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11 Writers Who Really Loved Cats
Mental Floss ^ | March 11, 2013 | Sean Hutchinson

Posted on 03/11/2013 10:16:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Writers are sometimes stern and cold at heart—introverts who escape into their own solitary world, away from outward distractions that would somehow muddle their extraordinary work. Other times, writers just need a friend. And while they say that a dog is a man's best friend, these writers each found solace in another four-legged companion.

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bookreview; heinlein; kittyping
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Yes, there are cute kitty pix at the link.
1 posted on 03/11/2013 10:16:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...
They forgot Heinlein.



2 posted on 03/11/2013 10:17:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows


3 posted on 03/11/2013 10:17:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

“*sigh* Hoomin sayz I too young for seegar.”


4 posted on 03/11/2013 10:19:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hemingway loved his casts. They became feral in Key West. His house is now a national park and the cats get zero help from the national park service even though they have the free run of the house.


5 posted on 03/11/2013 10:22:08 PM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: Slings and Arrows


6 posted on 03/11/2013 10:22:12 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

“I haz a corm! *nomnomnom*”


7 posted on 03/11/2013 10:27:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: llevrok

I’ve heard that some do-gooder idiots were trying to get the Hemingway House staff to put the cats in cages. No idea how it turned out.


8 posted on 03/11/2013 10:28:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
You are never too young for a ceegar. I gave my grand-daughter mine not long ago, and she decided she hated 'em. ;)

/johnny

9 posted on 03/11/2013 10:31:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: llevrok

Hemingway shot himself. A proper dog would never had let that happen...


10 posted on 03/11/2013 10:33:10 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: JRandomFreeper

Just as planned...


12 posted on 03/11/2013 10:40:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Dysart
Hemingway shot himself. A proper dog would never had let that happen...

*ahem*

13 posted on 03/11/2013 10:42:11 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The Book of Jones: A Tribute to the Mercurial, Manic, and Utterly Seductive Cat written & illustrated by Ralph Steadman.

I admit, I'm particularly fond of Steadman's art


14 posted on 03/11/2013 10:46:50 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Dysart
Hunter S. Thompson did as well......maybe that cats did it.


15 posted on 03/11/2013 10:50:17 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition
Hunter S. Thompson did as well......

Can you imagine the second hand "smoke" those poor kitties inhaled?

Where is PeTA when you need them?????

16 posted on 03/11/2013 11:01:39 PM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: llevrok
And the *acid?* Jones, the cat, was probably a guniea pig for testing the brown acid.

No one has mentioned Steve Martin [he's penned a few boks, none of which are really good, unless you want to read them B4 bed, instead of taking a sleeping pill.


17 posted on 03/11/2013 11:06:15 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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There are no ordinary cats.” ~ Colette

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” ~ Colette

“God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger.” ~ Fernand Mery

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ~ Jean Cocteau

“The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity.” ~ Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!” ~ Theophile Gautier

“Cats are living adornments.” ~ Edwin Lent

“If you want to know the character of a man, find out what his cat thinks of him.” ~ Anonymous

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” ~ Charles Dickens

“A loving cat can mend a wounded heart.” ~ Anonymous

“It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.” ~ Agnes Repplier

“Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.” ~ W.L George

“Heaven cannot ever be
heaven if my cats
are not waiting there for me”- inscription on an ancient tombstone

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A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. - Ernest Hemingway

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer

When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.
Mark Twain

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” - Mark Twain

If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. - Mark Twain

“If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” - Mark Twain

“Men who love cats are a special breed...” ~ Barbara L. Diamond

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18 posted on 03/11/2013 11:23:36 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: patriot08

“Kitties are so nice.” ~ Bubbles


19 posted on 03/11/2013 11:31:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Dysart
A proper dog would never had let that happen...

A cat would have egg'd himinto it. A dog would have wagg'd it's tail after as if to say "Do that again!!!".

20 posted on 03/11/2013 11:36:26 PM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Isaac Asimov!



