Egypt isn’t the only civilisation that features cats in their mythology. Bastet was the famous Egyptian cat goddess of warfare was worshiped in the Second Dynasty an around 2890 BCE.
However, the greatness of cats wasn’t only portrayed or venerated by the Egyptians. The world has its fair share of affection towards cat’s enough to include them in their myths. And here are a few.
- Freya’s Cats
Instead of horses, Freya’s chariot was run by 2 blue cats. If you think that’s by choice, think again. According to myth, they were given by Thor, son of Odin. They names were Bygul and Trjegul.
Speculations were formed that the association of cats with Freya is because cats in ancient Egypt were associated with femininity and fertility.
- The Polish protector
Dogs are famous for guarding herds and flocks in the ancient times but Polish myth begged to differ. Oviniik, in a form a black cat, was adored and worshipped by many farmers and their families.
According to the myth, Oviniik would watch over domestic animals and will chase away evil ghosts and fairies. How you ask? It’s by barking like a dog. But whenever the locals fail to offer something to Oviniik, it turns against humans, eats their livestock and burns down the entire farm.
Polish are known for their mythological creatures that cause trickery and mischief to human unless worshipped just like the Leprechaun.
- Ceridwen’s Cats
Ceridwen is the goddess of knowledge and inspiration, transformation and the lunar cycle.
According to myth, she has a lot of white cats that roam the Earth tending to her endeavors. Good question though, why cats? Why not human followers?
- Hectate’s as a cat
Hectate is the goddess of death, darkness, and witches of the Greeks. She is believed to always take form of a cat.
In some parts of Rome, cats were considered bad luck and are always associated to be familiars of witches. The Greek and Rome “relationship” could have inspired the story about Hectate transforming into cats because she is after all the goddess of witches.
Food for thought!
- A Peruvian cat god
Sach’a-sach’apuma if the Peruvian goddess of productive land and the earth that also took another form as a cat. She is believed to be the designer of the foundations of their great city which was designed in a shape of a wild cat. And not just that, her assistant who aided her in the great construction of a city were cats.
A cat god who designed a cat city was helped by her minion cats. Whoever wrote or told this myth back in the old days must really have a thing for cats.
- Li Shou the guardian
Li Shou is famous in the Chinese literature and worshipped by many because he protected crops by eating rats and mice. Ironically, all cats have those instincts and will definitely do what Li-shou just did.
If we hypothesize the creation of this myth, we can say that cat eating mice may be a rare phenomenon by the farmers in China.
These are just a few of the kitties who made their way through ancient literature. May it be as a god, a pet of a god, or just being a house pet, the olden days really have a nick for stories.
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. Despite our best efforts to plan, control and anticipate, we still get surprises and not all of them are pleasant. If you are going through a rough patch in your life right now, fret not! Take a cue from your feline friends who are equipped with superb survival skills:
Survival Tip #1: Always land on your feet.
One of the most remarkable things about cats is their ability to land on their feet. You’ve probably seen kitty do this trick after climbing up a tall shelf. Their unique physiological structure makes this possible (they have no collarbone and have an unusually flexible backbone).
What we can learn from this:
Of course, it is physically impossible for humans to follow this death-defying act but by principle to land on your feet means you are ready to rise after you fall. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall or fail as long as you get back up and keep moving forward.
Survival Tip #2: Enjoy every bite of your food.
Cats love eating fish and if you’ve seen your pet eat fish then you’ve seen that they take their precious time cleaning the meat off those tiny fishbones. Hyper focused and quiet, cats look like they are really enjoying every bite of their food.
What we can learn from this:
Enjoy the simple things. Don’t be so busy that you forget to enjoy the smell of your morning coffee or no longer have time to connect with your friends. Focus on the moment and enjoy what’s in front of you. Our cats show us that there is great joy to be found in the small things.
Survival Tip #3: Take care of your health and looks.
We all know cats spend hours licking their fur and grooming themselves. Naturally equipped to be master groomers, cats have a barbed tongue that cleans out dirt from their fur, paws to clean hard-to-reach areas and tiny teeth that can dig out smaller debris. Their knack for personal hygiene has earned them quite a reputation in the animal world.
