Ailurophiles – people who love cats – always want to know more about their favorite pets.
Famous ailurophiles include Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Florence Nightingale, Leonardo da Vinci, Ernest Hemingway.
Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton is best known for defining the laws of gravity, but he was also the inventor of the cat flap. Newton’s cat would often nudge the laboratory door open when he was conducting light experiments. Newton didn’t want to banish his cat from the lab but the sunlight the cat let in was a problem, so he cut a hole in the laboratory door and covered it with a felt flap, enabling the cat to come and go freely. Later, when his cat had kittens, Newton made smaller kitten-sized holes in the lab door, even though they could have easily used the larger cat door, which shows that even a genius can miss the obvious.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Physician, philosopher, musician, theologian, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Albert Schweitzer was an animal lover with a particular fondness for cats. Schweitzer claimed that “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace" and that "It is man`s sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man." On the subject of felines, he is noted for saying “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
Sixteenth U.S. president Abraham Lincoln spent so many hours playing with his pets that when she was asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln said “cats.” In addition to caring for orphaned kittens, the Lincolns kept a dog, horse, goats, and rabbits. Lincoln even spared the life of a Thanksgiving turkey at his son’s request. On the subject of felines, Lincoln is quoted as saying: “No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci, artist, writer, mathematician, engineer, architect, botanist, musician, and inventor, was an animal lover with a particular fondness for cats. He once wrote “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men” and asserted that “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” Many of da Vinci’s works feature cats, and his painting, Madonna with the Cat, is based upon the legend of a cat born at the same time as Jesus Christ. Da Vinci had a number of pets over his lifetime, including cats, dogs, and horses.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Ernest Hemingway shared his home with an enormous number of cats. Today, approximately 60 cats live at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, descendents of his pets and other local cats from the shipping era that were kept to catch rodents before the use of pesticides. Many of these cats have more than five toes, as they are descendents of a six-toed (polydactyl) cat given to Hemingway by a ship’s captain.
Here are some fun facts about cats :
- Cat's sense of smell is 14 times stronger than a human's!
-To drink, a cat laps liquid from the underside of its tongue, rather than the top!
-Whiskers tell a cat whether the space they are entering is big enough for it!
Cats are said to see color. Studies have been able to prove that cats can distinguish between red and green; red and blue; red and gray; green and blue; green and gray; blue and gray; yellow and blue, and yellow and gray!
If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body; when the cat threatens or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along the spine and tail!
And finally , It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure!
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