Sunday is World Cat Day! Since we have had cats of all colors and shapes, we are going to let you in on some neat cat color trivia.........
Did you know the first litter of purebred white kittens was born in A.D. 999 in the Impress Palace in Kyoto Japan? The cat loving emperor Ichijo was delighted and ordered the cats to be treated like princesses.
Did you know many tabbies have a clear "M" shaped marking on the forehead? Legend has it that this is the signature of Mohammed who marked his blessing on his tabby cat Muezza after it saved his life by killing a snake?
Tortoiseshell cats are regarded as lucky in many countries including Scotland, Ireland and Canada. In Japan, tortie and whites are considered to be particularly lucky and are called Mi-Ke. Fisherman like to have these cats aboard to protect from storms.
Black cats during the Medieval days were considered unlucky but it wasn't always that way. In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bastet was worshipped in the form of a lean, short haired black cat and sometimes as a female human with the head of a cat.One of the most popular deities of that time, she was a benevolent Goddess and the domestic cat was the animal most sacred to her. So sacred that harming a cat carried the price of execution. In mythology, Bastet was a deity who possessed nine incarnations - which may explain the concept of cats having nine lives.
Cats give us so much - they captivate us with their beauty, make us laugh with their antics, give us companionship when we are lonely, snuggle with us while we watch TV, keep our houses free of mice - our lives are enriched by their presence in our homes. Do something special for your cat, your neighbor's cats or the cats at the local shelter. Give them back a little of what they give us. Have a Happy World Cat Day!