Here’s another case of an ancient cat defacing things—the best one yet. As documented on the website medievalfragments, a cat peed on a fifteenth-century manuscript, ticking off the scribe no end!
The caption on the website:
Although the medieval owner of this manuscript [shown previously on this site] may have been quite annoyed with these paw marks on his otherwise neat manuscript, another fifteenth-century manuscript reveals that he got off lucky. A Deventer scribe, writing around 1420, found his manuscript ruined by a urine stain left there by a cat the night before. He was forced to leave the rest of the page empty, drew a picture of a cat and cursed the creature with the following words:
“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum ostum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem uni 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 [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.]
Well, maybe the scribe could do letters, but he couldn’t draw cats. The offending beast looks like a cross between a hyena and a donkey!
But I love the fingers pointing at the stain.