– A common folk cure for a sty on the eyelid was to rub it with the tail of a black cat.
– In Southern Texas it was thought that if a cat washed his face, there would be visitors.
– In the Ozark Mountains of Tennessee and Arkansas, when a girl received a proposal of marriage and was uncertain whether to accept, she took three hairs from a cat’s tail and folded them in a paper, which she placed under the doorstep. The next morning, she unfolded the paper to see if the three hairs had formed themselves into a “Y” or “N” and replied to her suitor accordingly. It was accurate fifty percent of the time.
– It’s said that when moving to a new home, put the cat in through the window, not the door, so that it won’t know how to leave.
– The Pennsylvania Dutch still carry on the tradition of placing a cat in an empty cradle of a newlywed couple. The cat is supposed to grant their wish for children. Of course, it’s probably not a good idea to teach a cat to sleep in baby’s cradle.
– It’s claimed that cats can forecast the weather: they can predict the wind by clawing at carpets and curtains; and rain is highly likely when a cat busily washes its ears. Myself, I’ll stick with the weather channel.
– A cat who sneezes once is telling you rain on the way. Three sneezes in a row portends a cold
for the cat’s owner.
– A cat running wildly about, darting here and there and clawing everything in sight means wind or a storm on the way; when the cat quiets down, the storm will soon blow itself out. If this is the case we should have a tremendous amount of storms near my household.
– Cats washing over their ears has long been held to foretell rain; the old rhyme goes “When Kitty washes behind her ears, we’ll soon be tasting heaven’s tears.”
– A cat which rolls over and over in the grass, claws the ground and behaves in a skittish manner, is indicating that a brief rain-shower is on the way. Or it could be merely intoxicated by catnip.
– When a cat is restless and moves from place to place without settling, it’s foretelling hard winds.
– A cat who sits with its back to the fire is said to be a portent of frost. Or it could just have a cold back.
– When a cat spends the night outdoors and caterwauls loudly, it may be foretelling a period of several
days’ bad weather. Or he could just be a bit randy and looking to get lucky.