12 Famous People You Might Not Have Known Were Cat-Lovers

12 Famous People You Might Not Have Known Were Cat-Lovers

Cats charm everyone, even celebrities!


Cats aren't only the favorite pet of old women, but many celebrities and historical figures also took pleasure from having these curious creatures roaming around. Here are 12 famous and historical figures who are true cat people.

1. Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift has long been known for her love of cats and often shows off her two cats — Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey — on social media.

2. GOT7

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The K-Pop band not only has a cat together, but the individual members have over five cats combined. Members JB and BamBam are the best known for love of cats and will often post pictures of their cats on Instagram or show them off in live streams to their fans.

3. Isaac Newton

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Yes, the man whose work defined our understanding of gravity was a huge fan of cats. He's even the topic of an urban legend that claims that Newton may have invented the pet door, although foolishly building two separate doors for the mother and kittens, not realizing the kittens would simply follow their mother out the larger door. Whether or not this legend is true, it's still nice to think that one of the world's foremost scientists may have invented the pet door, simply to make his pets more comfortable.

4. Ernest Hemingway

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Writer Ernest Hemingway is so known for his love of cats the term "Hemingway Cats" has become synonymous with "polydactyl cat," or six-toed cats. If you visit Hemingway's home in Key West, Florida, you will be met with descendants of Hemingway's own six-toed cats.

5. Freddie Mercury

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The recently released biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" includes a few moments showing Mercury's cat-loving tendencies. Mercury's personal assistant even said later that when Mercury was away performing, he would call home just to talk to his cats.

6. Mark Twain

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If you look up Mark Twain quotes about cats, you will be met with many that ultimately lead to the conclusion that Twain was completely enamored by cats. He was even known to keep up to 19 at one time.

7. Edgar Allan Poe

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As one of the forefathers of the horror genre, I feel like it should come as no surprise that Edgar Allan Poe enjoyed the spooky company of cats. Cats came up in his work and it is said that his cat perched on his shoulder and watched him write.

8. Haruki Murakami

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Japanese writer Haruki Murakami often writes about cats and includes them in his work, he even once owned a cafe that he named after his cat.

9. Mary Pickford

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Trailblazing 20th-century actress Mary Pickford was known for her love of all animals and is often pictured with a cat on her shoulder. Also, she has a local connection, as the Pickford Theater is named after her.

10. Eartha Kitt

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Not only did Eartha Kitt play Catwoman in the Batman TV series, she was often known to bring her cat on set with her and was often described as "cat-like" by the press at the time.

11. Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran is another known cat lover. Not only does his cat have a Twitter account (although it's been inactive since 2014), but he often talks about his cats and has even met Taylor Swift's cats.

12. Pablo Picasso

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The famed artist known for cubism and his contributions to modern art was also a cat lover. He painted cats and was later photographed with his own. While not as explicit as many of the others, I think it's safe to assume that Picasso had some affection for the critters.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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