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  Ailurophile or Phobe
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, March 10, 2005
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“The smallest feline is a Masterpiece.”


Leonardo Da Vinci


“I do not like them..

When one hears them praised,

It goads one to expressing one’s hatred.”


Hillaire Beloc




Are you a Cat Lover, an  Ailurophile

Or are you a Cat Hater, an Ailurophobe

Here are the actions and deeds of several famous people

And some of their cat predilections you may not know


Sir Winston Churchill always refused to eat his dinner

Until his favorite orange tabby feline, Jock, was present

St. Gregory the Great required absolutely nothing but his cat

Holding it in his arms while he prayed he found very pleasant


President Abraham Lincoln’s pet, Tabby

Was the first of several White House cats

Sir Isaac Newton loved his cats so much

He invented ‘the cat door’ as a matter of fact


Florence Nightingale the very devoted nurse

Was devoted to Bismarck, her very large Persian

French Artists Renoir and Monet both loved their cats

And felines are found in many of their artistic versions


Although Edgar Allen Poe wrote about cats as very sinister

He owned many cats which he said made him very happy

Raymond Chandler always talked to his black Persian, Taki

And since she helped him write - he made her his secretary


Pope Leo XII adored his cat, Michette

Who was actually born in the Vatican

Edward Lear was devoted to his cat, Foss

Whom he sadly laid to rest in his garden




Dancer Isadora Duncan happened to live next door to a French cat sanctuary

When they wandered into her garden she had them drowned most hideously


Noah Webster described the cat as a ‘deceitful animal,’

And in their very presence, he was thoroughly appalled


The Bard William Shakespeare truly vilified and hated the furry feline

Remarking, “I could endure anything but a cat, and now he’s a cat to me,”

Pope Innocent VIII made a point of noting, when condemning witches,

That “their companion cats should also be burned at the stake with glee.”


President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a very cruel feline hater

Ordering his staff to shoot them on sight at his home in Gettysburg

Pope Gregory IX denounced cats - especially those that were coal black

Setting the course for centuries of terrible cat abuse – which is truly absurd



Since I love earth’s creatures, including the feline

I think the list of cat lovers above is truly inspiring


But the mentioned historical figures who absolutely hated cats

I find some of their actions truly despicable as a matter of fact


Two other famous ailurophiles were T.S. Eliot and Ernest Hemingway

Two more ailurophobes were Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte


A modern day fireman in Wisconsin has proposed that all cats now be shot on sight

The cruelty some humans display for our earthly neighbors should fill us all with fright


Ferocious or Faithful Felines – Are They Truly Your Personal Friend or Foe?

As a cat lover, all I ask is that if you don’t like them – Please Leave Them Alone


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Reviewed by Katy Walsvik
especially those that were coal black... much like snakes, cats have had some very bad press over time, especially when linked to witchcraft...

on the other hand, and I'm ashamed of this Wisconsin fireman (maybe he wasn't BORN here!), a lack of fondness for ANY type of animal DOES NOT excuse a wish to destroy them!

I am convinced that those who claim not to like cats are intimidated by their superior intellect, their decidedly independent natures and their crafty, clever and very admirable quality of not fawning all over humans. My 3 cats ran the gamut from chatting to singing opera (Paddington the First was fond of Aida). AND... it's just plain WRONG that they don't learn their names... if they don't respond, it's because they're not in the mood. (grin) And that's something some humans cannot tolerate. To me, it makes them even more fascinating. Ah, well... you got me going... LOVE THIS, Little Eddie! katy xox
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

You know better than to ask a fellow ailurophile if they like cats. If I were a cat, I'd purr reading this fine tribute to felines. :) Cats are where it's at. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
As a fellow ailurophile I can so appreciate this write - and poetized, at that! Good work. BTW, I think cats are quite 'selective' :o) Have you read any of Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..."? Your thoughts remind me of Mr. Q...
Reviewed by Tiana ~ (Reader)
Wonderful write, Ed. Cats are great, but I'm more of a dog person :)
Reviewed by Dale Clark
We've always had a cat or two and my kids
loved them. That was some good stuff there.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
I don't know what it is about cats, but people do seem to have very strong feelings one way or another: perhaps more so than with dogs. I think that dogs are, by enlarge, just so biddable and companionable on our own terms, whereas we balk at the cat's characteristic arch independence - they can make us feel used and that their tail is wagging the dog (i.e. us!!!). They are pretty scary in terms of their ability to penetrate our thoughts, I think... perhaps it is their slitty eyes that squint at us... hmmm... I wonder, do I give the impression that I fall on one side of the fence or the other??!!!! Yup, you know that I have a problem with self-image!! It weren't me that coined the phrase "to swing a cat", though... just an old ancestor of mine. I'm kiddin, by the way, in case you're just about to set the Feline Protection Agency on to me... good job I got nine lives, right?!! :))) who else, but KittyKate??!!
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
What a delightful and informative write, Ed.
I own both a cat and a dog. The cat's sleeping next to me right now. She's not supposed to be my cat, but I can't get rid of her. I used to carry our first family cat around in my robe pocket when she was a kitten until she outgrew it. Yes, she always thought I was her mommy after that. Yet, I'm really a dog person. LOL
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
They all loved their pussy galore.

TT,Your comrade in ze Lithuania
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
I love all animals ven those with sappy!!

hehehehehe...purrfect informative "Creation" Pureddie!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
Up with Da Vinci (and Eddie Kostro)
and Down with the helocs of this earth (Hellocks?).

Your cat lover poet peer, Anna Airlurophile
Reviewed by Patrick McCormick
I enjoyed your article very much especially the last line. When I was growing up in Ireland we always had cats and I had one which followed me everywhere. My son, a lawyer now in Atlanta, while he was practicing in Biloxi had a cat which used to sit on his shoulder while he worked and even stayed there while he went to the bank. Unfortunately one of his staff was allergic to cats and he had to give it away. I believe you have read my articles about Blackie and Pudge.
Very well done article Ed.

Reviewed by George Carroll
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain

Definitely a cat lover - had one (Mr. Fats) that lived 23 years (8 of those on three legs!) ... outstanding write - Bravo!!

Best to you,

Reviewed by Carole Mathys
I love my cats, so "the girls" Miss Kizzabella and Miss Sushi, and I thank you for the charming side of your write...excellent write, Ed

Reviewed by Leysa Lowery
I've always had cats, loved cats. I enjoy their independence, grace and agility -- and cats have such an odd sense of humor about them. I like dogs, but I love my cat!
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Ed I love both my dog and cat about the same. I love my birds too,and all animals. They are Gods creations just as we are. People have no tolerance, because they are ignorant of the facts. They live with traditional bias from days of old when horror stories of where animals came from were conceived by fear mongers. This was very interesting, thanks for sharing and enriching our knowledge little eddie;-)
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
May not love cats, but do not want to see them hurt or mistreated, another educational write from you sir...and a good un', Ed
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