The Hermitage Museum Cats

The famous cats of The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia are indispensable for their rat catching prowess and much loved for their unique beauty. The cats have had a long history in the museum, once the Winter palace of tsars.   Even though cats were present in Russia from the 13th century, Peter the […]

Tama Cat

Tama (1999-2015) was a stray female calico cat who became the railway station master of Kinokawa, Wakayama, Japan in 2007. Tama was not paid a salary, but instead received all the cat food she wanted and a gold name collar. Tama’s main duty was to greet passengers. Due to publicity and her own sweet nature, […]


Towser was a Scottish long haired tortoise shell cat (21 April 1963-20 March 1987) who lived for almost 24 years, her entire life, in the Glenturret Distillery. There she kept the barely stores free of mice killing approximately three a day. In fact, Towser is famous for holding the Guinness Book of Records for killing […]

Room 8

Room 8 (1947-1968), a neighborhood grey and white tabby, gained his name by entering a 6th grade classroom designated as Room 8 in the Elysian Heights Elementary School in Echo Park, California in 1952. When he entered the classroom, he was quite thin, but that didn’t last for long. The children commenced to share their […]

Gli the Famous Cat of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Gli, whose name in Turkish means union of love, has lived in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul for many years happily greeting tourists to the historic spot. Hagia Sophia, built in 537 AD, was a Byzantine cathedral before it was turned into a mosque by Ottoman conquerors in 1453. The church served as a mosque […]

Mike, The British Museum Cat (1909-1929)

A tabby cat named Mike kept mice, pigeons and dogs at bay at the British Museum for almost 20 years.  Mike came to the attention of the well-known Egyptologist E. A. Wallis Budge when the resident cat Black Jack deposited a kitten at his feet, the future Mike.  He was noted to be friendly and […]

Trim, the Ship’s Cat

Trim was a seafaring cat who accompanied Matthew Flinders on his many adventures. Trim was born on board the HMS Reliance in 1799 while it was sailing from the Cape of Good Hope to Botany Bay. The 25 year old lieutenant, Matthew Flinders, took a liking to the kitten right away after seeing what a […]

Cats in 20th Century History (Cats in War-Faith the Church Cat)

Faith the church cat was awarded a PDSA silver medal for her bravery during the London Blitz on October 12, 1945.  In 1936, Faith, a stray cat, came to take up residence at St. Augustine’s church.  After being turned away three times, Father Henry Ross allowed her to stay.  Even though notices were posted, no one […]

Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in War-Simon)

Several cats earned awards and medals for their distinguished service during wartime.  Created in 1943, the Dickin Medal, also known as the Animals Victory Cross, is awarded to animals for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty” while serving in Britian’s military or civil service.  The only cat to have gotten this award to date is […]

Cats in 20th Century History (Cats in War-Unsinkable Sam)

Even though some refute the story of this buoyant cat as being true, it is an amazing story of survival which most probably inspired hope in bleak wartime. The black and white cat Oscar “(Oskar in German)”, or as he later became known, Unsinkable Sam, was ship’s mascot on the German battleship Bismarck. Out of […]

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