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Cats and superstitions

Cats and superstitions

Cats and superstitions


All cats are excellent hunters. They have acute senses and sharp teeth and claws. Even most domestic cats could survive in the wild by catching mice, small birds, insects, and other creatures. The mirrorlike layer inside the eye reflects the light at the back of the eye. This is why a cat’s eyes shine in the dark.
Kittens spend hours chasing their tails, springing on each other, and having mock fights. Their play helps them develop hunting skills, quick reactions.
Cats were probably first domesticated in ancient Egypt about 5,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptians kept domestic cats to guard grain stores. Cats became so celebrated that some were worshiped as gods, and statues were made. The Egyptians mummified large numbers of them and placed them in tombs so they could continue to serve their owners in their afterlife.

Cats are famous for their cleanliness. Every day they spend at least an hour washing their fur with saliva and licking it with their rough-surfaced tongues. This makes the fur smooth and glossy. It also helps keep body heat in, removes pests, and stimulates the skin’s blood flow.
For thousands of years, black cats have been associated with magic and witchcraft. They are still believed by some people to bring both good and bad luck.
The Japanese were afraid of cats and respected them. On the one hand, these animals were considered to be representatives of dark forces, on the other, they patronized commerce. Japanese emperors often had cats and they enjoyed all the privileges of real courtiers.
With the increasing influence of Christianity in Europe, the cat was declared a devil’s offspring. Cats, especially black, began to be caught in all countries of Europe and to be burnt at the stake. Radical measures led to a sharp decrease in the cat population in Europe. Rats and mice literally flooded the European countries, and brought a terrible “black death”. In the first half of the fourteenth century, three quarters of the population of Europe died from the plague epidemic, which became a kind of payment to torturers and executioners of cats.
In the X-XI centuries, black cats were especially popular among English seamen. They were the guarantee that sailing would be safe. If the ship was in distress, first of all they saved the cats.
Japanese sailors also took cats, but only red and only as a victim. If the storm began, it was necessary to throw the red cat overboard to get indulgence in the raging elements. But the sailors of other countries considered it was a bad omen to see a cat that fell overboard. It was believed that this would cause a terrible storm. And even if the ship survived, it would be cursed for 9 years.
Cats successfully treat stresses, diseases of the nervous system and diseases of internal organs. They have the opportunity (and most importantly – the desire) to relieve you of osteochondrosis, arthrosis, radiculitis, hypertension, bronchitis, pneumonia, stomach ulcers, gastritis and many other diseases.

Cats in paintings

Monuments to cats

Andrei Sikorsky. Cats of famous artists