Cat Mine: Your Source of Information about Cats
Is a cat the right pet for you? Your cat will depend on you throughout her life, and with proper care, may live 15 years or more. Are you willing and able to care properly for her and provide a stable home for that long?
Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods, cats have never forgotten this. The Egyptians worshipped the cat as a god, and had tame cats 4,000 years ago. When a house cat died, the family and servants shaved their eyebrows and went into mourning. The death of a temple cat was mourned by the whole city. Many mummies of cats have been found, prepared in the same manner as the mummies of kings and nobles. The penalty for killing a cat was death.
The tame cat was
rare in Europe until after A.D. 1000. In European superstition the cat was
usually an evil spirit rather than a god. The devil was often pictured as a
black cat and the familiar spirits of witches were supposed to take the shape of
cats. Even today some people believe that a black cat crossing their path will
bring them bad luck.
hat they have "nine lives" is part of an ancient superstition. People associated luck with cats and the number nine was considered to be especially lucky because it was a "trinity of trinities". While cats are remarkably resilient they do, of course, only have one life.
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