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Black Cats - Who's got one?

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I've had two black cats over the years. The first was Tai Tai - translates to "Supreme of the Supreme" and it's a nickname for a grandmother. She was less than half the size of the other two, younger than both and lorded it over them (and all subsequent generations during her lifetime). We currently have Sevastian. Both of them have just sort of shown up - Tai was the daughter of the cat upstairs. Both were abandoned when the occupant was kicked out & the landlord asked me if I could take the kitten. Sev was ... accidental as well. A friend posted a pic of an orange tabby on Facebook looking for a home. I said I'd take him, even though we usually get two of the same generation so they have someone to play with. The friend said, "well, we have a black cat as well but I didn't think anyone would want one". As if! My Hallowe'en kitties...

 

Neither black cat was/is interested in the craft at all. But I always have one who hangs around when I do spells. This generation's is Mischa, one of two brothers who are almost all Russian Blue with just a hint of tabby. Kinda close to black...

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LOL. Tai Tai ... I was reading a James Clavell book at the time (don't remember which one) and that was in it. Sev (and Yuri, Maks, and Mischa): for the last few generations we've been giving our cats Russian names. (That's another story.) Maks & Mischa (the brothers) I looked online for male Russian names. Mikhail popped up but we'd just lost a cat named Nick and that was too close so I picked the diminutive form (and now spend every vet visit explaining it's a male name to the techs - they've apparently never heard of Baryshnikov). Yuri is named for Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut, because he explored the entire car on the way home from Nashville (where the friend lives). Sevastian is from John Sebastian's "Nashville Cats", just the Russian variant. :)

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LOL. Tai Tai ... I was reading a James Clavell book at the time (don't remember which one) and that was in it. Sev (and Yuri, Maks, and Mischa): for the last few generations we've been giving our cats Russian names. (That's another story.) Maks & Mischa (the brothers) I looked online for male Russian names. Mikhail popped up but we'd just lost a cat named Nick and that was too close so I picked the diminutive form (and now spend every vet visit explaining it's a male name to the techs - they've apparently never heard of Baryshnikov). Yuri is named for Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut, because he explored the entire car on the way home from Nashville (where the friend lives). Sevastian is from John Sebastian's "Nashville Cats", just the Russian variant. :)

 

I love it when other people have patterns for naming their pets. I've always named mine after either gods or food. So far I've had an Apollo, Apple (horses), Loki, Odin, and Sushi (dogs). Anyone else have a pattern for naming their pets?

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Funny you mention naming ... At the beginning of sept I took in a feral kitten (born under my back deck) and naming her has been a challenge. My usual method is to call out names in 3-4 voice variations and wait for them to respond to something. If her appetite were any indication she should be Smorgasbord.

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If her appetite were any indication she should be Smorgasbord.

 

Sushi and Apple weren't random picks, is all I'm saying.

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I have to be honest I don't like cats, I love watching them, my dad has a cat that ventures into his garden and I love watching him hunting, it's like watching a mini lion. But cats have good memories and like revenge, I remember visiting a friend and he had to push the cat off the couch for me to sit down, that bloody cat gave me the evil eyes all the time I was there! When I went back there a few weeks later and sat in the same place, the bloody thing jumped on me from nowhere like a ninja and scrammed my neck. Sneaky bugger. He never got me again though, I think he was happy with his revenge attack!

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I had one once, named Swasti, it meant Well/Good in Sanskrit.

 

My fucking Christian mom thought it was evil, and stole it from me and took it off and threw it out the car window a few roads down.

 

I had a protection spell on that cat, and if anyone ever fucked with her, a demon more thrashing than all of Hell would destroy the asshole who did.

 

Kind of worked, somebody saw my mom do it, reported it to the cops because the cat got ran over, and they were going to get her for animal cruelty, but my dad used to be a cop and so they cut her some slack.

 

Well, like the Christian cult boasts, you'll find out after you die. Well so shall she. Not anything permanent I hope though.

 

I now have a spoiled Orange cat named Noobis. Swasti was the most compassionate cat I ever had, showing motherly love to all cats, including abandoned kittens too, but really fucking stupid.

 

Noobis is kind of an asshole, smart, smarter than any cat I've ever had. She's actually potty trained and comes when I call her. I'm still trying to teach her how to fetch.

