The African continent has long held diverse beliefs about cats, with many attributing superstitions to these feline creatures. While some Africans keep cats as pets, a significant portion associates them with bad omens, cults, and devil worship.
However, a recent incident in Mombasa sheds light on the positive aspects of keeping cats as pets. A captivating story published by Taifa Leo recounts an extraordinary event in Malindi town where a cat became the unlikely hero in a shopkeeper’s life by saving a considerable sum of money.
On that eventful day, a buyer arrived at a prominent shop in Malindi to make a purchase. As the shopkeeper was busy attending to other customers, the buyer noticed an opportunity to slip away unnoticed without paying. Seizing the moment, he stealthily attempted to leave with the goods he hadn’t paid for.
Yet, fate had other plans. Just as the buyer was about to make his escape, a large black cat appeared on the scene, letting out a startling growl. The cunning buyer-turned-thief was immediately halted in his tracks as the cat boldly blocked his way, issuing an unmistakable threat.
The commotion attracted onlookers, and the buyer quickly realized that his dishonest plan had backfired. Filled with remorse, he retreated back into the shop and made full payment for the items he intended to steal.
The shopkeeper couldn’t help but smile, realizing the fortuitous role his feline friend had played. “Hapa hauwezi enda bila kulipa,” he told the buyer, appreciating the cat’s unexpected intervention in safeguarding his business.
This incident serves as a reminder that cats can be loyal companions and guardians, even in unexpected situations. While some superstitions persist, incidents like this demonstrate the positive impact that cats can have as loving and protective pets.