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CATOLOGY (The study of all things Cat):

by Linzy Trueblood on November 7, 2012

in Cats, Linzy Trueblood, Pets

THE ORIGIN OF CATS: Hebrew folklore

Before the flood there were no cats. God put two lions on the Ark. The mice and rats (the work of the devil) multiplied and began to chew holes in the ark in an attempt to sink it and kill all life aboard. Noah prayed to God for a solution. Then, in answer to prayer, the lion, the king of beasts, told Noah to hit him on the nose. When Noah did this, the lion sneezed and out popped the first two cats. The cats saved the day, exterminating the mice and rats, saving the Ark, and saving all life aboard the Ark. (They must have left a pair of rats and a pair of mice, since we still have rats and mice today.)


Tail Position


Curved down and then up at tip Content and peaceful
Slightly raised and gently curved Curious and interested
Vertical with tip tilting over Friendly, interested, cautious
Vertical with tip stiffly upright Happy and unreservedly welcoming
Vertical and quivering After greeting, a friendly, “hi”
Lowered or between legs Submissive and subdued
Low and puffed out Fearful
Arched and bristling Defensive
Straight and bristling Aggressive
Still, but tip twitching Irritated; the more twitching the more the agitation
Swishing from side to side Angry, conflict, attack imminent
Held to one side Female inviting male to mate


A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays. – English proverb

I hope you have enjoyed this brief excursion into Catology. May it bring you laughter and a little insight into the fascinating creature that you think you own, but that in fact owns you.


By: Linzy Trueblood

Passionate 4 Pets


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jan November 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I love this little fable. I hadn’t realized the cat had such an extensive body language. I’ve only noticed my cat doing about four of these. Maybe her life is too easy.


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