The Black Cat Lore

The Black Cat Lore

“Uh-oh! A black cat just passed by!”

“Quick! Pull out a pair of rabbit’s feet!”

Kitties are uniquely adorable. They’re completely devious looking, but totally not in many ways. They’re the perfect pet for owners who do not want to be clung-on frequently.

Superstition says that the black ones ought to bring bad luck. What’s up with that?

In ancient times, they were once gods.

Ten thousand years ago, cats (Mau) were considered sacred in the ancient Egyptian society. Bast (also known as Bastet) their cat goddess represented protection, fertility, and motherhood. A lot of Egyptians worshipped cats in, especially Bast. This veneration came to a point of worship. The practice of mummification which was only done to preserve human bodies extended to felines. Back in the days, these kitties were treated above the likes of men that killing them was considered a mortal crime.

What happened then?

It wasn’t until the resurgence of the European-based Witchcraft (Wicca) that turned the images of these kitties from being praised to wanting to be erased.

A popular lore that changed the course of history for our kitty cats.

The story began in Lincolnshire back in 1560’s. It was said that on a dark and moonless night, a father and son came across an unidentifiable creature darting along their path. Scared, they threw stones out in the open. Out of the dark, an injured black cat scurried and limped towards the adjacent home of a woman suspected to be a witch. The next day, the father and son encountered the woman on the street. Her arms were wrapped around with bandages and her face was bruised. She was now walking with a limp. And, ever since that day, black cats in Lincolnshire were suspected to be witches in disguise.

The lore spread across the globe. As the witch scare mounted to paranoia, a lot of women and house pets were burned alive, especially black cats.

During the Salem Witch Trials, black cats were considered familiars of witches. They were believed to walk the streets unseen from the townsfolk taking in the form of their familiars. This hypothesis ignited the people’s dread and disgusted perceptions towards our black kitties.

Since then, every time people encounter a black cat, an inter-cultural whiplash about cats as harbingers of doom or the bringer of unfortunate events are the second if not the first thing that comes into people’s minds. For feline haters, a fusion of timeless historical horrors condemns the color of these poor little kitties.

But we wouldn’t want to end our topic today with a bad image for our beautiful black kitties, no. In some parts of the world, stories of their wonders still warm the hearts of our fellow ailurophiles.

In some parts of England, black cats ought to bless marriages. Having black kitties at home will bring marriages the best of luck and the longest and happiest of life together. They’re also believed to be lucky charms for sailors to return from their voyage to their homes safe – why black cats in ye olde times were expensive.

In France, they believe that black cats called “matagots” or “magician cats” will reward them with fortune and wealth if they treat them with respect. Also, when you are in a crossroad, a black cat is believed to lead you where the treasure is.

Freya, the Norse god of beauty, love, and fertility, rides a chariot pulled by two black cats. According to Norse mythology, farmers would have to win the favor of these two black cats for Freya to bless them with a good harvest. That is through this notion, having a black cat in the house is said to keep your lives happy and safe.

In the end, different cultures have different stories and myths to tell. So, the next time you see a black cat, instead of pulling a pair of rabbits, gather up your wits and think this:

Whatever their color is, cats will always be cats. They will always chase mice and lasers, jump in the presence of cucumbers and be lazy most of the time. The best we do is love them; love them with all we got, because in turn, they will bring us the joy and love no other animal or luck can.

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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Stylish Designs For Classy Cats

Cats have style, cats have panache and cats have class. They’re not content slumming it like dogs.

So why not get some inspiration from these amazing design ideas and make your home both cat friendly and great looking.

One idea we liked was hanging a cat bridge over a door. So your cat could pass the time stretched out and sleeping above you. You could also have a bookcase that doubles as a cat staircase, so that your cat slink their way up and down to their heart’s content.

One of the main drawbacks of having a cat is what to do with the litter box. In this piece you can find a few great ways to have a litter box in your home while keeping your space as stylish as you would like.

As the infographic shows, there are also many ways you can incorporate perching space into your house that complement the overall aesthetic you are going for.

