they’re also known for being independent and aloof. They’re smart, intelligent animals with a sense of humor. If you want to know more about cats, this is the best place to start!

There have been famous cats long before the Internet was a twinkle in anybody’s eye! In fact, there were some celebrities who rose to prominence before there was even electricity in your home (or, at least, not yet). Here are some examples:


There are many cats that have been famous long before we had the Internet. And though it’s strange to think about, these cats are part of our history.

They were important figures in their own right, even if they’re not as well remembered today. As we all know by now, though, there’s nothing like having a little online support when it comes time to spread the word about your favorite feline friend!

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