Cats Are Heroes!

Do you know what this black thing is? It is a plague rat! Well, this is just a toy, not a real live plague rat.  And that is a good thing, because long ago, some rats carried bubonic plague.  In the Middle Ages, millions of  people lost their lives.  How did people get the bubonic plague?  From rodent fleas that jumped off the plague-infected rats! (Those are a different kind of fleas than the cat fleas that dogs or cats might have)

Rats carried fleas that transmitted the bubonic plague to millions in the middle ages

One of the reasons there were so many rats around is because, back then, cats were outlawed or even killed in medieval Europe because of superstitious beliefs about cats.  With so few cats, the rat population exploded, making the plague even worse.

In the middle ages, millions of people died from bubonic plague

Eventually, people started to realize that the people who kept cats were less likely to get the disease. It was finally understood that rats were the real problem, and cats became the heroes of the story.  Here is Harley, demonstrating what he would do if he ever saw a real plague rat.

Harley demonstrates how cats control the rat population

Plague rattie, you are very bad! And fleas, too. I think this story proves that cats are to be treasured.

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  1. Daisy you are just adorable. Your mom does a good job with your publicity, even if she does go away and leave you. This was a very interesting article because I did not know that history about the plague rat. I have one of those and play with him all the time.

  2. Daisy the Curly CatJune 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Oh, thank you! I am glad people realize how important cats are now!

  3. Of course they are…..I treasure a cat every time I give it a ride on my horns. Ah hem.

  4. Well of course, I think that is why we were worshiped in Egypt too because we kept rats away from the grain so those with happy cats had food to fall back on!

  5. Daisy the Curly CatJune 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Oh Pricilla, you are a silly goat!

  6. Daisy the Curly CatJune 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Chey, it’s good to know we are important!

  7. O hai. I glad teh brave kitties killed teh ratses. Rats should only stay outside and not bite anybody.

  8. Daisy the Curly CatJune 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Keisha, you are so right!

  9. Thank you for showing us another way that kittehs are heroes, Daisy! We are heroes here, especially Moosey, who eats (erm, we mean saves mom from moths and spiders. MOL!

  10. This is a very good post, Daisy! Cats are definitely meant to be treasured 🙂

  11. Daisy the Curly CatJune 10, 2012 at 11:24 am

    That is a very important and brave job!

  12. Daisy the Curly CatJune 10, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Thanks, Terrie!

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