History and legend of cats: from fellow legions to witchcraft sign

Dogs see us as gods and horses as their equals, but cats look at us as if we were their subjects… this is how https://catademy.com/ defined our protagonists today. They are enigmatic, but they are also affectionate and one of our most beloved pets.

According to recent data in Spain there are about 21 million pets. There are already more than 16 million homes with at least one pet, that is, 49.3 percent of our total homes. Although this figure is still lower than in the rest of the more developed European countries. Currently in the European Union, the number of pets amounts to 62 million, according to Fediaf (the European Association of Animal Feed Manufacturers), the European employers’ association of the sector. Based on these figures, it is estimated that in Spain there are about 21 million pets, of which 3,370,706 are cats.

The majority of the families that enjoy the company of an animal, consider that this is a source of well-being. Various studies signed by specialists from all over the world endorse the benefits of living with them. According to doctors, pets not only offer companionship, affection and protection, but also help their owners to reduce stress and blood pressure; they boost self-esteem and social skills; as well as contributing to improving communication and affectivity within the home. The benefits of living with pets are even proven in the faster healing of diseases and the reduction of blood pressure, in addition to promoting the adoption of healthier lifestyle habits. There are those who say that if we had to choose a universal sound for peace that good could be the purring of our protagonist of today: the cat.

History and legend

The domestic cat – Felis catus is its scientific name – is a subspecies of carnivorous mammal of the Felidae family. It is believed to have been living with humans for about 9,500 years. They are colloquially called minino, micho or even mizo. When it comes to talking about the origin of the species, two paths can be followed: one of legend and the other of history. Both are, I assure you, interesting and even entertaining.

You know the saying, “you won’t go to bed without knowing one more thing” and this information of today can be useful to know a little more about your cat… if that one who at this very moment sleeps next to you in his armchair, while he passes his rough tongue on one of his legs. In order to know its origin according to the legend, one has to go back to the Universal Flood. It is said that while Noah was sailing for a few weeks, he discovered with horror that his ship was infested with mice. The original pair of these small rodents had proliferated so quickly, that their descendants multiplied the discomfort of the ark… besides, the mice were running out of food for the rest of the passage. Noah went to the lion to ask for his opinion.

This one that belongs to the big felines, meditated the supplication and concentrating all its forces, sighed deeply, arched the back and sneezed with a great noise, expelling by the nose a pair of cats. Immediately, they began without anyone giving them notice of their destructive work, exterminating all the mice in the ship, except for a couple that Noah captured and locked up to perpetuate the species. According to this legend, from that moment on the cat was conceited, arrogant and arrogant, and as punishment Noah tied it to the bridge of the ark when the storm intensified. As a consequence of this punishment, it is not surprising the terror that most cats feel for water.

From the historical point of view it seems that the mochicas in the merdional America were the first ones that in their vessels and drawings can be found images that resemble our feline protagonist. Although with all certainty the true history of the cat begins in Egypt. During the fifth dynasty (2.500 B.C.) the Egyptian people would have introduced them to the small feline. In Egyptian mythology, this one has always occupied a privileged place.

It was the sacred animal of the goddess Bastet, one of the most venerated divinities of ancient Egypt. Laws were enacted prohibiting the export of cats. To cause the death of one of these animals was considered a serious crime (even if it was accidental) and the culprit was condemned to death. When a family cat died, all the members of the clan mourned and even shaved their eyebrows as a sign of pain. Families with possible even mummified the animal. According to books consulted back in 1890, an old cat cemetery was discovered in Egypt, where more than 170,000 cats rested for eternity. Another curiosity is that in case of catastrophes the cat was the first thing of all the house that was saved.

Companions of the legions and sign of witchcraft

In Roman times they also enjoyed fair fame because for them they symbolized victory and carried them with their legions. In the 5th century, they landed in the Netherlands and from there they spread all over Europe and helped to put an end to mice. Everything was going marvelously well, but in the last few years there has been a great deal of progress.

In the 5th century they landed in the Netherlands and from there spread throughout Europe and helped to kill the mice. Everything was going great, but in the Middle Ages our kittens lived through difficult times. The reason? They thought they were the reincarnation of the devil and went from being loved to being persecuted.

The simple possession of one served to accuse a person of being a witch or of exercising witchcraft. This “persecution” was especially serious in England, Germany and France, places where on All Saints’ Day the festivities began by burning baskets full of living cats in the public square… this custom was abolished by torture back in 1648. Due to this persecution the big “beneficiaries” were the mice and the sewage rats.

These rodents – in the absence of cats – grew and multiplied producing all kinds of diseases and epidemics. It was Napoleon (who although he did not like cats) was forced to stimulate the breeding of these felines in order to end the plague of rodents. Finally, at the time of Pasteur, the era of great discoveries, among which the microbes stand out. These were manifested in dirt and filth and animals that were close to man could contaminate humans…

The cat that spends the day licking, lipying and grooming itself went from being suspicious to being the only clean animal, the only one that could not transmit microbes. Nowadays, thanks to veterinary medicine, any animal that complies with its vaccines and deworming is out of all risk of transmitting any disease… everything as we always say with prevention. For the end I leave them a phrase of Mark Twain “If you could cross the man with the cat, it would be a great improvement for the man”.

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