Mimi MatthewsMimi Matthews

Animals – Cats


Feline Dress Improvers: The Victorian Fashion in Bustle Baskets for Cats

For fashionable Victorian ladies with cats, bustles provided a convenient ledge on which to strap a satin-lined cat basket....

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A Victorian Wife's Best Friend: The Role of Cats & Dogs in Cases of Spousal Abuse

For a battered Victorian wife, animal intervention could sometimes mean the difference between life and death. ...

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A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters...And Their Cats!

In a 1777 letter to the editor of London Magazine, a gentleman has appended a proposed bill to levy a tax on old maids....

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A Scientific Justification for Spinsters: Old Maids and Cats in the Victorian Era

An article in the 1880 edition of the Dundee Courier declares that “the old maid would not be typical of her class without the cat.”...

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Boarding Houses for Victorian Cats: Holiday Care for the Family Feline

In the 1880s, cat boarding houses provided a safe place for traveling pet owners to leave their cats....

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Sporting Cats in the 19th Century

Even the best spaniels and retrievers couldn't compete with the “great skill” of a sporting cat....

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Mimi’s books are also available at Penguin Random House, IndieBound and Powell’s, and at Amazon in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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