Abraham Lincoln was the first known president to bring felines into the White House. When asked if her husband had a hobby, Mary Todd Lincoln simply replied, “cats.” Lincoln’s son had a cat called Tabby, whom Lincoln reportedly liked to feed with a gold fork – at White House dinners. On a wintery visit to a Civil War battlefield in March 1865, Lincoln rescued three half-frozen kittens. Lincoln pet the cats and quietly told them, “Kitties, thank God you are cats, and can’t understand this terrible strife that is going on.”

Before leaving a meeting in the officers’ tent that day, Lincoln turned to a colonel and said, “I hope you will see that these poor little motherless waifs are given plenty of milk and treated kindly.”























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