Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cats at sea

Cats and humans have walked side by side on land for thousands of years. It is less known that cats have shared the seas with us. They have a great ability to adapt to their surroundings, and thrive on ships.

In today's society many people consider black cats bad luck. At sea, it was the complete opposite. Cats, particularly black cats, were believed to protect ships from dangerous weather, and fishermen's wives would keep black cats at home, hoping they would protect the men at sea.

The US Naval Institute writes, "It is likely that the ancient Egyptians were the first seafarers to realize the true value of having cats as shipmates." The kitties protected the ships from rats and mice, served as company, and could to some extent warn for foul weather. Cats have sensitive inner ears, and low atmospheric pressure often make them nervous and restless.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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1 comment:

  1. There is a cat that lives on a boat that has a blog. Seems odd to have a cat on a boat, but I guess they don't mind and they can just use a litterbox.