Cat Stories From Around The World
From the not so identical clone and heroic acts, to how cats won battles, mail delivery and even the stock market, here are the funniest, cutest and most fascinating stories about cats from around the world.
25 Predicting Danger
The RMS Empress of Ireland had a cat named Emmy, who never missed a voyage until May 28, 1914 when Emmy refused to go aboard. The ship left without her and sunk the next day.
24 Smarty Paws
Colby Nolan, a cat, was granted an MBA from the Trinity Southern University of Texas in 2004 as part of an investigation to uncover the school as a diploma mill.
23 Space Cadet
A Brussels Airlines flight to Vienna was aborted because the pilot was attacked in the cockpit. The attacker was a passenger's cat, who got out of its travel bag.
22 The Happiest Place For All
At night, Disneyland becomes overrun by stray cats. Disney embraces them because they keep the mouse population in check and treats them like pets, including spaying and neutering them and giving them shots. Every night after closing time, Disneyland releases over 200 feral cats into the park to help keep the rodent population under control.
21 Permission to Enter?
An inventor in Sussex, England, designed a cat-flap that was color-sensitive. It would let his ginger cat in, but not his neighbor’s black cat.
20 Why Cats Could Have Saved Thousands
During the Middle Ages, cats were associated with the devil and were burned at the stake. By the beginning of the 14th century, Europe’s cat population had been severely depleted. Some scholars note that the depletion of cats allowed the bubonic plaque to spread by fleas on rodents, which had surged out of control due to centuries of cat slaughter.
19 The Heated Truth of The Siamese
Siamese cats are native to Thailand. In Thai they are called wichen-maat, meaning “moon diamond.” A 14th-century book of Thai poems describes 23 types of Siamese cats; today only six breeds are left. Giving a pair of Si Sawat cats (a type of Siamese cats) to a bride is supposed to bring good luck to the marriage. Siamese cats are temperature sensitive albinos which cause cooler body parts to be darker and warmer parts to be lighter. As they get older, their body temperature decreases and overall color darkens. In the 1930s, two Russian biologists discovered that color change in Siamese kittens depend on their body temperature. Siamese cats carry albino genes that work only when the body temperature is above 98° F. If these kittens are left in a very warm room, their points won’t darken and they will stay a creamy white.
18 Cats Higher Ground
In Japan, cats are thought to have the power to turn into super spirits when they pass away. This may be because according to the Buddhist religion, the body of the cat is the temporary resting place of very spiritual people.
17 That’s Some Expensive Dung
But the world’s rarest coffee, comes from Indonesia where a wild cat, known as Kopi Luwak or civet lives. The cat eats coffee berries and the coffee beans inside pass through the stomach. The beans are harvested from the cat's dung heaps and then cleaned and roasted. Kopi Luwak sells for about $500 for a 450 g (1 lb) bag.
16 Legendary Origins
According to Hebrew legend, Noah prayed to God for help protecting all the food he stored on the ark from being eaten by rats. In reply, God made the lion sneeze & out popped a cat.
15 I Spy A Cat
Moscow Russia, In Holland’s embassy in Moscow, Russia, the staff noticed that the two Siamese cats kept meowing and clawing at the walls of the building. Their owners finally investigated, thinking they would find mice. Instead, they discovered microphones hidden by Russian spies. The cats heard the microphones when they turned on.
14 Self Defense
Cambyses II of Persia used cats to fight a battle. Against the Egyptians in the battle of Pelusium in 525 B.C. he ordered his men to paint cats on their shields and brought hundreds of cats to his front lines. The Egyptian archers refused to fire on the cats as injuring one was punishable by death.
13 The Stock Brooker
Orlando, a ginger cat, competed and won against stock-picking professionals at the stock market. The cat picked at random, while the professionals used traditional stock-picking methods. At the end of the year, the cat had £542.60 profit, compared to the professionals’ £176.60 profit.
12 Ancient Fertilizer
In 1888, an Egyptian peasant discovered an estimated three hundred thousand mummified cats in Beni Hassan, Egypt. Of the cats that were not stolen once, the find was made public, the remaining mummified cats were shipped to Great Britain to be used as agricultural fertilizer.
11 Super Kitty
A cat named Pudding saved his new owner’s life just hours after his adoption. The Wisconsin resident originally had no intention of actually adopting one of the animals but had a strong attraction to Pudding who later that evening saved her from a diabetic seizure.
10 Copy Cat
CC, also stands for carbon copy! This was the name given to the first cloned cat. In 2001 the University of Texas A&M achieved the challenge of identically copy the genes of CC’s mother. Although his mother Rainbow and him are genetically identical.. they actually look different… go figure…
9 Almost Royal
The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia employs 74 cats to take care of rodents. These cats are so important that they even have their own press secretary, and there are special kitchens in the Hermitage that prepare food for them. These cats even carry a passport with a photo.
8 Nothing New
Cats do their own thing.. since.. always. Anthropologists believe cats approached humans on their own terms 12,000 years ago. The first agricultural societies stored food that attracted mice, the cats decreased the rodent population by eating them, and that’s when the mutually beneficial relationship began.
The superstitious symbolism of a black cat crossing one's path is dependent upon culture: some cultures consider this a sign of impending bad luck, while some cultures consider this a sign of impending good luck. In Egypt it was believed that a black cat crossing one's path brought good luck. Halloween Superstitions: In North America, it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path and good luck if a white cat crosses your path. In Australia, Britain and Ireland, it's the opposite. While many parts of Europe and North America consider the black cat a sign of bad luck, in Britain and Australia, black cats are considered lucky. If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it.
Source: Old Wives Tales
6 Happy Cat, Happy House
Isaac Newton invented the cat flap. Newton was experimenting in a pitch-black room. Spithead, one of his cats, kept opening the door and wrecking his experiment. The cat flap kept both Newton and Spithead happy.
5 “The Unsinkable”
Known to the Germans as “Oscar” was a cat that served on 3 warships, one German and two British, all sank in action. The cat survived each sinking, floating away on wooden planks to rescue.
4 Cat Naps
Cats, heathy and strong lkittle lions. It seems like they are always slpeeping... yet they look soo fit… Cats sleep 70% of their lifetime. While We humans only sleep 30%
3 Cat Mail
In 1879, cats were used to deliver mail in Belgium. It was unsuccessful. Who came up with that brilliant idea… Imagine a Cat dropping your mail at your house… that would be a sight to be seen.
2 Official Business
The residence of the Prime minister of the UK is located in 10 Downing Street , has a cat with a government title of Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. His day-to-day responsibilities include contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house.
1 Wild Obsession
You shouldn’t use Calvin Klein’s “Obsession” perfume when you are on a Safari. Cheetahs, Tigers, Jaguars and other wild cats are attracted by it. Scientists use it to count the population of these animals better.