Cats Throughout History…Part 3…

Hi Friends, I’ll be the first to say that I’m a bit sad to see this three part series end because it was so interesting and entertaining. However, we always need new content to keep readers interested and engaged so onto the next segment which I will announce at the end of today’s article.

Cats have always been objects of folklore and superstition throughout time. Here’s the story of Cats in Ancient China and how they were once guardians of the human world!

Cats Oversee The World

Ah ha…so this is why they think this! As far as I can tell, my cats both think the world revolves around them…this might just be the reason why.

Li Shou was a Chinese goddess that was depicted in the form of a cat. Sacrifices and offerings were made to her for fertility and to control pests. The importance of cats in the world was demonstrated by Li Shou. An ancient Chinese myth says that cats, during the beginning of the creation, were appointed by the gods to oversee everything in the human world and to ensure that everything was run properly. Cats had also been given the ability to speak! As we know currently and even then, the felines were more interested in sleeping beneath cherry trees and playing with falling blossoms instead of looking after a boring human world.

Three times the gods visited the cats and instead of the cats properly performing their duties they were found at play. On the third time that the gods visited the cats, the cats told the gods that they had no interest in running the world…which I kind of find hard to believe since I happen to know a Maine Coon who is hell bent on taking over the world…but none the less, I’ll let history tell the story. The gods granted humans the position of overseers of the world (which may not have been such a bright idea considering the state of things) and transferred the power of speech, which was taken from the cats. Cats were then given the task of keeping time instead. To this very day, it’s believed in China that one could tell the time of day by looking into a cat’s eyes.

I hope that you enjoyed the segment Cats Throughout History and stay tuned for a brand new feature on Wednesday that is titled The World’s Richest Felines! You won’t want to miss it!


Cats Throughout History…Part 2…Trim

This is the story of Trim the Cat who sailed around the world with a captain named Matthew Flinders. Cats were often welcome on ships because they protected the food supply onboard from rodents. They also provided entertainment and companionship to the men who were at sea. Trim the Cat is a particularly important member of the crew. Let’s find out why and what made him so special!

Trim was a black cat with white socks and a white star on his chest. Trim was very energetic and even a bit of a risk taker who loved to find adventure. Once in a while he fell overboard but didn’t seem bothered by it because whenever he landed in the ocean, someone would throw him a rope and he’d climb back up. Captain Matthew Flinders admired the courage, strength, and spirit of the animal so much so that he made him his favourite.

Trim ran freely around the ship with the ship’s men and was known for sitting in officers’ caps. At dinnertime, he quite regularly stole pieces of meat from the crew’s forks with such brilliant dexterity that his victims were more inclined to admire his skill than be angered by the theft.

Trim sailed with Flinders on the HMS Investigator on his voyage around the Australian mainland and even survived the shipwreck of the Porpoise in 1803. When Captain  Flinders was accused of spying and imprisoned by the French in Mauritius on his return voyage to England, Trim also shared his captivity.While the men were still held in prison Trim disappeared and Flinders was heartbroken. Seven years later, Captain Matthew Flinders was released and returned to his wife in England but he never forgot Trim.

In 1996, the North Shore Historical Society commissioned a bronze statue of Trim for the window ledge at Mitchell Library in Sydney, Australia, and the library’s cafe has been named after Flinders’ beloved cat.

The best and most illustrious of his race
The most affectionate of friends,
faithful of servants,
and best of creatures
He made the tour of the globe, and a voyage to Australia,
which he circumnavigated, and was ever the
delight and pleasure of his fellow voyagers
Written by Matthew Flinders in memory of his cat
Memorial donated by the North Shore Historical Society

Wow! What an amazing friend, companion, and feline. May the story of friendship between Captain Matthew Flinders and Trim never be forgotten and may we never forget them either.

Cats Throughout History…Part 1…Bastet and Ancient Egypt!

Cats were first domesticated in Egypt around 4000 years ago but their history among humans goes back wayyyyy further! Wild cats lived with the people of Mesopotamia  100,000 years ago and to have been domesticated at around the same time as dogs, sheep, and goats! How awesome is that?  The Near Eastern Wildcat is the closest relative of the domestic cat of today and was bred by Mesopotamian farmers, to control mice and rodents which were attracted by grain.

Cats association with ancient Egypt is remarkable. The people of the Egyptian culture were famous for being devoted to cats so much so that the export of cats from Egypt was SO strictly prohibited that a branch of the government was formed solely to deal with this issue. Would you believe that their devotion to our feline friends was so great that government agents were sent out to other areas to find and return cats which had been smuggled out? WOW! I couldn’t believe it either!

In 450 BCE, the penalty in Egypt for killing a cat was death (though this law is thought to have been observed much earlier). The goddess Bastet, commonly depicted as a cat or as a woman with a cat’s head, was among the most popular deities of the Egyptian people. She was the protector of women’s secrets and was the keeper of hearth and home as well as the guardian against evil spirits and disease, and most importantly the goddess of cats.I’m seriously considering changing the name on my birth certificate now!

Egyptians cared so much for their cats that they placed their safety above human life and property. Let’s say a house caught fire, the Egyptians would be more concerned with rescuing the cats than with anything else.They would run back into the burning building or form a barricade around the flames to keep the cats safe. When a cat died, everyone in the house would shave their eyebrows as a sign of deep mourning. Cats that died were buried in a special place and in special containers. The period of mourning was considered finished when the people’s eyebrows had grown back. Mummified cats have been found throughout Egypt, and were sometimes buried with, or near to, their owners as proved by identifying seals on mummies!

So dear friends, this is just a tiny taste of our weekly feature, Cats Throughout History. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this segment and I look forward to next Wednesday!


Change of Date!…

Hi Furriends,
I know that everyone is looking forward to our Cats Throughout History Segment as am I. I’ll be publishing it every Wednesday instead of every Monday as discussed. I’ve decided to change the publish date because I want Seabass’ Diary series to stand alone on Mondays. Stay tuned for the first blog part of a three part series! Looking forward to your comments.

See you tomorrow,



New Weekly Feature!…

Hi Furriends,

I’d like to introduce a new weekly feature on The Kitty Cat Clan! We had tons of fun with the Cat of the Week feature, didn’t we? I promise that this will be just as much fun! Starting later today and for the next 3 weeks, I’ll be showing you some pretty important cats throughout history and what their roles were. Buckle up for an exciting, interesting ride!

Stay tuned!