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The oldest (known) cat pawprints

Medievalist Emir O.Filipovic found these inky pawprints on a page of the 13th volume of ”Lettere e comissioni di Levante’, a collection of letters and instructions that the Dubrovnik government sent to its merchants and envoys throughout southeast Europe. In short, an official 15th century Federal Register.

The document the cat walked on dates to March 11th, 1445. Besides making the writer seem real – a man with a cat – the prints proof two other important things: 1. cats were making a mess of one’s work even in 1445 and 2. cats never change.

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