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Amazing Cats and True Cat Stories

Currently sharing her RV with two cats, Stephanie is a lifelong cat lover. She enjoys their independence, intelligence, and quirkiness.

Read on for true stories about some of the most remarkable cats!

Read on for true stories about some of the most remarkable cats!

Most cat owners are convinced that cats, especially their cats, are truly amazing. Cats are endearing, mysterious, loveable and kooky; their owners often wonder what goes on in those fuzzy little heads. Read on for true stories about remarkable cats who adopted bunnies, played the piano, chased a bear and predicted death.

Cats Will Adopt Baby Animals

Apparently, it is not unusual for cats to adopt baby animals of another species. See video below of cats who adopted baby rabbits,

Video of Cat Who Adopted Baby Bunnies

The Cat Who Adopted Bunnies

This is a true story about a lovely gray and white female cat, Missy, who gave birth to two sickly kittens. Sadly, within a very short time, both newborns died. It was heartbreaking to hear Missy crying and calling for her babies as she searched the house for her kittens. Missy was an indoor/outdoor cat who liked to hunt in a nearby field. Like many female cats, she liked to bring us her catch, and it wasn’t unusual for her offerings to include mice, birds or chipmunks, sometimes still alive and kicking!

Mama Cat Kidnaps Baby Bunnies

One afternoon, she came through her basement cat door carefully carrying a very tiny baby bunny by the scruff of its neck. I happened to see her and took it away unharmed, putting it in a box lined with a soft cloth until I could figure out what to do with it. Meanwhile, she went outdoors again and in a few minutes was back with another baby bunny. She brought back four of the babies before deciding that was enough. Then she climbed into the box next to them and started grooming them and purring, turning on her side trying to entice them to nurse. Unfortunately, she no longer had milk to feed them.

Bunnies Returned to Birth Mother

We could see that these babies would not survive the adoption, so we set out to see if we could find the nest and return the bunnies to their birth mother. Eventually, we found the nest and set the four adoptees back with their siblings. We kept Missy indoors for the rest of the day and night. The next day when we checked the nest, the babies were gone. We believe the mother rabbit moved them to a safer place. Our poor frustrated mama cat never tried adopting baby bunnies again.

Cats Adapt to Many Lifestyles

Shadow loved traveling with his owners in an RV.

Shadow loved traveling with his owners in an RV.

Amazing Cat Facts

  • A cat can make over 100 vocal sounds (dogs can make 10)
  • A cat sleeps 14 hours a day
  • Americans spend more annually on cat food than on baby food.
  • In 1987 cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America.
  • Cats are the only animal that walks on their claws, not the pads of their feet.
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • A group of youngsters (kittens) is called a kindle; those old-timers (adult cats) form a clowder.
  • The average cat food meal is the equivalent to about five mice.
  • People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or to cat dander. If the resident cat is bathed regularly the allergic people tolerate it better.
  • Besides smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ called the Jacobson's organ, located in the upper surface of the mouth.
  • Like birds, cats have a homing ability that uses their biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth's magnetic field. A cat taken far from its home can return to it. But if a cat's owners move far from its home, the cat can't find them.
  • A cat can jump even seven times as high as it is tall.
  • It has been scientifically proven that owning cats is good for our health and can decrease the occurrence of high blood pressure and other illnesses. Stroking a cat can help to relieve stress, and the feel of a purring cat on your lap conveys a strong sense of security and comfort.
Daisy

Daisy

My Personal Story: The Cat Who Came for Thanksgiving

Our house and garage seemed to attract strange cats. They would find the cat door in our basement, enter and hide there, terrorizing our own cats. One November, a shy tiger cat became a regular, sneaking up the basement stairs to help himself to the cat food on our basement stair landing, but scooting away if we tried to lure him closer. One night we saw him in the basement covered in oil that he must have gotten into in our neighbor’s repair shop.

Bathing a Stray Cat Is No Fun!

Knowing that the oil or whatever he had gotten into would not come off by itself, we cornered the cat in our basement and wrapped him in old t-shirts while we gave him a bath—no easy task, let me tell you! Because he was soaking wet and sickly looking, we locked him in our bathroom with food, water, and a litter box for a few hours until he dried off. Try as we might, we could not get him to trust us, and ended up letting him go back down into our basement where he found his way back out into the cold November night again.

