Cat with the Wooden Leg, The

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  • Teideal (Title): Cat with the Wooden Leg, The.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 840109.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): story.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): unavailable.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 07/11/1983.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): evening class.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

A man possesses a cat who is a champion rat-catcher and, consequently, a source of income for his master. One day the cat’s paw is caught in an otter-trap and requires amputation; but the wooden leg installed by its owner proves an even more effective weapon when it comes to rat-catching.


Notwithstanding Joe’s claim that the owner of this animal was his uncle, this story corresponds to an international tale-type, AT 1912.