monkey hugging a kitten
gradual, Valenciennes 16th century.
Douai, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 109, fol. 1r

monkey hugging a kitten

gradual, Valenciennes 16th century.

Douai, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 109, fol. 1r

bagpiping cat [that’s an otter, not a cat]
Book of Hours, Lyon, ca. 1505-1510.
Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale, Ms 6881, fol. 63v

bagpiping cat [that’s an otter, not a cat]

Book of Hours, Lyon, ca. 1505-1510.

Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale, Ms 6881, fol. 63v

butt-licking cat
see original here
Book of Hours, Lyon, ca. 1505-1510.
Lyon, BM, Ms 6881, fol. 30r

butt-licking cat

see original here

Book of Hours, Lyon, ca. 1505-1510.

Lyon, BM, Ms 6881, fol. 30r

snailcat‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century.
British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 185r

snailcat

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century.

British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 185r

leopard border
Breviary of Mary of Savoy, Lombardy ca. 1430.
Chambéry, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 4, fol. 319v

leopard border

Breviary of Mary of Savoy, Lombardy ca. 1430.

Chambéry, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 4, fol. 319v

cat face ornament
Nicolaus de Lyra super Bibliam, Italy ca. 1402.
Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Latin MS 29, fol. 252v

cat face ornament

Nicolaus de Lyra super Bibliam, Italy ca. 1402.

Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Latin MS 29, fol. 252v

lynx(?) and unicorn
Sketchbook, Italy 15th century.
NY, The Morgan Library & Museum, I, 82

lynx(?) and unicorn

Sketchbook, Italy 15th century.

NY, The Morgan Library & Museum, I, 82

floor scene 
Regnault de Montauban, France, ca. 1450-1500.
Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Ms 5072 réserve, fol. 202v

floor scene

Regnault de Montauban, France, ca. 1450-1500.

Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Ms 5072 réserve, fol. 202v

grinning catConrad of Megenberg, ‘Buch der Natur’, Germany ca. 1434.
Strasbourg, Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire, Ms.2.264, fol. 85r

grinning cat

Conrad of Megenberg, ‘Buch der Natur’, Germany ca. 1434.

Strasbourg, Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire, Ms.2.264, fol. 85r

cat with eyebrowsJean Mansel, ‘La Fleur des histoires ou les hystores rommaines abregies…’, France 1454.
Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Ms 5088 réserve, fol. 257r

cat with eyebrows

Jean Mansel, ‘La Fleur des histoires ou les hystores rommaines abregies…’, France 1454.

Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Ms 5088 réserve, fol. 257r

monkey and cat'Gillion de Trazegnies', Flanders after 1464.
Los Angeles, Getty, Ms. 111, fol. 134v

monkey and cat

'Gillion de Trazegnies', Flanders after 1464.

Los Angeles, Getty, Ms. 111, fol. 134v

marginal kitten
lectionary, Cambrai ca. 1266.
Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 190, fol. 72r

marginal kitten

lectionary, Cambrai ca. 1266.

Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 190, fol. 72r

initial cat Psalter, Canterbury ca. 1210-1220.
Bodleian Library, MS. Ashmole 1525, fol. 14r

initial cat 

Psalter, Canterbury ca. 1210-1220.

Bodleian Library, MS. Ashmole 1525, fol. 14r

cloaked and flower-tailed felineLuttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.
British Library, Add 42130, fol. 73v

cloaked and flower-tailed feline

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.

British Library, Add 42130, fol. 73v

floral border catGaston Phoebus, Le Livre de la chasse, Paris ca. 1407.
NY, Morgan, MS M. 1044, fol. 1v

floral border cat

Gaston Phoebus, Le Livre de la chasse, Paris ca. 1407.

NY, Morgan, MS M. 1044, fol. 1v