In order to bolster its waning popularity as a travel hub, Japan’s Kishigawa Train Line appointed a cat named Tama as its new station master in 2007, leading to a huge spike in popularity as a tourist destination. In 2010 a second cat was hired to “assist” Tama with her duties.
In 1981 a group of scientists met to discuss ways of making future humans aware of nuclear waste disposal sites. One idea was genetically engineering cats to change color in the presence of radiation and introducing a cultural idea to run away when you see a cat change color.
In 2013 a cat guided a lost hiker down a Swiss mountain, the little feline made sure the man wasn’t left behind by checking on him every now and then. Once they reached their destination they parted ways.
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was “shameful in front of their guests,” he replied “If the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.”
In Jan 2015 Masha a tabby cat from Obninsk, Kaluba Russia, rescued an abandoned baby from freezing to death by staying beside & give him warmth while continue meowing to alert human in the vicinity. It didn’t took long someone hear & noticed and baby boy was saved & brought to a hospital.
A cat in New Zealand tricked two different women into owning him. Neither knew they had the same cat until after he went to the vet for stitches. The cat got to keep both names as well as both owners through a shared custody agreement.
Jake Perry has owned both of the oldest cats to ever live. He fed them dry food, broccoli, eggs, turkey bacon, coffee with cream and an eyedropper of red wine, played them nature documentaries, built steps on his walls, and an enclosure in his backyard.
In 2007, Fatso the cat became famous online as “Keyboard Cat”. Its original form was a video originally made in 1984 by Charlie Schmidt of his cat Fatso seemingly playing a piano (though manipulated by Schmidt off-camera) to a cheery tune.
And back in the pre-Internet days, Shangai the cat was also known for her skills at the keyboard.
In the 1870s, the city of Liège, Belgium hired 37 cats to deliver mail. It was unsuccessful.
While the Royal Mail employed cats from 1868, the cats only had one pay rise in the first 84 years.
When questioned about these labour practices in the House of Commons, the Assistant Postmaster-General reported “there have been no complaints”.