“Cats were sometimes eaten as a famine food during harsh winters, poor harvests, and wartime. Cat gained notoriety as ‘roof rabbit’ in Central Europe’s hard times during and between World War I and World War II.”
“Cat has also been eaten in Britain. During wartime rationing, cats found their way into ‘rabbit’ stews/pies and hence earned themselves the nickname ‘roof-rabbit’. . . . The following rhyme summed up the keeping of cats in peace-time and the eating of them in times of hardship.