Why sleeping with a cat is a bad omen in Ukrainian culture: an explanation from the past

In ancient times, it was not recommended to sleep in the same bed with a cat

Cats have been a part of human society for thousands of years, and over this time, many superstitions and beliefs have emerged related to these beloved pets. One of the most common superstitions is that sleeping with a cat can bring bad luck and drain your energy. OBOZREVATEL looked into the origin of superstitions and what sleeping with a cat means.

The origin of superstitions

The belief that sleeping with a cat can bring bad luck is an old one that is deeply rooted in Ukrainian culture. Although its origins are not known for certain, it is believed to have originated in the Middle Ages, when superstition was widespread and cats were often associated with witchcraft and black magic. People believed that cats were witches' helpers and that they could suck the life force out of people while they slept.

Over time, the superstition grew with new speculations, and it became a widespread belief that cats could bring bad luck if they slept in your bed. This belief was so widespread that many people did not allow their animals to sleep with them at night.

According to this superstition, sleeping with a cat can drain your energy, leading to feelings of fatigue and lethargy during the day. In addition, it is believed that cats can bring bad luck into your life, causing a number of problems and difficulties.

However, many furry owners believe that sleeping with their feline companions can be soothing and relaxing, leading to a more restful night's sleep, and that your pet sleeping with you may simply be a manifestation of love for the owner.

However, cats are often carriers of various diseases, from infectious to parasitic. Therefore, you should take some basic precautions: keep your cat clean, give it all the necessary vaccinations, and visit the vet regularly.

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