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Cats and Halloween
If you Love Cats and enjoy Halloween, This Page is For You
You'll learn a few things about Cats and there are a few lovely pictures of cats, some of them artwork and some of them photographs. There are a few catty things you can buy, like books about cats also posters. and a little about Halloween along the way.
Black Cat - Chat Noir By Steinlein-Le
What's This About?
The first part of this page is about the history of cats and how they became domesticated. Then you can read a bit about my beautiful tortoiseshell cat called Pussums, or Pussy for short. Not very imaginative, I hear you mutter, but it was a practical name for a stray cat with no pedigree and no known parentage, in view of the fact that we didn't know how long she would be staying.
Black Cat Freaking Out Tabby Cat
Cats Have Been Domesticated Since the Stone Age - Alternately Feared and Revered
Cats have been both feared as harbingers of evil and revered for their magical qualities.
The Egyptians worshipped cats as Gods, and respected them enough to mummify them. But they were also used in Egypt as sacrifices and the more cats you could muster for a jolly sacrifice, the more your family was respected.
The Romans brought them to Europe because of their superior ability to keep down the rat population. Then in the Middle Ages, people turned against them, imbuing them with satanic qualities, and they were treated as dangerous vermin which needed to be exterminated in order to bring good luck. This led to a substantial increase in the rat population, which in turn caused the black plague which swept across Europe throughout the Middle Ages, until people once more realized feline potential as rat killers.
A Black Cat - Strange To Think It Might Have Been A Witch's Familiar In The Past
Cats and Superstition, Especially in Relation to Halloween
Black cats were regarded as sinister and evil in many cultures, and especially in Europe; at the time when witch-hunting was rampant, black cats were said to be the witches' familiars. People were very superstitious, and were likely to kill black cats. There was even a culture of burning them in parts of Europe, though this was less likely in Britain. They were spoken of as consorting with the devil, and bringing bad luck.
By contrast, in some countries they were considered to bring good luck. And in Germany, it depended upon whether they crossed your path from right to left or left to right - It must have got a bit complicated, really, especially if, like some people, you didn't always remember your left from your right.
Here's a Big Scary Cat - Aren't you shivering in your boots? ........Wait for it........
....................A bit longer......
..............................OK, look below......
.....................................Now!..................Go for it!!
Beware of Big Furry Cats Lying in Wait for You in Dark Places!
They could trip you up or make you fall in love with them in a trice - they have dark powers, no doubt about it
Here it is, a great scary cat! This is my cat Pussums as a kitten
Here's An Even More Threatening Picture Of My Cat - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid -
This Is The Same Cat You Saw Earlier As A Kitten:
Don't Trust Any Cat That Tries To Camouflage Itself To Fit In With The Bed Clothes
The Most Important Thing To Do On Halloween:
Stay away from dangerous cats and threatening children.
Turn out your lights, crouch down below the window ledge, and pretend you aren't there.
Whatever you do, don't open the door to strangers, witches, ghosties or ghoulies and DON'T give them money or sweets, in case they like them and come back for more next year!
Like Cats? Hate Cats? Looking forward to Trick or Treat (Trickle Treat as I say it!)?
And another thing: Do you hate horrible little smiling children in stupid fancy dress knocking on your door?
Take this poll about Black Cats, the Witches' Familiar
Are you Superstitious of Black Cats?
Here's The Cheshire Cat From Alice In Wonderland by John Tenniel
Two Cats by Andre Steinlen
I like Steinlen's Cats Because The Tortoiseshell Cat Looks Very Much Like Our Cat, Pussums (Or Pushkin, If You Want Her Formal Name)
Pussums started off as a stray kitten, and we found her sitting on our shed roof, crying. I coaxed her down and tempted her into the kitchen with some food. She ate it and ran off, but next time she visited, I invited her in for a meal, and she never left after that. She has remained with us for over five years, but is still afraid of strangers, especially if they are noisy, and she hates being picked up. In fact she's not very friendly except when she wants food, but she quite likes company, and likes to be in the same room as us, as long as we don't try and put her on our knee or get too physica
She disappeared once for two nights and I felt really sad, but she came back safe and sound, never explaining where she had been.....that's cats for you!
Why Black Cats Are Considered Bad Luck - Popular YouTube Video
Links to Other People's Websites
- Facebook - Old Possums Book of Practical Cats
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