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Animal symbolism:

Chat/Cat: deified in Ancient Egypt, cats were often associated with witches and persecuted during the Middle Ages; a black cat was a bad omen; cats are independent and only appear when and where they want (and not often on Parisian façades!).

Chien/dog: dog with three heads, Cerberus guarded the gates of hell; in Egypt, Anubis (dog headed) took the dead to be judged; the dog is also the helper of hunters and shepherds and the guardian of the house; however, he is rarely flattered by  expressions: a dog's life,a "dog weather" (filthy weather), sick as a dog... This could explain why we see so few of them on façades.

 

see also: Cats