What is the origin of the saying " cats have nine lives "?

I have seen my cat endure some horrific episodes and have caught myself quoting this age old saying a lot lately. Did this start from a myth or is there some evidential merit to this well known quote ? I never fail to choose a " best answer " for my questions so your efforts will not be wasted. Just check... show more I have seen my cat endure some horrific episodes and have caught myself quoting this age old saying a lot lately. Did this start from a myth or is there some evidential merit to this well known quote ? I never fail to choose a " best answer " for my questions so your efforts will not be wasted. Just check my profile for proof... Thanks
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