Cats are so popular on the internet that people even post things like cats are going to take over the world as they have special skills. Cats are intelligent creatures and they have ways to make themselves look pretty and make us pets. They do whatever they want whenever they want. There are some of them who have glorified the history. Now I am going to introduce you to the history’s most powerful cats.
The official Mouser of British Cabinet:
Humphrey, the black and white cat was the first to be named as the chief government mouser. His winning personality and track record quickly ensured his employment in the cabinet office and he worked successively under three prime ministers. But like all the political animals, his position in the cabinet was not scandal-free. In 1994, he was accused to murder some baby Robins. The Cabinet office defended Humphrey by saying that he was so ill that he could not even catch a roasted duck when served in plate. It took official inquiry to clear Humphrey’s name. After serving the cabinet as chief mouser for eight years, Humphrey finally retired though it has been rumored that he was forced to leave his position by Cherie, Tony Blaire’s wife.
The cat that unknowingly started a diplomatic crisis:
While serving U.S ambassador to India, Kenneth Galbrieth brought along his family in India in 1962. They lived in Gujarat so the state presented them with two Siamese kittens for his two sons. The boys named one of the cats Ahmadabad, after the city where the cats were born. Later Catherine, Mr. Galbrieth’s wife told a story about the cat using its nickname Ahmed.
They did not know Ahmed is one of the many names of the prophet Muhammad. When the story appeared on the international edition of Time, an outrage fell out in Pakistan. The American consulate was attacked, jeep carrying Americans was overturned. To avoid the diplomatic crisis, Mr. Galbrieth changed his cat’s name to Gujarat.
Tibbles- the Wren killer:
Tibbles was a high efficient hunter. He and his mates are remembered for the extinction of an entire species, the Stephen Island Wren- a small flightless bird that walked on the earth of New Zealand’s Stephen islands before 17 humans and their cats put their steps there in 1892. Tibbles was leaving her birds on the doorsteps thus the victimized birds caught the eye of David Lyall, the light house keeper. He sent the specimen to New Zealand’s ornithology lab and was glad to know that he had discovered a new species so close to home. But the joy didn’t last. By 1894 the Island wrens were extinct. All thanks to Tibbles and her mates. Later a bounty was offered for Tibbles and his friends (any cat on the island) and soon they joined their flightless bird friends.
The Mayor of Talkeetna liked Catnip:
The mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska never ran for office. He used to sit in the town’s general store and enjoyed his glass of catnip for fifteen years. He was elected after the people of the town. In reality, it was a publicity stunt by the town’s people to lure tourists in the town. It worked. Stubbs was elected to be the mayor of the town from his kitten-hood. His work was to check in on local businesses, taking catnaps and luring tourists to town.
The cat that ensured cats’ way in the mosques:
Muezza, the favourite pet of the prophet Muhammad saved him from a poisonous snake and for that as Muhammad pet him, cats gained the ability to always land on their feet though according to the folktale. Although I have seen cats falling on their back and run away unhurt.
There’s a saying in Turkey, “if you kill a cat, you need to build a mosque for god’s forgiveness”. Muhammad taught his followers that “cats are not impure, they keep watch around us”. For that lesson till now cats are welcome in the mosques. Muhammad’s cat made this way.
Another political cat:
Stubbs wasn’t the only political-cat. In Virginia, a Maine Coon named Hunk spent the early years of his life on the streets with his single mother and ended up in a shelter. When he was nine years old he met his owner and his future manager, Anthony Roberts and that changed his life. Anthony Roberts decided that Hank should run Virginia senate and in the posters with Hank’s picture said “a better Virginia… a brighter future”. Around 7000 voters agreed to have a cuddly lobbyist. Hank came third in the race and raised nearly $60000 for the animal rescue.