Meet The Cats Of 5 High-Powered World Leaders From History

Socks the Cat, the First Pet of President Bill Clinton and First Wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, with black fur, white face, and amber eyes, seated at the tall leather chair behind the President's desk in the Oval Office, looking out into the room, Washington, District of Columbia, January 7, 1994. Courtesy National Archives.

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Cats do well in high places, so it’s no wonder they’ve often been seen at the side of history’s most powerful people.

Behind every great leader, there’s probably a cat plotting total world domination in a most adorable way.

Here are a few cats who stood by some of the world’s most high-powered people throughout history.

Tabby And Dixie: Abraham Lincoln’s Cats

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When he wasn’t busy fighting against slavery and keeping his country in one piece, Abraham Lincoln would spend hours doting on his two pet cats, Tabby and Dixie.

He was even caught feeding Tabby from the table during a formal dinner at the White House, and once said, “Dixie is smarter than my whole cabinet! And furthermore she doesn’t talk back!”

Lincoln was also known to bring a few strays into the White House, but Tabby and Dixie held a special place in his ever-honest heart.

Micette: Pope Leo XII’s Cat

Pope Leo XII (1760 - 1829), sitting in full ceremonial attire on the throne.

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Who put the “cat” in “Catholic?” Well, it probably wasn’t Micette, but that didn’t stop Pope Leo XII from keeping the cat hidden beneath his robes when giving audiences.

The grayish-red cat was born in the Vatican and accompanied the pontiff during his various meetings and duties, staying hidden, for the most part, within his garments. That’s probably why Micette is out of sight in the painting of the pontiff above.

When you’re the head of a whole religion, a hidden, secret best friend is a good thing to have.

Jock: Winston Churchill’s Cat

WESTERHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 23: Jock VI, the current cat in residence, looks at a bust of Winston Churchill in the Secretaries Room at Chartwell on January 23, 2015 in Westerham, England. Churchill's first cat, Jock, was given to him on his 88th birthday and when Chartwell was given to the nation it was requested that there should always be a similar cat in residence. The 'Death of a Hero' exhibition is opening at Chartwell, home of Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death and state funeral in 1965.

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What could possibly comfort the Prime Minister of a country fighting Nazi forces? Jock, Winston Churchill’s marmalade cat, of course.

Churchill loved his cat, who ate with him, slept in his bed, and watched over his wartime Cabinet meetings. In fact, if Jock was late for a meal, Churchill would send his servants to find him and refuse to eat until he arrived.

Jock was with Churchill on his deathbed, and as a dying request, Churchill asked that a ginger cat would always live at his country home. And that tradition is carried out to this day. Jock VI is pictured above!

The Angora Cats Of Marie Antionette

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: Marie Antoinette, Queen Consort of France (1755 - 1793). Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, in coronation robes by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty, 1775

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Marie Antoinette had six Angora cats, and she may very well have let them eat cake. The cats lived in the Palace of Versailles with the Queen of France until the French Revolution.

Marie Antoinette knew she was in trouble when the Revolution started, so she planned to escape to the United States by ship. However, she was stopped before she could board.

Legend has it that her six cats were safely aboard at the time of her capture and set sail to Maine, where they became the ancestors of the Maine Coon breed.

Socks: The Clintons’ Cat

(Original Caption) Socks, the first cat of the Clinton family, August 24, 1994.

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One of the most famous presidential cats has to be Socks, the Clintons’ cat.

Photographers first stalked him around the Arkansas Governor’s mansion before he moved into the White House.

There were cartoons and songs written about the cat. Socks was so popular, the Clinton family had to ask reporters and photographers to please leave the poor kitty alone.

Cats have always been symbols of power in human history, and nowadays they rule the Internet!

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