MESSYBEAST CAT RESOURCE ARCHIVE
Much has been written about cats over the years and it is interesting to consider past views in the light of modern developments. For instance, in "Origin of Species" (1859), Charles Darwin wrote "...cats from their nocturnal habits, cannot be so easily matched [bred] and although so much valued by women and children, we rarely see a distinct breed long kept up." Another writer of the same period, Charles Baker, produced "Animals, Their Nature and Uses", a nature book for schools which stated "The cat must be considered as a faithless friend, brought to oppose a still more insidious enemy. The domestic cat is the only animal of the tribe to which it belongs, whose services can more than recompense the trouble of its education and whose strength is not sufficient to make its anger formidable."
Some one hundred years later the cat fancy had developed in ways that neither author could have envisaged. Distinct breeds were being maintained and many cats were valued for their appearance or companionship rather than their hunting abilities. These articles show how cats were considered, and cared for, and how attitudes changed, during the last 100 years.
Brief History of Cat Rescue
1700S TO 1800S
1880S TO EARLY 1900S
1880s - Studies of Cat Behaviour
1900S TO 1930S
1940S TO 1960S
1940s-1960s - General Welfare and Adoption.
1960S TO 1970S
Electronic versions of early cat books and supplemental information about authors. These are the full texts of several of the books used in researching the "Retrospective" series of articles. Longer books may be broken down into several pages.
Barton, Frank Townend - The Cat, Its Points: and Management in Health and Disease (1908)
Brooke, H.C. - The Abyssinian Cat (1930)
Champion, Dorothy Bevill - Everybody's Cat Book (1909)
Bungartz, Jean - Katzenrassen / Cat Breeds (1897)
Bungartz, Jean - Illustriertes Katzenbuch (1896) (German, in progress)
Bungartz, Jean - Illustrated Book of the Cat (1896) (English, translation planned)
Celty, Ellen & Ray, Anna - Feeding and Care of the Domestic and Long-Hair Cat (1922)
Champion, Dorothy Bevill - What is a Maine Cat (1907)
Chance, Mrs W - A Book of Cats (1898)
Clark, Marvin R - Pussy and her Language (1895)
Cust, Mary Anne (Lady) - The Cat - History and Diseases (1856)
Denham, Helen & Sidney - Child of the Gods (1951)
Forbush, E.H. - The Domestic Cat, Bird Killer, Mouser And Destroyer Of Wild Life, Means Of Utilizing And Controlling It(1916)
Hale, E.M. - The Cat and its Diseases (1885)
Hart, Elsie - Fit for Queen (about transporting cats by rail) (1949)
Huidekoper, Rush Shippen - The Cat (1895)
James, Robert Kent (1898) - The Angora Cat, How to Breed, Train and Keep It.
Jennings, John - Domestic or Fancy Cats (1893)
Jennings, John - Domestic and Fancy Cats (1901)
Johonnot, James - Book of Cats and Dogs (1888)
Lane, Charles Henry - Rabbits, Cats and Cavies (1903) - section on cats
Kellogg, Mrs S E - A Few Hints on Show Etiquette (1915)
Quarles van Ufford - Manual for the Treatment of the Cat (1934)
Repplier, Agnes - The Cat (1912)
Repplier, Agnes - The Fireside Sphinx (1901)
Ross, Charles Henry - The Book of Cats (1868) - anecdotes and breeds
Rule, Philip M - The Cat: Its Natural History; Domestic Varieties; Management And Treatment
Saunders, Charles - Rabbit & Cat Diseases (Cat section only)
The Life and Times of Frances Simpson
Frances Simpson articles in "Everywoman's Encyclopaedia" (1910-1912)
Simpson, Frances - The Book of the Cat (1903)
Simpson, Frances - Cats and All About Them (1902)
Simpson, Frances - Cats For Pleasure and Profit (1909)
Simpson, Frances - Cats For Pleasure and Profit (4th Edn, 1928)
Stables, Gordon - The Domestic Cat (1876)
Stables, Gordon - Cats, Their Points and Characteristics (1877)
Stables, Gordon - Shireen and Her Friends - Pages from the Life of a Persian Cat (1894)
Weir, Harrison - Our Cats and All ABout Them (2nd Edn, 1892)
Winslow, Helen M - Concerning Cats (1900)
Woodroffe-Hill, J - The Diseases of the Cat (1901)
Some I would like to track down to go online:
Cats: Their Points and Classification. By W. Gordon Stables, M.D., C.M., R.N. London, Dean & Son.
Daniels, Dr. A. C.: The Cat Doctor: home treatment for cats and kittens; published by the author; Boston; 1911. Pamphlet. 14
Diehl, J. E.: The Domestic Cat: different breeds and varieties, how to keep and rear them, together with a treatise of their diseases - with symptoms and remedies for them; Associated Fanciers; Philadelphia; 1899. Pamphlet.
Stables, Gordon: Cats, their humane and rational treatment; Chambers's Journal; September 8, 1883; Vol. 60, P. 572.
Charles Baker was an English instructor of the deaf notable for writing some of the earliest school text books suited to deaf children. "Baker's Scientific Class Book," drew contents from the writings of experts in various scientific topics. It comprised 560 pages of close printing illustrated with over 300 wood-cuts and cost 3 shillings and sixpence. This proved too expensive for many schools, so he divided it into the four-volume "Series of Consecutive Lessons." Although the books were self-contained, each volume, subject and lesson was founded on those that preceded it. Where a topic seemed to contradict biblical teachings, Baker added a commentary to reconcile the material with Christian teachings.
I've owned and been fascinated by "Animals, Their Nature And Uses" since I was 6 years old, and despite my childish attempt to colour some of the illustrations, the fragile book survived over 40 years in my care (with only one missing sheet). I scanned it so that it could be safely sealed and stored. I then located two of the remaining three volumes, both for my own interest and to put them all online for others to enjoy.
Man, His Frame and Wants Book I in the "Series of Consecutive Lessons".
Animals, Their Nature and Uses Book II in the "Series of Consecutive Lessons".
Plants, the Earth, and Minerals Book III in the "Series of Consecutive Lessons".
Cosmography, National and Social Life - Book IV in the "Series of Consecutive Lessons". (I haven't located a copy of this yet.)
The Circle of Knowledge - Teacher's Handbook With Footnotes and additional teaching material.
A Biography of Charles Baker from the American Annals of the Deaf and Dumb.
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