Unfortunately no, cats do not have nine lives. This is just a popular myth that has been around for hundreds of years.
Cats are known for their dexterity and agility and some people believe the nine lives myth is related to the animal’s ability to always land on their feet. Often, cats survive situations that would otherwise severely injure people and other animals, which can give the illusion that cats must have multiple lives.
Looking back for the origin of this myth, in ancient Egypt, cats were sacred animals that were worshipped as gods. Ancient Egyptians believed that cats were divine creatures with psychic or supernatural powers. The idea that they could have multiple lives fit right in with their view of cats.
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