9 Cat Facts About Ayn Rand

Learn 9 cat truths about fellow Cat Fancy subscriber, Ayn Rand.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: June 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m. EDT

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Ayn Rand considered herself a Siberian blue kitten. The Siberian cat is considered to be affectionate, clever, gentle and calm.

Like you, fellow Cat Fancy subscriber Ayn Rand loved cats. Here are 9 more truths about the cat lover.

1. She liked to draw pictures of cats. Images can be seen here.

2. She described herself as a cat. "I’m a poor little feline with a can tied to my tail. And my tail is down, and my fur up, and I’m a Siberian blue ‘kittan.’” [sic] (from "Letters of Ayn Rand")

3. Rand liked cat jewelry. After receiving a "pin of a cat arching its back” as a birthday gift, Rand replied, "It is ze essence of cat!”  (from "Ayn Rand Explained: From Tyranny to Tea Party")

4. She owned many cats over the years. These included cats named Junior, Turtle Cat, Thunderbird, Tartallia and Ali. (from Noble Soul)

5. She took pictures with her cats. "She liked the [photograph] of her and Frank, where she was holding the cat, and she liked that because she loved the cat.” (from "100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand")

6. Rand became upset when her beloved cats fell ill. A veterinarian informed her that her mature cat, Frisco, had kidney failure. When the vet explained the situation to her, she said, "’But why Frisco? Why my cat?’ It was almost like a little child trying to understand why her pet—her beloved animal—was failing.” (from "100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand")

7. She was a fan of Morris, the 9Lives cat food spokescat. (from "100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand")

8. She compared her characters to cats in her fiction. "[H]e had seen Roark moving with the soundless tension, the control, the precision of a cat; he had seen him relaxed, like a cat, in shapeless ease…(from "The Fountainhead")

9. As we’ve seen in her letter to Cat Fancy, she applied her philosophy to her cats. After revealing that her cat had been destructive, a friend scolded it, saying it was a bad cat. To which Rand responded, "'No—good cat who took a bad action.'" (from "100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand")

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Anilamolahmed    International

7/10/2014 8:29:26 PM

Everyone loves his pet cat. I do like my cat then other cats.
This is a nice cats game. You can try it. Its a good game of cat.

Jamie    San Francisco, CA

6/24/2014 11:44:38 PM

So Ayn Rand loved cats. Too bad she never picked up any smarts from them. Not a good association, CC. Please refrain from any more such associations, it's not fair to our cats.

Apollo    San Diego, CA

6/15/2014 5:18:43 PM

Thank you for these 9 facts, I really enjoyed it :)

Snow    Central, CA

6/12/2014 9:59:28 PM

I love the Ayn Rand feature. Any time cats and literature meet I am happy! To all the negative commentators: If all you have to say is negative and judgemental, say nothing at all.

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