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6 Of History’s Most Famous Cats (Slideshow)


6. Mike, the Cat Who Guarded the British Museum

Mike is known as the the 20th century’s most famous British cat. He became famous worldwide for his role as the guard cat of the British Museum. From 1909-1929, he would taunt pigeons, who would be brought to the housekeeper and returned unharmed.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:39AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

Love cats.Great article,thanks for sharing

7:35PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Sorry, but the fatal error is forgetting to mention "Grumpy Cat" AKA "Tardar Sauce" in the list.

5:55PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

thank you

12:42PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

loved it thanks for sharing

10:02AM PDT on May 5, 2012

great article, my fav had to be Scarlett :)

4:29PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Thanks for sharing these amazing stories. The one about Scarlett touched my heart the most. What a courageous cat!

8:13PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Quinton S. says if an animal trusts you you must have a kind and caring heart. It would be nice if this were true, but using dogs as an example, some owners are cruel monsters but the dog still loves its master as they are such loyal animals. I also recall last year the story of a woman who petted a cat to gain its trust and she then threw the animal in a dumpster, which luckily for the cat was recorded on a street security camera. Also I remember two hideous young men who tortured a pelican near where I was living- the poor thing used to hang around the marina for handouts and was a 'sitting duck' for these monsters. I cannot resist patting every dog, cat and horse I come across, but sometimes I worry that the animal may become trusting of all humans when the bitter truth is that some people are monsters.

10:21AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Cats are amazing so are all the animals of the world to be HUMAN an gain the trust of a cat is one of life's great fulfilment. If an animal trust you you must have a kind and caring heart. =^..^=

2:37AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Matthew Flinders toured the globe and circumnavigated Australia with his faithful moggy Trim. He loved Trim enough to write his biography. An exerpt: "To the memory of Trim, the best and most illustrious of his Race, the most affectionate of friends, faithful of servants, and best of creatures". Alas poor Trim eventually came to a sticky end as he was believed to have been eaten by the natives of the Isle of France.

11:52PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

amazing stories...never under estimate animals....that's why I feel for people who don't like or appreciate them...

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