It is said that cats can shape-change.
Neko wa bakeru to iwareru.
cat; shamisen; geisha; wheelbarrow; clay bed-warmer; bottom; submissive partner of a homosexual relationship
topic marker particle; indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated); adds emphasis
to take the form of (esp. in ref. to a spirit, fox, raccoon dog, etc.); to assume the shape of; to turn oneself into; to transform oneself into; to disguise oneself as; to change radically; to metamorphose; to improve unexpectedly and dramatically (esp. of an actor, artist, rikishi, etc.)
if; when; and; with; particle used for quoting (with speech, thoughts, etc.); quoting particle; promoted pawn; indicates question (sentence end)
to say; to utter; to declare; to name; to call; to go (e.g. "the alarm went ping"); to make a noise