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”.
Ernest Hemmingway was gifted a 6-toed cat named Snow White. Snow White’s 40-50 descendants still live at his Florida home. Over half of them also have 6 toes. Which is why polydactyls are often known as Hemingway Cats.
There are plenty of cute cats all over the word and today’s technological world gave them a whole another level of attention. Now, they have Youtube channels and even their own social media pages. However, Tombili of Istanbul recently got immortalized with its statue.
Tombili became popular, when somebody took picture of him, chilling in an unbelievably relaxed pose on the streets of Istanbul. The image was shared on the social media, and the cat soon became an internet sensation. Unfortunately, he passed away in August, but local authorities decided to immortalize his zen attitude towards life, by a bronze statue on his favorite spot.
In 2014 a cat saved its five-year-old owner (Ethan) from bullies, the bullies were teasing Ethan and when one of them shoved him on the ground the cat jumped on the boy’s chest and scared him off.Ever since the incident the cat sleeps outside Ethan’s bedroom to keep a watch.
A cat named Pudding saved his new owner’s life just hours after his adoption. The Wisconsin resident originally had no intention of actually adopting one of the animals but had a strong attraction to Pudding who later that evening saved her from a diabetic seizure.
Study shows that cats understand the principle of cause and effect as well as some elements of physics. Combining these abilities with their keen sense of hearing, they can predict where possible prey hides.
A cat named Simon served on a Royal Navy ship in 1949, and received a medal for raising morale, killing off a rat infestation and surviving cannon shells during his service. Hundreds attended his funeral when he died from infected wounds.
Princeton researchers successfully turned a live cat into a functioning telephone in 1929.