6 Extraordinary cats who might be luckier than you are.
Cats have captivated the hearts of humans for many years, we’re obsessed with these fluffy critters. We’ve seen many extraordinary cats from rich and spoilt ones like Blackie to the most responsible and hardworking ones like Nitama. Find out who made our list of the top 6 most extraordinary.
1. THE WEALTHIEST CAT, BLACKIE.
Well, when it comes to being rich it’s not just a human thing now. A rich British antique dealer, Ben Rea loved his cat Blackie so much that when he died in 1988, he left most of his estate valued $13 million the to his cat Blackie. The money was later split among three cat charities, who were responsible to take care of Rea. Till date, Blackie holds the Guinness World Record for Wealthiest Cat.
2. A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years
A cat with a job, can you imagine? An orange tabby cat called Stubbs was the mayor of Talkeetna, a small town in Alaska for 20 years! He was elected several times, uncontestably and although he didn’t hold any legislative power, he was very much dear to the locals.
3. In 1963 a cat went to space
You’ve heard of monkeys and dogs in space, but did you know that a cat braved the great unknown too? On October 18th 1963 Felicette, popularly known as ‘Astrocat’ went to space. He was the first and only cat to go to space till date.
4. Orangey – Most Awarded Cat
If it’s famous cats in movies you’re after, Orangey is your guy. Most famed for his role as ‘Cat’ in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring alongside Audrey Hepburn, Orangey was such a great actor that he won the Patsy award twice. He also appeared in various other films and TV shows including The Diary of Anne Frank, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Beverly Hillbillies. Despite this, he was considered one of the meanest acting cats in history and would bite and scratch his human co-stars. His work ethic wasn’t always the strongest either and was known to run away when he didn’t feel like acting – filming would have to stop until he could be found again.
5. Nala – The world’s most followed cat
This cross-eyed cutie is one of the most famous cats on the internet. Currently the Guinness World Record Holder for the most followers for a cat on Instagram, the Siamese/tabby mix has over 4 million fans and her own range of merchandise to boot.
It wasn’t always plain sailing for Nala though – before she was one of the best loved cats in the world, she was a sickly shelter cat. With the right medicine and a little care, Nala grew up to be a healthy and lovable cat and is now cherished by millions.
6. A CAT WHO MANAGES A TRAIN STATION
So apparently cats can be more than just your adorable cuddle buddies. It’s not just you who can get jobs. Cats are doing a pretty great job at it. A train station in Southeastern Japan is presided over by an adorable "stationmaster": a 7-year-old calico cat named Nitama. The Kishi train station near Wakayama City hired Nitama in 2015, just a few months after its prior feline mascot, Tama, died from acute heart stroke.
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