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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Im sure we've heard the whole "cats steal your breath" myth.
What other myths or superstitions have you heard about cats?
post #2 of 28
Black cats are bad luck....
post #3 of 28
I heard that when a cat lays with all of it's paws tucked in and under them that a storm is coming...it's not true!
post #4 of 28
That you can tell how big they'll grow up to be by the size of their paws as kittens.
post #5 of 28
In england it's supposed to be good luck if a black cat crosses your path, but isn't it bad luck in the US?
post #6 of 28
In England black cats are good luck and white cats are bad luck and in the U.S. we have the reverse myth. It's all ridiculous baloney to me.
post #7 of 28
My Gran used to tell us loads of cat tales the only one I remember is about a cat licking its fur the wrong way, its supposed to mean a snowy storm was coming If it sneezed then it was gonna rain, are they true ?? whos knows, I dont think a cat would like to like its fur the wrong way
post #8 of 28
Cats never get hurt when they fall from high places......... That one bothers me a lot because it is so dangerous to the cat if people believe it.
post #9 of 28
Cats have 9-lives. Wouldn't we all like that?
post #10 of 28
somone once told me that calicos represented the devil

Also I read in a dog training book once.. that because a cats tail stands upright and slitheres side to side, that it represents the devil.

Now.. someone really has to dislike cats to practically say that they are demon children of Satan.
post #11 of 28
Purebred cats are "cleaner", a common myth that I have had to debunk many a time.
post #12 of 28
If a cat jumps in a crib with an infant, it will suck it's breath out and kill it! What kinda old wives tail is that!
post #13 of 28
Oh cool I did a project in my surface design class about cat myths. It was a wall hanging and I thought it came out kinda cool, but I had to research a bunch of cat myths. I will see if I can post up a picture of it since we are on the topic.

Here it is:
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
Wow, neat poster Jen.
Cats....the spawn of the devil!? tch.
But you know what, I think the whole black cat thing is the most hurtful
becuz soo many people freak. Thus resulting with the ebony beauties gettin the sour end only because of their fur color...
post #15 of 28
Oh, I love black cats and I believe they are good luck.

I'm particularly upset that most people believe Siamese cats are nasty.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Leto86 View Post
somone once told me that calicos represented the devil
That sounds kind of familiar to me, too.. my whole house (catwise; except Stinky) must represent the devil, then..
post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 
Who sez Siamese are nasty!?
ocicat, that was some very helpful info in the myth bustin dept.
post #18 of 28
Cats make young girls infertile! That is such a load of baloney! I think it comes from Toxoplasmosis (which doesn't make people infertile and chances are higher you get from uncooked meat rather than cats).
post #19 of 28
My ex MIL used to say that cats attract lightning.
She was nutty though. Had all kinds of reasons for not liking cats, not one of them rational.

I think the superstition about cats and babies is based on a sliver of truth, being that a baby's breath might smell of milk and a cat might crawl into the crib to look for the source of the scent. (or just a cozy warm place for a nap)

I love black cats, they seem more intelligent and vocal. Hecate used to try to form words when she meowed. well, it seemed that way, anyway...
post #20 of 28
I heard that if a cat crosses in front of a bride on her way to the church its good luck
post #21 of 28
That cats carry human HIV virus.
post #22 of 28
That it's okay to turn your cat loose in the wild because all cats can fend for themselves. Oh, yeah, Spike's a regular survivalist. He thinks cars are his friend and lettuce is tastier than chicken!
post #23 of 28
well on the creepy date I went on the guy's sister informed me that cats are evil and you can tell by looking at their eyes. And then she went too far she said she'd be happy if every cat on the face of the earth just died right then. And I have heard the siamese are nasty comments before. I used to have a siamese cat and I was telling my neighbor about her and her hubby said they were vicious cats. This is the same person who thinks he has a right to shoot my dogs that are own my property if he wants to.
post #24 of 28
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That it's okay to turn your cat loose in the wild because all cats can fend for themselves. Oh, yeah, Spike's a regular survivalist. He thinks cars are his friend and lettuce is tastier than chicken!
Oh man...that one drives me nuts!!

Along with: spaying a cat will make them lousy hunters (re: barn cats)
post #25 of 28
Believe it or not, a lot of cat myths are rooted in, of all places.....politics!

In the ancient Astru (viking) myths, the goddess Freya was the goddess of fertility, war, love and a few other things...she was quite popular because she had a hand in so many things I suppose

Anyway, Freya's familiar was a black (or white, depends on who tells the story) cat, her day of the week was Friday (freya's day), and her number was 13. When the church was really starting to take hold in europe, pagan children were instead told that Freya was a witch, that cats are evil familiars of witches, and that Friday the 13th was unlucky, in the hopes that it would turn them away from their pagan beliefs.

I'm sorry that I can't post a link to this, I got it the old fashioned way, from a couple of old books that I've had forever. I was always facinated by this stuff
post #26 of 28
That cats can see in the dark. The can see with a lot less light than we can, but not in complete darkness.
post #27 of 28
Friday actually comes from the name of Odin's wife, Frigg. It is very common to see people claim its etymology in Freyja, though (I mean the books you have).

She's one of my favorites too.
post #28 of 28
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Friday actually comes from the name of Odin's wife, Frigg. It is very common to see people claim its etymology in Freyja, though (I mean the books you have).

She's one of my favorites too.

WHAT??? It WASN'T Freya?? And now they also tell me that the brontosaurus never existed, that some clown of a scientist glued the wrong head on the dinosaur skeleton.....that there may actually be 12 planets.....and that Daniel Boone only wore a coonskin cap one time, for a painting.....

My ENTIRE education is a farce!!!!!!!!

There, I feel better now
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