Long ago, it is said that a cat entered a dwelling of some very poor folks. The house had nine starving children and all were asleep. There was a meal set aside for these children, so when they woke up, they would have had that meal. The meal was nine fishes on nine plates. The cat as hungry as he was and unable to control himself, ate all 9 fishes. He was stuffed and later died from over eating. The starving kids then woke up and saw that nothing was there for them to eat and cried and then eventually died. When the cat was walking to the gates of heaven, his profile was read and they saw what he did to allow the children to die. The cat was kicked out of heaven and fell for nine days before reaching earth. So the cat has the nine starving children on his shoulder and will have to die nine times to enter the gates of heaven.
There is an old English proverb that states" A cat has nine lives"
For 3 he plays
For 3 he strays
For 3 he stays
This old English proverb could be where the myth actually started from. But this is just an old folk lore and is nothing serious in nature. The maker of this lore was probably describing the common cats behavior. Cats are said to be magical creatures and the number 9 is supposed to be a magical number. There you have it. the magic cat with the magic number 9.
If you are a cat owner, don't go thinking your cat has nine lives and then throws him off the bridge in the ocean thinking he is going to magically appear at your doorstep a couple hours. You would have just committed animal cruelty and i will be the first to squeal to the animal cops on you. Cats have a knack to escape many life threatening situations due to their natural instincts and agility. They also do have a tendency to land on their four feets if they should encounter a fall. But guess what, not all they time do they land on their four feet. That is also another myth. So because they escape death a lot many would say the cat has more than one life, for me that is just pure luck and instincts.