"I had not seen cats’ meat-sellers for weeks"

The cats’ meat man was a common British phenomenon from the 17th century, when people began to keep domesticated pets, until the early 20th century when packaged pet food became widely available. With a wheelbarrow full of horsemeat which was unfit for human consumption (and sometimes too rotten even for pets) the cats’ meat man would hawk his wares around the streets of the city, a trail of cats and dogs in his wake.

For more on the life of a cats’ meat man, including the perils it sometimes entailed, see here.