At least when your cat walks over your keyboard you have the trusty delete key on hand to remove his unintelligible work in progress entitled “20395rim;lfkdm’zlkfbhy”… or some sh*t. However, back in the day this wasn’t the case, as a 15th century writer learned when his work was hijacked by medieval kitty:
Now, via medievalist Emir O. Filipovic, evidence that cats have been up to this same mischief for six centuries: inky pawprints, gracing a page of the 13th volume of “Lettere e commissioni di Levante,” which collated copies of letters and instructions that the Dubrovnik/Ragusan government sent to its merchants and envoys throughout southeastern Europe (Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia etc.), according to Filipovic — sort of a 15th-century Federal Register. The particular document that the cat got its paws on dates to March 11th, 1445.
We can only imagine the eloquent language used by the author to curse the discovery and chastise the cat before moving on with the 15th century equivalent of “the hell with this…”