Saturday, July 20, 2013
Weird Facts About Cats
Posted by Sandee
People once believed that cats might creep into nurseries to steal babies' breaths. Nursemaids were ordered to stand constant watch over the little ones to protect them from the "dreaded" cat.
Applying dried cat skin to the face was thought to cure toothaches, and a whole cat boiled in oil was a cure for wounds in the 1600's.
People have believed that witches could transfer their spirits into any cat. A witch could only perform this ritual transfer nine times, though, because a cat only had nine lives. And when a witch was killed, the witch's cat was often murdered with her.
Cats were sometimes sealed inside walls of houses and other buildings during the Middle Ages to guarantee the structure's good luck.
During the Spanish Inquisition, which began in 1231, cats were considered representatives of the devil, and anyone known to harbor or aid a cat was punished by death.
When Indonesians want it to rain, they just pour a little water over a cat's back.
On St. John's Eve, a cat or two would be cooked over a fire while other domestic animals were driven through the smoke. The ashes of the poor cats were scooped up and retained as a magical powder.
During the Persian invasions of Egypt in the 6th century BC, Persian soldiers often captured and tied cats to their shields. It was impossible for the Egyptians, who worshiped cats, to kill or even harm them, thus giving the Persians the upper hand.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
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