All animals have played a part in religious cultures, none more so than cats.
Ancient Egyptians especially worshipped cats. They treated them as Gods, and don't we know it, they still carry that "We are Gods" complex through to modern times. In ancient times the penalty for injuring or killing a cat was death.
It is believed that cats can fend of spirits that invade our homes or warn us of their presence.
You will find that many homes have at least one cat in them. They are showered with love and sometimes viewed as the owner and not the pet.
Myths and legends are filled with stories of cats, and often you will read of cats being a witch's familiar.
Cat owners have reported that their pets at times behave oddly, looking at something that the human eye can't see. As reported by Ron Douglas, this is perhaps that cats can see UV light, which means they can see beyond what we can.
Does this mean their odd behavior can be a result of them seeing ghosts?
Some had reported that when a loved one has passed over, their pet continues to sit in that person's favorite chair and even behave as if they are being cuddled and stroked as they would have been when that person was alive. For some, this gives comfort. For others, a feeling of fear of the unknown.
Cats thrive on set routines, feeding times, going out, coming home, so if your cat suddenly breaks its routine, it could be a sign of distress or a warning something is in your home.
Cats are well known to warn of spirits. They meow loudly whilst staring at an empty space, their eyes wide and their fur on end, and you can't see a damn thing, so you are left wondering; what did they see?
Cats are excellent at sniffing out negative unkind people, so if they behave oddly when someone new comes into your home, pay attention, your cat is warning you that this person is far from ok to be around.
There is much we still don't know. I always trust my cats' instincts and behavior around people and when we are alone at home, so far, she has never let me down.