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Please take the following superstitions such as they are...you will find many contradict each other!

A black and white cat crossing your path means good luck.

A black cat crossing your path will cause you bad luck before your journey is over.

A cat cleaning its face in front of the door is a sign of company.

A cat draws lightning.

A cat eating grass is a sign of bad luck.

A cat eats grass for medicine.

A cat following you home indicates good luck.

A cat has nine lives.

A cat has seven lives.

A cat is the only animal that will come out in the lightning.

A cat will suck the breath of a sleeping person and cause his death.

A white cat coming to your house will bring you good luck, providing it remains.

A white cat met late at night will bring you good luck.

After a cat washes its face, if it turns to the east, someone is coming from the east to call on you.

An accident will occur before you get to your destination, if a black cat runs across your path.

An old railroad man said that it was very difficult to get a man to take out a train, if a black cat ran in front of him on his way to work.

Any kind of cat that cross your path will cause bad luck, but you can avert this by walking backwards all the way to your destination without speaking.

As soon as you see a black cat start across the road in front of you, turn your back; and if the cat is no longer in sight when you look round again, you will not have bad luck.

Bad luck can be expected, if a cat follows you home.

Bad luck can be warded off, if a cat walks in front of you, by taking nine steps backwards over the cat's path.

Bad luck will come to the house in which a cat sneezes.

Bring a cat home blindfolded and immediately throw it into the middle of the bed and it will never leave.

Carry a bone from the left side of a black cat and you will have good luck.

Count nine to avoid bad luck, if a black cat crosses your path.

Dreaming of white cat means good luck.

Driving away a cat that has come voluntarily to your house will cause you bad luck.

Drown a kitten or cat and its ghost will come back and haunt you.

Every cat has a worm in its tail and if you don't cut the tail off the cat will have fits.

If a big yellow cat crosses your path, immediately turn around and walk backwards all the way to where you were going to avert bad luck.

If a black cat crosses your path, walk backwards ten steps and you will not have bad luck.

If a black cat crosses the road, turn right around and walk backward until you get over the place where the cat passed.

If a black cat crosses your path, spit and rub your foot through it; then walk backwards five steps, and bad luck will not come to you.

If a black cat runs across your path and then retraces its steps in front of you, it is bringing good luck to you.

If a black cat runs in front of you, go home and sit for a half-hour before continuing your walk.

If a black cat runs less than four feet in front of your, you will not be unlucky.

If a black cat starts to cross your path and halfway turns back, you will have bad luck; but if the cat continues across your path, you may look for good luck.

If a black cat while running down the road before you, in the same direction as you are walking, turns to the right, bad luck may be expected.

If a cat eats catnip, it has a bellyache.

If a cat is dreaming, pull a whisker out of its lip, sleep on it that night and you will dream what the cat was dreaming.

If a cat moves her kittens away from near the bank of a stream it is a sure sign of high water; because a cat is very smart.

If a cat scratches you, you will be disappointed that day.

If a cat sits in a doorway and licks its face, a guest is coming.

If a ladder is leaning against a building and a black cat walks under it, the next person to climb that ladder will have bad luck.

If a stray cat comes to your house, you may look for good luck.

If a white cat comes to your house it is an indication of good luck.

If a white cat crosses your path, you will have good luck.

If while going down the street, a black cat is met, you will have bad luck unless you return home and start your journey again.

If you must drown kittens, always throw them into the water with your left hand or you will have bad luck.

If you must kill a cat, never drown it, for it will cause you bad luck.

If you spit on your two "front fingers," when a black cat passes in front of you, it will not bring you bad luck.

If you tie paper around all four paws of a cat, it will dance itself to death.

If your cat is killed and you get another one, give it the same name and you will have good luck.

If a black cat crosses your path, pick it up and throw it over your left shoulder to keep from having bad luck.

If you kick a cat, you will develop rheumatism in that leg.

If you drown a cat, you yourself will fall victim to a drowning.