What we can learn from this:
Invest in yourself. Eat healthy food, exercise and take care of your appearance. The way you feel about yourself impacts your self-confidence and your self-confidence is your best accessory.
Survival Tip #4: Don’t sacrifice sleep.
Cats sleep an average of 12 to 16 hours per day. That’s a lot of time spent snoozing! Don’t mistake them for lazy, though. Cats are crepuscular meaning they are most active in the hours between dusk and dawn so they sleep knowing they need energy for hunting, playing and moving around. Cats may sleep a lot but they definitely make the most of their time when they are awake!
What we can learn from this:
Follow your cat’s example and prioritise your sleep. Like cats you have a lot of things to do when you are awake so take time to rest. Don’t feel bad for taking a 15-minute power nap during the day or sleeping in during the weekend. Sleep is precious, it lets you recharge your cognitive batteries and helps your body recover from the daily demands of life.
You don’t need nine lives to overcome difficult situations. Get inspiration from our favorite furry friends and you’ll be able to get back on your feet in no time. If cats can do it, so can you!
Cats have their own quirks and qualities all of which make them equally worthy of the title of Man’s Best Friend. Cats may be quieter and harder to read than canines but they nonetheless leave their mark in the world and in our lives. Take a look at this list of remarkable felines in history and you’ll see why our cats certainly deserve a spot in the wall of fame and in our hearts.
The White House has had a host of resident pets who warmed the hearts of the first family and captivated the public. One of the most popular presidential pet was Socks, a black and white cat who belonged to President Bill Clinton. A year before Bill Clinton was elected president, Socks was a stray who jumped into the arms of his daughter, Chelsea. The adorable Socks became an endearing figure in the news and was even memorialized by several media organizations.
Elysian Heights Elementary School in Echo Park, California, was home to Room 8, a big gray tabby who won the hearts of schoolchildren and eventually became the school mascot. The cat was named after the classroom where he first entered in 1952. During the school year, Room 8 would roam and live inside the campus and would leave when classes ended. He would then return on the first day of class every year.
Room 8 was beloved not just by teachers and students but the entire Los Angeles area as well. He became the subject of a documentary and children’s book and was featured in a magazine. When he passed away, the students at the school raised money for his gravestone.
Cats have awesome survival skills which make them excellent globetrotters. Emily the cat is a testament to that. Emily disappeared from her home in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 2005. She first got onboard a container which was carried by truck to Chicago and then transported on a ship to Belgium. In the end, she then ended up in Nancy, France, and was identified through her identification tags. The people who discovered her flew her back home to her owners. The story of Emily only shows us how resilient cats are but also the importance of letting our pets wear tags!
Black cats are usually associated with evil and bad luck which is just sad. The stigma surrounding black cats should end and Tiddles is proof of that. Born and raised as a ship cat, Tiddles was a black cat and the official Captain’s Cat in the HMS Victorious during the 1940s. As a ship cat, Tiddles had an important role catching mice and other vermin that threatened hygiene and caused critical damage on the boat’s wiring and woodwork. Tiddles was also notable for having traveled more than 30,000 miles during his naval service.
Cats have also played an important role in military history. Crimean Tom became an accidental hero in 1854 when he led a troop of famished French and British soldiers to caches of food hidden underneath some rubble. The soldiers were so grateful that they made Crimean Tom their mascot and even brought him back to England with them when they returned.
Cats are predators by nature. In the wild, they’re used to hunting their food and eating it raw. Some even eat everything including bones. Kindly enough, they leave the intestines of large prey for the scavengers.
A lot of home cats often depend on processed and stored protein and carbs which reduces the nutrients they take in from food. And that’s just one of the reasons why a lot of owners consider putting their kitties on a raw diet.
As predators, kitties are obligate carnivores which means they MUST eat meat because a lot if not all don’t have the ability to digest vegetable matter. You can also turn away from carbs as they only have a limited ability to digest them which makes them different from humans and dogs.
Because cats have a short and acidic digestive tract that tirelessly works in about 12 hours, food poisoning is something owners have to worry less. But of course, this is not to encourage you to feed your cat that unrefrigerated loin from yesterday’s party.
Believed to be originated in the dessert, kitties don’t drink that much water. Kitty may be drinking water, but is she drinking enough?