"I never tire of listing the virtues of cats. They are beautiful. They are quiet. They are clean. They do not smell, and if their litter boxes are kept clean, they do not cause smells. They are easily housebroken and need not be taken for walks. (In fact, they scorn to be taken for walks - they walk where they darn well please.) They live with dignity and treat you with a quiet condescension that is soothing. (I dislike animals that jump all over you and slobber at you.) On the other hand, when they are at peace with the world, they will sit on your lap and sing softly to you. And at night they do not scorn to sleep in your bed with you."

And, from Wiki (take it for what it's worth):

"Originally a zoology major, Asimov changed his subject to chemistry after his first semester as he disapproved of "dissecting an alley cat"."

Cheers!
21 posted on 03/11/2013 11:38:20 PM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Obama sucks. End of story.)
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22 posted on 03/11/2013 11:42:32 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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By the way, that Asimov quote is taken from the introduction he wrote for the anthology book, “Purr-Fect Crime.”


23 posted on 03/11/2013 11:46:58 PM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Obama sucks. End of story.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL! Partners in crime! Cute!


24 posted on 03/11/2013 11:48:18 PM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Obama sucks. End of story.)
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To: DoctorBulldog

Teamwork!


25 posted on 03/12/2013 12:04:17 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Kerouac loved cats , too .
26 posted on 03/12/2013 1:26:11 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: Slings and Arrows

They forgot Lillian Jackson Braun, also.


27 posted on 03/12/2013 2:48:47 AM PDT by siamesecats (God closes one door, and opens another, to protect us.)
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“Our cat is growing positively tyrannical. If she finds herself alone anywhere she emits blood curdling yells until somebody comes running. She sleeps on a table in the service porch and now demands to be lifted up and down from it. She gets warm milk about eight o'clock at night and starts yelling for it about 7.30.”

I lol'd at that one!

28 posted on 03/12/2013 3:09:02 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
This week, how can we forget this illustrious author of numerous books?


29 posted on 03/12/2013 3:14:05 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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I feel the strangest urge to get that cat a little mitre.


30 posted on 03/12/2013 3:43:18 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Now that Pope Benedict XVI, Emeritus is now retired, he can spend more time with that and all other cats. :)=^..^=


31 posted on 03/12/2013 4:22:42 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I just got my cats fed breakfast for today when I came upon this thread. There is a book about B16’s life as told by a cat by the name of Cheico, which ends when he became Pope.


32 posted on 03/12/2013 4:25:06 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL! We cat lovers are not alone!


33 posted on 03/12/2013 4:28:51 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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I like cats but everyone I’ve ever lived with is deathly allergic to them.


34 posted on 03/12/2013 6:01:34 AM PDT by DManA
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Oh gee. That’s really sad. Deathly allergic is serious, and that means that you can’t even keep a cat out of the house in a kennel and visit it because you will carry the dander home.

I understand how difficult that must be for you. Hubby is allergic to cats as well, but he takes allergy medication and lives with the effects of the cat dander that can sometimes overpower the meds. Plus, we keep them indoors, so they don’t track allergens in from outside, either.

His doctor said that a lot of “cat” allergies are “outside stuff being dragged into the house by the cat” allergies.

But of course, everybody’s different.


35 posted on 03/12/2013 6:28:22 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Slings and Arrows

Those are outliers


36 posted on 03/12/2013 7:07:36 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: TheOldLady

I’ve also heard that some people can become “habituated” to a particular cat so that they are not allergic to it, but still have an allergic reaction to other cats.

Which reminds me... for some strange reason, around the time we got Apple, my mom said, “That’s not a good idea, Tweeze is allergic to cats.” I’ve never had an allergic reation to Apple, despite the fact that she rubs all over me and gives me head bonks when I pick her up, nor have I had an allergic reaction to Patch or any of the kittens she had after we took her in. But maybe, just to be safe, I shouldn’t get any more cats; the next one might set me off! ;)


37 posted on 03/12/2013 7:26:39 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Daffynition
Hunter S. Thompson did as well......maybe that cats did it.

Legend has it he was sampling some catnip at the time. OTOH Puppy Chow is renowned for its sedating properties.

