Category: famous cat lovers

Mar 12

Happy Birthday, Ti-Jean

Jean Louis “Jack” Kerouac (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) an American novelist and poet, a pioneer of the Beat Generation, a literary iconoclast, part-time Buddhist, part-time conservative Catholic, all-time traveler and lover of cats… be-AT-iful and fallible. Rest in peace, ti-Jean.

jack kerouac, oranges and a cat

The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception

The wheel of the quivering meat conception
Turns in the void expelling human beings,
Pigs, turtles, frogs, insects, nits,
Mice, lice, lizards, rats, roan
Racing horses, poxy bucolic pigtics,
Horrible unnameable lice of vultures,
Murderous attacking dog-annies
Of Africa, Rhinos roaming in the jungle,
Vast boars and huge gigantic bull
Elephants, rams, eagles, condors,
Pones and Porcupines and Pills-
All the endless conception of living beings
Gnashing everywhere in Consciousness
Throughout the ten directions of space
Occupying all the quarters in and out,
From supermicroscopic no-bug
To huge Galaxy Lightyear Bowell
Illuminating the sky of one Mind-
Poor! I wish I was free
of that slaving meat wheel
and safe in heaven dead.

- Jack Kerouac

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Feb 12

Happy 201st Birthday, Abe!

Cheers to Abraham Lincoln, humble gentleman, great emancipator and cat lover. The Skinny on Cats applauds and salutes you as the deliverer of a more civilized and more free United States than we had been previously. Thank you, Abe.

“When asked if her husband had a hobby, Mary Todd Lincoln replied, ‘cats.’” – from NPS.gov page on Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. Visit here.

The meeting above between Lincoln and my kittens; Raffa, Nacho and Mango, only ever occurred in my fondest dreams.

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Jan 18

Andy Warhol’s Cats

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was first a successful commercial artist and later a painter, silk screener, film maker and all-around wacky guy pop artist, but most importantly he loved cats.

These fine art prints by Andy Warhol are a great gift for a cat lover. All are 11″x14″ so they’d look nice as a set or they can be purchased individually for less than $10 each. If your budget is higher, hunt around on the site, larger sizes are available, as are giclees. (If you can afford giclee, is the most archival and most beautiful print process.)

The site will also allow you to choose and purchase frames and ship your artwork to you ready to hang on the wall.

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Green Cat, c.1956
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Blue Sam, c. 1954
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Sam, c.1954
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Red Sam, c.1954
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Jan 17

The Naming of Cats

“When naming a cat, if one’s imagination is totally at a loss, look up the names of kings and queens and emperors. Male cats in particular like names that link them to feats of greatness.”
- Auriel Douglas

I’m probably going to catch heck for saying this, but I’m taking a stand against cutesy pet names, you know, the ones that end in -eeeee sounds and describe the way the cat or dog looks; Buffy, Fluffy, Tuffy, Tinky, Pinky, Stinky, Frisky, Fancy, Spooky, Pooky….Bletchy! Would YOU live with such a lame name? Really? That said, I DO think Ghandi is a great name, especially if your cat likes to fight the power. And so is Bitchy. Bitchy is one of my Siamese’s six or seven names, it’s kind of a diminutive of Frannie too Pretty to Sh** in the Litter Box. She’s eighteen and she’s a good girl, I love her.

I’ve known a couple of people who named their kittens after deceased pets or decide on a name before they even pick out a kitten. To me, that’s strange. How can you name your pet when you don’t even know him? Of course each to his own, it’s just an odd notion to me. But now-a-days if you’re so insaned…I mean inclined, you can just clone your deceased pet…ugh, never mind. (Don’t tell anyone, but I’m saving mine to turn them into diamonds!)

A cat is an awesome animal, a little tiger that you have the privilege of keeping in your home. So, get creative and give him an awesome name to match. First off, hang out with your new pet and after a bit he’ll probably just tell you his name. Meanwhile, think of names of people you admire, places you’d like to visit, a song that comes into your head, characters in your favorite books, a characteristic your kitten has; then the name will be something that really says what your pet means to you.

And after spending all that time, if all you can come up with is Kitty…okay, fine go ahead. But don’t come crying to me if he doesn’t come when you call him. ;)

For a bit of inspiration, here are the cats from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot (Which was inspired by the oldest known feral cat colony, in London’s Fitzroy Square).

Admetus
Alonzo
Augustus
Bill Bailey
Bombalurina
Bustopher Jones
Cat Morgan
Coricopat
Demeter
Electra
George
Gilbert
Great Rumpus Cat
Griddlebone
Growltiger
Grumbuskin
Gus (aka Asparagus)
James
Jellylorum
Jennyanydots
Jonathan
Macavity
Mr. Mistoffelees
Mungojerrie

Munkustrap
Old Deuteronomy
Oopsa Cat (aka James
   Buz-James)
Peter
Plato
Quaxo
Rum Tum Tugger
Rumpelteazer
Skimbleshanks
Tumblebrutus
Victor

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