A list of cat superstitions from around the world
All around the world, every culture has some sort of superstition regarding cats.
We decided to put some interesting ones in a list for your enjoyment!
1. Japan - black cats are a lucky omen as the blacks cats can heal sick children and protect against evil.
2. Buddhist - A light colored cat will bring silver to the home of the owner. A dark colored cat will bring gold to the home of its owner.
3. Celtic - A kitten born in May (especially on the first of May) will become ill behaved and troublesome. It may even be responsible for bringing snakes into the house.
4. English - Whenever the cat of the house is black, the lasses will have no lack of lovers.
5. Russia - When moving into a new home always let the cat enter first for good luck.
6. Wales - If a young woman is unfortunate enough to step on a cat’s tail, she will not get married that year.
7. Madagascar – beware the souls of unburied dead, for they may choose to enter a cat.
8. Ireland - To kill a cat brings seventeen years of bad luck.
9. Italy - A cat sneezing is a good omen for those who hear it
10. English - It will bring good luck if a cat runs in front of a fisherman when he is on his way to fishing. On the other hand it is a bad omen if a cat crosses his path on his way to fishing.
11. USA - If a black cat crosses your path it is bad luck in mainland.
*England and Japan – If a black cat crosses your path it is good luck.
12. Japan - If a cat washes its face, it is a prediction that a visitor will be arriving.
13. Norway - cats are thought to be fairies taking a particular form. Legend has it that if you stare deep into a cat's eyes, you can see the fairy world.
14. China – cats are not only able to see ghosts, but are able to protect us from evil spirits.
15. USA – during the Salem witch trials, cats, especially black, were believed to be not only accomplices to witches, but could very well be witches themselves that transformed. (This was also common in medieval Europe.) This negative superstition can be linked to why “black cats being unlucky” is still common in America and parts of Europe today.
16. Ancient Egypt and Rome - Egyptians and Romans alike believed cats to be majestic creatures. Both cultures held the animals in high regard, but Egyptians more so. In fact, many ancient Egyptians likened felines to the goddess Hathor, who took the form of a lion. When a pet cat died in ancient Egypt, the family mummified, buried, and mourned it.
Did you know all of these superstitions? There are tons more out there... share them with us!
(h/t) Domestic Cat World
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