Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the September/October 2015 issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.
You’re probably familiar with the typical cat-related superstitions, but some strange, old-timey lore will make you smile and maybe look at your cat a little differently. Take this quiz to discover which obscure cat superstition you are.
a. Open a package containing tickets to a play you’ve been dying to see.
b. Walk into a surprise party filled with all your favorite friends.
c. Enjoy a quiet night in with your best friend and cats, then make a wish, and blow out the candles on your favorite kind of birthday cake.
d. Eat your favorite meal and have lots of interesting conversation with your family.
a. Cuddle with your kitty, devour a pint of ice cream, and watch Masterpiece Theatre.
b. Invite your best friends over to commiserate alongside you.
c. Peruse an online dating site (with a cat on your lap, of course).
d. Call your mom for comforting words.
b. Party planner
c. Professional gambler
d. Family therapist
a. Freak out, become overly dramatic, and assume you’ll have to cancel your trip.
b. Invite your best friends over for coffee, and ask if one of them might be available.
c. Shrug it off, and hope your vet has a recommendation for another sitter.
d. Ask a family member to help.
a. A character from the Broadway play Cats.
b. You’re hosting the best party in town, so whatever you wear will be fabulous.
d. A member of the paparazzi
a. You’re outgoing and entertaining.
b. Your door is always open.
c. You’re optimistic and hopeful.
d. You know how to keep a secret.
a. Splurge on a new outfit (that matches your cat’s fur, of course) and a fantastic night of dinner and theater with your favorite person.
b. Throw a legendary party.
c. Donate it to a rescue for specially abled cats.
d. Help a family member with some outstanding bills.
If you see a black cat backstage – especially if one rubs against you – you’ll give an outstanding acting performance.
Although some superstitions tout black cats as bad luck, many people assume good luck is on the way when a black cat is present. This is true in the theater, where some actors even bring black cats backstage with them, hoping the feline good luck charm will assure a winning performance. Encore!
If a cat washes his face in the parlor, expect company.
There are a few superstitions involving cats cleaning themselves, but some people believe that feline face-washing in the parlor (nowadays, wherever guests are normally entertained) means that company is on the way. Who wouldn’t want to know about impending guests? It gives us time to lint-roll that layer of cat hair off the sofa!
If you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in the middle of your palm, and make a wish — it will come true.
If you’re spitting on yourself, perhaps your wish should be something involving a sink and some soap. Leave the rubbing of spit on oneself to the cats! When I see a one-eyed cat, I only wish to pet his sweet face. Meow!
Cats are gossipmongers, so remove them from the room when discussing private family affairs.
Cats are pretty nosy, and maybe they do run around spreading family business to all their cat friends. I like thinking about cats around a water cooler, sharing all their humans’ dirty laundry but only if my cats aren’t there. Look out, Perez Hilton –here comes Purrez Hilton!
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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to feed them.