MYTHS ABOUT CATS

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Cats are one type of pet that is loved by humans. During the time of Rasulullah there were also friends who loved cats so much that they were nicknamed Abu Hurairah (father of cats). Although cats are one of the pets that are very cute and adorable, in the community there are a number of myths that are sometimes very unreasonable and to the point of making these animals ignored and abandoned for fear of bringing misfortune to humans. For example the myth of a black cat that brings bad luck.

In the world, there are about 22 breeds of cats and black cats not included in a particular race because black cats are a type of cat that is the result of genetic mutations. Some facts about this cat include that due to genetic mutations that occur this cat is more resistant to disease than other cats. In addition, the body of black cats produce melanin in large quantities. The chemical compound is a constituent of the color of his black hair. Not only that, melanin can also affect the color of the cat’s eyes. Therefore, the iris in the cat’s eye is always golden yellow. The myth that this cat may bring bad luck is probably due to originate from the history of Ancient Babylon. At that time, black cats were offered in their ritual ceremonies to be burned along with other offerings. This myth arises because there was a black cat who was sleeping in the middle of a snake, and the snake at that time was a symbol of evil.

In addition to black cats that bring bad luck, there are also myths about telon cats (striped three or calico) that bring good luck. Cats (and humans too) who have the XX chromosome will be born with a female sex and XY as a male. The X chromosome carries the orange or black hair color-carrying gene. Male cats only have 1 X chromosome so they can only have one hair color that is orange or black. Whereas female cats have 2 X chromosomes so they can have both orange and black colors at once. The color of white hair does not seem to be determined by these genes. Therefore only female cats that have 2 X chromosomes can have 3 color hair. If there is a male cat that has 3 color hair, it means that the cat has a genetic mutation and has 2 X chromosomes (XXY) or known as klinefelter syndrome. But this genetic mutation is not inherited in offspring because male calico cats are usually infertile. Male calico cats are also rarely encountered because of Klinefelter syndrome, causing these cats to have so many abnormalities that they do not last long. Sometimes even when new born, this cat is eaten by its own mother. The phenomenon of cats eating their offspring has also become a number of research themes and the results suggest that kittens born sick or abnormal or even dead will usually be eaten by their mothers. As for why the reason, Wallohua’lam.

Another phenomenon regarding cats is that they are rarely orange. Most if not 3 colors (can be calico if the color boundaries are clears, or mixed) the female cat is black. Female cats rarely have orange hair so most of the orange cats we see are male cats. This is because the black hair color-carrying gene is dominant. Often they cover up non-black (usually orange) color carriers. That is why most female cats are black or in a mixture of 3 colors. A female cat can be orange if both X’s code orange. This can occur if the male parent is orange and the female parent is also orange or a mixture of 3 colors

Myths or beliefs of people without foundation (usually based only on “he said”) can be trusted?? For those of us who believe, good fortune or luck and bad luck are all in the hands of Allah, the Lord of the Universe who controls everything in this world. There is no object or creature that can bring bad or luck. Not believing in myths will never bring badness to us. Even if we believe in these myths, it could be plunged us into shirk. Let’s purify our faith by continuing to learn so that with that knowledge we will not get lost with everything that is basically just “he said”.

(N_Marfu’ah,ed Lusi)    (pict pixabay)

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