Cats Encyclopedia

The Mysterious Cat

by Joan Moore



The Cat in Cultures & Religions Worldwide

Ancient Egypt
 Classical Greece
The Roman Empire
Celtic and Christian Europe
Scandinavia and Northern Europe

China and Japan

Russian Folklore
Native, North and South America
African Cat Lore
Australasia and Oceania

Supernatural Cat

Cats in Witchcraft
Cat and Woman
The Psychic Cat
The Occult Cat

A Western Astrological Guide to the Cat

Mythical Cat
Cat Legends
Feline Esoterica





A Western Astrological Guide to the Cat


Horatio Couldery


21 March —20 April. Element: Fire. Ruler: Mars. Mode: Cardinal.

TYPE: Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and marks the beginning of the Sun's journey through the twelve signs. The Anan cat typifies the glorious sense of awakening, rebirth and joyousness connected with the Spring Equinox. Self-centred, self-willed and incredibly focused, impulsive, assertive and fearless, this furry Mars-driven 'me first' maniac is first to the feeding dish, first to answer the pro-creative call of the wild — and first into trouble!

HEALTH: Problems will be most likely connected with the head or brain, upper jaw and carotid arteries. Guard against eye troubles, toothache and feverish sickness such as cat flu.

TYPICAL ARIAN CAT: Ruddy Abyssinian or the 'ginger torn from next door'.

Horatio Couldery



21 April —21 May. Element: Earth. Ruler: Venus. Mode: Fixed.

TYPE: The Iaurean cat is a steadfast old-fashioned puss cat, preferring home comforts — and home cooking — to nights out on the tiles. However, too much of the lazy, luxurious lifestyle can lead to a typically rotund Taurean physique, and sturdy appetites should be carefully monitored. In between periods of soundless sleep, however, this pragmatic, possessions-conscious cat can fiercely defend its own personal patch.Truly a formidable sight is the furious Taurean feline with fur 'bushed' and nostrils flaring!

HEALTH: Vulnerable parts of the body are the neck, throat and ears. Guard against throat infections and obesity.

TYPICAL TAURLAN CAT: Pedigree Shorthair or sturdy tabby non-pedigree.

Horatio Couldery



22 May - 21 June. Element: Air. Ruler: Mercury. Mode: Mutable.

TYPE: Inquisitive, intelligent, restless and energetic, the Gemini cat is the quintessential playful pussy with a mental dexterity bestowed by its quicksilver messenger of the gods ruler. Mercury. Versatile and adaptable, this lively feline is a born conversationalist and its vivacious chatter literally charms birds out of trees. Represented by the Twins, the Gemini cat often shows its duality by adopting another home in addition to its own, and can be a puzzling, enigmatic little soul with two sides to its nature. Constantly active, with a seemingly endless supply of energy, this cat can wreak havoc indoors!

HEALTH: Legs, shoulders, lungs and nervous system arc most at risk. Soothing sleep should be encouraged.

TYPICAL GEMINI CAT: Loquacious Oriental or Siamese/Oriental cross.

Horatio Couldery



22 June — 22 July. Element: Water. Ruler.The Moon. Mode: Cardinal.

TYPE: The Cancerian cat is a domesticated and dedicated home-loving individual. Unless destined for breeding, this feline must be neutered since nothing less will convince Cancer's cat that it wasn't born to breed. Neutering, however, will not diminish their kindly care and concern for all things small and furry — nurturing and nourishing is the only game in town for this maternally minded cat! Generally cuddly creatures with kind, sweet expressions on their Moon-shaped faces, these pussy cats are the human equivalent of 'lovely people'.

HEALTH: Cancer rules the breasts, stomach and alimentary canal, so these cats are prone to digestive and stomach upsets. Guard against mastitis in the lactating queen.

TYPICAL CANCERIAN CAT: British Shorthair or motherly-type moggie.

Horatio Couldery



23 July — 23 August. Element: Fire. Ruler: Sun. Mode: Fixed.

TYPE: Flamboyant, big-hearted with a strong sense of self, the Leo cat is certainly the King of the Beasts. Expecting a lion's share of appreciation and adulation, it's deep depression time when Leo doesn't get it. But who could refuse this glorious beast their undivided attention? Making excellent parents — the male proud and protective, the female, wise and caring — the Leo cat has a bearing which is bold, regal and fearless with, when affronted or crossed, an imperious gaze causing lesser creatures to cringe.

HEALTH: Heart, circulatory system and spine are vulnerable. A healthy diet is advised. Guard against diseases of the spine.

TYPICAL LEONINE CAT: Red Norwegian Forest Cat or non-pedigree with long, luxurious coat. Red, of course.


Horatio Couldery



24 August — 22 September. Element: Earth. Ruler: Mercury. Mode: Mutable.

TYPE: Discriminatory, analytical, critical and practically minded are all characteristics of the Virgo subject, and this sign, traditionally associated with the cat, describes certain 'fussy pussies' to a tee. Virgo is a real cool cat, not particularly demonstrative, but one which likes its own space. Always displaying a painstaking fastidiousness to health and hygiene, Mr or Ms Virgo can be downright finicky with their food; meals should be small, tasty and varied to tempt this fussy feeder. Constantly questing for perfection, the Virgo puss can become cantankerous and angst-ridden, but it can be relied upon to have the neatest, cleanest habits with never a paw out of place. Ideal for the business-person owner.

HEALTH: Virgo rules the hands, the nervous system and intestines. Nervous stress could give rise to stomach ailments.

TYPICAL VIRGO CAT: Neat little Korat or slender tabby

Horatio Couldery



23 September — 23 October. Element: Air. Ruler: Venus. Mode: Cardinal.

TYPE: Lovers of peace and harmony, Libran cats are intelligence and charm personified and guaranteed to tune in to their owners' every mood. Ruled by Venus, goddess of love and all things pleasurable, it brings all these attributes into its sybaritic temple — your home. Considerate and courteous, this cat enjoys communicating and the companionship of 'a significant other'. Your luck is in, Libra cat-owner! As it drapes itself languidly on the sofa, you will be surprised to note how tastefully the Libran feline blends in. Negativity and laziness may prevail when confronted by the trauma of decision or disharmony. Then the Libra puss will contemplate its pretty paws, the universe and everything else, but . . .

HEALTH: I he kidneys, loins, lumbar regions and urinary system are all ruled by Libra. Guard against nephritis and urinary tract infections.

TYPICAL LIBRA CAT: Graceful Balinese, pretty tabby and white semi-longhair non-pedigree.

Horatio Couldery



24 October - 22 November. Element-Water. Ruler: Pluto. Mode: Fixed.

TYPE: Like its Master, Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, Scorpio cat has demonic hidden depths. Never cross a Pluto cat, for not only will it never forgive you, it will fix you with its glittering, hypnotic gaze and harbour resentment for the rest of its nine lives — you could say it is a likely candidate for rehoming! Also, having a rare personal 'animal magnetism', this often heavy, muscular cat possesses deep, powerful passions and will disappear into the night to haunt graveyards, garbage bins and the seamier side of town. Deeply intuitive, possessive and manipulative, the Scorpio feline is the witches' familiar and a very good one to have on your side!

HEALTH: Scorpio rules the regenerative organs and symbolises the 'elimination' process. Guard against problems with the genitals, bladder and colon. Ruptures and abscesses may occur.

TYPICAL SCORPIO CAT: Oriental type, 'black as a witches' hat'.

Horatio Couldery



23 November— 21 December. Element: Fire. Ruler: Jupiter. Mode: Mutable.

TYPE: Sporty and with a fine sense of adventure, the happy-go-lucky Sagittarian cat is a bundle of energy with a 'mis'-guided missile approach to life and a positive threat to artefacts not Blu-tacked down. Sag cat is a free spirit, needing space both physically and mentally. Desperately unhappy 'imprisoned' indoors, and a carefree hunter out of doors, this one is the personification of the cartoon rascal Top Cat with a talent for getting in and out of scrapes with rakish charm and optimism. A bit of a braggart with an emphasis on 'personal freedom', this cat may disappear for days at a time — perhaps to be found at the local rescue centre waiting to go home!

HEALTH: Sagittarius rules the thighs, hips and liver. Guard against physical injury following bouts of derring-do. Jupiterian over-indulgence on the cream and sardines may upset liver function.

TYPICAL SAGITTARIUS CAT: Red Abyssinian or rakish wandering torn.


Horatio Couldery



22 December — 20 January. Element: Earth. Ruler: Saturn. Mode: Cardinal.

TYPE: Capricorn is a practical, prudent puss; careful and wondrously in control. An authoritarian figure in the household, this is the one to whom all other pussies defer. The 'father-figure' of the Zodiac, Cap-cat knows best; it is wise and patient, abeit delivering a right with a reproving paw if youngsters play up. If ever there was a teacher of the old school dressed in cat's clothing, his name would be Mr Capricorn, Sir. But Cap is kindly, too — you can probably discern a rare, off-beat sense of humour just to show they bear no hard feelings! Capri-corns are cautious; and the same goes for those grave-faced little baby Caps, too. Who says you can't put old heads on young shoulders?

HEALTH: Both Saturn (the planet symbolising old age! and Capricorn rule the skeletal system, and 'limiting' conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis arc common. So, too, arc diseases associated with cold and old age, bone problems and skin complaints.

TYPICAL CAPRICORN CAT: Russian Blue and cats of an angular build. Any lean, rangy, lonesome type of cat.

Horatio Couldery



21 January — 18 February. Element: Air. Rulers: Saturn/Uranus. Mode: Fixed.

TYPE: When the influence of Saturn is strong Aquarius cat is not dissimilar to the strait-laced Cap-cat, but it soon changes its tune to become extrovert and rebellious when Uranus is around. So unpredictability is the keyword with this highly intelligent feline. On the one paw gregarious, charming and chatty to the world at large, especially to its fellow felines, on the other Aquarius cat can become totally dispassionate towards its person and, disappointingly, can't be doing with cuddles either. Scientifically inclined, this cool cat's preferred viewing is a video or computer game — not for it the plain old-fashioned goldfish bowl!

HEALTH: Problems can occur with the circulatory system. Other vulnerable areas are the lower legs (ankles) and shins, so guard against fractures and breaks. Tooth and gum disease can also be problematic, so organise regular dental checks.

TYPICAL AQUARIUS CAT: Lean, clean Foreign White, or slim shorthair with widely spaced eyes and pointed ears.

Horatio Couldery



19 February — 20 March. Element: Water. Rulers: Jupiter/Neptune. Mode: Mutable.

TYPE: A dreamer, intuitive and possessing a strong spiritual sensitivity, the Piscean cat often enjoys a psychic rapport with its owner, offering companionship, inspiration and insight to the relationship. The perceptive Pisces puss takes frequent trips to a feline fantasy-land, retreating there when the going gets too tough for its tender little soul. But it has the kindest nature in the Zodiac and compassion is Pisces' forte, so all lost and abandoned strays will benefit from its selfless devotion. Under the influence of Neptune, ruler of its element Water, Piscean energies may 'drain away' so — mental and physical space is a must to replenish strength and vitality.

HEALTH: Pisces rules the feet, the liver, the circulation and clotting mechanisms. This sign also rules the pituitary gland, which controls the flow and cycle of the body. Allergies to certain drugs and nervous stress can also be encountered. Ensure clean water is available at all times and don't give shellfish and other seafood to this cat.

TYPICAL PISCES CAT: Water-loving Turkish Van cats or soft-furred, semi-longhaired pussies with lustrous eyes.

Horatio Couldery


Mythical Cat


Cat Legends

Lucy A. Leavers


Ńats and fairies
Fairies on the Isle of Man, situated between England and Ireland, have a particular affinity with cats, who, it is said, have the power to see ghosts and other supernatural beings after dark. It is for this reason that the fairies allow cats to stay with them when they creep into people's kitchens at night. Should the family have put out the cat at night, the fairies will let it in again!

A magic world
A Celtic belief was that the eyes of the cat were magical windows through which one could see the palaces of fairy kings. These same kings could also look out on to our world, keeping a close eye on what people were doing. This belief was possibly enhanced by the fact that cats tend to watch people so intently. It was also said that if you looked deeply into a cat's eyes you could see the magical world of fairies.

Julius Adam

Devil ńhaser
In Russia, folklore portrayed cats in a favourable light. In one legend the evil angel Lucifer, wishing; to return to Heaven to wreak revenge on those who had thrown him out, turned himself into a mouse so he could gain entrance without anyone noticing him. However, the gates of I leaven were guarded by a dog and a cat. The dog ignored the mouse, but the cat sprang out at it, driving Lucifer back down to Hell. God was pleased with the actions of the cat, making sure that everyone on Heaven and Earth knew how it had saved their souls.
This, according to Russian folklore, explains why cats are such delightful creatures, encouraging us to cherish them and treat them kindly.

The riddle of tail-less cats
The tail-less Manx is a native of the Isle of Man, an island steeped m ancient Celtic folklore. Legend has it that invaders cut off the tails of the island's cats to decorate their helmets. Mother cats, anxious to save their kittens from harm at the hands of the invaders, bit off their tails at birth until eventually the kittens were born tail-less.
It is also maintained that, bringing to mind the almost tail-less Japanese Bobtail, the Manx was transported from Japan to the British Isles by Phoenician traders, who ranged far and wide by sea from their home in the Eastern Mediterranean. But the most probable origin is that in 1588 one of the ships from the Spanish Armada sent to invade England was wrecked off the coast of the Isle of Man, and tail-less cats on board swam ashore to become the ancestors of the present-day Manx.
The cats of the Isle of Man are said to have their own king. He appears as an ordinary cat during the day, but at night assumes full regal powers and travels across the countryside in a great fury, seeking terrible revenge on anyone who has dealt him an injustice during the day.


Julius Adam


A Scottish monster
In the Scottish Highlands stories are told of elfin cats — large black beasts with arched backs, erect bristles and white spots on their dark chests. If it can be avoided, locals do not cross their path as they arc thought to be witches in disguise. Another terrible creature was Cait Sith, the Highland Fairy Cat, an extremely ferocious feline said to be about the size of a dog, jet black in colour and with large fangs and a white star on its chest. This terrifying vision for the unwary traveller was further compounded by the halo of sparks or stars said to surround the creature as it moved.

Aesop's cats
A cat heard that there were some sick hens on a farm, so he disguised himself as a doctor and presented himself there, complete with a bag of professional instruments. He stood outside the hen-house and called to ask how the hens were. 'Fine,' came the reply, 'if you will get off the premises!'
Recalling the adage: 'Try as he may to act as an honest man, a villain cannot fool a man of sense', this story was included in Aesop's Fables, compiled in Greece around 570 ĀŃÅ. Among these are probably the earliest stories about cats known to the Western world.

The kindly willow
There is a legend that many little kittens were thrown into a river to drown. The mother cat wept and was so distraught that the willows on the bank felt compassion and held out their branches to the struggling kittens. The kittens clung to them and were saved. Each spring, ever since that time, the willow wears grey buds that feel as soft and silky as the coats of little kittens. And that is how these trees came to be called 'pussy willows'.

Julius Adam


Best-laid plans
Japanese folklore tells the story of a cat and a hunter. The cat, about the size of a dog, amused itself by stealing fish and chasing and pouncing on children. The hunter chastised the cat and beat it, causing the cat so much pain that it swore to exact revenge. One day, after watching the hunter make thirteen bullets, the cat followed him into the forest. The hunter noticed a strange creature sitting on a rock and fired a bullet. Although there was a loud bang, the animal did not fall down dead. This was repeated with all thirteen bullets, causing the hunter to fear that he was shooting at a demon. He then pulled a charmed bullet made of iron from his pocket, and shot the creature stone dead.
When the hunter approached, he noticed his cat lying dead next to a tea-kettle lid. The vengeful creature had been hiding behind the lid, pulling faces at the hunter. Not realising that its master had a fourteenth bullet, the cat had been shot.

Black Ąnnis
In England at the beginning of the eighteenth century, bounties were being paid out of parish funds to the killers of wild cats (Felis sylvestris), which took domestic livestock. This was designated at four pence per head, considerably cheaper than that paid out for the wolf two centuries earlier, which was fixed at five shillings a head — fifteen times as much.
Probably the only legend surrounding the British wild cat comes from the Midland county of Leicestershire, where there was a cave known as Black Annis's Bower. Annis was a wild and ferocious woman who was sometimes said to be one Agnes Scott, a murderous female thief. In any event Annis was likened to Britain's wild cat, since she would lie in wait on the branch of an oak tree, springing on her victims below to suck their blood and rear them to pieces with her formidable claws.
The legend of Black Annis persisted until the nineteenth century when Leicestershire mill girls gave her the name of Cat Anna, 'the witch who lived in the cellars under the Castle'.


Julius Adam


The Chesbire Ńat
'This time it vanished . . . beginning with the end of the tail and ending with the grin': the origin of the Cheshire Cat featured in Lewis Carroll's nineteenth-century children's story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is somewhat uncertain, but there are two sources on which the Cheshire-born author may have based the character of the famous disappearing cat. One talc was set in the town of Congleton, where a ghostly cat unpredictably appeared and disappeared, a phenomenon which was witnessed by certain townsfolk during the nineteenth century.
The second was a medieval tale from the city of Chester, the home of one John Catterall, a landowner who was also a forester. His skill with an axe made him ideal for the post of public executioner, and Catterall subsequently gained fame for the manner in which he dispatched wrongdoers — with a wide grin upon his face. Appropriately, his coat of arms displayed a grinning cat.
The saying 'to grin like a Cheshire cat' was used long before Lewis Carroll's day. Some believe that the famous Cheshire cheeses were marked with the head of a cat; others maintain that it relates to the open-mouthed wolf heads depicted on the arms of the eleventh-century Earl of Chester.

A tale of revenge
There was once a gentleman with a beautiful daughter who had an evil heart and knew more than any decent Christian should. The village people wanted to 'swim her' — the witch test involving the ducking stool; if she floated, it would prove she was a witch. However, they dared not do this because of the powerful position of the girl's father. But, in revenge for their wicked thoughts, the girl cast a love spell over a poor fisherman who took her to sea with him, unbeknownst to the other fishermen.
A storm blew up and the whole fishing fleet was lost to a man. The girl's hatred for all mankind was such that she had 'whistled up a storm'. For her sins she was changed into a four-eyed cat and ever after haunted local fishing fleets. This is why fishermen won't cast their nets before half-past three (cock crow) and always throw back into the sea a fish or two 'for the cat'.

Julius Adam


Local lore
In the Fen country of eastern England it is believed that, when a cat goes upstairs to sleep, a flood is imminent. Given the frequent incidence of floods in this area great interest is taken in early indications of potential watery-disaster, and not surprisingly there have been many instances to confirm the accuracy of this belief.
Fenland fishermen also believed that cats could hear fish swimming under water, and so based their activities on observation of their cats' behaviour.
The old Cornish custom of stroking that painful eye affliction, a stye, with the tip of a black cat's tail is still held to be effective. This should be done nine times, as the number nine relates to the power of the cat and the number of lives it is said to possess.
In the town of Gunthorpe in Lincolnshire it is said that down the riverside road leading to Stockworth the ghost of a cat 'as big as a pig' is sometimes seen. A human skeleton was apparently found near that location and subsequently rebuned.
The entrance to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is flanked by two lions. It is said that, when the clock of the nearby Catholic church strikes midnight, the lions roar and leap down to drink from the Trumpington Street gutters, or even enter the museum itself.
Many cat legends come from England's West Country. In Devon and Wiltshire, it is believed that cats born in the month of May never catch rats or mice, but rather, snakes and glow-worms. In Somerset, it is believed to be unlucky to meet a funeral procession. To reverse the ill fortune, you must touch your collar until you meet a black cat.
Beneath the hill called Windwhisile, near Ilminster, also in Somerset, it is said that the Devil himself is buried after dying of the cold one dark night. Many references have been made to instances of the Devil's presence, usually seen engaging in the eternal struggle between good and evil. Over Church in Wins-ford, Cheshire, the Devil's Punchbowl in Surrey and Devil's Dyke in West Sussex-are three examples.
Apparently, one or the Horned Ones most famous feats was on Exmoor at the spot known as Tarr Steps — an ancient stone bridge over the River Baric with slabs extending over 180 feet (SS metres), including the approaches. It is said that this was built by the Devil in a single night for his own use, and that on one occasion a cat ventured across it and was at once torn into many pieces.

