Why Giftens think their cats can talk
With no other animal in Giften being able to talk, the popular theory among Giftens is that the two cats of their most famed sorcerer knocked over a potion in his workshop, resulting in their becoming covered in a spell that allowed them and their descendent to speak. This idea came about because at the same time, it’s known that the sorcerer (whom Giftens refer to as the Creator) was making the six Weapons of Protection. They’re not that far off – this, combined with the magic pollution in their soil, allows the descendent and those the Giften cats come into contact with to speak and be able to think like humans.
How the heck Pedibastet became Prince of the Cats
A few centuries before the first book in the series, the cats didn’t have any rulers or representatives, which meant that a lot of their concerns were being overlooked by the human royal family. The king at the time decided that the cats needed someone to speak for their well-being so everything was fair, and through paper trails, it was discovered that a particular tabby cat was a direct descendent of the sorcerer’s cats, along with all her siblings. She killed her siblings and took the rule of Queen of the Cats. Pedibastet is the current in a long string of cats since then that is posed to take over from his mother.
Are cats independent of humans in Giften?
Yes and no. Giften cats, once they are old enough to make decisions for themselves, are given a list of suggested humans by their mother to call their own. As long as the humans on the list don’t mind having cats looking for them to help prepare their meals, the cat moves in with that human and their family, and relies on the human for very little other than shelter, food (which isn’t typical cat food like we have, but chicken, mice and other such things, sometimes in gravy) and petting.
The Role of Gift Cats in Society
For the most past, Giften cats aren’t too concerned about contributing to Giften society, but on ocassion, they are – they’ll happily help royal officials for free. They like to act as lookouts and messengers when needed, as long as they are paid with food.