Jock VI, the current cat in residence, looks at a bust of Winston Churchill in the Secretaries Room at Chartwell on January 23, 2015 in Westerham, England. Churchill’s first cat, Jock, was given to him on his 88th birthday and when Chartwell was given to the nation it was requested that there should always be a similar cat in residence. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Famous cat lovers include Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln (he always had at least four cats in the White House), writers T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Ernest Hemingway (who owned at least 30), Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain (who wrote, “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction”) and celebrities Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Regis Philbin and even rapper Snoop Dogg.
So why are cats so cat-like?
“Cats are plenty smart, but they just don’t like doing what they don’t want to do,” Cook said. “It’s hard to motivate cats, so training them can be a big issue. But that’s their nature – why do something you don’t have to?”
And one more thing animal lovers may paws to reflect: There are more cats out there than dogs – at last count, 86 million cats to 78 million dogs in the United States – but when it comes time to spend money, dog owners win the bone, spending more than $1 billion annually on dogs in the U.S. compared to a paltry $100 million on cat treats.
Just one more reason, no doubt, for felines to have that quirky cat-titude.
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