Image from page 96 of "Our domestic animals, their habits, intelligence and usefulness;" (1907)
Subjects: Domestic animals
Publisher: Boston, Ginn & Co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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ybe regarded as halfwild on account of its savage and combativenature. The cat was, therefore, probably intro-duced into Europe completely tamed from thesouth and southeast; but it has never beengenerally valued like the dog. There are evenregions in the north of Germany where its lifeis not safe ; it is in this country, in France,England, and the south of Europe that it ismost valued. A predilection for dogs is sel-dom accompanied with much sympathy forcats, and vice versa. Yet many famous personages, Mohammed,for example, have held them in affection. Oneday a cat of his was sleeping on the skirt of hissacerdotal garment when the signal for prayerwas given from the cupola of the mosque; theprophet, whose duty it was to rise and go toperform that ceremony, cut off the skirt of hisgarment that he might not wake the animal.Richelieu was also a great friend of cats. Col-bert never worked without putting one or twoon his table ; as soon as they began to purr he Haired Male Catby E. Landor
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Persian Cat. Sii.vkuv Jkssamixi; Irnm planting by K. I.andor 76 OUR DOMESTIC ANIMALS thought his work went easier. A Shah ofPersia, who bred a great many cats in hispalace, always ate from the same plate withone of them. Lord Chesterfield, the Englishpoet Elliott, Sardou, Massenet, and Pierre Lotiare known for their love of cats. A tale toldof a Bernese artist, Gottfried Mind, called the Raphael of cats, is curious and strictly true.During his whole life he devoted his attentionto cats, studying them daily for hours, andportraying all their habits and ways ; he tookno interest in any other subject or person.About all else his thoughts were vague andeven silly in old age, but about cats he showedtrue knowledge. When he died, in 1814, hisfeatures had acquired^ a sort of feline character. It is by no means rare to meet withpersons who resemble cats. It waspredicted to a king of Persia th;he would triumph in war if hisarmies were commanded by acat-faced man. The man wasfound and victory p
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