Popular Cats and Literary Cat Lovers

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During the XVIII Century, cats acquired popularity on the intellectual circles. It was the age pf philosophy and, it seems, that the cat adequate itself to the personality of the philosophers better than the dog, who was more extruding.

The French philosopher Montague even used the example of his female cat to state a philosophical problem.

Literary Cat Lovers
“When I play with my cat-he wrote-who knows if she is not having more fun with me than I with her?” Also, the XVIII Century saw the apogee of the saloons as a place for intellectual reunion, and these were more adequate places for clam’s cats than for impetuous dogs. You have to remember, that in that period, dogs were basically limited to country life, hunting and guarding.

The literary world of the XVIII Century was full of cat lovers.

Maybe one of the most known was Samuel Johnson, poet, essay writer and a most ingenious English man, whose love for his cat Hodge was picked notice by his biographer James Boswell.

Boswell wrote: “I will never forget the indulgence with which he treated Hodge, his cat, for whom he used to buy himself oysters, for fear that the poor creature might get mad if he should let the servants buy them. I remember a day that I saw the cat climb to the chest of Dr. Johnson with such satisfaction, while my friend smiling and half whistling, was rubbing its back and pulling him from the tail.

When I observed that he was a magnificent cat, he responded: “well yes, but I’ve had cats which I have liked more”. Then, as if he had perceived the disturbing of Hodge, he added: “but he is a magnificent and stupendous cat”.

According to Boswell, one day, when hearing the talk of a young gentlemen “ of good family” that had been running around London hunting cats, Johnson “thought in his favorite cat” and said: “but they won’t shoot Hodge: no, no, they won’t shout Hodge”.

In return, Boswell didn’t have any special predilection for cats. He confessed: “unfortunately, I am one of those that results uncongenial to cats, for which I don’t feel too comfortable being in the same room with one. I myself have suffered often with the presence of the own Hodge”.

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