Cats licking their butts in some weird medieval paintings.

Cats Licking Their Butts

Medieval people had no problem imagining cats licking their butts, and here are pictures that prove it.

During the Middle Ages, monks made “illuminated manuscripts” – holy books whose pages were filled with beautiful illustrations. The flowers and ivy patterns were sometimes used to fill the page. By illustrating the stories, they would sometimes give the words more depth. There were also pictures of cats licking their butts.

Cats licking their bottoms is a strangely common theme in medieval art, and nobody knows why. These etchings could simply have been created by bored monks amusing themselves. A naughty picture of a cat got sneaked into a serious book because they thought it would be funny. Thus, the monks spent their boring days scribbling pictures of these beautiful animals taking care of their basic hygiene.

However, that’s just a theory. A medieval monk was the only one to comment on it, and he saw it as a waste of time and ink. He expressed his gratitude to God by writing, “Good Lord.”

The monks may not have been the only ones. People may have drawn them in their free time, sketched them in their spare time. Think about it, medieval times must have been very boring, and a cat licking its own butthole must have been one of the few things that brightened the day. Sadly, only the monks’ creations have survived the test of time.

Pictures Of Medieval Cats Licking Their Butts

“In 2004, the unearthing of an even older site at Cyprus, in which a cat had been deliberately buried with a human, made it even more certain that the island’s ancient cats were domesticated and pushed the domestication date back at least another 1,500 years.”

Based on genetic analyses, a study published in the research journal Science further clarified the cat-domestication puzzle. “All domestic cats,” the authors declared, “descended from a Middle Eastern wildcat, Felis sylvestris, which literally means “cat of the woods.”

It is believed that cats were first domesticated in the Near East, between 12,000 and 13,000 years ago.

Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

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Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

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Cats Licking Their Butts

Cats Licking Their Butts

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