All over the town center you will see cats on buildings.
There are 21 cats on buildings in York. The majority of the surviving examples date from the Victorian era, originally the statues go back too Medieval times and were put up to keep rats away, the black rat once numerous in England (before the Brown Rat muscled in) was a noted climber and would live in house lofts. The Cat statue was also ment to bring luck to the occupants. The Victorians carried on this tradition as a decorative feature. ( Cat pictures from Hubby)
You also find a lot of street performers in York.