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I don't care if it was my mother or not, that is grounds for the worst sort of curse. I would see to it she suffered torment eternal the hands of demons.

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I don't care if it was my mother or not, that is grounds for the worst sort of curse. I would see to it she suffered torment eternal the hands of demons.

 

I second this. Animal cruelty, especially to those that we domesticated to trust and be dependent on us, deserves that kind of curse.

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I have three tortoiseshells and a tabby. Only one shows any interest in the craft and with the greatest respect to her Cassandra is a bit simple. So simple that unless you actually pick her up and put her down at the food bowl she doesn't realise she has to eat and goes hungry. Interestingly she has some natural gifts and she does see things that none of the rest of us can.  She also has a fascination with our witch room and likes to sit on my altar. But I can't see her progressing very far on a craft path. Some cats really are just cats.

 

(Slightly envious of those of you who do own cats with craft potential).

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I have just one cat at the moment. Sam, a black and white. He 'walks in beauty like the night.' :)

 

I have talked about this in other threads, so I won't go into detail here but he is definitely a 'witches cat'.

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I have a black cat. He was just abandoned at my house one day shortly after I started practicing. I felt the irony strongly at that time. I tolerate him. I have another cat, a fluffy tortoise shell. That one is my companion.

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So I'm going a little off topic from my original post, but rather than starting a new thread, I thought I would share it here.

 

I have just discovered a breed of cat called a Lykoi a.k.a The Werewolf Cat and they look fricking awesome!!

 

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Some of you have probably seen them before but it's the first time for me. 

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... my cat is gone. He was a hunter Kitty and would often take off for multiple days at a time. He's been gone for a week this time and I knew it was different. Last night, I was having an ancestral "dream" and he was sitting on a stump as I was walking through the woods and jumped off the stump, rubbed on my legs, and joined my ancestors. It was odd.

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Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that Lyra. Have you tried doing a locator spell? Are there any building works going on where you live and have you knocked on neighbours doors? When cats have gone missing near me they've either been stuck somewhere they shouldn't be on a building site or living it up at a neighbours house. Hope he comes back to you soon!

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My kitty has been found. He is very sick and weak, a neighbor left a bit ago, driving a car he never uses, and my kitty was somehow stuck underneath it. He is all skin and bones from starvation and dehydrated but he is home with me and I can help him pull through.

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My kitty has been found. He is very sick and weak, a neighbor left a bit ago, driving a car he never uses, and my kitty was somehow stuck underneath it. He is all skin and bones from starvation and dehydrated but he is home with me and I can help him pull through.

 

That's great news Lyra, hope he makes a speedy recovery!  :) 

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Cats, adored pets they may be, black or not, are not familiars.  I'm sorry, but really...if you can justify such a belief please do so.

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Cats, adored pets they may be, black or not, are not familiars.  I'm sorry, but really...if you can justify such a belief please do so.

 

That's quite a bold statement Aurelian, not sure what qualifies you to say what is and is not in someone's practice/beliefs. I personally don't consider my pet as a familiar but I'm hoping a future one could be. And there are other's in this thread who have said their pet is a familiar. I think the majority of people here use spirits/guides/ancestors etc. in their practice to call upon and help them. Why would the living spirit of an animal be any different?

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The question could have been phrased much more gracefully.  My experience and beliefs are obviously not all encompassing.  It's always good to retain more than a shred of doubt about any given thing.  Otherwise, the question wouldn't even be worth asking.

In general terms, what does any given witches corporeal pet cat do, offer, or teach, that it is identified as a familiar?

 

There are reasons I ask the question.  I adjust my beliefs often, like anyone else, and am willing to do so on this subject.  

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The question could have been phrased much more gracefully.  My experience and beliefs are obviously not all encompassing.  It's always good to retain more than a shred of doubt about any given thing.  Otherwise, the question wouldn't even be worth asking.

In general terms, what does any given witches corporeal pet cat do, offer, or teach, that it is identified as a familiar?

 

There are reasons I ask the question.  I adjust my beliefs often, like anyone else, and am willing to do so on this subject.

 

I’m allergic to cats, so the only thing they can offer me is a box of Kleenex

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