A Surprise Thanksgiving Visitor

But the most interesting part of this story was yet to come. A few days later, our family gathered in our dining room for Thanksgiving dinner. It was our first family dinner together since our son and his family moved to our town, and our grandson was telling us how much he missed his cat that had been gone for more than a month in spite of all their efforts to find him.

A Boy and His Cat Are Reunited

As Stevie spoke, our stray tiger cat walked up from our basement and stood there staring at him. Stevie spied him and said, “That’s my cat!” and, sure enough, Tiger walked in to greet his young owner. We’ll never know if he negotiated the small river that flowed between us, or if he followed the road over bridges to get to our house. But somehow this remarkable cat knew that we were a safe haven and that it would only be a matter of time until his master came to claim him.

Some Cats Are Fearless!

An orange, de-clawed cat like this one Intimidated a bear!

An orange, de-clawed cat like this one Intimidated a bear!

More Amazing Cat Stories

Cat owners everywhere have strange and interesting stories of their own amazing cats. In my internet searches, I have found stories of cats who survived life-threatening treks to find their owners. There's a cat who chased a bear out of his territory and a cat who comforted the dying in a nursing home.

Brave House Cat Trees Black Bear in New Jersey

In June of 2006, Jack, a 15 lb. declawed cat, protected his territory from a black bear by chasing it up a tree when the bear wandered into his yard in Milford, New Jersey. After about 15 minutes, the bear came down and tried to escape only to be chased once again by a hissing and spitting mad Jack who treed the bear once again. Finally, the owner took pity on the poor bear and called her watchcat indoors so the bear could be on its way.

Cat Quotes

  • "In a cat's eyes, all things belong to cats." English Proverb
  • "Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God."
    – Unknown
  • "Beware of people who dislike cats."
    – Irish Proverb
  • "Dogs come when they are called: cats take a message and get back to you later" – Mary Bly
  • "Dogs have owners, cats have staff."Unknown
  • "Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."Anonymous
  • "If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr." – Martin Buxbaum

Nursing Home Cat Predicts Impending Deaths

Oscar is a rescue cat who was adopted by the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Oscar lives on the third floor, an advanced stage dementia unit that allows pet therapy. Like other conscientious staff, he makes rounds of the patients each day, sniffing each one and sometimes choosing to curl up with certain ones. The patients he stayed with would often die within a few hours. Oscar would offer comfort and attention to the dying patient and family members who were in attendance. Once the patient died and he was no longer needed, he would leave the room. Although nursing home staff say that Oscar is not friendly to most people, his mission in life seems to be to give comfort to the dying.

David M. Dosa, MD, MPH, a geriatrician who cares for patients at the nursing home has written an article for the New England Journal of Medicine about Oscar's abilities to predict and comfort the dying. (Dosa, David (2007). "A day in the life of Oscar the cat". New England Journal of Medicine 357 (4): 328–329.)

As of January 2010, Oscar had accurately predicted approximately 50 patients' deaths. He has become famous through Dr. David Dosa's bestselling book, Making the Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat.

A Tortoiseshell cat similar to Holly.

A Tortoiseshell cat similar to Holly.

Holly, the Cat, Travels 190 Miles Home

There are many stories of cats who have managed to travel long distances to return to their homes. Recently, a little tortoiseshell cat named Holly was lost in Daytona Beach, Florida. She managed to navigate almost 200 miles and showed up two months later near her home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Although the cat was half-starved, weak, and had very sore paws from walking on concrete, an implanted microchip confirmed that it was indeed the missing Holly.

Video of Nora the Piano Playing Cat

Amazing Cat Poll

Owning a Cat Can Be Therapeutic for the Elderly

Gemini always paid attention to those who needed it.

Gemini always paid attention to those who needed it.

All Cats Are Amazing in Their Own Way

If you are a cat owner, you probably have some amazing cat stories of your own because all cats are amazing in their own way. Whether they perform remarkable feats of bravery or show off with silly tricks, each cat is a unique individual. I'd love to hear about your amazing cat in the comments below!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: Do you have a cat of your own?

Answer: Absolutely! I have always owned cats (or vice versa) and love them! They are amazing animals.

© 2013 Stephanie Henkel

I'd love to hear your personal experiences with amazing cats.

