‘Miaou’ means ‘woof’ in cat.
George Carlin
If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh.
Patricia Hitchcock

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.

However, there remains an aura of superstition around the kitty that continues to  linger. Here’s just a few:

♦ 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.

Soul Gifting August 2017

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

Steps for Peace

 There are two means of refuge
from the misery of life —
music and cats. 
Albert Schweitzer


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14 thoughts on “Miaou

  1. Give a dog food love and attention and it will think you are a god.
    Give a cat food love and attention and it will think it is a god.
    I love cats but they do kill millions of birds and other wild life.

  2. As a feline myself, I have to comment here! And reblog, of course. How on earth that little blond boy kept a straight face throughout, I don’t know – brilliant! Thank you. There’s another great version of this duet with Monserrat Caballé and Montserrat Marti at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KTqeGq4UNg. I am so grateful to be following Australian bloggers – you always have something to engage me over my morning coffee, before the rest of the world is up!

  3. Reblogged this on catterel and commented:
    High time we had a blog about CATS again, I think, and what could be better that the Duetto Biffo di Due Gatti by Rossini? My favourite performer of this is actually Montserrat Caballé – she is a true pussy cat!t

  4. First of all, I love the quotes that you selected for this post! I never thought of “miow” as “woof” in cat, that’s just brilliant. The Twain quote amused me more than it should – “hold a cat by its tail” – what? Hold a cat by its tail and get scratched and bitten, more likely 😀 My cat hates it when I touch her tail, though it’s so cute that I sometimes can’t resist.

    Most of all, though, I’d like to thank you very, very much for the honour of being including among your carefully chosen Soul Giftees! It came as a huge surprise to me and I can’t even begin to say how much I appreciate this. Thank you for being around!

    1. I understood the Twain quote as him cheekily referring to the obvious consequences – outrage, biting and scratching 🙂 Cats are very precious about their appendage!
      It was my pleasure and delight that you graciously agreed to be the August giftee. thank YOU 🙂

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