Some people prefer cats than other pets. Cats are playful and good hunters like dogs but more independent. Even in the ancient times, cats have been staying with humans as proved by the Hieroglyphics of Egypt. There are many tales and legends about cats around the world that proved their smartness and use. Here are 3 of the most iconic fictional cats in the history:

asd1. Maneki Neko

Have you see small figurine of a smiling cat, waving its hands to you? Some people call it “Fortune Cat” or “The Beckoning Cat”. You will often see these felines beckoning with an upright paw, usually displayed in shops, stores, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electronic or battery-operated and have slow-moving paw beckoning.

Maneki Neko’s legend says an old woman who is so poor that she had to sell her cat. Then, in the night of her dreams, her cat appeared to her and told her to makes statues just like her cat. Then she sells them and became rich. Thus the legend of the good luck cat was born.

Imado Shrine in Japan is the birthplace of Maneki Neko. It was built way back 1863. People claim that Maneki Neko is famous because of the happiness it brings together with the good fortune.

There are 2 types of fortune Maneki Neko brings depending which paw is upright. Traditionally, the beckoning right paw of the cat means good fortune for its owner. The beckoning left paw means that the cat will bring money to you.

2710224-puss_in_boots_pic012. Puss

Puss was popularized by the movie Shrek and later had a movie titled: Puss on Boots. This feline story is an Italian-French fairytale written by Giovanni Francesco Straparola way back 1698. Its original titles were Italian Il Gatto Con Gil Stivali and French Le Matre Chat.

The story is about a cat that uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of the princess in marriage for his penniless master. It all started when the youngest of the three sons of a miller receives a cat as inheritance while the eldest brother gains the mill and the middle son gets the mules. But the cat is not a normal cat. It asked and receives a pair of boots from his master and in return, he promised his master a good wealth and the hand a princess. He did everything he can, fooled the king, scared some farmers, and tricked a rich ogre for his master. In the end, the king gave his daughter’s hand to the cat’s master who became rich and the cat became a great lord and enjoys life by chasing mice for his own amusement.

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The moral of the story goes “One stresses the importance of possessing industries and savoir faire while the other extols the virtue of dress, countenance, and youth to win a heart of a princess.”

tim-burton-cheshire-cat3. Cheshire Cat

One of the most popular characters of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll, Cheshire cat is the grinning cat known for its distinctive mischievous grin and ability to disappear leaving only its fading iconic grin visible. This cat mostly published in a form of a British short hair tabby cat. Most of Cheshire cat’s role is to guide Alice when she’s confused when deciding which road to pick or where to go.

Cheshire cat’s origin begins in the 18th century. Its phrase “Grinning like a Cheshire cat” is one favored by the people living in Cheshire city, England which boasts numerous dairy farms because of its abundance of milk and cream and could be the reason for the cat’s grin.

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Many people believed that Cheshire cat’s creator Lewis Carroll found inspiration for the name and expression of the Cheshire cat in the 16th century sandstone carving of the west face of St. Wilfrid’s Church tower in Grappenhall. There, an image of a grinning cat is carved.

Cheshire cat’s most known quotes are “Most everyone’s mad here.” And “You may have not noticed that I’m not all there myself.”

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