Beast

Sources : Cat

Herodotus [c. 484 – c. 425 BCE] (Histories, Book 2) There are many household animals [in Egypte]; and there would be many more, were it not for what happens to the cats. When the females have kittened they will not consort with the males; and these seek them but cannot get their will of them; so their device is to steal and carry off and kill the kittens (but they do not eat what they have killed). The mothers, deprived of their young and desiring to have more will then consort with the males; for they are creatures that love offspring. - [Godley translation]

Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 2:38): The cat (musio) gets its name because it attacks the mouse (mus). Some say its name is cattus, from capture; others that it is cattat (sees) because it sees so sharply (acute) that it overcomes darkness.

Bartholomaeus Anglicus [13th century CE] (De proprietatibus rerum, book 18): He is a full lecherous beast in youth, swift, pliant, and merry, and leapeth and reseth on everything that is to fore him: and is led by a straw, and playeth therewith: and is a right heavy beast in age and full sleepy, and lieth slyly in wait for mice: and is aware where they be more by smell than by sight, and hunteth and reseth on them in privy places: and when he taketh a mouse, he playeth therewith, and eateth him after the play. In time of love is hard fighting for wives, and one scratcheth and rendeth the other grievously with biting and with claws. And he maketh a ruthful noise and ghastful, when one proffereth to fight with another: and unneth is hurt when he is thrown down off an high place. And when he hath a fair skin, he is as it were proud thereof, and goeth fast about: and when his skin is burnt, then he bideth at home; and is oft for his fair skin taken of the skinner, and slain and flayed. [Robert Steele, Mediaeval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus edition of 1905]