According to AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standard, Raw Food scored the highest of 70-75% moisture content which meets the minimum level of 63% to keep your kitty hydrated.
With raw food diet and their daily water intake, their urine is less likely to be concentrated and odorous which does not only benefit their health but also your comfort as the owner.
Coat, Fur, and Hairballs
Being fed the right diet which contains unsaturated fatty acids, omega-3, and omega-6, your kitties coat is likely to shine a few weeks later. Kitties’ coats need those fatty acids to maintain the healthy growth of fur.
A healthy fur means less shedding. Less shedding means dramatically reduced furballs.
Fact: cats are can have heart disease. And is common among overweight kitties. It turns out that those nights when kitty wakes you up because their hungry is a result of the nutrient deficiency in her diet.
As owners, we can control that and make sure that their nutritional needs are met. Experts say that kitties don’t tend to overeat when fed with a raw diet.
Imagine food and toothbrush merged into one. By being ahead of the future, this is what meat does to cats.
Chewing raw bones and connective tissues of meat help clean their teeth.
The contrary says about feeding them with carbs. Carbohydrates encourage plaque build-up and gum disease. By reducing carbohydrates from kitty’s diet, you’re putting the spread of infectious bacteria on hold.
And because cat’s dental health is passed on by genes, you’re doing the next generation of kitties a huge favour.
A raw diet may be beneficial but the condition of the meat also plays an important role in keeping your cat healthy. Be mindful of the freshness of the meat. If necessary, don’t hesitate to heat it up in the microwave just to make sure that unwanted organisms aren’t already lurking on your kitties’ food.
Valentines is probably the most awaited day of all the couples out there who are ready set up the candlelight dinner, camping under the stars or marriage… Well, it’s not for all.
However, you might be reading this now because you’ve just decided to spend Valentine’s day alone at home with your cat. That’s not a totally bad idea at all. It’s actually sweet.
There are many activities you can do that you already know your kitty might want. But who said you couldn’t treat little (or huge) kitty like how other couples do their Valentines? Let me help you sort that out.
Human or cat, don’t we all love the treats? Here’s an idea. Why not bake it together like sweet couples do?
There are a lot of sources on the internet to scour for the right recipe. Just be careful not to pick those recipes that contain ingredients that may be harmful to your kitty. Because you don’t have a date with another human, you wouldn’t want to end your Valentine’s day with your cat being mad at you.
Like Ms. Monroe would like to say, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
This is not to encourage you to propose or marry your kitty, but in the light of trying to spend your Valentine’s with your feline companion, buy something jewelry-like for a change.
It can be a new collar with a dangling design or these Twinkle Tush, a jewelry designed to hang in your cat’s tushy.
A twinkle tush is said to “add bling to your cat’s bum”. Bizarrely enough, you can get one online for less than 10 dollars.
And there you thought Kim Kardashian’s jogging pants paired with 4-inches heels is weird…
Get traditional and buy your kitty flowers. Since it’s for her and not for you, don’t give your kitty roses. Every rose has thorns. You don’t want to hurt your feline date. Instead, consider replacing roses with a bouquet of catnip. It falls under the category of flowers and its personal brand of heroine.
With your kitty on catnip, Valentine’s is bound to be fun.
The “I Love You” Blink
If you’re a cat lover, you probably know how this is done.
The “I love you” Blink is a simple slow blink using both your eyes. It’s done very slowly three times as every blink corresponds to one word.
Cats use this to communicate. And by doing this to your kitty, it sends them the massage that you trust and respect. And, they return the message to you.
Just remember that it’s a blink, not a stare. Stares trigger their predatory instincts and you don’t want that. All you want is love.
Couples take Valentine’s day a chance to wander and go outing. Like a real couple, why don’t you take a stroll at the park or visit the zoo. Some visit the local shelter or cat cafes. The best suggestion you’d be hearing would have to be the beach. Just the both of you lying on the warm sand underneath thousands of stars to wish upon. It’s fairly peaceful, intimate and very romantic.
Our kitties have been there for us through the happiest of times and the heart-shattering moments. They’re the ones who truly love us. They also deserve to be treated specially this coming Valentine’s.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!