Saturday, July 20, 2013

Weird Facts About Cats

Cats with only one eye are known as harbingers of luck. If, after encountering one, you spit on your thumb, jab it into the palm of your hand, and make a wish, no doubt the wish will come true!

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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  1. Well, those are mostly horrible facts about cats. Thank goodness those have gone by the wayside, although plenty of horrible people still do unspeakable things to animals. I know you are an animal lover and that you and I are like-minded on this subject. :D

    I suddenly feel the need to go scritch a cat or three. I'll give Gracie a scritch from you!!

    Have yourself a fine day, honey! big hugs xoxo

  2. Sure glad I didn't live in that time. That sounds awful. But all kinds of horrible things happen to cats and dogs in these ages too. Anyway, that is some good info. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Sandee and Zane too. Take care.

  3. Oh my gosh, doesn't sound like the cats were very lucky in some instances, even if others thought they brought good luck.

    Tons of interesting facts. Happy weekend to you!

  4. And in Japan, black cats are good luck. It's very sad how cats have been treated through the ages, considering how much they help keep the vermin down.

  5. Oh, that is so awful. How we have mistreated animals in the past (and many still do).

  6. whoa- poor kitties! Interesting fact about their vocal capabilities- they have a lot to say while dogs well....they don't have much to say other then Woof I love you! and Where's my dinner. Oh yeah- and where's my ball?
    Have a fabulous day- go pet a cat! whoops you can't - so go smile at a cat!

  7. I did not know that cats had so many more vocal sounds than dogs. Very interesting.

  8. Wasn't that whole stealing breath thing done in Creepshow the movie?

  9. Thank you, Sandee, I needed that. :-h

    There was a cat at our friends nursing home who would sit with a resident the day before he or she died. You could set your watch.

  10. yikes, that's disturbing! roche' says he hopes that they don't do it to rocks!

    hugs, bee

  11. whoa, cats sure had it rough way back when. Even Duke felt sorry for the cats

  12. Well you gave me some information I did not know. Cats have had it tough some time! Very interesting. sandie

  13. History did not treat cats very well.

  14. Cats must be so happy that the times have changed Sandee!:) I did not know any of this.

  15. I used to do the Persian Shield thing when I played Ice Hockey. It wasn't easy to duct tape them to my shoulder pads until someone told me to use dead cats.

    Have I got a cat story for you!

  16. Only the Indonesians seem to have a soft approach towards poor cats. Even sprinkling water on a cat is a torture as it shuns water and bath.


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