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If a black cat crosses your path, it is bad luck.

If you are driving and a black cat crosses the road, you must turn around and go back to where you came from or bad luck will fall upon you.

Cats suck the breath from sleeping newborn infants.

Seeing a white cat at night is bad luck.

Dreaming of a white cat will bring good luck.

It will rain if a cat washes behind its ears.

If a cat licks its tail, a storm is coming.

If a cat washes its face, it will rain.

if a cat washes its face, it is a sign of good weather.

Bathing a cat will cause it to rain.

If a cat sits with its back to the fire, expect a frost.

If a cat claws a carpet, it will be very windy.

If you pay money for a cat, it will never catch mice for you.

If a cat washes its face, company is coming.

Cats are psychic.

Cats have nine lives.

Cats can see ghosts.

Cats can speak with the dead.

If a cat purrs, a ghost is in the room.

Owning a black cat is good luck.

If a cat sleeps with all four paws tucked under it, cold weather is approaching.

A black cat crossing one's path by moonlight means death in an epidemic.

A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity.

Sleeping with a cat is good luck.

A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it.

Something bad will happen to you if your cat cries when you leave for a journey.

It is bad luck to cross a stream carrying a cat.

It is bad luck to see a strange black cat on Friday the 13th.

When you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it on the back of your hand and make a wish. The wish will come true.

English schoolchildren believe seeing a white cat on the way to school is sure to bring trouble. To avert bad luck, they must either spit, or turn aronud completely and make the sign of the cross.

A charm made from cat whiskers will bring bad luck, disease, or death to its victims.

Pulling a cats tail will lead to bad luck as the cat will inevitably turn around and bite you.

When moving to a new home, put the cat in through the window, not the door, so that it will not leave.

In Transylvania, if a cat jumps over a corpse, the corpse will become a vampire.

In Scotland, if a cat enters a room with a dead body in it, the next person to touch the cat will be blinded.

In Italy in the 1500's, if a black cat lay on the bed of a sick man, he would die.

In Italy in the 1500's, if a cat leaves the house where someone is about to die, it is a bad omen.

If you have stye, rub your eyelid with the tail of a black cat; it will be cured.

If a cat ran ahead of a sailor to the pier, it is good luck; if it crossed his path, it is bad luck.

Cats on ships brought good luck.

If the ship's cat approached the sailor, it was good luck. If the cat stopped before reaching the sailor, it was bad luck.

Throwing the ship's cat overboard, would cause bad luck of all sorts, including heavy storms.

In France, if you find one white hair on a black cat, Lady Luck will smile upon you.

It is lucky to own a black cat in England, but it is unlucky to cross it's path.

In the early 16th century, a visitor to an English home would always kiss the cat to bring good luck.

If you kick a cat, you will develop rheumatism in that leg.

If you drown a cat, you will end up drowning.

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

If you are a farmer and kill a cat, expect your cattle to mysteriously die.

Tortoiseshell cats can see into the future and can give the gift to one lucky child in the household.

Placing a cat in an empty cradle of a newlywed couple will bring many children.

Dreaming of a cat means bad luck will befall you in the future.

In Rome, dreaming of being scratched by a black cat, foretold sickness and trouble.

In the Dark Ages, placing a live cat in the foundation of a building will bring good luck to its inhabitants.

If you are a fisherman's wife, keep a black cat at home to prevent disaster at sea.

If a cat continually looks out a window on any given day, rain is on it's way.

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

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

Dream of a multi-colored cat and you will have luck making friends.

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

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

Dream that you are a cat, and you have personal problems.

If a cat is trying to get in your house then he is trying to tell you something about your life.
post #2 of 3
Those were fun!

Do you think we could bring back the one about "if you drown a cat, you'll die by drowning" only modify it to "if you kill a cat, you will die the same way"? It would sure deter some people . . .
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If you kick a cat, you will develop rheumatism in that leg.

If you drown a cat, you will end up drowning.

As it should be...grrrrrr on those people!

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