Cats are animals that have lived with humans for many years. Favorite soft toys have always had a strong energy that protected the house from evil forces. It has long been established that they can treat the host for various diseases.
Not without reason, at random, it is always the cat which is launched first in the house.
Cats are the real talismans. Those who have it in their homes are already waiting for something good and auspicious. Its color can say a lot. For example, white cats are able to heal, and black ones will help to have monetary wealth.
In this article, we will look at 10 interesting facts about cats and cats.
10. Domestication took place around 9500 years ago
Few people know that cats were first domesticated about six thousand years ago. It happened in ancient Egypt. But right now, archaeologists are finding various images of cats dating back 4,000 to 5,000 years.
Not far from the city of Hieron, the remains of people were found, and next to them – cats. The approximate age is around 9000 years old. It should be noted that statuettes were found during excavations in Turkey. The figurines represented women with cats. The approximate date of birth is the 6th millennium BC.
There are also other data. They are updated almost every year. Scientists tried to prove that the cats were first in Cyprus, then moved to Egypt with people from the Middle East. This is what says that animals have lived with humans for nearly 10,000 years.
9. Around 200 breeds have been selected
Geneticists have bred about 200 breeds of cats. These animals are well adapted to life at home. But at the same time, they gradually begin to forget about their real purpose – to catch mice.
In most cases, cats and cats live in our house in order to pet them or give them something tasty to eat. Most often, Rathunters and Mousehunters are found only in villages. And even then, not everywhere.
At present, even rare breeds have been bred. For example, these include Munchkins – short-legged cats. They also have another name – “dachshund cats”.
One of the newer but rare breeds is the toyger. They are cats that look like tigers. They first appeared in Italy. Outwardly, they resemble small domestic tigers.
8. Cream Puff – a real long-liver, lived 38 years
One of the famous cats that entered the Guinness Book of Records for its longevity is called Cream Puff.. She lived 38 years and three days.
A cat named Cream lived in the United States with its owner. Many experts believe that the secret to the long life of these animals is a special diet. It included foods like eggs, bacon, and broccoli.
The owner said Cream Puff ran the city streets until the end of her life.
7. Buddhist monks raised sacred cats
Every Buddhist knows this story. Once upon a time, the cat was the only animal that lived during the time of the great Buddha. One day, when he was on his way to liberation, all the animals gathered around the body to mourn him. Everyone was there except the cat. This animal, on the other hand, was simply catching mice. It was then that the cat was excluded from the list of animals subject to full protection.
But there is another version of this story. When the Buddha was dying, everyone gathered except the cat. The rat started to lick the oil from one of the lamps, but the cat grabbed it and ate it. That is why it was considered a boon. The cat saved the oil that was scented around the Buddha. But on the other hand, she did wrong, since the Buddha commanded all beings to love each other.
Since that time, it is believed that the cat brings not only evil, but also good. It should be noted that the legend carries a very important meaning. The cat is a symbol of the lower astral forces, which should not be present in more than one true Buddhist.
Attitudes towards cats changed thanks to Buddhist monks. They are sure that the spirit of their king has settled in a cat. This is why these animals are always present at events such as coronations.
Currently, monks are actively engaged in breeding sacred cats.. They call them little tigers capable of guarding treasures.
6. The legend of how a cat saved the Prophet Muhammad from a snakebite
A famous legend says that Muhammad was very fond of cats. In the East, he was very often called their father. It is believed that it was he who taught them to fall on all fours. He also gave them a separate place in heaven, where they met after death.
According to one of the beliefs Mohammed was saved by a cat from a snakebite. He stroked her, and after that the cat had nice stripes on her back.
5. In Russia, one of the main characters of folk tales, proverbs and superstitions
Cats have always been very popular in Russia. They have always been considered sacred animals.
In the mythology of the Slavs, cats have always been the favorite characters of fairy tales, proverbs and various superstitions.. The cat was very expensive, and such a gift was greatly appreciated.
Many also believed that these animals were able to leave our world and communicate with otherworldly spirits. The most famous proverbs about cats: “There is no hut without a cat”, “A beast for a mouse and a cat” and many others.
4. In modern culture, a symbol of home and comfort
Currently, domestic cats are considered a symbol of home and comfort.. This creates a pleasant atmosphere in the house for the tenants. Sometimes, when things are bad, the cat comes, purrs and the soul warms up right away.
The cat also acts as a symbol of mystery and independence.
3. In ancient Egypt they were considered the embodiment of the goddess Bast
Bast is the ancient Egyptian goddess of joy, love, home, and cats. She has always been depicted with the head of a cat, but the body of a woman..
Its veneration began in the 10th century BC. Many believed that cats were the embodiment of this goddess. Some spoke of her as a destroyer, but also a brilliant helper of the human race.
2. The Vikings personified the animal with the goddess Freya
The Vikings were very fond of cats. They not only helped save grain from mice, but were also used as a source of fur. Very often they were left to guard the barns.
The cat was considered the totem animal of the goddess Freya.. Freya is the goddess of beauty, magic, war and love, life and death. She controls the world of feelings and emotions, and also controls the natural elements.
Rumor had it that the goddess moved on a chariot drawn by cats. The mittens on his hands were made of cat fur. That is why the Vikings very often personified these animals with Freya.
1. In Japan, they were the emperor’s highest honor to his close associates.
Cats first appeared in Japan around the 6th century. It was believed to be the highest honor the emperor could bestow on his close associates..
Currently, Japan is home to about ten million cats and cats. It should be noted that here even once a year, on February 22, a holiday is celebrated – Cat Day. The date was not chosen at random. The twenty-second day of the second month is pronounced by the Japanese as “no-no-no”, that is, three times “meow”.
And also in Japan, various cat contests are held, as well as fashion shows. At such events, animals are dressed in beautiful clothes, they are dressed in exclusive bows, hairpins and necklaces. Everyone can enjoy them.