Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods in places such as Egypt. The Egyptians had the first tame cats When a house cat died, the family and servants shaved their eyebrows and went into mourning. The death of a temple cat was mourned by the whole city. Many mummies of cats have been found, prepared in the same manner as the mummies of kings and nobles. The penalty for killing a cat was death.
The tame cat was rare in Europe until after A.D. 1000. Many years ago, and still some today, some people believe that a black cat crossing their path will bring them bad luck.( Which is a total falsehood… I owned a black cat many years ago, and nothing has ever happened to me!!)
The fact that they have "nine lives" is part of an ancient superstition. People associated luck with cats and the number nine was considered to be especially lucky. Even though cats are resilient, they do, of course, only have one life.
This information was collected from encyclopedias and the following web site:
"Everything you ever wanted to know about cats" They are also featured on I-Love-Cats.com Please visit them as well!!