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

bowl of milk! ‘Trivulzio Book of Hours’, Flanders ca. 1470.
Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, SMC 1, fol. 110v

bowl of milk! 

‘Trivulzio Book of Hours’, Flanders ca. 1470.

Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, SMC 1, fol. 110v

butt licking cat
Thomas of Cantimpré, Liber de natura rerum, France ca. 1290.
Valenciennes, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 320, fol. 72r

butt licking cat

Thomas of Cantimpré, Liber de natura rerum, France ca. 1290.

Valenciennes, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 320, fol. 72r

snailcatbook of hours, Paris 15th century.
BnF, Nouvelle acquisition latine 3115, fol. 187r

snailcat

book of hours, Paris 15th century.

BnF, Nouvelle acquisition latine 3115, fol. 187r

Saint Dominic expelling a demonic cat Vincent of Beauvais, Le Miroir Historial (French translation of Jean de Vignay), Paris 1400-1410.
Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 72 A 24, fol. 313v

Saint Dominic expelling a demonic cat 

Vincent of Beauvais, Le Miroir Historial (French translation of Jean de Vignay), Paris 1400-1410.

Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 72 A 24, fol. 313v

indifferent-cats-in-illuminated-manuscripts
(Saint Mark writing the Gospel – the most important detail)
'London Rothschild Hours' ('Hours of Joanna I of Castile'), Ghent ca. 1500.
British Library, Add 35313, fol. 16v
indifferent-cats-in-illuminated-manuscripts

(Saint Mark writing the Gospel – the most important detail)

'London Rothschild Hours' ('Hours of Joanna I of Castile'), Ghent ca. 1500.

British Library, Add 35313, fol. 16v

I has mowse Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.
British Library, Add 42130, fol. 190r

I has mowse 

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.

British Library, Add 42130, fol. 190r

warning: cuteness overload!
left: monkey hugs a kitten, book of hours, Brussels ca. 1475 (NY, Morgan, MS M.485, fol. 117v)right: monkey hugs a kitten, Nagaon, India 2011 (telegraph.co.uk)

warning: cuteness overload!


left: monkey hugs a kitten, book of hours, Brussels ca. 1475 (NY, Morgan, MS M.485, fol. 117v)

right: monkey hugs a kitten, Nagaon, India 2011 (telegraph.co.uk)

bipedal cat monsters eating a leech?Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.
British Library, Add 42130, fol. 26r

bipedal cat monsters eating a leech?

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.

British Library, Add 42130, fol. 26r