‘Miaou’ means ‘woof’ in cat.
If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh.
Cats have let us humans into their lives for about 4000 years. They had the Ancient Egyptians twisted around their tales. Seriously – they were worshipped as gods and goddesses. Some of them were even mummified.
From there they moved on to conquer the rest of the world. Genghis Khan, Hannibal, Julius Caesar and Napoleon were mere amateurs in comparison. By 500 BC cats had become the most popular pet in China, continuing on to take dominion in India and Japan. From there they moved on to take over the Roman Empire and Britain where they were declared to be sacred and valuable animals by the King of Wales. Killing a cat was an offence punishable by death.
Something horrid happened to cats in the Middle Ages which ruined their reputation. Considered to be animals of sin and Satan the order went out to kill all cats. The spin off from this was that the rodent population soared in numbers instead of being controlled by the cats munching on them. Leading to the pandemic called the Black Plague. The ultimate cat revenge.
Human Masters of the Sea, however, knew the cat’s true reputation and kept them on board to control rodents and the spread of disease. Cats of course took advantage and jumped ship to populate the Americas thanks to Christopher Columbus.
Queen Victoria, bless her little cotton socks, restored the reputation of the feline species. Their fame and fortune lives on to this day. Cats have conquered the world, becoming the world’s favourite and most common pet by the 1990’s – 500,000,000 of the furry felines deign to live with Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers and us lowly plebeians.
♦ a cat can turn a dead human into a vampire by leaping over the corpse
♦ if a cat is thrown overboard there will be a terrible storm and the ship will sink
♦ a cat sitting on a tombstone means that person’s soul belongs to the Devil
♦ seeing a white cat at night is bad luck
♦ a black cat turning away from you steals your luck but if it doesn’t turn it’s good luck
♦ walking under a ladder after a black cat will give you bad luck
♦ kicking a cat will give you rheumatism in that leg
♦ seeing a white cat on the road is a sign of good luck
♦ finding a white hair on a black cat will bring luck
♦ having a strange black cat sitting on your porch brings prosperity
♦ if a black cat sneezes on a bride’s wedding day, she will have a happy marriage
♦ if a cat washes it’s face in your parlour you will get visitors
♦ sailors thought it good luck to have a cat on board and had a whole screed of superstitions about cats on board a ship.
If you hold a cat by the tail you will learn things you cannot learn any other way. Mark Twain.
I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days. Bill Dana.
As always, it delights me to make this announcement. The recipient of August 2017 Soul Gifting is Mara Eastern who describes herself as a ‘sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.’ And she is the ‘custodian of a cat’. Have a peek at her work. Go on – you just might find yourself laughing.
© Raili Tanska
There are two means of refuge
from the misery of life —
music and cats.
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