15th Century Cat Pee on a 15th Century Manuscript

If your cats walk or pee on your keyboard, does it feel like it’s a cat conspiracy? Well it is, and it’s centuries old.

Last week we posted a picture of a 15th century manuscript with cat paw prints on it (http://www.catfaeries.com/blog/cat-paw-prints-on-a-15th-century-manuscript/). Here’s a 15th century manuscript that a cat peed on, with a complaint in Latin by the scribe (the vertical text).

Cat Pee on a 15th Century Manuscript

Here’s what he had to say (from http://medievalfragments.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/paws-pee-and-mice-cats-among-medieval-manuscripts/)

“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”

Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.

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