Cats Haven’t Changed Much Since the 1400s

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Elegant words from a manuscript painstakingly illustrated by a fifteenth-century scribe: “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam.”

Translation: “Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night.”

The blog Medieval Fragments has more on the cats that both bedeviled and entertained the monks of the Middle Ages.

Looks like everyone reblogging posts from Get Out of There, Cat is heir to a loftier tradition than they thought.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →