Cats in 20th Century History (Cats in War)

  Throughout both World War I and World War II cats in war exhibited bravery in extreme situations.  Serving on battleships and in the trenches, cats proved their heroism in dire circumstances by doing what they were best at, being mousers, mascots, and affectionate companions.  During WWI, the British employed more than 500,000 cats to […]

Myths and Superstitions: Halloween and Black Cats

The assimilation of Pagan and Christian rites would come in the form of Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival and precursor of today’s Halloween. Halloween and black cats have been bound together because of the cats’ pagan ties which originated in Ancient Egypt.    Samhain celebrated the end of summer harvest, marking the beginning of the […]

Cats in Film–The Tomb of Ligeia (1965, Vincent Price)

Early films sometimes based on 19th century novels, featured vicious felines that were latent killers.  The 1965 film The Tomb of Ligeia, based on one of Poe’s short stories, revolves around the main character, Ligeia’s, desire to be immortal.  At the beginning of the film, a black cat jumps on Ligeia’s coffin and Ligeia opens […]

Cats in the Enlightenment (Part 8 – Katterfelto the Conjurer)

The evil mantle that the cat had procured through history from the Greeks and early Christians was exploited and manipulated into a source of individual profit for a Prussian magician, Katterfelto (1743-1799).  In order to entice crowds to his show, he used a “Famous Moroccan Black Cat” in his act, which he advertised as “evil”.  […]