“A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays & for three he stays.” – An ancient proverb.
But your science teacher just said that all living creatures have just one life…so that doesn’t really make any sense!
Then why associate this feline with the number nine?
“A cat has nine lives” is an idiom, or a myth (a traditional story that may or may not be true but some people choose to believe).
Facts behind this myth…
? Cats don’t really have nine lives. But they’ve earned this reputation because of their agility, & ability to land on their feet because of their righting reflex (which means they can turn themselves the RIGHT way around during the fall to land ‘purr-fectly’ on their feet).
? Also, there have been countless situations where cats have survived falls where other animals would have been severely injured.
Lucky number nine!
?? In ancient Egypt, cats were revered as sacred animals & were believed to have supernatural powers.
? Atum-Ra, the Egyptian mythological Sun God took the form of a cat when he visited the underworld. Legend has it that’s Atum-Ra gave birth to eight other Gods, thus nine in total.
?? In China, nine is considered to be a lucky number as it’s the highest single digit number & hence stands for completeness and eternity.
The famous William Shakespeare has also used this common term in his play Romeo and Juliet where an irate Mercutio responds to Tybalt:
“Good King of Cats, I want to take one of your nine lives, & depending on how you treat me after that, I might beat the other eight out of you too.”
We’re pretty certain we heard a ‘‘Me-OW’!?