Do cats have really nine(9) lives?

May 20, 2009 11:07pm CST
I am at my right age but I still remember my grandmother said about cats. According to her, cats have nine lives, so they don't die easily. Is it proven?
5 responses
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
28 May 09
It's a figure of speech. It generally means that they do a lot of "dangerous" things but survive them. I believe it comes from cats' flexibility - they can jump over roof tops or down to the floor without breaking a bone. We assume that they were hurt but in truth, they were simply aerobic. Thanks for the response on my discussion!
@ronit_mat (180)
• India
21 May 09
I have never had a cat so i cannot say it is proven or not. If you want proof then i suggest you test it out with your cat if you have one and then tell us the result. But i think it is just an old myth something like a legend. Similar to saying that a human being has seven different lives to live. Hope you find out your answer. Happy mylotting.
@a27an07 (17)
• Malaysia
21 May 09
i guess we have heard that many times that cat have nine lives. i don't believe it, but there must be a reason for the saying. but where the nine comes from. it might mean that a cat will survive a bad fall nine out of ten times. or maybe nine is juat a nice number. or maybe you can think of a beter reason
@tawjmp (2)
• United States
21 May 09
Of course not, Cat's are simple creatures, just like the rest of us. They contain the same physical limitation's. The theory that cat's have 9 lives isn't actually a theory at all. It's just a old saying that demonstrates a cat's ability to recover quickly and easily upon acquiring an injury of some sort.
@harryt123 (327)
• United States
21 May 09
My parents have told me that as well, cats have nine lives. What they meant is that cats are very courageous and would do almost anything. I don't think it was meant literally that they have nine lives, like any living breathing pet they only have one life but they do live it to the maximum when it comes to activity level.