Deianira on September 07, 2020:

Nicest

Leah on April 14, 2020:

We had this one cat that comforted us when me and my sister cried, when we were younger. My parents had had her all of her life and she was so gentle and loving. She never bit or clawed any of us. She had arthritis in one of her legs for about a month. I wasn’t there when my parents took her to put her down, I was at school. All the cats I’ve had in my life, we rescued them as kittens. The cats mother wasn’t letting her nurse so my parents took her in. She will remain in my heart forever

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on January 11, 2019:

Sandy Morrison, Thanks for your story and for the information. I will check out the link you sent.

Francis arthur Rawlinson on November 14, 2018:

I would like to mail an article

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 26, 2018:

How lucky you were to have such a wonderful cat in your life for so many years!

Jolaine 43 on September 25, 2018:

I had a gray long haired cat, Dusti for 20 years. I got her when I was 20 and she died when I was 40. It took me decades to get over her death. She was so smart it was almost scary. She traveled in my car with no carrier or cage. She could roam through a park and come back when called. I took her to the vets with no cage or collar or leach. She would just give any dog there a look that said she would not bother them but if they started something she would finish it. She tolerated kittens & put up with puppies. Never harming them. When she was 13 I introduced 4 kitten to my home. She ignored them but when I took her to the vet and also took 1 kitten to be fixed she allowed that kitten to cuddle. It looked like 1 very large cat with 2 heads. I took her each trip when I got the other 3 kitten to be fixed. Unless locked from the outside, she could open every door. I had to put a hasp & padlock on my outside door. Otherwise I came home to an open front door and Dusti would be sitting outside on the grass. She was also very protective. I was made aware of a peeping tom when she got in the window and started hissing & growling. She only weighed 12 lbs but she was very tall. She would stand on her hind legs and took over the kitchen counters. She also knew that if any food, even a butter dish, was on the kitchen table she was not allowed on it. This one table was under a large window that Dusti liked to look out of. Dusti traveled from Wis. to Mas.. and back again. Then from Wis. to Conn. then back. From Wis. to Tex. and from Tex. to Az. And a final trip from Az. to Wis. and back. Never once did she cause a problem or have to be confined. I have had many cats in my 75 years but none have ever come close to her in intelligence.

Jade Richey on May 05, 2018:

Cool stories! Cats are smart

Molly Mayne on January 18, 2018:

My sister found a stray little kitten it was alone we thing it’s mom had died from a car! Now his name is Sampson and he is playful and cute we have 7 cats now.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 14, 2017:

Daniel - What is your objection? If you have other contradicting research, I'd love to hear it.

Daniel Richardson from Liverpool, UK on November 14, 2017:

Hey I object to your sidebar fact that; "Cats are the only animal that walk on their claws, not the pads of their feet."

ValKaras on October 29, 2016:

Stephanie - Amazing stories indeed. My son and his wife have 6 cats and every time we visit we are witnessing a strange combination of their personalities in their amusing interaction.

The most incredible story about cats I saw on a You Tube video, with a cat that intimidated an alligator to pull backwards into water. I don't know if it's possible to create a trick video with such results, but I was truly impressed.

In the past I witnessed a small female dog which was an "alpha" in a pack of much larger stray dogs - so I am speculating that there must be an "energy language" between animals which makes some smaller animals "emit intimidating vibes" - and also that You Tube video more believable. - Anyway, a very interesting hub well written, Stephanie.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 16, 2016:

Hi Martin - Cats definitely choose their own people! We have a cat that was supposed to be mine. She loved me for the first month until we took her to get spayed. When she came back home, she refused to have anything to do with me. She's now my husband's cat all the way, even going so far as to bite me if I try to pet her! :(

Martin morrow on October 15, 2016:

We have a black and white cat called jasmine rose. One day while at work my wife rang me and said, we are getting a cat. I said no we are not, yes we are she came back at me. She told me at the pet shop she put her finger up about three inches away from the cage and this little kitten sat down and reached out with its front paws and pulled my wifes finger towards the cage. The rest is how you say is history. This happened about five years ago, this cat was to be a companion to my wife after we lost our youngest son in a car accident. But jasmine had her own idea on whom she would belong. She very promptly bonded with our eldest son, she gives head bumps and sits on his lap and gives alook of pure contentment.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 15, 2016:

I agree, Jess! I would never declaw a cat and most Veterinarians I know would not do it. The shelter where we adopted our kitten made us sign a form agreeing not to ever declaw him.

