Every so often we get to hear that cats have 9 lives. Which literally means they die 9 times and are reborn 8 times. Question is, how true can this be? Of course, it is not true. No animal dies and gets its life back. Not even cats.
Still, according to an old English proverb, the agility and flexibility in the life of cats
Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back!
Cats are nosy little fellows, but extremely cautious. They learn a lot from the same source that raises their curiosity. They will stare death in the face, but somehow use wits to get back to their senses.
Other Popular Myths Why Cats Have 9 Lives
A couple of ancient traditions have used the 9 lives teaser for one reason or another. They associate the belief to traditional and supernatural myths which claimed cats canreinvent themselves under strenuous and complex situations.
While there, he gave birth to 8 other gods. Plus him, this added up his own to make it 9 lives.
2. Shakespeare and the 9 lives
William Shakespeare alludes to cats having 9 lives in his famous play, Romeo and Juliet written in1995. One scene features Mercutio ranting madly at Tybalt. Mercutio labels him a rat-catcher and challenges him to a fight. He says,
I want to take one of your nine lives, and, depending on how you treat me after that, I might beat the other eight out of you, too.(Romeo & Juliet) William Shakespeare
3. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays
An old proverb also reads,
A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.
The 3 stages of a cat are explained from its forms of existence. It starts with three lives of vigorous activity, followed by three lives of straying. That involves taking
The Real Meaning of Cats’ 9 Lives
Multiplicity in cat life is majorly attributed to its uncanny ability to land on its feet, even in the event of calamitous falls. However deadly the fall, and distance, even from far up in skyscrapers, somehow a cat will land on its feet and live to see another day.
Physical therapist Sally Morgan has a say too.
believe that the ability to right themselves during a fall is the main origin of the nine lives idea
A clumsy fall that would lead to the death of man or other animal, does no harm to the agile cats.
They are born with extremely flexible backbones and ligaments. They are also blessed with excellent righting reflexes which allow them to tweak and twist their bodies for balanced landing.
Finally, the body weight of a cat is light compared to its surface area. This helps reduce the landing force that may