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These Medieval Kitty Paw Prints Will Make You Smile

Turns out, cats have always loved ruining our lives by walking across things!

You know how cats really love to trot across keyboards? And they only do it when you’re in the middle of something super important? Because, at the end of the day, cats give zero fucks?

Well, turns out they’ve pretty much been that way since forever. As evidence from these medieval manuscripts, unearthed by Emir O. Filipovic, suggest.

2. Like these paw marks left on a fifteenth-century manuscript by a super cute kitty.

There’s no undo button for that, unfortch.

3. Paws-awwws!

4. Or in 1420, when a Deventer scribe woke up to find that his cat had used his manuscript as a bathroom.

The scribe drew a rendition of the cat, and included the following text underneath: “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.]”

5. Even though cats peed and pawed all over the place, they also prevented mice from eating all the pages of a manuscript.

Looks like whoever owned this eleventh-century copy of Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiae should’ve invested in a feline friend!

6. Medieval cats, they’re just like today’s cats!

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