Cat Stories – On Cats by Doris Lessing

Excerpts from On Cats by Doris Lessing: “After a certain age-and for some of us that can be very young—there are no new people, beasts, dreams, faces, events:  it has all happened before, they have appeared before, masked differently, wearing different clothes, another nationality, another colour; but the same, the same, and everything is an […]

Cat Stories – Steer Wrestling, James A. Murtha

Here is an excerpt from The Adventures of Kalamazoo recently published by James A. Murtha, a cat lover.  If you’d like to read more of his stories, click here to visit his website. One Sunday afternoon, Kalamazoo and I channel-surfed from the couch, for me a mindless respite from the classroom and for him a […]

The Philanthropist and the Happy Cat, H.H. Munro (Saki)

H.H. Munro, or Saki (his penname) (1870-1916, British) was a great lover of cats as many literary talents have been and are.  He wrote two other short stories regarding cats: Tobermory and The Achievement of the Cat.  We’ll leave those for other posts.  Here he equates the cat, Attab, with Jocantha the main female character. […]

Myths and Superstitions: Halloween and Black Cats

The assimilation of Pagan and Christian rites would come in the form of Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival and precursor of today’s Halloween. Halloween and black cats have been bound together because of the cats’ pagan ties which originated in Ancient Egypt.    Samhain celebrated the end of summer harvest, marking the beginning of the […]

Cat Stories – TOBERMORY by “Saki” H.H. Munro

From  THE CHRONICLES OF CLOVIS   by “SAKI” (H. H. MUNRO) TO THE LYNX KITTEN, WITH HIS RELUCTANTLY GIVEN CONSENT, THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED     TOBERMORY It was a chill, rain-washed afternoon of a late August day, that indefinite season when partridges are still in security or cold storage, and there is nothing […]

Myths and Superstitions: Cats and Death

The following is an excerpt from The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland by Steve Roud.   In many areas of Britain and Ireland, when a death occurred in a house, the family cats and dogs would be removed immediately: The household companions of dog and cat were rigidly excluded from the […]

Cat Poems – Pangur Bán

An Irish monk who had fled from the Viking raids to the safe city of Reichenau on Lake Constance has immortalized his cat Pangur Bán in this lovely 9th century cat poem. (Pangur is a traditional Irish name and Bán means white.)                           […]

Cat Poems – Sacrifice to the Cat that Scared all the Rats, Mei Yao Ch’en (1002-1060AD)

During the latter part of the T’ang and Sung Dynasties (618-1279 AD) Chinese cat poems and paintings became popular. Here Mei Yao Ch’en (1002-1060AD) writes a heartfelt poem to his dead cat.   Sacrifice to the Cat that Scared all the Rats When I had my Five White cat, The rats did not invade my books. This […]

Cat Poems – Agathias 550AD

Agathias wrote the first poem about a cat in history.  Born in 530AD in Asia Minor, in today’s Turkey, he was known as a poet and a historian of the reign of the Byzantine Roman emperor Justinian I between 552 and 558.     In this poem written in 550AD Agathias mentions a ravenous cat attacking one of his beloved […]

CALVIN (A Study in Cat Character)

XIX. Calvin (A Study of Character) Charles Dudley Warner (1829–1900) The famous American author made famous for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), had a Maltese cat named after her husband Calvin.  When Stowe had to move she gave the large cat to Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900) who grew to love the […]

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