Thebakeneko (化け猫) is a type of Japanese yōkai, or supernatural creature. A cat may become a bakeneko in a number of ways: it may reach a certain age,сalico cat , grow to a certain size, or be allowed to keep a long tail. The abilities attributed to the bakeneko are various, but include shapeshifting into humans,speaking human words, cursing humans, manipulating dead people,possessing humans,and lurking in the mountains and taking wolves along with them to attack travelers.
Bakeneko (化け猫, “monster-cat”), in Japanese folklore, refers to cat yokai (spiritual beings) with supernatural abilities akin to those of the kitsune (fox) or tanuki (raccoon dog). There are a number of superstitions that detail how ordinary cat may transform into a bakeneko. Bakeneko then haunt and menace their household.
A bakeneko with a forked tail is referred to as a nekomata (猫又?, or 猫股 “forked-cat”). The popular good luck totem, the Maneki Neko (招き猫?, “Beckoning Cat”) found in shop fronts, is also a type of bakeneko.
Most of the stories about the bakeneko are told orally in Japan.