Famous Cats in Literature

Here are some famous cats in literature that you might recognize. Cats have been a source of fascination for both writers and readers for a long time.


  • The Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The character of Alice was based on a girl who had a cat named Dinah.
  • Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Black Cat. Edgar Allan Poe had a cat named Catterina. As the story goes, Poe's wife, Virginia, was taken ill at a time when the family could not afford enough coal to keep the house warm. Catterina would lie down on Virginia's chest and keep her warm when she was sick.
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. It took over nine months to write The Cat in the Hat, partly because Seuss (real name Theodor Geisel) was restricted to using a palette of only 223 words by his publisher. This was to ensure that the book fell in line with a reading program being taught in schools at the time.
  • Pixel, the cat in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein.
  • In the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Hermione Granger has a cat named Crookshanks.
  • "The Cat that Walked by Himself" in Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories.
  • Stories by Beatrix Potter involve Tom Kitten, as well as his mother, Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit, and his siblings Moppet and Mittens.


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