If you’ve ever owned a cat, you know that they’re the most mysterious and magical creatures on Earth. They can sleep anywhere, snuggle up to the warmest human in sight, and seemingly defy gravity at all times.
So when you hear that cats have nine lives—or even more—it’s easy to be skeptical of such claims. Indeed, very few people know exactly how many lives a cat has in its metaphorical back pocket. But how many lives do cats actually have? Do cats have 9 or 7 lives? Why do they say that a cat has 7 or 9 lives? And where did this myth come from in the first place?
In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the nine lives myth and explore its origins.
Cats like other animals have only one life. The idea of a cat having nine lives comes from ancient folklore and myths. Another reason for this idea is that cats are known to be survivors and they’ve been shown to do some pretty amazing things.
Why cats are said to have nine lives?
While humans, on average, live to be 80 years old and cats typically live between 10 and 20 years (although they can live much longer than that), it’s important to remember that the number of lives a cat has isn’t just about how many times they can be killed before finally dying. It also takes into account how likely they are to survive in general.
Cats are more agile than humans and have better reflexes when they’re trying out new stunts. Cats also have an advantage in being able to fall onto their feet after jumping up high. They might not always land on all fours—or even keep their balance—but if a cat does fall off something tall enough for them to hit the ground with a bounce, chances are good that he’ll land on his feet instead of getting hurt or breaking any bones from the impact.
In addition to their agility, cats also have excellent hearing and sight compared with humans. This means that when a cat encounters danger from above (such as from falling off furniture), she will hear or see it coming sooner than you would if you were standing next to her doing laundry at home together! So being aware of these differences in perception should help us understand why cats seem so lucky sometimes by escaping death again and again while we experience one tragedy after another…
Cats are more resilient than humans. They can survive things that would kill us like being hit by cars or falling out of windows. Cats also have an advantage in being able to fall onto their feet after jumping up high. They might not always land on all fours—or even keep their balance—but if a cat does fall off something tall enough for them to hit the ground with a bounce.
Ancient Origin of Cats having nine lives
The number of lives a cat is said to have varies from culture to culture — and sometimes even from family to family. Some people believe that their pet has seven lives, while other cultures think that the kitty might actually be able to live an infinite number of times.
The origins of the nine lives myth are somewhat shrouded in mystery. Some believe that it originated from Ancient Egypt, where cats were revered as sacred animals.
In Egyptian mythology, the Egyptians were known for their worship of cats, and they believed that these animals were sacred. They believed that cats had the ability to reincarnate and that they could come back to life nine times. This belief likely came from the fact that cats often seem to land on their feet when they fall, which would suggest that they have some sort of special ability.
Other historians believe that the nine lives myth originated in medieval Europe. During this time, cats were often associated with witchcraft and black magic. It was believed that witches could transform themselves into cats and that they used black cats as their familiars. It was also believed that cats had the ability to steal a person’s soul. As a result, many cats were killed during this time period in an effort to rid society of witches and evil spirits.
There is also an English proverb of unknown origin that goes like this: A cat has nine lives. for three he plays, for three he sleeps, and for the last three he dreams. – Unknown
Cats are definitely amazing and one of a kind. They are fascinating creatures with abilities that surpass those of other animals. Whether they have nine lives or not, one thing is for sure: cats are definitely special! Thanks for reading.