Samuel Johnson’s most famous cat, Hodge (see Hodge’s statue in a previous post), came to live with him in the late 1760s, when Johnson was working on his famous dictionary. Hodge is the best known of all of Johnson’s cats as he figures in James Boswell’s Life of Johnson:

“I recollect him one day scrambling up Dr Johnson’s breast, apparently with much satisfaction, while my friend smiling and half-whistling, rubbed down his back, and pulled him by the tail.”