It wasn't difficult to find examples of feline fancying writers... Colette, Twain, Plath, Sagan, Chandler, Shaw and Bradbury are just a few.
Neil Gaiman is another:
Cat references litter his work in "Coraline" there's 'No,' said the cat. 'Now, you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.'
And from the wonderful "The Graveyard Book" 'Name the different kinds of people,' said Miss Lupescu. 'Now.' Bod thought for a moment. 'The living,' he said. '
Er. The dead.' He stopped. Then, '... Cats?' he offered, uncertainly.
Mark Twain made no secret of his admiration for cats. He said "I simply can't resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love of course.
He even used them as a yardstick for potential friendship. 'When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction'
Ray Bradbury and his wife Marguerite (Maggie) loved cats. During the 1950s, when he was writing stories like "The October Country" and "Dandelion Wine" twenty two cats called the Bradbury house their home.
cats to make a point in his famous "Zen and the Art of Writing". He said, 'that's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.'
Charles Dickens once said, 'what greater gift than the love of a cat'. His cats were notorious for extinguishing the flame on his desk candle. In 1862 he was so upset by the death of his
favourite cat, Bob, that he had its paw stuffed and mounted on an ivory letter opener. The opener was engraved with the words, "C.D., In memory of Bob, 1862"
odd relic is now on display at the Berg Collection of English and American Literature at the New York Public Library.
It's easy to see why so many authors enjoy the company of cats. They're small, quiet and lap-sized. Perfectly designed for those long, solitary hours working at a desk.