10 Great (and Cute) Facts about Writers and Cats

I didn’t know there was such a event as World Cat Day, but thanks to Interesting Literature, now I do know and I also know some more facts about writers and cats. Read on and enjoy!

Interesting Literature

It’s World Cat Day! The purr-fect opportunity (sorry – we couldn’t resist) to share 10 of our favourite writer-related facts about cats.

Ernest Hemingway had over 30 pet cats, with names including Alley Cat, Crazy Christian, Ecstasy, F. Puss, Fats, Furhouse, Skunk, Thruster, and Willy. Many of them had six toes; to this day, such cats are often known as ‘Hemingway cats’.

James Joyce wrote two stories for children, both about cats: ‘The Cat and the Devil’ and ‘The Cats of Copenhagen’. You can see some of the rare illustrations for ‘The Cat and the Devil’ here.

French writer Colette started her working day by picking the fleas off her cat.

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One of Daniel Defoe’s early business ventures was the harvesting of musk which he extracted from the anal glands of cats. Perhaps unsurprisingly (and thankfully for the cats involved), this venture failed.

Samuel Pepys is credited with…

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2 Responses to 10 Great (and Cute) Facts about Writers and Cats

  1. I had no idea there was a World Cat Day either, Marie! This is great! Six toed cats! When did Hemingway have time to write with 30 cats? I wonder if he had 30 all at once or over his lifetime….

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  2. 1WriteWay says:

    I imagine it was over his lifetime, probably because I can’t imagine taking care of 30 cats at one time! 🙂

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