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Cat Superstitions

Despite we are about to enter the XXI century, still quite a lot of people all over the world believe that a black cat that runs across their way can bring us bad luck. Sometimes, even so-called serious-minded citizens, seeing a cat cross their way, stop and wait until somebody else passes the "bad -luck" line.

On this page you will find some less popular beliefs coming from various countries.

  • A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity. - Scottish superstition

  • A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it. - Italian superstition

  • It is bad luck to see a white cat at night. - American superstition

  • Dreaming of white cat means good luck. - American superstition

  • When you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in the palm of your hand, and make a wish. The wish will come true. - American superstition

  • If a cat washes behind its ears, it will rain. - Englisch superstition

  • A cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather ahead. - English superstition

  • English schoolchildren believe seeing a white cat on the way to school is sure to bring trouble. To avert bad luck, they must either spit, or turn around comepletely and make the sign of the cross.

  • A black cat crossing one's path by moonlight means death in an epidemic. - Irisch superstition

  • It is bad luck to cross a stream carrying a cat. - French superstition

  • A cat on top of a tombstone meant certainly that the soul of the departed buried was possessed by the devil. Two cats seen fighting near a dying person, or on the grave shortly after a funeral, are really the Devil and an Angel fighting for possesion of the soul.- old English superstitions

  • To see a white cat on the road is lucky. - American supersition

  • To kill a cat brings seventeen years of bad luck. - Irish supersition

  • If cats desert a house, illness will always reign there. - English supersition

  • In Normandy, seeing a toroiseshell fortells death by accident.

  • In the Netherlands, cats were not allowed in rooms where private family discussions were going on. The Dutch believed that cats would definitely spread gossips around the town.

  • When moving to a new home, always put the cat through the window instead of the door, so that it will not leave. - American supersition

  • In the early 16th century, a visitor to an English home would always kiss the family cat.

  • When the pupil of a cat's eye broadens, there will be rain. - Welsh supersition

  • In 16th century Italy, it was believed that if a black cat lay on the bed of a sick man, he would die. But there's also a belief that a cat will not remain in the house where someone is about to die. Therefore, if the family cat refuses to stay indoors, this is regarded as a very bad sign.


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