Why Do Cats Have Nine Lives?

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@Darkwing (21588)
April 16, 2007 5:13am CST
Is this an old wives' tale, or do you think cats really have nine lives and what are your reasons for thinking so, if any? I'm sure a lot of Mylot Members own cats, so I would like to know whether you have any experience or evidence of your cats having nine lives. Have they had lucky escapes? Why do they have nine lives do you think?
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
16 Apr 07
This is just my opinion, I think maybe this has been said about cats because they seem to be able to get away from many near misses that it almost seems they have nine lives....I have seen cats that were hit by cars but then just run off...I don't think they really do have nine lives just that they are sometimes very lucky.
@Darkwing (21588)
16 Apr 07
Hi Lilaclady. Yes, I agree with you. I think maybe a cat is more agile and its bones somewhat less brittle than ours and it seems to escape a lot of nasty situations. If only...... lol. Thank you for your response and brightest blessings.
@Darkwing (21588)
17 Apr 07
+ rating for you Lilaclady. Thank you.
• India
16 Apr 07
I'm not exactly an animal lover in the strictest sense, as I'm not exactly too keen on sharing my living space with other animals, but I do believe that they can be fun and extremely nice to have pets. I have many relatives who have pets and I often play with them on my visits. While the dogs hardly generate any curiosity, cats are an altogether different story. While some claim that cats are secretive creatures, some say they have special powers. Some others say that they are downright evil and that they are ungrateful creatures. In our culture, there is a believe that cats despise young children and often wish them ill, so cats are driven out of houses with pregnant women or young children! The tale of the nine lives of a cat too is something like that I feel. However, the cat is also an extremely agile animal, one with superb reflexes and the ability to get out of trouble often. This has probably given rise to the oft quoted line about cats.
@Darkwing (21588)
16 Apr 07
Yes, you're right when you say that cats have superb reflexes and are extremely agile. I suppose they have quite soft bones as well... a bit like children, and can survive more knocks than us. I don't have pets either. I'm in a small, upstairs flat, and I don't feel it would be fair on the pet to shut them up in a confined space. Thank you for your response Vanilla. It was very interesting. Brightest Blessings to you.
@Darkwing (21588)
17 Apr 07
A + for you too, my friend. Thank you.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 07
Yes I do lol As you know there are 4 Cats that we have they are with the Kids. And believe me I am sure that Scruffy has more then 9 The amount of times she has shot out in front of a Car and just got missed is unbelievable When we used to pull on the Driveway she used to lie there and when we thought she had moved we would park up only to find out that she hadn't moved and actually gone over her lol
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@Darkwing (21588)
16 Apr 07
Lol.. I think Scruffy must have trusted you, Gabs. It is amazing how many times cats avoid getting hit by cars, I agree. Thank you for your response my dear friend. Luv and hugggs.
@Darkwing (21588)
17 Apr 07
And a + for my friend Gabs. You made me chuckle. :-)
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
21 Jul 07
I have brought up a cat for more than two years as a pet . Nowadays I have observed its strange behavior of running away from the household for days together . When I begin to think that she has either disappeared for ever or has lost her life ..all of a sudden she comes back and meows at me. I just cannot understand cat behavior ...it is very strange !
@Darkwing (21588)
22 Jul 07
Yes, I had one who disappeared for over a month. I think other people tend to feed them, and they stay away all the time that happens. Then someday, they realise where their true home is. :)