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It's often said that cats have nine lives, but why? The cat was an animal venerated by the Egyptians in ancient Egypt, represented in their mythology by the goddess Bastet, who wore a cat's head on a woman's body. Therefore, a mystical and divine power was attributed to cats, and they were known and admired for their ability to get out of dangerous situations that could cost them their lives. And even today we know that the cat possesses a definite talent for thwarting death, since we say that it always falls back on its paws!
The Egyptians therefore attributed a kind of immortality to cats because of their ability to survive falls from heights of several meters. In the Egyptian polytheistic religion, the pantheon of gods had nine main gods, so the number 9 was considered a symbol of perfection, which also made it a lucky number. On the other hand, the Egyptians also believed in reincarnation, and were convinced that cats could reincarnate in human form after their nine lives. The nine lives of the cat can therefore be seen as a metaphor for the journey of the soul through the stages leading to its culmination. The number 9 is also associated with rebirth and eternity in other cultures.
There are many types of coats, as they vary greatly from breed to breed. The cat's coat is composed of long hair (jar) and bearing the markings of the coat (spots for example). Underneath are the shorter hairs (wadding), then the down. This organization allows a good insulation of the body. There are long, short, curly and even frizzy hairs. Some breeds, such as the sphynx, are almost hairless: a very light duvet covers the body, as well as the tail.
As our cat onesie, cat's coat is made up of one or more colours that form various combinations (patterns) called patterns: some individuals have large spots, others have stripes or specks, and still others have a plain coat. The coat may also have darker pigmentation towards the extremities of the body (colourpoint, mink and sepia coats). The combination of the different colours and patterns gives all the variations of fur possible for a cat. The colour of the cat's fur can take many shades (black, white, blue, red...), more or less diluted or dark. The males for genetic reasons can have only one or two colors at a time (except exceptions); only in principle the females can have three: they are the tortoiseshell and calico coats. An effect refers to a colour with changing reflections due to the variation of light and dark over the length of the hair (chinchilla, shaded, smoke or cameo coats).