The Top 10 Most Famous Cats in the World
In recognition and adoration of one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets, we’ve dedicated this post to the celebration of our feline friends.
With 17% of households in the UK being home to at least one cat, it’s clear to see the popularity they hold across the nation.
So, in celebration of one of the most popular household pets, we thought we’d share some cat facts about history’s weird and wonderful cats:
1. Stubbs the cat was mayor of Talkeeta, Alaska for 15 years. He sadly passed away in July 2017 at the age of 20.
2. The world’s oldest cat was Crème Puff from Texas, who died in 2005 aged 38 years and three days.
3. The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a “Astrocat”). In 1963, the French sent her into outer space. She returned to Earth safe and sound – what a cool kitty!
4.The first commercially cloned pet was a cat named Little Nicky. He cost his owner $50,000, making him one of the most expensive cats ever.
6. The world’s longest cat is Ludo, who’s 3ft 10.5in long from the tip of his tailbone to the edge of his whiskered nose.
7. A cat called Dusty has the known record for giving birth to the most kittens. She had more than 420 kittens in her lifetime. She had her final litter of just one kitten in 1952. However, this was in a time when spaying cats was uncommon and the stresses of giving birth were not recognised. We would therefore not recommend allowing your cat to attempt this record!
8. The most travelled cat is Hamlet, who escaped from his carrier while on a flight. He hid for seven weeks behind a panel on the airplane. By the time he was discovered, he’d travelled nearly 373,000 miles (600,000 km).
9.The cat that holds the record for the longest non-fatal fall is Sugar. She fell from the 19th floor of an apartment building (about 200 ft) and survived.
10. The richest cat was Blackie who was left £7 million when his owner, Ben Rea, died.
So, for all you cat-crazy ladies and gents, make sure you remember to celebrate and appreciate your favourite feline friend.
In case they suffer a scrape like Sugar, make sure your kitty is protected with pet insurance.
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