Faerie Cats & Dogs
Much feared in the Highlands and Islands, faerie dogs (known as Cù-Sìth were the size of a large calf, with paw prints as large as a man’s outstretched hand. Cù-Sìth had dark green fur – the faerie colour – and a large coiled tail over it’s back. According to legend, the creature was capable of hunting silently, but would occasionally let out three terrifying barks, and only three, that could be heard for miles by those listening for it, even far out at sea. Those who hear the barking of the Cù-Sìth must reach safety by the third bark or be overcome with terror to the point of death.
Faerie cats (Cat-Sìth) resemble a large black cat with a white spot on its chest. Legend has it that the spectral cat haunts the Scottish Highlands. Some people believed that the Cat Sìth was a witch that could transform voluntarily into its cat form and back nine times. If one of these witches chose to go back into their cat form for the ninth time, they would remain a cat for the rest of their lives. It is believed by some that this is how the idea of a cat having nine lives originated.