Cats in Film — The Cat’s Eye (1985, Stephen King)

Stephen King’s (a well-known cat lover) 1985 comedy horror The Cat’s Eye is comprised of three stories: Quitters Inc., The Ledge and “General”.  The only thing the three stories have in common is a travelling tabby tom cat. The first story, Quitters Inc. opens with the tabby tom trying to escape a gangling St. Bernard.  […]

Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in Literature-Haruki Murakami)

The Japanese author, Haruki Murakami known for liking and having cats has included them in many of his works.  In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle the story revolves around Toru Okada’s missing cat that he loves more than any of the women with whom he has encounters.  The cat also serves as an omen for the […]

Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in Literature-Jack Kerouac)

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) author of On the Road (1957) wrote about the death of one of his favorite cats, Tyke, in his memoir Big Sur (1962). Tyke was Kerouac’s calico Persian whose death he strangely equated with his little brother Gerard’s.  Jack writes that it was Gerard “who’d taught me to love cats when I […]

Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in Literature-Doris Lessing)

The noble prize winning author Doris Lessing was influenced by her deep relationships with cats.  In An Old Woman and Her Cat (1972) the main character Hetty, poor, widowed and abandoned by her children finds her only comfort in her faithful tomcat.  Both outcasts of society, Hetty dies of exposure while trying to hide from […]

Cats in the 19th Century (Part 14-Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cat)

The tormented American poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), had a beloved pet cat named Catterina.  Edgar Allan Poe’s black cat often perched on his shoulders while he wrote as if overseeing his work and would remain there, observed a visitor, “….purring as if in complacent approval of the work proceeding under [her] supervision.”  Catterina […]

Cats in the 19th Century (Part 13-Mark Twain’s Cats)

The cranky cynical American writer Mark Twain (1835-1910), kept the company of up to 19 cats at a time.  Mark Twain’s cats had such names as  Sour Mash, Appollinaris, Zoraster, Blatherkite, and Beelzebub, and he preferred their company to that of humankind.  There are quite a few quotations attributed to Twain regarding cats as well […]