Several "zamurchatelnyh" facts about black cats

When on the street you see a black cat that first comes to mind? Halloween and witches? Problems and bad luck? Terrible curse? Maybe something else? When it comes to black cats, then head immediately climb a variety of myths and superstitions.

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Well, if you really interested to know about these baleen and caudate furry creatures, you looked in the right place! Here are some "zamurchatelnyh" facts about black cats.

22 blacks

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Not all black cats are the same. In the world there are as many as 22 different breeds of perfect black cats. However, when most of us think about black cats, they surely imagine it Bombay Shorthair cats.

Little Panther

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Black Bombay, which are so fond of "cat owner" throughout the world, thanks to its threatening appearance at very affectionate and playful character, look like not just by coincidence. This breed is specially brought out in such a way as to Bombay kittens looked like big black panthers.

The bad reputation of

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Have you ever thought about why black cats have earned such a bad name in many cultures around the world? Many historians believe that such a biased attitude towards these animals has its roots as far back as Greek mythology. According to legend, the goddess Hera, wife of Zeus, the supreme god, desperate to prevent the birth of a little Hercules - the fruit of a forbidden love between Zeus and frivolous ordinary mortal woman Alcmene. However, Hera's plan failed, thanks to the efforts of the servants of Hercules mother, and as a punishment the jealous goddess turned the guy in the black cat, sending him to serve the goddess of death and magic. Thus, any black cat ancient Greeks perceived as a messenger and dismal sender of deity.

My favorite cat Devil

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Since the Middle Ages, these furry creatures have started to directly associate with witches, witchcraft and Satan himself. The presence of a black cat in the house of the women had sufficient grounds to accuse her of witchcraft, and some even believed that witches themselves can turn into black cats.

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For example, there is one amusing legend about how the father and son met at the crossroads of a black cat, and, frightened, threw stones at her, to ward off the devil's pet. The cat took to their heels and disappeared into the house of a woman, which locals feared and considered a witch. The next day, the fighters unlucky with cats suddenly came upon an old woman who was limping on his left leg and on her face adorned a large bruise. Since then, no one ever saw them no more.

Cats Pope Gregory

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Despite all its grim reputation, officially became servants of Satan black only in 1233, when Pope Gregory XI issued an official document according to which these animals were declared the living incarnation of the Devil.

around the world with a

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In Finland, a little black cats were treated less harshly, and instead of servants of Satan, they were regarded as a kind of conductor in the world of the dead. The Finns believe that if a black cat jumps on her bed sick person, which means that he will die in the next night. The most curious that such superstitions were something not without truth, because most people before the discovery of penicillin was dying from infection and cats can easily jump on the bed to the seriously ill, to bask in the heat of the bursting of the dying body of a man in a fever.

Black cats and good genetics

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While many superstitious people still believe black cats messengers failure by Fuzzy their coloration seems, on the contrary, it was lucky. For example, several recent veterinary studies in the West have revealed that genetic mutations that are responsible for the perfect black coat color, also provide enhanced immunity to cats as well as good resistance and protection against certain infectious diseases.

Black cats can rust

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Even the black cat does not always remain black until the end of life. In fact, they may change color. Some genetic features of these animals leads to the fact that if a black cat too often and long basked in the sun, a black pigment that is responsible for the color of her hair, begins to break down, and the animal itself of carbon black becomes dirty brown or rust colored. So, yes, in fact, black cats can rust.

Best Friends sailors

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In contrast to many other inhabitants of our planet, sailors, not only do not consider black cats a bad omen, but, on the contrary, believe that the little pussies are able to bring them good luck. In the past, black cats, not only successfully helped the sailors to exterminate the rats in the hold, but were something of a talisman for good luck. It was believed that if the ship has a black cat, he successfully return home, and storms and storms will bypass his party.

The richest black cat in the world

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The richest animal in the world is officially considered a black cat Tommaso, who even entered the Guinness Book of Records. Thirteen million US dollars Tommaso was in 2011, when his 94-year-old housewife died, bequeathing all his numerous Fuzzy property.