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When my son was barely fourteen, we went to the local animal shelter to get a dog. There weren’t any small dogs (we lived in a small house!) to be had, so we planned to come back the next weekend. We decided to stroll through the cat area before we went home — just to see some cute cats. That’s when we met Dave.
He wasn’t Dave yet. As my son walked by a cage that housed about 20 kittens, notyetdave climbed the side of the mesh cage and meowed. Loudly. Since he was only about 6 inches long, James laughed and reached in to pet him. He quickly crawled up James’ arm and tried to make a home in his shirt collar. He was petted and fawned over and them put back in the cage. We thought we might pet another kitten or two. We were wrong. Notyetdave was persistent and a really good climber. And a loud purrer. We took him home and named him Dangerous Dave, after a character in a video game my son was playing online.
My son’s daughter is now in the second grade and she thinks Dave belongs to her. She doesn’t yet understand that we all belong to Dave. He’s sixteen and going strong. He’s still loud and pushy. He still keeps us entertained with kittenish antics and generous affection. He makes our lives richer every day. He is our encyclopedia of cats information.
Cat Trivia in History
In 450 BC, the killing of a cat was punishable by death. When a cat died, the entire family would shave off their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.
In Norse mythology, the chariot of Freya, goddess of beauty, love and fertility, was drawn by two large longhaired cats which represented the powers of creativity, the Earth Mother and fertility gods.
In the Middle Ages, cats were not very popular because of their association with witchcraft and black magic. Superstitions about cats, some of them current today, date back to this period.
Fisherman’s wives believed keeping a black cat in your home meant your husband would always return from the sea.
In the 9th century, King Henry I of Saxony decreed that the fine for killing a cat should be sixty bushels of corn.
The Prophet Mohammed
The Prophet Mohammed is said to have loved cats so much that he once cut the sleeve from his robe to avoid disturbing his cat which had gone to sleep in his arms.
Ancient Chinese legend maintains that the cat is the product of a lioness and a monkey – the lioness endowing her offspring with dignity and the monkey with curiosity and playfulness.
The figure of a cat with its left paw raised is commonly seen in gift shops in Japan where they are sold as souvenirs. It is believed that the beckoning cat brings good fortune to its owner.
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A meow massages the heart. – Stuart McMillan