6 Of History’s Most Famous Cats (Slideshow)


Why should dogs get all the glory? Check out some fascinating felines whose tales of survival & bravery have touched us over the years.

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6. Faith, the Bravest Cat in the World

In 1936, Faith, likely a stray, wandered into St. Augustine’s church in London. She won the hearts of the clergy and the parishoners, and ended up staying around for years. Faith gave birth to her kitten, named Panda, in 1940. On September 6th of that year, Faith and Panda started to take refuge in the basement, presumably because Faith thought her kitten was in danger. And she was — the next night, a heavy air raid deluged the city. The church was severely damaged, and a fireman believed that they couldn’t possibly have survived. Father Henry Ross didn’t believe it, and he searched for the pair. He found them, unharmed, surrounded by smoldering rubble

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2. Emily, the American Cat Who Made Her Way to France

Emily is truly a continental cat. She disappeared without a trace from her Appleton, Wisconsin home in September 2005. She made her way to a container at a distribution center, which then left by truck to Chicago, and eventually to Belgium by ship. She was discovered at a laminating company in Nancy, France. After she was ID’d by her tags, she was flown back home to her. It just goes to show, always have ID tags on your pets — you never know where they might have wandered to!

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3. Unsinkable Sam, the Cat Who Survived Three Shipwrecks

Unsinkable Sam survived as many name changes as he did shipwrecks — 3, to be exact. He started out as a ship’s cat aboard the German Battleship Bismarck, which was sunk by the British in 1941. He soon switched sides, after being found floating on a board by the British Royal Navy. Now known as Oscar, the cat survived yet another shipwreck, and another one after that. Three was enough for Unsinkable Sam — he was then sent back to the U.K., where he lived in a seaman’s home until his death in 1955.

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4. Scarlett, the Cat Who Saves Her Kittens From a Fire

Scarlett the cat and her 5 kittens were strays on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. When the abandoned garage they were staying in caught fire, Scarlett took each kitten one by one to safety, and, because she was blinded by the fire, touch their noses to see if they were alive. Once she rescued all of her kittens, she collapse unconscious. Heroic Scarlett and her four surviving kittens became international media sensations, and, luckily, recovered from their ordeal.

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5. Room 8, America’s Most Famous Cat

For years, Room 8 appeared at the beginning of every school year at Elysian Heights Elementary in Los Angeles, Calif. He would live at the school all year, and disappear over the summer. His like-clockwork appearances made him famous, and, every year, news cameras would document his arrival. There is an animal shelter named in his honor.

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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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Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Love cats.Great article,thanks for sharing

Jake B.
Jake B.2 years ago

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

Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago

thank you

Florence Eaise
florene Eaise3 years ago

loved it thanks for sharing

Carrie Anne Brown

great article, my fav had to be Scarlett :)

Jane R.
Jane R.3 years ago

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

Karen Foley
Karen F.3 years ago

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.

Quinton Smith
Quinton Smith3 years ago

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. =^..^=

Karen Foley
Karen F.3 years ago

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.

Pat W.
Pat W.3 years ago

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