As we all know... Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair. Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge. Or so the poem goes. But you may not know that cats, with their associations of witchcraft, were not popular pets in 19th century Britain. And not just in Britain, Napoleon also famously hated cats.
In fact, it wasn't until the Blitz in London in the 1940s that cats really took off as popular pets; both as comforters and a means of keeping down rats and mice displaced by Nazi bombs. And what that means for Victorian Staffordshire collectors is that cats are rare. There were at least 100 Staffordshire dogs produced for every cat, maybe even a 1,000. So why not give one of these rarities a home? Everyone needs a feline friend.