Jess on October 14, 2016:

Declawing your cats is cruel! It is the equivalent of chopping off our toes shame on anyone who declaws their cat

sammyochieng on September 15, 2015:

It's amazing how you guys love cats. We Africans (Kenyans) do not easily get that attached to pets, except for a few people like me. Great article @Stephanie!!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 02, 2014:

Peggy W - I do love cats! :) Glad you enjoyed the stories and videos of these amazing cats. Thanks for visiting and for sharing, Peggy!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2014:

I loved reading this and those videos were precious. That dog is going to get fat if the lid is not secured on his dog treats canister. Ha! The video of the cat playing the piano is so much fun to watch. All the up votes and pinning to my Cats board, G+, Tweeting and also sharing. This should bring a smile to many faces! Fun hub Stephanie!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 25, 2014:

Precy anza - Glad you enjoyed my stories about amazing cats! Thanks for stopping in and thanks so much for the shares!

precy anza from USA on June 24, 2014:

Really enjoyed reading this hub! And the video too. Up and FB shared for my friends to enjoy as well :)

sujaya venkatesh on January 28, 2014:

catty affair step

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 14, 2013:

Dolores Monet - I loved the cat who gave comfort to patients in the nursing home. I've had cats who seem to know when I'm sick and sit close to me, seemingly to give comfort. Glad you enjoyed the stories! Thanks for your comments.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on September 14, 2013:

Loved the cat stories - especially the brave cat that treed the bear and the one that lived in the nursing home.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 03, 2013:

DDE - It's so nice to see you here. Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub. Glad you enjoyed it!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 03, 2013:

An interesting, and useful hub on cats, I have learned so much more here,and you did this to perfection. Vote up!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 27, 2013:

CraftytotheCore - How adorable that your cat protected the little poodle from your big dog! Cats are amazing creatures.Thanks so much for sharing this story!

CraftytotheCore on August 27, 2013:

Love your Hub! I have a stray cat that's been a house cat for a few years now. Recently my grandfather became ill. I offered to watch his 11-year-old male toy poodle. Well my girl dog brownie (large dog) didn't want this tiny poodle near her. My cat Pepper stepped in and protected the toy poodle the entire time he stayed here. She treated him like he was her child. It was adorable.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 21, 2013:

bac2basics - So glad you enjoyed my hub about amazing cats! Thanks so much for your comments, votes and share!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 21, 2013:

Tenkay - Even dogs can't resist a cute little kitten, it seems. It's wonderful when all of your pets are friends and get along so well. Good luck with your new kitten! Thanks for your comments!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 21, 2013:

Sharyn's Slant - Cats are definitely entertaining as well as amazing creatures...we do love them! Thanks for visiting and for your comments! Glad you enjoyed the read.

Anne from Spain on July 21, 2013:

Hi Stephanie.

I loved this hub from start to finish, and the quotes are so apt.

Voted way up and sharing, thank you for a lovely hub :)

TENKAY from Philippines on July 20, 2013:

A stray kitten adopted me and my 5 dogs one very rainy day. I don't know how young she is, probably between 2 to 3 months old. She doesn't want to leave the garage where most of my pets stay and amazingly, she is not scared of the dogs. She even suckled the mama-labrador and sleep between paws of the big dog. She has been with us for 2 weeks now and seems to think dogs are fun toys, that is, sometimes, when the dogs tolerate her antics.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on July 20, 2013:

This was a very enjoyable read Steph. I love my cats and how they entertain me all the time!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 18, 2013:

DeborahNeyens - Thanks for sharing your amazing cat story! Sunny must have known that the farm was just the place to retire for his last years!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 18, 2013:

Your stories are amazing. I have one, too. My sister-in-law had a barn cat, Sunny, a big orange tom that was friendly as could be. From time-to-time, Sunny would go missing for a few weeks but he always came back no worse for the wear. My sister-in-law came to suspect that he had another family he visited who fed him and cared for him. But one time, Sunny didn't come back. Seven years later, Jen went outside and found an old orange tomcat on her porch. He seemed to know her and she thought, could it be Sunny? She checked him over and, sure enough, she found a distinctive marking. It was Sunny, now 17 years old, coming home after all that time away. He lived out his last couple of years on the farm and died peacefully earlier this year.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 14, 2013:

MsDora - Cats can be so funny and entertaining! It's wonderful that your mother was able to laugh and enjoy your cat's antics! Thanks for sharing this story.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 14, 2013:

This is an amazing article. Nora the piano player is such fun. My mother who is an Alzheimer's victim arranged to have a cat brought to our house; but the very next day she said she had nothing to do with it. Anyway, she had a bowl of plastic fruits on her dining table. The cat has taken them all out and plays soccer with them all over the house. My mother laughs and we wonder why the cat gets away toying with her stuff. Nobody could touch her belongings!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 02, 2013:

Beckieland - Haha...you already know the way to a cat's heart! Every cat I've ever had has loved tuna juice! Really, it might take a while for her to warm up to you, but don't give up!

Rebecca Mayglothling from Binghamton NY on July 01, 2013:

Okay, okay, I'll try to like my boyfriend's cat..... she just doesn't do any of this stuff. She just gives me dirty looks. Ah well. I'm still gonna give her the tuna fish water after I drain it from the can and hope for the best.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 26, 2013:

Sheilamyers - So glad you enjoyed these amazing cat stories! Cats never fail to surprise us with their antics!

sheilamyers on June 26, 2013:

I enjoyed reading your hub. I love cats and enjoy reading stories about the amazing things they do. Thanks for sharing the ones you've posted.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 25, 2013:

erinshelby - Apparently Nora's version of a lovely melody is a little different than ours, but anyone who's heard male cats yowling in their back yard calling for their female lady-love knows they march to a different drummer (or piano player, as the case may be!). Thanks so much for stopping in to comment!

erinshelby from United States on June 25, 2013:

Nora the Cat is quite fond of dissonance! This is quite funny and fascinating.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

Hi Nell, You sound like you might also be a cat lover! I'm always amazed by stories of what cats can do...they just seem to have a whole other dimension sometimes. Thanks so much for your comments and the share!

Nell Rose from England on June 18, 2013:

Hi Stephanie, what an amazing story of Missy, and those adopted bunnies, that is so sweet, but I am glad you found the mother rabbit and took them back, and the stray! Wow! cats are so clever! I love the sayings too, yes cats do believe they are the boss and we are just there for their benefit! lol! voted and shared, nell

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 16, 2013:

Eiddwen - Now that a 7 month old kitten has joined our household, we will surely have some interesting stories to share! Thanks for stopping in Eddy!

Eiddwen from Wales on June 16, 2013:

Wonderful and voted up or sure. Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 11, 2013:

fpherj48 - That is really an amazing cat story! They are incredibly smart and can learn to do things by watching humans. Your Tommy sounds like a real escape artist! Thanks for stopping by to share your story about Tommy. It's always great to see you!

Suzie from Carson City on May 11, 2013:

Stephanie...As a true Cat LOVER, I must tell you, this is a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable hub! The pics are great. I had a cat named "Tommy," who had to be the smartest cat I've ever had the pleasure of having as a pet! He figured out a way to jump from the table, grab hold of the handle on our sliding door, with both paws and swing back and forth, until he pulled it open. Not a single soul I told would believe me, until they came over to actually see it for themselves!!

Great work here, Steph! UP+++

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 11, 2013:

Thanks, Vinaya! It's so nice to meet another cat lover. They are amazing creatures!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 10, 2013:

Stephanie,

I'm a cat lover. I loved your amazing cat stories.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 06, 2013:

Tebo - Cats do seem to have a sixth sense about many things, and are just amazing creatures. They offer comfort, companionship and amusement and are just such wonderful company. Perhaps your dog would accept a kitten into your home? Sometimes they surprise you! Thanks so much for your comments. Glad you enjoyed these stories.

tebo from New Zealand on May 06, 2013:

What a lovely hub about cats. They are incredible creatures. I have heard many stories about cats and nursing homes and hospices. They do have a sixth sense. Unfortunately I don't have a cat at the moment. All my cats have just turned up and now I have a dog which I feel is putting them off! I do love him though but I do miss having a cat. I love that they can just go where they want. Dogs don't have the same freedom in our society.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 03, 2013:

pstrauble48 - Glad you enjoyed these stories about amazing cats! Their antics never cease to amaze and entertain! Thanks for stopping in to comment! :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 03, 2013:

Loved this. I love my kitties. And I love to read stories of the kitties of others. The stolen bunny story really was touching....o wow, the power of motherhood.

