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    howabout, Diana in NoVa, True North

    My sister lives near Sacramento and their neighborhood would be overrun with rodents if the various outdoor cats didn't keep them under control.  If the rodent population gets too high, rattlesnakes are attracted to the food source and move in.

    Cats also kill snakes.  I read once that in Ancient Israel it was considered bad luck to go into a house that didn't have a cat because you were in danger of being bitten by a poisonous snake.  Maybe this had something to do with why cats were worshipped in Ancient Egypt -- something modern cats have not forgotten.  There's also a Muslim legend about how the Prophet was threatened by a snake one day and a cat killed the snake.  In gratitude, the Prophet stroked the cat's back, and that is why cats always land on their feet.  He also ran his fingers across the cat's forehead and down the back of her neck -- on tabby cats you can still see the black stripes left by his finger-tips.

    Better to hide your tax returns and be thought a crook than to release them and remove all doubt. [Adapted from Abraham Lincoln]

    by Caelian on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 01:05:38 PM PST

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