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Cat Superstitions Throughout History

Cat Superstitions Throughout History

You have heard of the superstition about black cats crossing your path meaning bad luck. That was left over from medieval folklore that black cats are actually witches and are demonic.

We have collected some superstitions and myths, real and not so real, and reveal the truth about them and your cats.

Do Cats Represent Evil?

Of course, we know that's not true, but cats became known in the Middle Ages to represent pride, treachery and envy.

They've had a dark and spooky reputation, even though at one point in human history, cats were revered and considered god-like. In the Middle Ages, however, people were afraid of cats.

In Japan it was good luck if a black cat crossed your path, but in Germany, if the cat walks left to right in front of you it's good, but if it walks the other direction, it is very bad.

In Italy, a cat jumping on a bed next to a sick person spells doom for that person, who supposedly will die soon. In Scotland, a black cat on your doorstep means you will come into some money. While, in China, black cats may bring you poverty.

Do Cats Have Nine Lives?

Unfortunately, these beautiful creatures only have one life, but it's widely repeated that cats have nine lives.

The idea comes from ancient Egypt, and was spread around by William Shakespeare. In the play "Romeo and Juliet," Shakespeare discusses the nine lives of cats, and in ancient Egypt in some of the earliest records of human history, cats were revered as divine creatures with mystical powers who also reincarnated and resurrected.

Cats Hate Other Cats

Your cat may seem to like being alone, but cats can and do socialize well, and are capable of having cat dates and developing friendships. Wild cats can live in colonies and as long as there are separate eating, sleeping and litter box areas they will be just fine. They don't like to share.

Cats Are Unloving

Certainly any cat-lover knows this is a very untrue myth, but many of our dog-only friends will repeat this common idea that cats don't love us.

Sure, it's true that domestic cats may be more independent than domestic dogs but that's because dogs were bred to be more dependent on humans and to hang around more than cats. A study by the University of Lincoln showed that cats don't get distressed as much as dogs when the owners leave the house, and they don't seem particularly bothered by the absence. That doesn't mean they don't miss you, and they won't show you they love you with a snuggle or purr when you return. You have to do a lot of petting for it though.

Rubbing Butter to Find Her Way Home?

It sounds a bit crazy, but there is a long-time myth that if you rub butter on a cat's paw when you move and let them out, they will find their way back home. The thought is that it will remove the smell of the feline's old habitat and be able to get adjusted to the new home, but it's all a complete myth, and may only get your kitty a bit fatter when she licks the butter off.
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