Thank you for sharing this ....

Angels are on the way

Voted up ++++

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 29, 2013:

Hi Denise, We felt so badly for the mama cat who lost her babies, especially after we had to take the baby bunnies away from her, too. But it was so sweet to see her try to mother them. Glad you enjoyed the cat stories. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on April 29, 2013:

Awww, as a relatively new cat owner I loved this hub and can attest to the 'amazing cat' stories. Poor mama who lost her babies! Thanks for sharing, Stephanie, and the video is adorable.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 29, 2013:

Pamela99 - Your tuxedo cat sounds like a loveable giant! Thanks so much for sharing you story about him. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 29, 2013:

I love your cat hub. I proudly own two cats who are each unique. One cat is a tuxedo cat that weighs close to 20 lbs., but is full of love. He climbs up in the bed and goes to sleep between my husband and I. The other night he bumped my husband with his chin to get his attention and get petted. He did that 3 times in the night. This was a first thank goodness although my husband says as soon as the cat starts purring it puts him back to sleep. Voted up and awesome.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 29, 2013:

tipoague - I really think that cats have a sense of humor, and love to make bigger animals look foolish. We had two cats who terrorized a big gentle German Shepard...one of them backed him into a corner and the other jumped on his back. I had to rescue the poor thing! Thanks for sharing your cat story!

Tammy from USA on April 29, 2013:

That must have been a site to watch the bear climbing a tree to escape the attack cat. My sister had a cat that loved to torment dogs. He would sit on the air conditioner outside and wait for the dogs to come scratch on the door to come in. As soon as he heard the first scratch, he would pounce on their backs and send them running. We never realized this was going on until we heard the kids laughing one day and watched it for ourselves. Oh the things cats will do for attention...LOL! Great hub!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 29, 2013:

Sgbrown - Sometimes resident dogs will accept a new cat into the home, other times it's a more difficult transition. Much depends on the cat, too. Glad you enjoyed the cat stories. Thanks for stopping in to visit and comment!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 29, 2013:

Chris Achilleos - It's wonderful that your dogs accepted the new cat and that they all get along so well. When we had both a cat and a dog, they were best friends and playmates. It was heartwarming to see them cuddle together. Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 29, 2013:

Just Ask Susan - I'm so glad you enjoyed these stories of amazing cats. I've had cats all my life --our house didn't seem the same after my last cat, Gemini passed away. But now we've brought home two lovely cats from the local animal shelter who are delightful. Thanks so much for stopping in to read, comment and share!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 29, 2013:

Gypsy Rose Lee - The cat is the lead picture is Shadow. He is gone now, but was a wonderful cat and traveled with us in our RV for 4 years before he passed away. So glad you enjoyed the stories and cat facts. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 29, 2013:

Your cat stories are awesome! I have always had both cats and dogs. My last cat, Shadow, died several years ago and we are afraid to introduce another cat into the family right now as my dogs have not had a cat "friend" for some time now. They have been seen chasing a feral cat down at the barn, with no love in their eyes, if you know what I mean! I do miss have a cat but I think I had better hold off for the cat's sake! I loved your stories! :)

Chris Achilleos on April 29, 2013:

Cats are loving pets. I got a cat when I was 15, Jack. I found him wounded so I took him in, without thinking about the dogs at home :) It took about a month for them to get along but once they did they would play and cuddle with each other.

Great hub here!

Voted up,

Chris

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 29, 2013:

These are all wonderful stories and I enjoyed reading your hub so much. I especially liked the story of how Tiger came home. Even though I have 2 dogs I still miss my cat Rambo.

Had to hit all the buttons and will be sharing and pinning too.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 29, 2013:

Voted up and interesting. Love these cat facts and tales. Enjoyed. My cat Sid was quite excited by that first pic. Who is that wonderful looking cat? Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 28, 2013:

Jackie Lynnley - Well loved house cats can reach a ripe old age...so glad to hear that your cat is doing so well at 18...that's great! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 28, 2013:

My cat just passed her 18th birthday and seems to be doing fine although she has given up hunting. She still has times she acts just like a kitten, racing through the house after everything that moves. I loved the bunny story. All made me smile, thanks! ^

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 28, 2013:

Prasetio30 - I'm so glad you enjoyed my cat stories! The cat playing the piano was amazing, wasn't she? Thanks for stopping by....your comments make me want to purrrrr....

