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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