Ever tried to paint a cat? It turns out that it’s not as easy as you might expect. It indeed wasn’t for these Medieval artists anyway! While they excelled at painting religious scenes, portraits of Royalty and naked ladies, this particular type of pussy offered an altogether different challenge.

There are a couple of reasons why do these funny cats look as they do in the Medieval art depictions. One of them is that the primary purpose of these paintings was to translate the religious scripts to the illiterate (bear in mind that there were relatively few people who could read - monks, priests, and the nobility), and the other, unnecessary details weren't so scrupulously painted.

On the other hand, linear perspective, giving a painting depth, was not systemized up until the Italian Rennaissance. That's why the given ugly cats look so flat and slightly misshapen.

While most of them have got the basic shape of a feline down to a reasonable tee in these cat illustrations, it is the face that seems to provide the biggest problem. Instead of the cute kitten features, we all know and love, the artists, instead appear to favor a grim, almost human-like look that makes these cat paintings look a bit, well, scary. I guess the drawings do prove though that we have been obsessed with sharing cat memes since way before the internet!

Scroll down to check out the list of Medieval funny cat memes compiled by Bored Panda below, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

#1 Yeah... Fish Is Not Gonna Work, You'll Have To Try Harder

Yeah... Fish Is Not Gonna Work, You'll Have To Try Harder

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stellermatt 1 year ago

pussy... cock... jokes... must.. grown up....

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#2 Done With Life

Done With Life

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Hans 1 year ago

Looks a bit like a face swap with this foozled Jesus fresco.

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#3 What A Cutie

What A Cutie

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Jenn 1 year ago

did someone start to paint a person then went 'ah fuck it - now it's a cat' ?????

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#4 White Cat

White Cat

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stellermatt 1 year ago

all the toes

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#5 Melancholic Cat Plays The Lyre

Melancholic Cat Plays The Lyre

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abbi moon 1 year ago

why does it have a very human looking vagina?

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#6 Cat With Eyebrows

Cat With Eyebrows

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Hans 1 year ago

Fair enough. Probably cats still had eyebrows in these days...

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#7 Hey Cat. Stop Licking Your Butt On The Book Of Maccabees Or You’ll Get An Arrow

Hey Cat. Stop Licking Your Butt On The Book Of Maccabees Or You’ll Get An Arrow

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

Genius. I hope the guy who drew her got a good long laugh--all the way to his next 7-year transcription

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#8 The True King

The True King

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stellermatt 1 year ago

*smile, he must have finished painting now, keep smiling*

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#9 This Must Be A Cat From The Hallucinogenic Meadows Of Scotland

This Must Be A Cat From The Hallucinogenic Meadows Of Scotland

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Shmily Riley 1 year ago

I'm feeling better and better about my cat drawing abilities.

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#10 This Cat Is Starring Into Your Soul

This Cat Is Starring Into Your Soul

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Hans 1 year ago

and it has lips...

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#11 I Know I Don't Want To Know What These Two Just Saw

I Know I Don't Want To Know What These Two Just Saw

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webbkitten 1 year ago

I really want to know what's on the far side of this pic

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#12 This Bathing Cat

This Bathing Cat

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stellermatt 1 year ago

Yeah Frank, I'm taking a bath, so what?! paint a picture, it'll last longer! oh...

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#13 The Cat You Cannot Unsee

The Cat You Cannot Unsee

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

He's got a coke claw

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#14 I Want To Have Whatever That Cat Is Having

I Want To Have Whatever That Cat Is Having

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

Oh, at first I thought "this cat looks like a dog"... before scrolling

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#15 Look At Those Lovely Eyes

Look At Those Lovely Eyes

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

Derp Cat!

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#16 Casual Cat Life

Casual Cat Life

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Dutch Sinco 1 year ago

Cat with a pet rat h0w nice

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#17 This Bishop Cat

This Bishop Cat

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

That's not a cat. That's King Ringtail Julien XIII!

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#18 Medieval Cheshire Cat

Medieval Cheshire Cat

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Magpie 1 year ago

No that is a demon.....oh nevermind.

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#19 Is This A Cat, A Dog Or A Boar?

Is This A Cat, A Dog Or A Boar?

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Daria B 1 year ago

This one is kinda cute.

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#20 The One And Only Love

The One And Only Love

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webbkitten 1 year ago

Why is he wearing lipstick? did he plan this date?

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#21 Cat Rider

Cat Rider

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Magpie 1 year ago

At least all the parts of the face are facing the same way this time.

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#22 Defiant Cat Riding A Horse

Defiant Cat Riding A Horse

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Magpie 1 year ago

This one made me laugh :)

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#23 I Has Mowse

I Has Mowse

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webbkitten 1 year ago

why does the mouse look so normal and the cat look so...so wrong?

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#24 Nativity Scene

Nativity Scene

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

Monkeys planet

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#25 Snailcat

Snailcat

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Luna Matara 1 year ago

Gary: meauw

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#26 Zombie Petting A Cat

Zombie Petting A Cat

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

It's a pity that cats had eaten all that giant strawberries at middle ages so they have been extinguished before I was born, I would love them!

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#27 This Looks Like A Lizard Pretending To Be A Cat

This Looks Like A Lizard Pretending To Be A Cat

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

And the black thing is a ....

