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The cat is a quadraped mammal of the genus, Felis. They are effective hunters (valued for their ability to reduce vermin although domesticated cats were less common than dogs during the medieval period as cats were very often regarded with suspicion. Cats were sometimes contained in wicker effigies and burnt and skinned for their fur.

Exeter cathedral had an offical cat.

Some individuals have an intense dislike of this animal, although must 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.

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