A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 4

Another assemble of amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts gathered from all over the world.  Be sure to read A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 1part 2 , and part 3 too.

In the 9th century, King Henry I of Saxony decreed that the fine for killing a cat should be sixty bushels of corn.

During an endemic cholera outbreak in Japan in 1877, many animals including the cats and birds of Horriye were wearing blessed charms to ward off  the disease.

William, a white cat belonging to the famed 19th century English author Charles Dickens was re-christened Williamina when her kittens were born!

According to Muslim belief, the ‘M’ marking on the forehead of the tabby cat was created by the prophet Mahomet as he rested his hand lightly on the brow of his favorite cat.

Unlike other cat breeds, the Turkish Van originated from the Van Lake of Turkey is an excellent swimmer and enjoys playing in water.

The English Cotswolds folklore tells that on the eve of Christmas, cats can be conversed with but only if addressed in rhyme

While in office, President ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt had a polydactyl cat named Slippers. A polydactyl cat, often known as Hemingway cat, has more than five toes on at least one of his paws.

Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway was very found of polydactyl cats,  his former home in Key West, Florida, is currently home to approximately fifty descendants of his cats , of which about half  are polydactyl.

Normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each fore paw, and four toes on each hind paw; polydactyl cats may have as many as eight digits on their front and/or hind paws. The Guinness World Records is 28 digits.

Cats always land on their feet, that is absolutely true!