it doesn’t take much for a cat to become famous cats nowadays if you’ve got access to a camera and an honest understanding of how social media works. But within the past, cats didn’t get to play the piano on YouTube to travel viral. Here are a number of the simplest known cats in history, before history went digital:
Catherina, the famous cat who owned Edgar Allan Poe
Writers and cats go together like pints of frozen dessert and spoons, so it’s no surprise that Edgar Allan Poe’s cat makes the list. While Poe wrote a terrifying (of course) tale called “The fisher,” his actual cat was a tortoiseshell, named Catterina. She reportedly perched on his shoulder as he sat right down to write, probably to offer him storytelling pointers. Catherina also attended Mrs. Poe, who was losing a battle with tuberculosis, by lying next to her to stay her company until the top. Catherina reportedly died shortly after Poe himself died. Perhaps she was a figment of Poe’s imagination, or, more likely, he was a figment of hers.
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