Authors Love Their Cats

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat” – Edgar Allan Poe

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself” – William S. Burroughs

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” – Ernest Hemingway


There are many renowned writers and authors who have received their inspiration from a cat or many cats. Cats can be mysterious creatures at times. Sometimes they love you and other times you wonder. But regardless of their many moods and antics they are adorable fun loving creatures that can provide anyone with love, support and inspiration for life. It is no wonder then to discover that there are quite a number of writers throughout the centuries whose writing partners were none other than their cat. Authors love their cats. Take a look at this list for a sample of writers/authors who were very fond of cats.


  • Mark Twain
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Jean Paul Sartre
  • Stephen King
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Patricia Highsmith
  • Samuel Johnson
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Doris Lessing
  • W. H. Auden
  • Julio Cortazar
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Peter Matthiessen
  • George Plimpton
  • Hermann Hesse
  • Truman Capote
  • Raymond Chandler
  • William Carlos Williams
  • Colette
  • Tove Jansson
  • William S. Burroughs
  • Edith Sodergran
  • Edward Gorey
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Jean Cocteau




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