Described in Murray's Oxfod Dictionary as Felis catus, family Felidae (the cat family); it was probably domesticated in ancient Egypt from the local race of wildcat. MORE
Not so say both Hebrew and Arabian legends which claim that ......
Another old legend has it that .....
- The Manx cat has no tail after on turning up late for the ark an impatient Noah shut the door trapping the cats tail.
- Fishermen's wives kept black cats as they believed that they would prevent danger from occurring to their husbands. Indeed these black cats were considered so valuable that they were often stolen.
- If a sailor was approached by the ship's cat it meant good luck. If, however, the cat came only half way it meant bad luck would befall the sailor.
- Using a cat to predict sea voyages, sailors believed that a loudly mewing cat meant a difficult journey, a playful cat a journey with 'good' winds.
- Mi-ki (tri-coloured cats) have long been taken on ships by Japanese sailors as they are believed to bring good luck.