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#28 Catnip Trip

Catnip Trip

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Pillow 1 year ago

Just wondering, if any of this artists ever seen a cat?

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#29 Magpie Inspecting The Cat’s Butt

Magpie Inspecting The Cat’s Butt

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

Cat seems to be celebrating #NoShaveNovember!

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#30 Catsnail

Catsnail

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Heather 1 year ago

Gary, from Spongebob: Mrowr

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#31 Medieval OMG Cat

Medieval OMG Cat

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webbkitten 1 year ago

me by the end of the week

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#32 Wild Cats

Wild Cats

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Jef Bateman 1 year ago

I think they are weasels. I thought that the one in the tree was the body of one turned into some abominable object of worship at first, but it is a weasel getting some bird eggs.

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#33 Because Why Shouldn't A Cat Be Playing A Stringed Instrument?

Because Why Shouldn't A Cat Be Playing A Stringed Instrument?

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Christopher Mack 1 year ago

Hey Diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle....

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#34 Cat Churning Butter

Cat Churning Butter

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Dragonet 1 year ago

At least it actully looks ok... semi-catish...?

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#35 Cats’ Habits

Cats’ Habits

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Gali Soff 1 year ago

the middle one has the pattern of .. The Dress https://www.google.com/search?q=the+dress&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9g57bt4_aAhUOVa0KHWFlA4YQ_AUICigB&biw=1250&bih=652 😂

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#36 Bipedal Cat Monsters Eating A Leech?

Bipedal Cat Monsters Eating A Leech?

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Luna Matara 1 year ago

It's remind me of "something"

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#37 That Kitten Is Not... Ok

That Kitten Is Not... Ok

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

That "kitten" looks like an overgrown rat... 🐀🐀🐀🐀

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#38 A Feline With The Blues

A Feline With The Blues

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webbkitten 1 year ago

too much catnip

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#39 I Can Has A Spindle?

I Can Has A Spindle?

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

Where you looking for disney princesses?

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#40 Cloaked And Flower-Tailed Feline

Cloaked And Flower-Tailed Feline

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

And where is this man putting his hands?

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#41 Queen Cat And A Monkey Pope Tripping Balls?

Queen Cat And A Monkey Pope Tripping Balls?

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MammaG 1 year ago

Balls being tripped fo sho.

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#42 Monkey Hugging A Kitten - No Wonder The She Took It As Her Own

Monkey Hugging A Kitten - No Wonder The She Took It As Her Own

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Jef Bateman 1 year ago

Why do they put so many monkeys with the cats? Is it because monkeys used to be common as pets?

#43 Medieval Cat Or The Ouroboros? 'Tis The Catouroboros

Medieval Cat Or The Ouroboros? 'Tis The Catouroboros

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Jenn 1 year ago

why does he have 2 different feet?

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#44 Alien Cat

Alien Cat

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Magpie 1 year ago

Hey at least this one kindof got the shape of the pupil right.

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#45 White Cat

White Cat

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Peggy Penguin 1 year ago

He looks blue to me!!!

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#46 Winged Cross-Eyed Kitteh

Winged Cross-Eyed Kitteh

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Olivia MacEntee 1 month ago

tis thy cow

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#47 Butt Licking Cat

Butt Licking Cat

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MadamButterfly 1 year ago

Cats have no shame.

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#48 He Hates Meeces To Pieces

He Hates Meeces To Pieces

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Magpie 1 year ago

The lizard on the right is nicely done tho'.

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#49 Classic Cat And Mouse Relationship

Classic Cat And Mouse Relationship

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Magpie 1 year ago

That mouse has a beak ????

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#50 Hudy-Gurdy Cat

Hudy-Gurdy Cat

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

Naah.. That's his skateboard!

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#51 Someone Please Take That Kitten Out Of It's Misery

Someone Please Take That Kitten Out Of It's Misery

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

I like how the monkey express tenderness and care

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#52 Floral Border Cat

Floral Border Cat

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Dragonet 1 year ago

Weasal

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#53 The King Of The Cats... Or Maybe Demons That Went Through A Food Processor?

The King Of The Cats... Or Maybe Demons That Went Through A Food Processor?

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Kristyn Schulz 1 year ago

demons through a food processor LMAO!!!

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#54 Initial Cat

Initial Cat

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MammaG 1 year ago

Giving a massage?

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#55 Drumming Cat

Drumming Cat

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KismetTheFox 11 months ago

Yo listen up here’s a story... Bout a little guy that’s blue, inside and outside Blue his house, with a blue little window

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#56 Marginal Kitten

Marginal Kitten

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Réka Kaszala 1 year ago

I mean...at least its kinda cute...kinda

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#57 Devil And The Cat Worshippers Kissing The Cat’s Butt

Devil And The Cat Worshippers Kissing The Cat’s Butt

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webbkitten 1 year ago

wait a minute, I've seen this episode before.

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#58 Kissing A Cat

Kissing A Cat

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KismetTheFox 11 months ago

Fuckin human bout to lose some shit

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#59 Mouse Holder

Mouse Holder

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

Cats are looking sad...

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#60 Keyboard Cat

Keyboard Cat

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Miss Cris 1 year ago

Giant rat!=8O

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