It is bad luck to see a white cat at night.

It brings bad luck to step on a cat's tail.

It is a sign of seven years of bad luck to have a black cat run across your path.

It is a sign of trouble to see a white cat.

It is a sign of unhappiness to have a black cat run in front of you.

It is lucky to have a black cat come to your house, and the blacker the better.

It is said that you have a friendly disposition if a cat approaches you in a friendly manner.

It is very lucky to have a cat of three colors come to your house.

It is very lucky to have a gray cat pass in front of you.

It is very unlucky to shoot a cat as you must kill it by some other means.

It you take a cat away in a sack and drop it, it will always come back on the ninth day.

Keep for luck a black cat that comes to your house.

Kill a black cat and the devil will come to you before another black cat is seen.

Killing a cat will bring you bad luck.

Letting a cat look into a mirror will cause you trouble.

Meet a black cat late at night and bad luck will befall you.

Never kill a cat; if you do, you will surely have seven long years of bad luck.

Never let a cat come to your house as it is very bad luck.

Never let a cat see itself in a mirror, or it will run away.

Raw meat eaten by a cat will give it worms which cause fits.

Remove a two-inch piece from the tip of a black cat's tail and dry it, then keep this bit of tail in you left shoe for luck.

Rub the four paws of a cat with grease and it will not leave home.

Rub the paws of a stray cat with grease and it will remain with you.

Run a straw through a pipe stem and then pass the straw through a cat's mouth and the cat will die.

Sailors will have bad luck, if the fur of a cat blows the wrong way, but this misfortune can be counteracted by greasing the cat's paws.

Shoot a cat and your luck will be gone forever.

Sleep with a cat and you will have bad luck.

Someone will come, if a cat cleans its face in the house.

Spit on your shoes to prevent bad luck, when a black cat crosses your path.

Spit when a black cat runs in front of you and you will not have bad luck.

Steal a cat and take it home and you will have good luck.

Take off your hat and spit into it to avoid bad luck, if a cat runs in front of you.

The direction in which a cat's tail is pointing while it washes its face will be the quarter from which you may look for the arrival of guests.

The first cat that was ever born was when there was lightning.

The girl who finds a strange cat in her bedroom at night will be lucky.

The person who finds a strange black cat in the house will have luck.

The usual method of averting bad luck, when a black cat crosses one's path in the city, is to make a detour by walking around the block.

There will be sickness in your family, if a white cat passes in front of you.

There will be visitors from the direction in which a cat looks while washing its face in front of the door.

To avert bad luck, whirl around three times and spit on the ground while making each turn, when black cat has crossed your path.

To avoid bad luck, when a black cat has run in front of you, take ten steps backwards and turn around on your heel.

To keep a cat from returning, always carry it down a stream.

To keep a cat from running away or to make it return home if stolen, cut off and bury the end of its tail under the front doorstep.

To kill a cat will cause you nine years of bad luck.

To prevent a stray cat from running away, cut some hair from its tail and wear it in your shoes.

To prevent bad luck when a black cat runs across your path, you must return home and begin your trip all over again.

To prevent fits in a cat, let it eat a piece of new dough.

To retain a stray cat, let it see itself in a mirror.

To see a black cat means good luck.

Turn around as soon as you see a black cat crossing in front of you and continue your journey by some other way.

Turn around three times and spit, after a black cat has crossed in front of you, and you will not have bad luck.

Turning around three times will ward off bad luck, if a black cat crosses your path.

Unwelcome guests will soon arrive, if a strange white cat comes to your home.

Visitors will come from the direction toward which a cat looks while washing its face.

Ward off bad luck, when a black cat runs in front of you, by walking backwards until the cat is out of sight.

When a black cat crosses your trail, look up to the sky and you may find some money before you get home that day or night.

When a black cat passes in front of you, make a cross on the ground, walk backwards three steps, whirl around on your heel, then continue your journey and you will not have bad luck.

