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Cat Tales

August 15, 2021

Cats are extremely mysterious little creatures, who have certainly gained a reputation in which these myths and legends came. In fact, for an adorable, innocent-looking pet, kitties are known for being mischievous, earning them a collection of urban and rural legends. Here, a local veterinarian lists some of them.


Cat Goddesses

Our feline pals have been associated with many different goddesses. The most popular of which might be Egypt’s Bastet, who was often shown in cat form. The ancient Greeks had their own feline goddess, Ailuros, but also associated kitties with Artemis and Athena. Driving a chariot pulled by two large cats is the Norse goddess Freya. Durga and Parvati, both Hindu goddesses, were also closely related to big kitties.


Luck

Cats have also long been correlated to luck, both good and bad. As you probably know, black cats have been considered bad luck in Western mythology. This is extremely unfortunate, as this superstition continues to this day, and plays a hand in the low adoption rates of black kitties. In other eras and cultures, black felines have been considered to be lucky. In some cases, a cat’s luck depends on her color. For example, Buddhist mythology states that kitties with dark fur bring gold, while lighter-colored cats bring silver. Russian Blue kitties are considered to be lucky in Russia. In China, luck and age are related, with older cats being the most lucky.


Pussy Willow

The pussy willow story is one of the most endearing legends about our feline companions. This lore starts with a playful litter of kittens chasing butterflies on a sunny spring day. Sadly, the kittens fell into a river. Their desperate mother cried out in distress. Hearing her scared meows, a willow tree on the riverbank lowered its branches into the water. Grabbing the branches, the kittens climbed to safety, crying and soaking wet. According to this myth, willow trees have extended branches with furry ‘kitten’ buds every spring since then.


Immortality

Finally, we have that old belief about cats having nine lives. We all know this isn’t true. While some of our furry friends do have an uncanny ability to dodge dangerous situations, this is usually by sheer luck. Keep your kitty safe and sound inside. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to overload your feline with soft beds, treats, fun toys, and catnip.


For information on taking care of your cat, contact your local vet!


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