Smiling Cat Scissors(C), Gold, Silver or Black, 3 1/2 inches

According to legend, cats were created when Noah's ark became infested with rats. Noah commanded the lion to sneeze and out came a cat!

The domestic cat has a history that dates nearly 3,500 years to ancient Egypt. There are no authentic records of domestication earlier than 1500 BC, but it may have taken place sooner. Cats have been kept by humans since ancient Egyptian times. There are many ancient religions that believe that cats are exalted souls, companions or guides for humans, and are all-knowing but are mute so they cannot influence decisions made by humans. Common lore says that cats have nine lives.

In the 1500's, houses with thatched roofs provided a place for animals to get warm, so all the small pets and other small animals (mice, rats, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Thus the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."

Charles I, King of England, owned a black cat that brought him luck. The cat was guarded day and night. The day after the cat died, Charles was arrested.

To hear a cat sneeze is good luck.

Dreaming of a white cat is good luck.

A black cat in the house brings plenty of suitors.

Finding one white hair on a black cat will bring good luck.

Visitors to an English home always kiss the family cat for luck.

Fishermen's wives kept a black cat at home to prevent disaster at sea.

A cat on top of a tombstone means the soul of the departed was possessed by the devil. When moving to a new home, put the cat in through the window, so that it will not leave.A bride will have a happy married life if a black cat sneezes near her on her wedding day.

Cat is a symbol of idleness on a sampler

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