Cat Facts #10. Cats Don’t Always Have 9 Lives

Turns out not all cats have 9 lives. It really depends where that particular feline calls home.

In various parts of Europe, cats are believed to have 7 lives. So contrary to popular belief, apparently not everyone is more healthy in that part of the world.

And in Arabic countries – and Turkey – cats are said to have only 6 lives.

But whatever the number, the fact remains that most of the world has bought into the popular myth that cats have multiple lives to live.

This notion might come from various sources – an ancient proverb that claims “A cat has nine lives. For three, he plays. For three, he strays. And for the last three, he stays.” Or even William Shakespeare allusion to the multiple lives of cats in his famous play Romeo and Juliet.

Or maybe people noticed early on that the cat’s incredibly dexterity and ability to *almost* always land on their feet allowed them to survive situations that would’ve spelled the end for other, less agile animals.

Whatever the case, we’re pretty content to think our beloved felines will be back again for several more rounds of playing, straying and staying.

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  1. Reply
    Cami August 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I Love black cats! I have a little mieohisvcus one myself…his preferred hideouts include baskets of clean laundry and under rugs..where he believes he cannot be seen, of course! 🙂

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    Anne February 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I think it’s interesting that some parts of the world give cats a different number of lives than 9. Also, I’m liable to believe the second reason listed because, I’ve seen nothing to disprove it.

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