When a black cat runs straight ahead of you, while your are walking down a road, and veers to the left, it is the sign of bad luck.

When a cat has finished licking its face, if it looks to the west, a caller from the west may be expected.

When a cat raises it fur at someone, that person has a bad disposition.

When walking along the street, if you meet a cat and it follows you, you will secure some money.

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.

While walking down the street, if a black cat crosses in front of your, it is a sign of bad luck; but if you pick up a penny before you reach your destination, you will have good luck.

You can avert bad luck, if a black cat has crossed your path, by walking backwards ten steps and whirling around three times.

You may expect company, if a cat fixes its whiskers.

You may look for sorrow, if a gray cat runs across your path.

You may look forward to a disappointment if an angry cat scratches you.

You will always be lucky, if you know how to make friends with strange cats.

You will find a disappointment at the end of your journey, if a black cat crosses your path.

You will have an accident before you reach home, if a black cat crosses your road.

You will have bad luck, if a black cat crosses your path.

You will not have bad luck, if you take twelve steps backwards after a black cat has passed across your path.

 

Lucky Cats?

 English schoolchildren believed seeing a white cat on the way to school was sure to bring trouble. To prevent the bad luck, they were to spit or turn around completely and make the sign of the cross.

Dreaming of a cat is sometimes regarded as a sign of bad luck in the future. On the other hand, American folklore has it that dreaming of a white cat is good luck.

A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it.

Charles I, king of England, owned a black cat that he felt brought him luck. He was so afraid of losing it that he had it guarded day and night. As it happened, the day after the cat died, he was arrested.

In France, it is believed that if you find one white hair on a black cat, Lady Luck will smile upon you.

It is bad luck to see a white cat at night.

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

 

Cats as Weather Forecasters

Cats can forecast the weather: they predict the wind by clawing at carpets and curtains; rain is highly likely when a cat busily washes its ears. In mythology, the cat was believed to have great influence on the weather. Witches who rode on storms took the form of cats. The dog, an attendant of the storm king Odin, was a symbol of wind. Cats came to symbolize down-pouring rain, and dogs to symbolize strong gusts of wind. Some people believed that if a cat washes its face and paws in the parlor, company's coming. If a cat continually looks out a window on any day, rain is on the way. Some cats can predict earthquakes (actually, there is some truth in this "folklore").

 Sailors used cats to predict the voyages they were about to embark on. Loudly mewing cats meant that it would be a difficult voyage. A playful cat meant that it would be a voyage with good and gusty winds.

If a cat ran ahead of a sailor to the pier, it was believed that would bring good luck; if the cat crossed his path, it would bring bad luck. Cats were often kept on board ships to bring good luck. If a sailor was approached by the ship's cat it meant good luck, but if the cat only came halfway, it meant bad luck would befall the sailor.

French peasants thought that black cats could find buried treasure, if they followed a specific ritual: find an intersection where 5 roads connected, then turn the cat loose and follow him.

Tortoiseshell cats were believed to be able to see into the future and could give the gift to a lucky child in the household.

It is well known myth that cats have 9 lives, but what is perhaps less well known is their ability to forecast the weather: they can predict the wind by clawing at carpets and curtains; and rain is highly likely when a cat busily washes its ears.

A sneezing cat means rain on the way, and three sneezes in a row portends a cold for the cat's owner!

A cat running wildly about, darting here and there and clawing everything in sight means wind or a storm on the way; when the cat quiets down, the storm will soon blow itself out.

Cats washing over their ears has long been held to foretell rain; the old rhyme goes 'When Kitty washes behind her ears, we'll soon be tasting heaven's tears'.

 A cat which rolls over and over in the grass, claws the ground and behaves in a skittish manner, is indicating that a brief rain-shower is on the way.

When the cat is restless and moves from place to place without settling, it is foretelling hard winds.

A cat who sits with its back to the fire is said to be a portent of frost.

When a cat spends the night outdoors and caterwauls loudly, it may be foretelling a period of several days' bad weather.