Do Cats Rule Online?


Now the whole world-wide web knows that cats rule, what do the book stores know about dogs?  Thankfully the question was answered recently by those indefatigable writers at SLATE magazine in,  The Curious Incidence of Dogs in Publishing by Daniel Engber.

Mr. Engber has compiled statistics and made a chart that shows the number of times cats show up in web searches vs the number of times dogs are written about in books.


Cats have been WALKING on books longer than dogs have been WRITTEN about in books.

A cat walked on this ancient manuscript.

A cat walked on this ancient manuscript.

Cats Rule!

Cats As War-time Veterans

Cats, in service on sailing ships,
helped keep mice and rats out of food stores
and, in an era when life and death
meant strong ropes and sound canvas,
it was vital to control rodents who chewed even the wood.

Ancient Egyptian shippers trading along
the Nile River may also have kept cats aboard.
And, it may even be true that cats were
mandatory on ships of the French Navy
under Louis XIV in the Seventeenth Century.

However, dogs get all the notice as warrior animals whereas — cats only get mentioned in the footnotes!

The US Naval Institute honors Cats in the Sea Services  and on this Veterans Day, honored four faithful felines for their service.

Cats at Sea

Crimean Tom was adopted as a mascot by grateful English soldiers for his actions in 1854. Russian troops had hidden food caches beneath rubble and Tom helped the English and French troops find these food sources.

Tiddles, a black maritime cat, served as the official Captain’s Cat on the HMS Victorious in the early  1940s. Traveling over 30,000 miles during his naval service, he is one of the reasons the black cat is considered a symbol of luck in Great Britain.

Able Seacat Simon of the Royal Navy’s HMS Amethyst began his career in 1948 as the Amethyst’s  formal ratter, put on board to protect the food stores. Simon performed his duties so well that he was bestowed two awards in 1949, including the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry. Simon is the only cat to  have received the Dickin Medal, and when he died, he was buried with full naval honors.

Pfc. Hammer proved his mettle in 2004 when he moved in with a U.S. Army unit in Iraq, killing and chasing away mice that would have devoured or contaminated the soldiers’ food stores. The men were so grateful for Hammer’s hard work and affection that they made him an honorary member of their unit and rallied the support of Alley Cat Allies and Military Mascots to bring Hammer home to America after their deployment. Hammer now lives in Colorado with his comrade, a Staff Sgt.

Semper feline!

Lost Cats

Wimberley is home to LOTS of cats:
and sometimes cats get LOST!

The purpose of this blog  is to help you find your lost cat by giving you a place to announce to the neighborhood that your cat is missing.

Do that by  posting your info on the Lost Cat page [see tab above].  The other purpose is to provide a comprehensive list of all the Rescue and/or Shelter Services in Wimberley and Hays County, Texas [links on the right].

Are you looking for a lost a cat?

  • FIRST —  check out the San Marcos Animal Services [find out if your kitty had been found and turned over to them link on the right].
  • SECOND —  post your information on the Lost Cat page and it will be sent to everyone who is subscribed to this blog.
  • THIRD —  subscribe to the blog so you will get notices about lost and found cats.

Are you new to the area?  Check the Hays County page to get oriented.

  • Our population increased by 61 percent between 2000 & 2010 so we have many new people

This is a lost cat service,
and a place to publish your cat stories,

and find news about cats.

  •  Mews U Can Use, and transient items of interest to cat owners get posted below.

WELCOME to you Feline Friend!

Emily S Carter

My two beautiful little girl kitties came from ARF -- a rescue service in Wimberley. Maddie Bell, in the header photo, likes to help me make the bed.

Shelter cats are the best!


Making a difference to pet owners looking for their lost cat [or dog] – this is a place to post information about your animal and to provide contact information -- see the Lost Cat page.

Its also home to cat and dog stories -- see The Literary Cat page.


All text and images © copyright 2011 Emily S. Carter. All rights reserved.
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