Cats and Their Nine Lives

Cats and Their Nine Lives


Its such a well known saying that cats have nine lives.  But where does this strange myth come from?

It is not truly known how this myth started, but there are a few theories. In ancient times cats were revered in Egypt and the Egyptians worshipped gods that resembled a feline or were half-feline in form, hence the great Sphynx statue known as The Great Sphinx of Giza, a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature.

This God-like status could have been the beginnings of the nine lives myth.

English Literature

Another possibility is thanks to the great William Shakespeare. In his play Romeo and Juliet, a line in Act 3 refers to the cats nine lives.

Act 3, Scene 1:

"Tybalt: What wouldst thou have with me?
Mercutio: Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives."
 There is also an English proverb that mentions the cats nine lives. It reads:

"A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays."

This proverb is really describing the lifecycle from kitten to a cat, but this may actually have been the start of the nine lives myth.

What’s the significance of the number 9?

The number nine is important in several traditions and cultures. Nine is a lucky number in Chinese culture, because it sounds the same as the word "long-lasting." And there are nine muses in Greek mythology. Also, nine may be considered lucky in the early Christian tradition, since the number nine represents a trinity (three times three).

The truth

Of course the truth is, that cats only have one life, like the rest of us. However, they are able to survive falls that other species would surely not. This is because

cats have an air-righting reflex. When they fall, cats have the natural ability to twist their body around and land on their feet — even when they are dropped from very high places. And landing on all fours helps dissipate the impact of the fall.

Due to having more vertebrae than humans, makes cats very flexible, giving then great balance and quick reflexes, which help them survive dangerous falls. But we should also not forget, that cats are very clever and most will not approach a dangerous situation!

Whatever the origins of the myth, cats are wonderful creatures, graceful and tough and bring much happiness and comfort to so many people across the globe.


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