Any cat owner can tell you that they love their cats, but throughout history, many artists have even been inspired by their cats. T.S. Eliot loved cats and even wrote poems for his friends’ children, which is collected in the book. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
To commemorate the importance of cats in the arts, the British Library offers the rich literary history of cats through books, manuscripts and artwork. One exhibit is Lewis Carroll’s personal copy of the third edition of Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, in which the author scrawled his displeasure at a drawing of Alice holding her pet kitten. “Much over printed,” Carroll fumed. “Very bad.”