38 posted on 03/12/2013 7:27:32 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Slings and Arrows


Cat's Dream
 
  How neatly a cat sleeps,
sleeps with its paws and its posture,
sleeps with its wicked claws,
and with its unfeeling blood,
sleeps with all the rings--
a series of burnt circles--
which have formed the odd geology
of its sand-colored tail.

I should like to sleep like a cat,
with all the fur of time,
with a tongue rough as flint,
with the dry sex of fire;
and after speaking to no one,
stretch myself over the world,
over roofs and landscapes,
with a passionate desire
to hunt the rats in my dreams.

I have seen how the cat asleep
would undulate, how the night
flowed through it like dark water;
and at times, it was going to fall
or possibly plunge into
the bare deserted snowdrifts.
Sometimes it grew so much in sleep
like a tiger's great-grandfather,
and would leap in the darkness over
rooftops, clouds and volcanoes.

Sleep, sleep cat of the night,
with episcopal ceremony
and your stone-carved moustache.
Take care of all our dreams;
control the obscurity
of our slumbering prowess
with your relentless heart
and the great ruff of your tail.

Pablo Neruda








39 posted on 03/12/2013 8:20:45 AM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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I didn't know Samuel L. Jackson loved cats,

O, Samuel Johnson, nevermind.

40 posted on 03/12/2013 8:31:18 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

If you can breed your own pet cats from a strain that does not trigger your allergies, there is no reason to stop.

I’m not going to take in any more kittens. I can’t promise them “forever” anymore. Mature or elderly cats would be all right, but I don’t have 15-20 years anymore.


41 posted on 03/12/2013 8:33:33 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Lady Jag

Very nice. You always find the neatest stuff.


42 posted on 03/12/2013 8:38:58 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

I’m not allergic to cats but that does sound like a good idea. None of my cats are breeders, though; all three are spayed females.


43 posted on 03/12/2013 8:56:05 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: patriot08
“It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.” ~ Agnes Repplier"

So true.

The other day there was a beautiful gray cat on the deck. He lives across the road and wears a collar. I went out and started talking to him, and he came to me and rolled over on his back, and I had the happiest time, just petting him, scratching his belly and under his chin.

He followed me into the garage, carefully investigated everything, and then sat down near me with his tail wrapped around his feet. Every now and then he would come over for some more petting. Finally he walked out, went around the house and sat on the front steps, where he watched the road for a while. And then he went home.

Cats are such deliberate animals. You can almost see the wheels turning in their little heads as they sit, watching and weighing things. We don't have a cat at the moment, so every encounter with one is a pleasure for me.

44 posted on 03/12/2013 8:56:40 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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Very nice. Thanks Catherine.


45 posted on 03/12/2013 9:13:41 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: TheOldLady
Thanks Lady! Cats have the spirit I admire and so they rule me.


46 posted on 03/12/2013 9:20:22 AM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I came very close to acquiring a fourth cat recently. A little calico showed up where I work last Thursday. We have one or two ferals living on the property already.

This calico probably belonged to someone at some point; although she initially wouldn’t approach any of us she would meow at us and eventually started following a couple of the yard guys around. In general she was friendly with people and she LOVED being petted.

When I came back to work Monday she was still here (I had taken Friday off). I brought her into the office, gave her some food, and then dropped her off at a shelter on my way home. I would have loved to take her, but I really don’t want a fourth cat right now! Besides, she appeared to be hurt, and those of you who know much about cat behavior know if you can see a cat is hurt it is probably pretty badly injured.

I sure hope she finds a good home.


47 posted on 03/12/2013 9:32:00 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: patriot08; Slings and Arrows

I love this ping list. I know there’s always a place where other cat people will “get it.” :)


48 posted on 03/12/2013 9:38:45 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I hope she does, too. What a little heartbreaker. Maybe her sweet temperament will go along way toward helping her find a home.


49 posted on 03/12/2013 9:39:53 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Biggirl

A cat became Pope?! Why didn’t someone ping me?


50 posted on 03/12/2013 10:31:58 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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