Brief interruption here, folks--I am furiously looking in my literal mountain of reference and source material for something I have misplaced.
Here is an obviously faux pic of AL with a cat.
Lincoln was most definitely a cat man. One of the White House cats was a little girl named Tabby. She showed up for a State Dinner one evening, twining herself around "Papa's" ankles. Lincoln bent down frequently to feed her a small nom from his golden fork.
Mrs. Lincoln scolded her husband for using a gold fork to feed a kitty.
Our President responded, "If it was good enough for Buchanan, it's good enough for Tabby."
I say, "Huzzah!"