Monday, October 29, 2012

Today is...National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day.

The word "cat" can be traced back to the Afroasiatic and Late Egyptian caute, the feminine form of caus, which means wildcat.

In Early Modern English, the word kitten was interchangeable with the word catling to mean a baby cat. Catling is a now-obsolete word.

A group of cats is referred to as a clowder or a glaring.

A male cat is a tom if unneutered and a gib if neutered. A female cat is a molly.

Though cats have gone through a domestication process, cats have not made any major changes in behavior.  The form and behavior of domestic cats is very similar to that of a wildcat and a domestic cat is capable of surviving in the wild.

In ancient Egypt cats were sacred animals. The goddess Bastet was often depicted in cat form.

During the Age of Discovery, early 15th century through the 17th century, cats were carried on ships to control rodents on board and as good-luck charms.

In Great Britain, Ireland, and Japan black cats are considered good luck. In other societies, black cats are considered a bad omen and are thought to be familiars of witches.

Do you have cat? If so, what kind and what is its name?

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