The Cat That Walked by Himself, or in this case, sat by himself.

by Daniel Mackie May 01, 2012

Cat, watercolour painting in progress

Cat in the Garden

The longest story in Rudyard Kipling’s Just so Stories is, The Cat That Walked by Himself. It explains how all wild animals became domesticated by man except for the wildest of all, the cat. If you have read the story, like me you would have probably found it enchanting.

It is commonly believed that cats were domesticated in ancient Egypt, but there is evidence that cats were domesticated even earlier in the The Neolithic Age (about 10,000 BC.) But are cats really domesticated? As Kipling notes they just seem to have evolved to take advantage of human beings!

This watercolour in progress has a nod towards the just so story in that although this cat is a domestic cat he has something of the wild tiger about him!

View Daniel’s shop at The DM collection

Daniel Mackie
Daniel Mackie


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in News / Work in progress / Mythology

Kingfisher - Halcyon Days

by Daniel Mackie March 12, 2021

In Greek mythology, Halcyone and Ceyx were lovers who incurred the wrath of the god Zeus by mocking him and his wife. Angered, Zeus killed Ceyx.

Read More

Belling The Cat- Aesop's Fable

by Daniel Mackie December 30, 2020

Ideas are nothing, execution is everything.
Belling the Cat is a fable first recored in the 12th ceuntry. A group of mice debate plans to neutralise the threat of a marauding cat. One of them has an idea of placing a bell around its neck, so that they will be warned of its approach. The others applaud the plan, until one mouse asks who will volunteer to place the bell on the cat. All of them make excuses!

Read More

Tiger in Buckinghamsire!

by Daniel Mackie June 14, 2020

This is Mack's Tiger. It was part of a school project based on my work and a theme of animals in the natural habitat.  Mack created this on Procreate on his mums iPad

Read More