E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
This cat wanted to know what was good for life, and everyone gave her queer answers. The owl said, Meditate, O cat; and so she tried to think which could have come first, the fowl or the egg. (Short Studies on Great Subjects.)
If I were to ask, like Froudes cat, What is my duty? you would answer, I suppose, like the sagacious animal in the parable, Get your own dinuer . that is my duty, I suppose.Edna Lyall: Donovan, chap. ix.