The Myth of Nine Lives

July 2, 2018

The Myth of Nine Lives

Cats were been part of our lives and history way back from the Egyptian Regime. They were once considered or worshiped as one of the gods. Until today, we still live together with them, whether they were from the wild or within our homes. As we all know mostly of their behaviors and personalities, we can understand them.

Cats are adorable creatures and we tend to take care of them. Giving all their needs, and love them as well. Even we take good care of them, sometimes we just can’t avoid accidents and circumstances that might lead our cats in trouble.

There is one question that run in our minds, believing that they have extra lives. Do we really believe that cats have nine lives? Some of us might heard that cats have nine lives, but is this a Fact or a Myth? In this article, we can tackle some of our questions that can lead to an answer.

Why Nine Lives ?

An old English proverb states
“A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays”. This could be where the myth that cats have nine lives came from- though the proverb is not thought to be meant in seriousness.

It’s a statement about the hardy nature of cats and the fact that they give the most love when they are old- too old to chase mice and run away! Time goes by , some of us witnessed cats survive in situations that surely would have severely injured other animals.

Some people likely began to believe that cats must have multiple lives.Nine is also a magic number- and this could be partly why cats are attributed with having nine lives, because they have been both worshipped and feared throughout the ages for being magical. The ancient Greeks said that the number nine referred to the trinity of all trinities- and is a mystic number which invokes tradition and religion. Read more at Cat Psychology for more interesting facts.

Characteristics of A Cat To Survive

The Righting Reflex

Cats has been extensively studied and, with the invention of high-speed cameras, has been shown to be an almost artistic feat of acrobatics. Though we cannot say that cats always land on their feet, they indeed always. No surprise—it helps them to survive when falling.

Amortization of Falls

Helps them survive. It would be no use to land on feet if legs were made of concrete. But what if they were made of springs? Then they would take most of the impact away from the body and internal organs. Cats don’t have springs, but their ability to flex their joints (and to time it extremely well) is the next best thing.

Relatively Slow Maximal Falling Velocity

(Known as “terminal velocity” in physics) also contributes to how cats survive falls, and quite often extremely high falls. When terminal velocity has been reached, it does not really matter how long it takes to reach the ground. The basic physics supporting terminal velocity explain that large, but light objects (e.g. balloons)will fall slower than small, but heavy objects (e.g. bricks). In general, smaller mammals have slower terminal velocity, which is good for cats since they are relatively small. Of course, this relatively slow terminal velocity is useless by itself without righting reflex and soft landing.

Do You Still Believe That Cats Have Nine Lives?

Facts About Cats

All cats have their own personalities. Just ask anyone who has ever been “owned” by more than one cat! The pets can be holy terrors or angelic little pussycats.

All members of the feline species share some traits, however, and they all have to do with survival.

Physical Traits:

Some physical traits common to all cats, both big and small, have to do with their survival and way of life. All cats, including lions and tigers, have sandpaper tongues. Since cats are carnivores, nature has given them certain gifts to help them with their survival. The rough tongue acts like a steel wool pad to scrape all the meat off the bones of the hapless critter, be it a mouse or a moose, the cat is having for lunch.

All cats, with the exception of the cheetah, come fully equipped with retractable claws. They also come with night-vision goggles in the form of those beautiful green or blue eyes that have more rods and cones than humans do. Cats’ eyes all have a tapetum lucidum, which causes their eyes to glow in the dark.

Special Skills:

All cats are good hunters. Some may not want to hunt, but that doesn’t mean they can’t if forced to survive. Every cat, from the mighty lion to the mini-munchkin, has the ability to catch and kill prey. The only difference is the size of the prey.

Also, cats are very flexible; even the most talented Olympic gymnast cannot curl, stretch, twist, roll and jump like every healthy, normal cat can. The Cat Fanciers’ Association lists 42 distinct of Cat breeds and there are almost as many coat types, colors and patterns. All cats have the ability to shed their coats in summer and grow it thicker in winter.

All cats have the ability to hide their pain and suffering very well. All cats, with the exception of the big cats, can purr, though they all have different reasons for doing it. Even the medium cats – bobcats, ocelots and lynxes, for example – purr.

Special Needs:

All cats have a particular set of needs to be happy and healthy. Cats all need an amino acid called taurine to survive. Therefore, all cats share the trait of never being able to join the vegetarian society.

Taurine is only found in animal products and cannot be manufactured artificially. Most mammals can make their own taurine from other amino acids, but cats cannot. Without taurine, cats can suffer heart failure or blindness.

Cats also need to bury their feces and urine. Even cats in the wild do so to hide their presence in case any bigger predators get any ideas. Even the big cats cover their solid waste. Cats are the only animals that are both prey and predator.

Cool Facts:

All cats have scent glands on their paws, faces and foreheads. They also all have the same greeting. They sniff one another’s noses, then they kind of bump flanks, and finally they turn and present their anal opening to the other cat in a gesture of “Yes, yes, get to know me a little better.”

