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Cats and Magic

Updated on November 18, 2014
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

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.

The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells and Magick
The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells and Magick

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.

Do you believe in Magic? I'm an open minded fellow, let me know how you feel.

© 2009 Vladimir

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Your lens is delightful! I do believe in magic, it is all around us. Especially if we have cats! My cats fill my life with magic!

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      I know that my magical cats keep me sane, and brave, when I need it. I make sure each one has a petting session and PURRS everyday, as it is fundamental for their good health to purr, and it calms and heals me at the same time - pure magic, better than a prescription tablet!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A friend told me that cats generate positive energy. For the first time in my twenty-one years of life, I've moved somewhere cat-less as I've had to temporarily leave my cats with my mother until I get settled in. Many nights during these last 4+ months have been unsettling to say the least, so I'm inclined to believe her! This is a great article.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I do believe that cats are magical. I have 2. They fill my life with joy everyday. Thank you for the wonderful lens.

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      *blessed* :)

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Vladi! I don't have a cat right now but when I do I want one just like you! :) Cats are indeed magical, and lucky too, so lucky in fact, that a lucky leprechaun blessing has been bestowed upon you!

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      missbat 7 years ago

      Cats are magic, plain and simple. You're a shining example, Vladi!

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Revisited to give an Angel's Blessing.

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      I agree that cats are magical, precious little creatures! Wonderful lens (:

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, Vlad, you certainly have been busy! Congrats on hitting that #50 mark! Despite the lack of sleep, you're certainly looking mighty fine. And quite shiny. You remind me of my long lost Cinder, or Cindy as I often called her. (Well, she's not LOST lost; she just used up her nine lives at age 18.) Next to you, she was the finest black kitty ever.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I wouldn't be surprised if cats could do real magic. Have you seen how they vanish the moment a human appears with flea spray?

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      You know Vlad, you would make a great familiar. Do you want a ride on my broom? (grannysage cackles softly to herself)