SlimDoggy Mythbuster: Do Cats Have Nine Lives?
Do Cats Have Nine Lives?
This is a myth that has been bothering Jack for quite some time, so we decided to tackle it today. The simple answer is no, cats, just like dogs, have only one life to live.
Where did that saying come from?
The idea of cats having nine lives most likely stems from their ability to land on their feet thereby escaping dangerous falls and other injuries. They have highly developed inner ears which provides them with excellent balance and they also possess superior reflexes. Combine the balance and reflexes and it facilitates those narrow escapes.
How did this idea ever get started?
From what I can tell, it traces back to ancient Egypt where the cat was revered and seen as a mystical creature with spiritual powers. An Egyptian sun god call Atum-Ra took the form of a cat to visit the underworld. Atum-Ra also gave birth to eight other gods…hence the ‘nine lives’.
There is also a theory that the saying originated in China where nine was a lucky number, at times being referred to as the trinity of trinities.
An old proverb states: “a cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.” Does your cat fit the proverb?
Whatever the origins or it’s meaning, it’s a a MYTH, so rest easy all you doggies out there – the cat has only one life.