THE CAT IN URBAN MYTHOLOGY
Copyright 1995 - 2006 Sarah Hartwell
Society has an ambivalent attitude towards cats, they are either loved or hated with few people being truly indifferent to them. While cats are often glorified in paint and prose, the darker side of our relationship with them is often reflected in Urban Mythology; those sting-in-the-tail tales and the range of myths known as"dead-catters". Have you stopped to consider what these tales tell us about ourselves, our cats and our relationship with cats? Though this piece is primarily interested in what myths tell us about our relationship with cats, I have debunked a few myths at the end of the article and included some recently circulated e-lore.
The continuing additions to urban legend has led to the original Feline Urban Legends page being split into separate articles to aid loading time.
FELINE URBAN LEGENDS INDEX
FELINE URBAN LEGENDS PART 1 Introduction to Urban Myths
Introduction to Urban Myths
FELINE URBAN LEGENDS PART 2 The Cat-Rat Ranch
The Cat-Rat Ranch
Footnote and Further Reading
Cabbits - What Are They?
Kangaroo Cats and Squittens Revealed
Winged Cats - What Are They
Moggycat's Cat Pages - Folklore, fairy-tales and stories
Old Cat Fairy Story - Fairy tale referring to cats sucking infants' breath: