By Kay Rogers
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That is, cats had the run of the house, while dogs (only used for working or hunting) were kept outside. A close 43 companion of Muhammad was called ‘Abu Huraira’, Father of Cats, because of his particular attachment to them. One day, it is said, the Prophet was threatened by a snake and Abu Huraira’s cat killed the snake just in time. In return, Muhammad stroked her back, ensuring that cats never fall on their backs, and ran his ﬁngers over her head, leaving the four stripes still to be found on the forehead of a tabby cat.
A worried looking cat nurses her kittens in the wretched garret occupied by the family of Hogarth’s Distressed Poet (1737). In China, the arrival of a strange cat in a house was supposed to portend poverty, because the cat foresaw that the house would soon fall into dilapidation and therefore be overrun with mice. Cats were widely appreciated as pets in the nineteenth century, but they did not contribute to their owner’s prestige like dogs or horses. In 1881 Mivart called the cat ‘the inmate of a Even in the cat-loving 19th century, there were alternative views.
Charles Henry Ross compiled The Book of Cats: Feline Facts and Fancies, Legendary, Lyrical, Medical, Mirthful and Miscellaneous (1868), in 32 Tybert the cat castrates a village priest in a 15thcentury woodcut illustrating The History of Reynard the Fox. which he celebrated cats such as a clever tom in Callander who stole a bit of beef to lure a rat out of his hole. St George Mivart, a Darwinian zoologist, used the unlikely venue of a dissection manual to exalt the cat as a superb example of the survival of the ﬁttest.
Cat (Reaktion Books - Animal) by Kay Rogers