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The naming of cats

It took a long time for cats to gain the same serious status as dogs, but by the 18th century they were starting to have personalities, says Kathryn Hughes

27 April 2024

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27 April 2024

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Catland: Feline Enchantment and the Making of the Modern World Kathryn Hughes

4th Estate, pp.336, 22

All sorts of animals have been kept as pets over the centuries. We know of sparrows in Catullus and John Skelton. There is a badger with a collar in a fresco by Signorelli – probably not much more biddable than the lobster Gerard de Nerval supposedly took for walks in Paris.

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