Animal Files: Celebrating the companionship of cats throughout history – Reno Gazette-Journal

ogs were domesticated more than 15,000 years ago, making them mankind’s oldest pet. But cats, domest-icated only about 9,500 years ago, have overtaken them as the most popular pet, with an estimated 93 million cats living in American households.

Down through the ages, cats have had many famous and powerful fans, including Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill. Humphrey, a black and white cat, lived and worked at 10 Downing St. in London throughout the Margaret Thatcher and John Major administrations. Cats have lived in the White House with Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer enjoyed the company of cats. Popes Leo XII, Benedict XVI and John Paul II all shared their lives with felines. Aviator Charles Lindbergh took his beloved cat, Patsy, along for company on some of his flights.

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