All Slavic languages: How many lives do cats have?

Discussion in 'Other Slavic Languages' started by sesperxes, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. sesperxes

    sesperxes Senior Member

    Burgos (Spain)
    Dear foreros,

    I've learnt a Croatian expression that says "imati devet života kao mačka" and I'm surprised because in Latin languages (Spanish, Catalan, Italian, French and Portuguese, at least), cats have only SEVEN lifes since always.

    In Britain, cats have nine lives as well but, how many lifes have cats in your different Slavic languages?


    (The correct thread title is "How many liVes...: could any moderator change it?)
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2012
  2. ilocas2 Senior Member

    In Czech I know that cat has nine lives, but Google shows some results for seven lives too. (1840 results for Kočka má devět životů (Cat has nine lives) and 217 results for Kočka má sedm životů (Cat has seven lives)
  3. TriglavNationalPark

    TriglavNationalPark Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
    Slovenian (a.k.a. Slovene)
    In Slovenian, Mačka ima devet življenj is the most common expression, but Mačka ima sedem življenj also returns some Google hits.
  4. Gnoj Senior Member

    Nine lives in Macedonian. Мачката има девет животи / Mačkata ima devet životi
  5. Selyd Senior Member

    Українська кішка має дев'ять життів (9).
  6. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    In Russian I'm most familiar with 9 (у кошки девять жизней), but 7 is also possible (у кошки семь жизней).
    Google returns about 25% more hits for nine compared to seven.
  7. Azori

    Azori Senior Member


    Mačka má deväť životov. (9)

    Mačka má sedem životov. (7)
  8. Vanja Senior Member

    BCS: 9 lives. 7 is a Biblical number, 9 came from oral (folk) literature, legends and fairy tales, I believe. (Iza devet brda/gora/šuma....)

    So with 9th life comes "the finality of things". No more lives! :D
  9. Gergana New Member

    Burgas, Bulgaria
    In Bulgarian: Котките имат девет живота.

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