Articles in Famous Felines are written by
[ Home | Featuring | Fans | Fabled | Folios | Fun | Philately | Fragments | Flotsam ]
As the name suggests, this section tells the stories of a number of cats that for one reason or another have become well known to the wider world. Not all are contemporary; they range from the eighteenth century, with Samuel Johnson's cat Hodge, to the present day with White House cat Socks, and library cat Dewey, who were with us until fairly recently and there is Nora who's still very much alive. By virtue of their remarkable characters, unusual adventures or both, we feel these felines deserve the description 'famous'.
Shorter tales about other noted cats a number of them contemporary whose exploits are less widely known, but we thought still worthy of recording, can be found in the separate Featuring Felines pages.
Simon of HMS Amethyst
Dickin Medal recipient for his gallantry under enemy fire
with these associated pages...
The Quest for Simon
An account of my research into his story, with further pictures
Tributes to Simon
A selection of tributes sent in by his fans as his fame spread
Lt Cdr Ian Griffiths, his Career and his Cats
Former First Cat at the White House and other presidential felines
No. 10 Downing Street Cats
Current resident Larry and predecessors Sybil, Humphrey, Wilberforce and others
(also now at Downing Street, though not at No. 10: Freya)
Courageous London church cat of WW2, awarded a PDSA Silver Medal
[ more stories of church cats in Featuring Felines ]
who sailed with Shackleton to the Antarctic in the Endurance
Dewey Readmore Books
America's most famous library cat: the book written about him was a runaway success,
and a film is on the way
[ accounts of many more library cats in the Featuring Felines section ]
Other felines (apart from Mrs Chippy above) who went to the frozen south
with exploration expeditions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Post-WW2 Antarctic Cats
Felines at research bases in Antarctica
a separate account by Robert Burton of his base companion
New Zealand tanker terminal cat who took an unscheduled 10,000 km voyage
on a tanker bound for Korea, a story which made international news
Félix and Félicette
the space cats
Samuel Johnson's treasured companion who loved oysters
Kiddo was the first cat to travel by airship, during a bid to cross the Atlantic
Mike and Black Jack
Cats of the British Museum, London
Celebrity piano player and internet sensation
The cat(s) at the British Home Office
In the 1950s/60s this long-lived Californian school cat with an unlikely name was described
as 'arguably the most famous cat in America', and he is still actively remembered today
Blaze heroine from NYC, who died in Oct 2008
Towser and Barley
Scotch-whisky distillery cats, one a record mouser
Faithful travelling companion of explorer Matthew Flinders, Trim sailed
around the world and circumnavigated Australia
Search results may not be returned for the very latest material added to Purr 'n' Fur if not yet
Fans of Felines
or return to the Purr 'n' Fur home page
Our featured feline: your companion through the Famous Felines section is Simon of HMS Amethyst. Simon (see head of the page) remains the only cat ever to have been awarded the Dickin Medal for gallantry under enemy fire, in what became known as the 'Yangtse Incident'. Follow the links in the contents list above to read his story, and (in a separate article) my experiences while researching it.
'Catline' divider bar courtesy of CatStuff Graphics
Copyright © Patrick Roberts & Purr 'n' Fur UK 2003-12
All rights reserved
Images and content (whether original or used at Purr 'n' Fur with permission) may NOT be reproduced
at another website or otherwise copied or used without prior permission.
Direct linking (hotlinking) to ANY images on this site is strictly forbidden.
If you want something, !
Page created November 2003, with later additions