How many lives does a cat have?
“How many lives does a cat have?” is a question that, at least once in the life, everybody asks to himself.
Maybe for his agility and his ability to not fall, in a lot of Countries, people think that cats have more than one life.
But how many lives does the cat have actually?
It depends on the Country. In the Catholic-Christian Countries, they have 7 lives while, in Great Britain and others, even 9!
I’m going to explain the reason of these number.
“7” is considered as the number of perfection, universality, and equilibrium. In a lot of cultures this number has a high esoteric value and symbolisms:
– for the ancient Egyptian, it was life symbol, in fact, pyramid had built by the meeting between a square (4 sides) and a triangle (3 sides)
– Plato linked this number to the concept of eternity
– for Pythagorean people, 3 symbolizes “humanity” and 4 “divinity”. So 7 meant meeting between human and divinity
– in the Middle Age, 7 were Fundamental Sciences
– in Christian Age, 7 has a lot of references
– for Buddhist people, is the number of fullness
Moreover, this number is linked to the moon. Moon Cycle is made of four phases, each one composed of seven days.
But why do English people consider cats has nine lives ?
Because 3 is the number of perfection, and three times 3 means “absolute perfection“.