Friday, August 6, 2010

World Cat Day 2010 - Aug 8

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!

Go visit and join in at Camera Critters and Bozo's for Pet Pride - we did!


Jacqueline said...

Happy World Cat Day!...A fun, interesting post; the mosaic and your other photos are great, just adorable!...Happy weekend, sweet friends...kitty kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

This was a lot of very interesting information. I have a white cat so the part about white cats was of particular interest for me. Marshmellow is treated like a King as that is what he think he is. :)

Kea said...

Happy World Cat Day to you all as well! It's the 7th here, but our human has scheduled a post for tomorrow (normally we don't blog on the weekends).

Have a lovely Sunday!

The Chair Speaks said...

Love the mosaic of cats!
Hope the World Cat Day will make more people aware to take good care and love cats!

Brian's Home Blog said...

Happy World Cat Day to you! That was a terrific post!!!

Old Kitty said...

Yay!!! Happy World Cat day to all the kitties of the world!!!! :-)

Thanks for such fascinating facts about these amazing and adorable creatures!

And what a lovely mosaic of all your furry babies!!

Take care

Katnip Lounge said...

Great post! At our house, every day is Cat Day...

I have heard that Bastet is pronouned "poshtet", which may be the origen of the "puss" part of pussycat. True? I don't know but it's a fun story!

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear friends!
wow this mosaic is outstanding, so beautiful!You are very talented!
Very interesting post!
purrs and love
We love Luna

Debra Taylor said...

Hey, great photos! I especially love the statue of the Egyptian cat. I learned that Egyptian Mau's have unique characteristics - I see about 3 of those traits in one of my cats - especially the tufty flaps near the back haunches.

To anyone reading this - please visit my blog about a colony of abandoned/feral cats near my home. And you might decide to sign on as a follower to my blog since it has stories and information helpful for cat caretakers everywhere.
Thank you,
Talk to Your Angels

Debra Taylor said...

And Happy World Cat Day!

Talk to Your Angels

Pumpkinpuddy said...

That was very, very interesting. I love learning more about cat history.

Bear's Meowmy said...

Happy World Cat Day!!!

Thanks again for your continued support for Bear, it means alot to us!

Love Bear & Amelia

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We really enjoyed reading this post! Interesting color trivia since we are all different colors!! We wish you a Happy World Cat Day!

magiceye said...



Woof woof
from Bozo
Pet Pride

The Island Cats said...

Happy World Cat Day to all of you! And thanks for sharing those cat facts!! Ernie says black cats are the luckiest...or at least he is!!

Georgia said...

I love your post!! Will have to forward it to my mother-in-law! She loves cats!!

Cat said...

I'm with Emperor Ichijo, all cats should be princes and princesses!

Happy World Cat Day :-)

Hannah and Lucy said...

We enjoyed reading that - it was very interesting. Happy World Cat Day to all cats everywhere.

Marg said...

Love all the information about the different colors. I didn't know about the tortie cats being good luck. And we love black cats. One of our black cats here is the very best. The mosaic as wonderful. Our assistant needs to figure out how to do that. A very Happy World Cat day to all of you.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Happy World Cat Day!
What a great post :)

Kitty McCormack said...

Happy World Cat Day! x

Daily Dose of Dogs (aka Cats with your Coffee) said...

Loved the info, and ALWAYS the pictures.

Dave Cawkwell said...

Great post, good to see there are lots of other cat lovers around the world (we have 3). Great photos and information, thanks.

Anonymous said...

thank you for the facts and the beautiful photos today!!!



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