Familiars are special spirit animals that serve a witch or demon. Black cats are the most popular familiar followed by dogs, rabbits, mice and dressed up toads. The earliest familiars were thought to be shamans who took on the essence of certain animals to be able to understand that animal better for hunting. The nature spirits (dwarves, elfs, and fairies) thought this was unfair and punished the shamans by turning them into that animal permanently. Witches and demons took advantage of this situation and made these spirit animals their servents. The familiar’s only reward for unending servitude is being fed an occassional bowl of milk or blood in the morning.