In ancient Egypt, cats were venerated to such a degree that punishment for killing one was a death sentence. Eras later, we now live in a world where they can extricate a man from certain bankruptcy without even trying, as did recent SPIN profile subject Lil BUB. A brief look through the modern annals of celebricats.

See our feature story: "Corporate Cats Still Suck: The Improbable Tale of Indie Superkitty Lil BUB"

1. Pepper The Cat

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The first cat movie star, appearing in more than 20 shorts from 1918 to 1928

2. Ernest Hemingway’s cat, Snowball

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Ernest Hemingway's polydactyl cat, who’s said to be a biological ancestor to the clowder currently inhabiting the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West

3. Freddie Mercury’s cat, Delilah

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The muse for the Queen song "Delilah"

4. Socks

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The Clintons’ black-and-white stray

5. Morris The Cat

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An orange tabby who starred in 9Lives commercials as a finicky cat-food connoisseur and inspired T-shirts, mugs, and an "intimate" hardcover biography in 1974

6. Grumpy Cat

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A female cat who looks like she's permanently scowling

7. Princess Monstertruck

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An all-black Persian rescue with yellow werecat eyes, a vampiric underbite, and a head that looks like a fur pom-pom exploded from her neck.

8. Keyboard Cat

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The piano-pawing subject of a 2009 viral video

9. Hamilton The Hipster Cat

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A grey and white rescue whose facial markings resemble a handlebar moustache

10. Dewey

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The small-town library rescue who became the subject of a 2008 New York Times best seller

11. Nala Cat

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Really damn cute cat on Instagram

12. Oskar the Blind Cat (and his sidekick Klaus)

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A blind cat who played with a hairdryer in a viral video from October 2011 

13. Maru

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An inquisitive Scottish Fold living in Japan, whose cardboard-box contortions have garnered 261-million YouTube views and a 2011 William Morrow book

14. Pudge

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An adorable female cat with a moustache

15. Snoopy Cat

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A ridiculously cute cat living in Asia, who's popular on Instagram

16. Henri

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The depressed existentialist feline narrator of the ingenious black-and-white Web series Henri, Le Chat Noir

17. Smoosh

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Lil BUB's boyfriend

18. Sam the cat with eyebrows

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Just look at that picture.

19. Colonel Meow

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The Himalayan-Persian crossbreed whose nine-inch hair strands earned him the 2014 Guinness World Record for longest fur on a cat

20. Matilda

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The Algonquin Hotel's longest guest

21. Creme Puff

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The oldest cat ever reported to the Guinness Book of World Records, who lived to be 38

22. Blackie, the British millionaire cat

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A British animal whose owner legendarily left him 15 million pounds

23. Stubbs

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Currently mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska

24. Ketzel

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An Upper West Side tuxedo cat won a 1997 prize in piano composition

25. Casper the Commuting Cat

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An intrepid British kitty who commuted on the local bus daily and inspired a children’s book