Having taken our name from one of literature’s most famous moggies I wanted to offer up nine literary cats for your consideration.

Our list must begin with our very own Cheshire Cat of course.

And you can take your pick from T.S. Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ though mine would be Macavity.

J.K. Rowling does a fine cat, Crookshanks and Mrs Norris are just two.

For spookiest cat I nominate the spectral beast in M.R. James’s ghost story ‘The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral’. The line; ‘there is no kitchen cat…’ says it all.

For out and out adoration and brilliant observation of the species, Christopher Smart’s poem ‘My Cat Jeoffrey’ is wonderful.

And though we never meet her, I always wondered what Graymalkin in Macbeth would have been like – certainly the First Witch was attached to her.

No cat list could be complete without P.G.Wodehouse’s Webster from his Mr Mulliner series.

And my final cat is conjured up from the margins of a copy of St Paul’s Epistles and was the work of an Irish monk in the ninth century.

It begins;

‘I and Pangur Bán, my cat,
‘Tis a like task we are at;
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.’

As always you suggestions are most welcome if you have your own pet literary cats.

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