Cats have been domesticated for nearly 12,000 years, beginning when their natural hunting skills drew them to protect our crops from mice and pests. They traveled in ships with Vikings. They walked across our ancient manuscripts. Cats have long been a part of human history - and human culture. Our beloved furry family members have woven their way not only into our hearts, but into our culture as well. Here are 10 proverbs from around the world that show just how much the world really loves cats!
1. "In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." - English Proverb
This proverb likely speaks to the fact that cats basically rule the world, and they know it.
2. "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." - Colonial Proverb
While a common belief about strange black cats crossing your path is seen as an ill omen in the United States, in the UK it is commonly believed that if you come across a strange cat, it will bring future wealth!
3. "Happy is the home with at least one cat." - Italian Proverb
This one is pretty self explanatory!
4. "The cat was created when the lion sneezed." - Arabian Proverb
According to Wikipedia, the medieval Egyptian zoologist Al-Damiri (1344–1405) wrote that the first cat was created when God caused a lion to sneeze after animals on Noah's Ark complained of mice.
5. "I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail." - Chinese Proverb
I'm honestly not sure what this one means. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
6. "The cat has nine lives - three for playing, three for straying, and three for staying." - English Proverb
The belief that cats have nine lives could stem from the fact that they always seem to land on their feet.
7. "The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry." - French Proverb
It's akin to saying that dogs are a work of art, but felines are a masterpiece.
8. "A cat may look at a king." - English Proverb
A proverb that means even someone of low status has rights by virtue of being alive.
9. "Beware of people who dislike cats." - Irish Proverb
If you don't like cats, you don't like me!
10. "The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them." - German Proverb
If it gets the job done, the method may not always matter!