10 Weird Facts about Cats (Part 3)



Kill that black cat !

Gregory IX, the Pope from 1227 until 1241, believed that people were worshiping black cats as a representation of Satan. Therefore, he ordered to kill all black cats, causing huge massacres of cats all over Europe. These massacres fired back later in the 1340s, when rats that are infected with the Black Plague spread in Europe, causing this epidemic to widely spread without any protection by the cats that would have likely killed these sick rats and saved millions of lives.

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