Was Vincent Van Gogh a Cat Lover?

While it’s not known if Van Gogh loved cats, at least one kitty inspired a Van Gogh painting as cats have given inspiration to poets and playwrights.

While nobody has to tell cat lovers what our furry friends do for us, Iams, the pet food company, gave it a try and came up with these thoughts:

Cats warm our laps and give us someone to talk to. They can help reduce high blood pressure, contribute to living a longer life, make your windowsill more beautiful, and make us smile.

Cats have inspired artists and poets and playwrights. They teach us how to stretch, land on our feet, and indulge our desires to really spoil someone.

When Ellie and I were married, a stranger gave us our first cat.  Coming home from work, I noticed a big difference between entering a lonely apartment, when I returned before Ellie, to a home graced with Gabby who made me smile or laugh every evening. And most importantly, Gabby—along with the many other cats and dogs that have helped bless our homes and lives over the years—also taught us how to open our hearts.


Randy Place is a cat lover, job search strategist, and  author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.