Many of our Presidential leaders have found a furry companion to stand by their side during their time in the White House. We have been able to witness dogs, birds, horses, bears, and even John Quincy Adams’ silkworms, you name the pet it seems like our leaders have had them. Each of these pets has held a special place in not only the hearts of Presidential families but have also won the hearts of America.
This President’s Day we’re not only honoring the great individuals who have lead our country, but we are going to put the spotlight on their faithful feline sidekicks.
From Tabby to Siamese to American Short Hair, to your good ol’ black cat, here are the Top 10 White House Cats Of Our Time, who’ve spent a good amount of their lives roaming the hallways of the White House.
Have a Happy Puuuuuuur-esident’s Day!
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President (1861-1865)
Tabby – The first cat known to live in the White House, was Abe Lincoln’s son Tad’s cat. He asked his father if his feline friend could tag along and Abe agreed.
Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President (1877-1881)
Miss Pussy, Piccolomini, & Siam – Siam joined the Hayes’ cat clan as a gift to Rutherford’s wife Lucy from the American Consul in Bangkok, Thailand. She was known to be the first Siamese to reach the United States in 1878.
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President (1901-1909)
Slippers & Tom Quartz – If you’d been invited over for dinner by Teddy Roosevelt, you had to be ready to make way for his gray, six-toed cat Slippers who was infamous for sleeping in the hallway, requiring many guests to detour around her. Mr. Roosevelt was also a big fan of Mark Twain, as he named Tom Quartz after the cat in Twain’s book, Roughing it.
Calvin Coolidge, 29th President (1923-1929)
Smokey, Blackie, Timmy, & Tiger – With a house full of animals it’s not a surprise that the Coolidge family had three cats amongst their family zoo at the White House. All cats had their quirks such as Timmy allowing the Coolidge canary to sleep between his paws and Tiger, a gray-striped stray, didn’t mind being draped around the President’s neck while traveling through the White House. And when Tiger went missing, Coolidge went to the radio waves to let the public know that they should keep a look out.
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President (1913-1921)
Puffins & Mittens – Puffins, an American Short hair, and Mittens were both agile cats who could be found trying to sneak on to the dining room table during family meals. But before they could, it was more than likely that they’d be squirted with water to show them it wasn’t a place for cats.
John F. Kennedy, 35th President (1961-1963)
Tom Kitten – It was a bummer for JFK’s daughter Caroline when her beloved cat Tom Kitten had to be escorted out of the White House after her father discovered that he was allergic to him. But despite the allergic reaction he may have caused, after Tom Kitten passed, he was given an obituary in a Washington Newspaper.
Gerald Ford, 38th President (1974-1977)
Shan – The second Siamese to roam the hallways of the White House, Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan brought in her cat Shan.
Jimmy Carter, 39th President (1977-1981)
Misty Malarky Ying Yang – A popular breed amongst the White House, Jimmy Carter’s daughter Amy also owned a Siamese cat that she brought along to live with them in the White House.
Bill Clinton, 42nd President (1993-2001)
Socks – The Clinton Family’s feline friend Socks made a name for himself as he was the first cat in over 10 years, since the Carter’s cat Misty Malarky Ying Yang, who once again roamed the governmental hallways of the White House.
George W. Bush, 43rd President, (2001-2009)
India “Willie” Bush – A part of the Bush clan before the Bush family moved into the White House, there was no way they were going to leave this beautiful black cat behind.
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