We hope this fun infographic gives you plenty of food for thought when it comes to deciding how to improve your cat’s life, but not at the detriment of your sense of style.

Easy Homemade Toys You Can Make for Cats and Kittens

Easy Homemade Toys You Can Make for Cats and Kittens

If you’re feeling crafty, and it so happens that you have kittens and cats under your care, you can make for them any of the following toys highlighted below so that you no longer need to spend so much on commercially available playthings.

Cardboard Cat Playhouse

Kitties, regardless of age and size, will love to wander around places they know they can explore. This is what makes the cardboard playhouse one of the best feline playthings.

You will need:

  • Window and door templates
  • Three sturdy cardboard boxes of the same size
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife or razor blade
  • Self-healing mat
  • Glue gun

Here’s how you can make it:

  1. Print the window and door templates and cut them out. Position window and door templates on a box, using your ruler for placement. With a pencil, trace the templates to the box. Slide into the box a self-healing mat, making sure it is positioned behind the cardboard door; cut the top edge, the bottom edge, and the centre. Fold open along the straight parts. Repeat the tracing and cutting process on the second box, this time with the window template.
  2. Put together the bottom part of the first box: fold in flaps, making sure they are coated with glue, then fold the other flaps over the first flaps. Hold flaps together until such time that the glue has settled. One the open portion of the box, cut off the flap of every long side. Then cut half the flap from a short side off, then fold it in. Get hot glue and use it to secure flaps to box side. Hold in place the flaps until the glue has settled.
  3. Start creating the roof. At the top part of the second box, get a pencil and ruler and use it to create a line from top centre of a short-side flap to a bottom corner; draw another line from top centre to another bottom corner. Repeat at the opposite flap. Cut a long-side flap off; set aside. Proceed to remove a triangular shaped part from a short-side flap by cutting along a penciled line; cut along second line. Do the same with the other short-side flap–cut along a line and score the other.
  4. Cut the long-side flaps of the bottom portion of box number two. Cut a short-flap so once you have assembled and stacked this box to the one at the bottom, all holes are aligned. Secure flaps to side of box using an application of glue. Hold these flaps until such time that the glue has set. Coat top portion of bottom box with hot glue. Position bottom of second box over top portion of bottom box, and hold until the glue has dried. Use a short side flap you have reserved and apply glue to one side. Set this flap, coated side down, to top box floor to serve as reinforcement.
  5. Cut roof piece from box number three with crease down centre when it is folded from one short end to another. To attach the roof, you need to fold along scored lines on all short-side flaps located at the topmost section of the house. Glue the long flap to folded triangles from short sides. Coat pieces you have folded in with glue generously, and then set the roof on top of them. When doing this, make sure to hold pieces until the glue has settled. (Note: Do not glue shut the opposite side of the roof, as kitty will love to peek his head out from under there.)

Feather Cat Toy

Feather toys resemble birds, which kitties also love to hunt. Here’s how you can make your own wool felt feather toy.

  1. Using a template as your guide, cut one big feather and one smaller feather from differently-coloured wool felt.
  2. Use a hot iron and crease down the middle parts of every feather.
  3. Get a jump ring and add it to the jingle bell.
  4. Slip the end of a yard-long length of cord through the jump ring. At the bell, tie the feather stems to a cord, making sure that a square knot is used to secure the cord. Aside from securing the cord, knotting can also help prevent it from fraying.

Ring Ball

A ring ball is a ball made of cardboard rings. A treat can be placed inside this ball to serve as an incentive to the feline pet. You only need a cardboard toilet paper tube to create this toy.

  1. Cut four rings out of the entire cardboard tube, making sure that scissors are used to do so.
  2. Insert a ring to another ring. Insert the third ring, then the fourth ring, until a ball is formed.

As proven by the many toys that you can get from a pet shop, cats love to play with so many things. But there’s no need to spend so much on cat toys as long as you take time to learn to create your own kitty playthings from recycled materials.

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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