The mystical cat has been the stuff of legends for centuries. Witchcraft is associated with cats and witches have cats as familiars
. Sometimes a witch takes the form of a cat. During the witch-hunts cats were executed
– along with their witch companion.
For some people the black cat is a sign of bad luck, whereas the wives of English mariners kept black cats as a talisman (or charm) to ensure their husbands’ safe return. A huge cat carried the black witch of Fraddan across the night sky on its back.
“The cat is the only animal to have succeeded in domesticating man.” – Marcel Mauss
“Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest. They are both amoral and immoral, consciously breaking rules. Their ‘evil’ look at such times is no human projection: the cat may be the only animal who savors the perverse or reflects upon it.” – Camille Paglia
“Both humans and cats have identical neurochemicals and regions in the brain responsible for emotion (as proof that)…it is not anthropomorphic to credit cats with emotions such as jealousy”.
– Bruce Fogle