cats (or male cats only ?) would not have to be burdened by the future rule of a king cat, adultmale cats kill, nay, murder, all male kittens with three-colored coats. Animal grim and reallyfantastic-sounding.
A Childhood Myth
I have lived with cats and dogs around since I could remember. Ours was the typical Filipinofamily that nurtures pets as driven by both utilitarian and companionship perspectives: dogs are
(guards) against intruder as cats are against, well, rodents. Amidst this animal-friendlyenvironment, this tomcat story became a fixture in my mind. Well, at least ever since my father and siblings figured I was old enough to comprehend stories.Even at a young age, such a story sounded like a tall, leaping tale to me. I was perhaps of pre-school age when I began dismissing the tomcat story as incredible--despite the seemingly seriouscountenance of my father from whom I remember first hearing the oft-told story. How could catsknow all that? How could cats know the idea of a king? More incredibly, how could cats know aking based on an outside feature--something like based on one's clothes (or skin color)? In adultterms, what my young mind was basically saying was that such a tomcat story couldn't be true because to believe so would assume that cats have a sophisticated culture that takes care of the process of social order. It assumes that elite cat dominance is based not on the usual "physicalmight is power" but rather, on a summary selection process that is both racist and sexist.Of course, as I entered schooling years, I came to "recognize" the story as a superstition, ananimal myth. But stories around the tomcat myth persisted. I heard more than once that richfellows are able to keep three-colored male kittens alive to adulthood by caging or enclosingthem as a way to protect their special pets from murderous feline attacks. Convinced that thestory is nothing but "superstition," I did not bother with finding out its veracity or otherwise. Isoon lived, grew up and matured without giving any further thought to this tomcat myth,although I must say that I don't think I have ever seen a tomcat with three-colored fur (supposedly, any color combination) in the neighborhood.
Kitten Murders & the Tomcat King