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 28, 2013:

Dear, Stephanie. I love this hub very much. Cat is always cute and adorable. Very well written and good presentation. My favorite is the cat with the piano....awesome. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Vote up and MEEEEOOOOOW :-)

Prasetio

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 28, 2013:

FlourishAnyway - It looks like your King Isaiah was looking out for his subjects! What a nice story about a very special cat! Thanks for sharing it.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 28, 2013:

Hi Karen Hellier, I'm glad you enjoyed these stories about some amazing cats! I also like dogs and have both dogs and cats in my life. I agree that the best place to get a cat is a shelter where you will be giving an unwanted animal a good home. I just adopted two lovely cats from a shelter...it was so hard to make a choice from all the loveable and beautiful animals there! Thanks for stopping in to comment...hope you find the perfect cat! :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 28, 2013:

We had a wonderful old cat, Isaiah, who had been abandoned in a grocery store parking lot. He was long in the tooth when we found him, and looked ragged, but he quickly became King of our cat domain. He bossed our other cats relentlssly. We jokingly referred to him as a first-class jerk because of his dominance displays, but one day he saved the life of one of his underlings. Isaiah became insistent in meowing loudly -- screeching. It was awful. He wouldn't leave me alone. Trying to tune into what was causing him so much distress, he led me to a neighbor's crawl space, where one of our black cats had accidentally become locked. Hero cat.

Karen Hellier from Georgia on April 28, 2013:

I am much more of a dog person than a cat person, but I love all animals and have had cats in my life. These amazing and heartwarming stories about cats makes me want to go to a shelter right now and adopt one. Not sure my husband would agree so I had better hold off. But I do see a cat in my future at some point in time. Thanks for sharing these wonderful stories.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 28, 2013:

Bravewarrior - 17 years old is a venerable age for a cat, though it goes by all too quickly for the owner who loves her. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a lovely memorial to build a garden around her burial site.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 28, 2013:

Stephanie, Misty and Ashley died within 6 months of each other. They were both old, but I think Ashley was heartbroken when Misty died. I had 17 good years with her, tho. She's buried in my backyard, complete with a coffin that Misty's dad made for her. I built a garden around her. She so loved gardens!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 28, 2013:

Bravewarrior - You do sound like a dyed in the wool cat lover! :) Most people don't believe that cats can be very territorial and protective until they see it with their own eyes. How very sweet that your cat protected her friend so well! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 28, 2013:

Seanorjohn - We become so attached to our cats (and dogs) - it is heartbreaking to lose one to a horrible accident. I'm glad you enjoyed these amazing cat stories. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 28, 2013:

Stephanie, as a cat lover I really enjoyed this hub. The videos are just darling!

I had a declawed Seal Point Himilayan named Ashley. She died when she was 17 1/2 years old, but she was my best friend and an amazing cat. She would chase big dogs out of our yard all the time. She had a real low gutteral growl/meow when she was pissed and would puff up. The dogs, I think, had no idea what this ferocious creature was!

One day, my neighbors had a friend over who took his Springer Spaniel everywhere he went. He was not a cat person at all and kept making rude comments about cats. Ashley was friends with my neighbor's aging Toy Poodle, Misty. The Spaniel kept smelling Misty's butt. Neither Ashley nor Misty liked that behavior, but Misty was too little to do anything about it. Ashley took a running leap and landed on the Spaniels back, in full combat mode - growling, hissing and all puffed up. The Spaniel took off running and wouldn't go into the back yard unless Ashley wasn't in sight. Needless to say, the haughty owner had a change of heart about cats and apologized to me for his snide remarks!

I have three indoor cats today and 2 outdoor cats that have adopted me. I guess they know I speak their language.

seanorjohn on April 28, 2013:

What an amazing story. A cat adopting bunnies when grieving is so endearing. I had a cat that followed me everwhere just like a dog. It even jumped into the car when I set off on journeys and enjoyed looking out at the scenery. I was distraught when it was killed by a reckless driver. It was called Oscar and I still miss him. Voted up and beautiful.

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