The Legendary Perfect Pet
Legend of Cats
People from all over the world see cats as the perfect pet. Since time immemorial, there is a popular belief that cats do posses magical powers. From the fourteenth until the sixteenth century, most Europeans have a notion that witches would turn their enemies into cats. A strange cat that is left astray is thought of as a victim or a witch disguising to be one. Superstitions involving cats are commonly heard from then on. In fact, the black cat is feared to bring bad luck, misery, or cause a disease. Even a person’s death is attributed to a black cat’s unfortunate omen. Even in some parts of the world today such as Europe and the United States, there exists a fallacy that once a black cat crosses your path bad luck is sure to come your way.
Contrary to that, accounts about a cat’s heroism redeemed them to many. The most popular legend is that of “Puss in Boots”. The European fairy tale exemplified a cat as a protagonist who helped his owner in defeating an ogre and eventually marrying a princess. This story left a mark and endeared cats to many.
At present times versions of the cat magician have evolved and innovations have been adopted across cultures. In Asia, farmers from Indonesia bathe their cats as a customary ritual in order to implore the rain god for a rainfall. True enough, rain falls to irrigate the rice fields they plow. On the other hand, Romanians have a different belief about the cats’ control over fertility. For them placing a cat in a cradle would help recently married couples in having a baby. Newlyweds rock the cradle in order to have a baby very soon. In the meantime, sailors coming from various countries suppose that one could predict the weather condition especially storms at sea by merely observing the feline creature’s behavior. All these positive anecdotes ushered the cats’ fame in being a favorable household pet.
Cat’s Self Care
Cats are deemed to be affectionate and sweet animals. They are friendly and love being around human beings. Most of them are easy to have as pets. Handling them won’t be difficult since they have fairly light weighing barely four kilograms. Taking care of them is almost effortless. Unlike dogs, cats do not necessitate walks with their owners. Playing itself is considered enough exercise for them already. All they need is a pat or a stroke. Also, they do not take up much space and could just lie silently on a corner without proving to be a distraction to the people around. A purr coming from them is an indication that they are very relaxed. They like to stay in one place claiming it as their personal space. They hate travelling and it would take them some time to get used to the new place. For the most part of the day, majority of a cat’s time is spent sleeping particularly while their owner has left the house.
Grooming them does not require much especially the ones with short hair. Although they are neat squeaks, there is still no worry since all cats maintain their cleanliness by tidying themselves. Cats are extremely graceful and walk lightly on their feet. They love playing with balls of threads among other cat toys. Even when they are quite old, being playful is characteristic of them. Being independent is something that they are known for.
Cats would make a perfect pet for those who love to cuddle animals but do not have so much time to spare. They are ideal to be given to kids who are just learning to adapt to the responsibility of taking care of another living thing.
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