Henriette Ronner-Knip


Feline Esoterica

Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen

The naming of cats is a difficult thing,' wrote T. S. Eliot in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. From Asphodel to Zen, there's an enormous variety of given names to call your cat. Many breeders start with the As for their first litter, going on to Bs for their second and so on. Favourite places, people, songs or events all evoke the doting owner's personal preferences. The naming of cats is certainly not an easy thing to accomplish and is often best left to the imagination of the individuals concerned.
But in countries around the world Felis catus or the domestic cat is, or has been, known as:

Cattus: Latin
Katt: Saracenic
Cath: Welsh and Cornish
Ģ’ī: China
Gatto: Italy
Gorbeh: Iran
Beral: Bangladesh
Neko: Japan

Katta: Byzantine Greek
Katti or Kissa: Finland
Poosa: Sri Lanka
Koshka: Russia
Ketta: Egypt
Katze: Germany
Chat: France
Miaow: Thailand





The mydtlcal three
Homer's Iliad records that the Ancient Egyptian pantheon consisted of three companies of nine gods each. Immersed as the Egyptians were in the Isis cult, this may have given rise to the belief that the cat had nine lives.
The gods comprising the first group were Tern, Shu, Tefnut, Qeb, Nut, Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephtys. The gods of the little company were of a lesser stature, while those in the third company remained anonymous.
This belief is reflected in a later saying: 'The cat has three names: that which we call it, the name it calls itself and the name which no one knows.'

'A rose by any other name . . .'
While 'Puss' is believed to be derived from the name of the Egyptian goddess Pasht, Bastet or Bubastis, the Latin word Felis or Feles was applied to both the cat and the weasel, as did the Greek word galle, which was originally used for both. Later, in medieval Latin, the words used (or a cat were murilegus, muriceps or nmcio — meaning mouse-catcher or mouse-killer.
A twelfth-century bestiary states that: 'The vulgar call her "catus the Cat" because she catches things (acaptur) while others say that it is because she lies in wait (captat) "because she watches".

Named from the age of witchcraft
Among the names commonly used for cats in the Middle Ages were Pyewacket and Grimalkin, as in Matthew Hopkins' book about witchcraft. This name
was also used for the witch's Siamese cat in the play, and later film, Bell, Book and Candle.
I he famous French astrologer Nostradamus (1503—66 CE) is known to have owned a cat called Grimalkin. This name means Little Grey Man'.
Cats are often called 'moggies' — probably derived from the custom of calling old women 'Maggy' or 'Moggy'. Since a cat was often the only companion of an old woman living alone, it is not surprising that the name would have applied equally to each, without distinction.




Feng Shui
In the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, concerning the propitious placement of furniture and artifacts in your living space at home and at work, thereby enabling harmony, good health, good fortune and good relationships to benefit your life, it is said that the cat is particularly beneficial. Cats not only ensure luck and a positive outlook, they are also a source of energy and love, bringing good fortune to their owners.

Aztec symbol of divination
The ancient Mexican Aztec wheel of fortune comprises twenty magical symbols. This system of divination was called the Tonalamati, and originally only Aztec priests held the secrets of this code. The symbols represent the elements and animals, including birds, rain, flowers, trees and shrubs.
The ocelot is the only feline mentioned, and it was said that this beautiful cat is 'the animal incarnation of sunlight in the black ol night'. Symbolising bravery and nobility, the ocelot also represents impulse and aggression. It was a danger-ous animal much feared by the Aztecs, and therefore an excellent symbol of ambition and power — the former enabling the realisation of the latter. It can also bring a warning that caution, in times of doubt, is the better part of valour.

An aid to good health
The restorative powers of cats to ailing humans are also widely acknowledged. Today, medical science believes that cat ownership, or indeed ownership of any companion animal, reduces stress and heart disease and generally assists in boosting the immune system.
Cats are certainly known to draw out negative radiations from the human body. They are, in fact, 'ray-seekers', absorbing these radiations from an owner who is sick or who has a negative attitude to life. Often when cats rub up against certain parts of the human body, they are taking away negative radiation. When this happens, you may be sure that there is something ailing that part of your body — even though you may be unaware of it.




The cat knows best
Likewise you can ascertain the 'bad' locations in your home or workplace. If the cat lies on it, or in it, and will return to that place even though you place books or other objects on it, rest assured that this is not a 'good' place for you.
If, despite severe discouragement, Puss still inhabits your favourite chair, move that chair to a different location or relinquish it altogether. Places which cats choose not to occupy arc usually 'good' places for humans.
Having said that, who can argue when a favourite feline opts to curl up and go to sleep on your knee? Even the great prophet Mahomet, on contemplating his cat asleep in the folds of his sleeve, chose to cut away the fabric rather than disturb her!

William Donnelloy


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