Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Cats

Cat’s blood used in curing a sty – “In treating what is known as a sty, it is necessary to cut the end of the cat’s tail a bit and apply a few drops of the blood to the sty itself, repeating this performance daily until relief is obtained.” ~Randolph OMF 138

Cat’s blood used to cure malaria – “Three drops of cat’s blood, in a jigger of whiskey, is said to cure malarial fever quite as well as any of this complicated tree magic, but the patient mustn’t know that there’s anything unusual in the whiskey, or it won’t work.” ~Randolph OMF 134

Cat hairs to divine a future husband – “When a man has asked a girl to marry him, and she cannot decide whether to have the fellow or not, the old women sometimes advise her to ‘leave it to the cat.’ In this procedure she takes three hairs from a cat’s tail, wraps them in white paper, and puts the package under her doorstep. Next morning she unfolds the paper very carefully, so as not to shake up the three hairs. If they have arranged themselves in the approximate form of the letter Y, the answer is yes; if they fall into the shape of an N, she will do well not to marry the young man.” ~Randolph OMF 181

Cat bone for earache – “If you have the earache, go out where an old cat died, pick up a bone, and rub it behind your ear 9 times, and lay it back down just like it was and it will cure your earache.” ~Parler FBA II 2128

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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