Cats in the 19th Century (Part 2 – First Cat Show)

Society as a whole began to change because of the taming and acceptance of domestic pets, and with it came many firsts.  The first public aquarium opened in London in 1875.  The first cat show was held in London’s Crystal Palace in 1871, and in 1895 New York’s Madison Square Garden welcomed the first national […]

Cats in the 19th Century (Part 1 – Background)

The gradual shift towards the humane treatment of animals that had started in the 17th   and 18th centuries among the upper and middle classes became even more widespread in the 19th century. Urban planners concerned with the issues of cleanliness and sanitation, now in the 19th century, outwardly proclaimed the cat as their primary mascot […]

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