A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 3

Another collection of amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts regarding cats, some bad, some good, but never dull.  Be sure to read A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 1 and part 2 too.

  • According to European folklore, matagots are magician cats that can bring great wealth to the home where they are well fed. A matagot must be enticed by a plump chicken, then carried home without the prospective owner once looking backwards. Then, at each meal, the matagot must be given the first bite of food. In return, it will give its owner a gold coin each morning. In England, Dick Whittington’s cat was a matagot who brought its owner goof fortune and changed his luck from bad to good.
  • Do you know cat-flap or cat-door was invented by Sir Issac Newton so that his cats can freely wander in and out of the house when doors were closed?
  • In the city of Big Apple in 1963, a Chinchilla Persian Longhair with the name of Babyface wed Nicodemus, a Silver Persian Longhair. The marriage was officiated by a Beagle and the Matron-of -Honor was another Persian cat.
  • Tom, a cat belonging to the chief verger at the gothic Exeter Cathedral at Devon, England was attacked by an owl a he killed a rat. On his death in 1950, a carving of Tom was mounted on a pillar in the chapel of the Cathedral.
  • During WWII, thousands of signatures were obtained by Our Dumb Friends League on a petition calling for a taxation on cats. The League pointed out that a small tax on the six million cats in Great Britain could result in excess of £1 million towards the War Effort.
  • In Ancient Egypt, the male cat represented the Sun and the female cat, the Moon.
  • Around three hundred cats were kept in the magnificent Russian St. Petersburg Palace to control the rodent population, otherwise the many priceless leather-bound books stored in its grand library might be in danger of being chewed to pieces.