Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, loved cats. He played with them for hours. When Mary Todd, Lincoln's wife, was asked if her husband had a hobby, she answered, "Cats!"
Near the end of the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family went to visit General Grant in Virginia. Abraham Lincoln was surprised to find three tiny kittens at the office. He picked them up, placed them in his lap, and said to them, "Poor little things, don't cry. You'll be taken care of." When he learned that the kittens' mother was dead, he made sure the kittens would get food and a good home.
Although cats were his favorite, Abraham Lincoln loved all animals. He had a dog named Fido, goats named Nanny and Nanko, a horse named Old Bob, a pet turkey, and rabbits too. They all lived at the White House along with Tabby, who became the first White House cat.