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 […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE MIDDLE AGES (PART 12)

The Cat in Ming and Ching Dynasty Paintings: During this period Ming and Ching Dynasty artists, unlike their European counterparts, focused their paintings on cats in tranquil natural settings.  In Cats and Bamboo by Shen Chen-Lin (1427-1509), two white cats with red tassel and gold bell collars demurely look toward the artist, while a third […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE DARK AGES (PART 9)

The Cat in China: By Western accounts the cat arrived in China around 200BC (Turner et al., 2000) most probably acquired from Roman merchants.  However, Chinese mythology mentions the cat goddess Yifan Zhang, who was known to have led a legion of cats to uphold righteousness and to found the Chinese nation before the Shang […]