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Cats can forecast the weather: they predict the wind by clawing at carpets and curtains; rain is highly likely when a cat busily washes its ears.

In mythology, the cat was believed to have great influence on the weather. Witches who rode on storms took the form of cats. The dog, an attendant of the storm king Odin, was a symbol of wind. Cats came to symbolize down-pouring rain, and dogs to symbolize strong gusts of wind. This may be where the phrase "it's raining cats and dogs" originated.

Some people believed that if a cat washes its face and paws in the parlor, company's coming.

If a cat continually looks out a window on any day, rain is on the way.

Some cats can predict earthquakes (actually, there is some truth in this "folklore").

When a girl living in the Ozark Mountains received a proposal of marriage and was uncertain whether to accept, she folded and placed 3 hairs from a cat's tail into a paper under her doorstep. The next morning, she would unfold the paper to see if the hairs had formed themselves into a Y or N before answering her suitor.

Sailors used cats to predict the voyages they were about to embark upon. Loudly mewing cats meant that it would be a difficult voyage. A playful cat meant that it would be a voyage with good and gusty winds.

Some people believe that cats are able to see the human aura, the energy field that surrounds each of us.

Dream of a tortoise shell cat and you will be lucky in love.

Dream of a ginger cat and you will be lucky in money and business.

Dream of a black and white cat and you'll have luck with children.

Dream of a tabby and you will have luck with your home.

Dream of a multicolored cat and you will have luck making friends.

If early American cats sat with their backs to the fire, the owners knew it foretold a cold snap.

A cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means bad weather is coming.

Some people believe that cats may be able to see the spectre of death.

If a cat washes behind its ears, it will rain (no doubt this superstition began in some very rainy country!)

If you find a white hair on a black cat, you will have good luck.

One Roman dream interpretation was that dreaming of being badly scratched by a cat foretold sickness and trouble.

French peasants thought that black cats could find buried treasure, if they followed a specific ritual: find an intersection where 5 roads connected, then turn the cat loose and follow him.

Tortoiseshell cats were believed to be able to see into the future and could give the gift to a lucky child in the household.

Sailors believed that if a cat licked its fur against the grain it meant a hailstorm was coming; if it sneezed, rain was on the way; and if it was frisky, the wind would soon blow.

Sacred cats kept in a sanctuary in ancient Egypt were carefully tended by priests who watched them day and night. The priests interpreted the cat's movements - twitch of a whisker, yawn, or stretch - into a prediction of an event that would happen in the future.

The Pennsylvania Dutch place a cat in an empty cradle of a newlywed couple. The cat was supposed to grant their wish for children.
In Scandinavia, the cat stood for fertility.

It was a popular belief that cats could start storms through magic stored in their tails - so sailors always made sure that they were well-fed and contented.

The Hindu believed the cat was the symbol for childbirth.