Cats and Magic
Are Cats really Magic?
.Are cats magic?
I can tell you exactly what the magical qualities of cats really are. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to grasp the concept.
For a start, cats dispose of vermin. How magical is that? Can you catch a rat bare-handed?
As if that's not enough, cats are wonderful, loving companions who don't mind if their humans aren't too overloaded in the intellect department. We couldn't care less if our people are possessed of a face only a mother could love. You're just fine with us
We lower your blood pressure with cuddles too. And if that's not magic then I don't know what is.
An example of shocking ignorance
The Middle Ages have not gone away
Believing that cats have real magical powers is worse than stupid. As a black cat, I get pretty nervous reading about ignorant people who haven't progressed in intellectual achievement for at least the last five centuries.
An Italian animal rights group estimates that 60,000 black cats are killed every year by superstitious Italians who consider them a sign of bad luck or sacrifice them in "black magic rituals".
Back in the Middle Ages, a papal edict declared that the black cats were instruments of the devil so they were thrown onto bonfires. The Italian Association for the Defense of Animals and the Environment (AIDAA) asked the current Pope to repeal the edict two years ago but are still waiting for this to happen.
Source : Bad luck for black cats in Italy
Cats and Children
A magical combination
Every child deserves a furry friend, and fortunately for children, a well-treated cat will flourish in the affection.
Children and cats can live and play together wonderfully, provided they can respect one another. As you can see by my photo, I'm very friendly to youngsters, even small boys.
This particular small human has known me since he was born, but he was never left alone with me when he was a toddler. Small boys can be rather clumsy and may accidentally hurt or frighten a cat and, if we're frightened, we can bite or scratch.
Cats have a way of teaching children compassion and responsibility. We also teach about death, and grief.
In everyday life, children are protected from the reality of death Because our lives are short compared to yours, children can first experience loss when their pet dies. From this, they learn how to handle loss in the future.
Cats make Seniors feel good
Every retired citizen needs a cat
Cats offer constant companionship and unconditional love. Seniors, for example, need a cat!
For instance, when the kids have gone off to live elsewhere or a spouse is lost, being home alone can be overwhelming. But, if you have a cat to keep you company while having your morning coffee, you have a happy and healthy home.
I keep the woman-who-feeds-me in good health but don't you dare repeat that I suggested she is fast approaching her senior years!
Let me just say that humans have a need to be caregivers.
And remember, cat owners enter hospitals less frequently than people who live a catless life and, when hospitalised, cat owners have shorter stays. They have a reason to get better fast.
They have to get home to the cat!
Living with a cat can help people to relax by simply being there!
Cats are welcome companions you can talk to and who ask nothing in return than for you to love them.
What's with these books?
More and more cat magic
There are books offered on 'aspects of feline magic' being published all the time. Obviously there's a market.
My advice is to give your cat a hug. You'll find plenty of magic that way.
A pleasant enough book with a fair amount of substance in the form of Cat History. Four paws out of Five
The Enchanted Cat - More "Magick"
Magick-minded folks will find dozens of charms, spells, and meditations for working with feline power.
Ellen Dugan, psychic-clairvoyant and practicing Witch, is known as the "Garden Witch".
She includes all sorts of spells in this book so, if you're into that sort of thing, you'll most probably find something you like.
More Feline Fortune
Do you believe in Magic? I'm an open minded fellow, let me know how you feel.
© 2009 Vladimir