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Disambiguation of the term '''Cat'''.
== Cat ([[animal]])==
 
The '''cat''' is a quadraped mammal of the genus, ''Felis''. They are effective hunters, being valued in [[period]] and since for their ability to reduce vermin. However [[pet|domesticated]] cats were less common than [[dog]]s during the [[medieval]] period as cats were very often regarded with suspicion. Cats were sometimes contained in [[wicker]] effigies and burnt because they were perceived as manifestations of evil. They were also skinned on occasions for their [[fur]], either for warmth or as decoration and [[clothing|fashion]] accessory and in times of [[famine]] they provided [[meat]] for the [[table]] (in a rather terminal way).
 
   
[[Exeter]] [[cathedral]] had an official cat.
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* [[Cat (Animal)]]. refers to the domestic house cat.
 
* [[Cat (Maplet)]], refers the entry on cat from [[John Maplet | John Maplet's]] [[A Greene Forest]]
 
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* [[Cat (Siege Engine)]], refers to a medieval shed like siege engine.
Some individuals have an intense dislike of this [[animal]], although most had some affection as the [[15th century]] "''The Book of Curtesy''" reminds us not to pet the cat whilst at the [[table]].
 
 
Cats are uncommon as a [[heraldic]] [[charge]]. When they are seen it is frequently in a ''[[dormant]]'' [[posture|pose]].
 
 
''See Also''
 
* [[Cat (Maplet)|Cat according to Maplet's ''A Greene Forest'']]
 
 
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[[category:food]]
 
 
==Cat ([[Siege Engine]])==
 
A '''cat''' is a sturdy mobile shed used in a [[siege]]. It is designed to roll towards an enemy fortification and provide cover for [[sapper]]s to undermine the wall. Unlike a [[pavise]], they provided cover from above, making them ideal for use directly beneath a defended wall.
 
 
Often, [[battering ram]]s were protected by a cat while they advanced.
 
 
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Latest revision as of 19:08, 4 January 2015

Disambiguation of the term Cat.