Many cat owners report their cats are always doing that to them and they don’t know why. Their kitties are just communicating the way all cats do. Cat personalities vary greatly, but personality traits shared by all cats are their independent natures, cleanliness habits and the ability to be aloof and very, very quiet when necessary.

All cats lift their tails high in the air when being friendly or happy, and will sway their tails slowly back and forth when processing fear, anxiety or anger. You may also visit: Witty Kitty Sense of Humor.

Life Span of Cats

Outdoor Cats:

Outdoor cats live less as they are exposed to viruses, bacteria, accidents and fights, which can endanger their health. A pet that spends more time outdoors may live on average 2 to 3 years less than a cat that lives exclusively indoors. In addition, unexpected accidents may end an outdoor cat’s life at any time.

Stray and feral cats live significantly less. On average, a stray cat lives 5 years if he is in a community of cats and 2 to 3 years if he lives by himself. This is due to unbalanced nutrition and lack of veterinary treatment and vaccinations. In addition, feral cats may get killed while fighting other wild animals.

Indoor Cats:

If a cat resides indoors exclusively, the typical lifespan ranges somewhere between 13 and 17 years, according to the Research.

However, it isn’t uncommon for indoor cats to live to at least 20. The lifespan always depends on the individual cat.

Some cats pass away well before 13, while others live long past 17. A lot of factors go into how long a cat will live. Please visit Indoor Cat Facts for more information.

Benefits of Indoor Cats

The “normal” life expectancy for an indoor cat is significantly longer than that of felines who live outside full-time or part-time. A cat who stays inside all the time is protected from a lot of dangers..For example, she won’t be run over by a car.

She won’t get into a fight with a neighborhood cat. Hazardous weather won’t imperil her. She won’t be snatched up by a stranger. She probably won’t catch an infectious disease – such as rabies or the feline leukemia virus – from a stray or feral cat.

Preventing Accident

Cats don’t have nine lives, and no one knows this better than a veterinarian.

Common Injuries:

Common Accident Accidents:

We all want our cat to lead his fullest, longest life. A healthy cat can live up to fifteen years and more. Unfortunately, even the healthiest of cats can have their lives tragically cut short because of a preventable accident.

Hit By A Car

One of the top reasons vets say animals are brought to their emergency room is because of a car hitting an animal.

If your cat is an independent, outdoor cat, you may think that this is simply a risk you take with having an outdoor animal


There are a myriad of house cleaning products, plants, and human foods that could lead to sickness or even death for your cat. Educate yourself on what is toxic to cats, and either keep it out of your home or out of a place where your cat can accidentally ingest it.

Leaving string (and other things) around the house.Stock photos of kittens playing with a fuzzy ball of yarn lead many to believe that this is safe for a cat to play with. Playing with is OK, but many cats and kittens may move onto eating the string, yarn, thread, or other similar object which will often need to be surgically removed. Stick to toys made for cats instead of opting for a ball of yarn – we have a few suggestions in online stores like

Animal Aggression At Home

If you have more than one cat – or more than one type of animal – there is no guaranteeing that they will get along 247. If you have two cats and they get physical, they can cause severe damage to each other with their bites.

Cats have long, pointed teeth, which create a puncture wound as opposed to a dog bite, which is more of a tear. Puncture wounds can lead to abscesses and infection. If you do have two cats, be sure to use training methods to insure they will not fight.

If they seem heated for any reason, separate the two until they have had time to settle down. Check at this book also: Beyond Squeaky Toys: Innovative ideas for eliminating problem behaviors and enriching the lives of dogs and cats - this book explains the history of environmental enrichment, what it is, how it works and why it is essential for the health and well being of animals.

Pest-Borne Illnesses

Pest-borne illnesses are sometimes more aggravating than lethal, but that is not always the case. If your cat has an infected tick bite them, they could be exposed several deadly illnesses, such Cytauxzoonosis, a lethal parasite; Tularemia, a fever that could lead to severe infection and sometimes, death; and various other pathogens.

Granted, these diseases are rare and require the right circumstances, but it is silly not to use tick and flea prevention when it is so easy to do so. Even if you have an indoor cat, you can still bring things like ticks, mites, or fleas into your home.

A monthly prevention medication is a simple but highly effective manner of preventing these pest-borne illnesses. The best form of keeping your cat safe is through prevention. You may also check this out: The Well Cat Book: The Classic Comprehensive Handbook of Cat Care Reissue Edition, it can help you as it give reviews in every aspect of cat care: anatomy, daily care, diagnostic medicine, medical emergencies, home medical care, as well as breeding and reproduction.

Before we end this article let me share to you a saying by: Mark Twain(American Author and Humorist). “ One of the most striking differences between cat and lies is that a cat has only nine lives “.

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