Today is ‘National Black Cat Day’ – a day designated to promote black cats and bring awareness to the orphaned black and Tuxedo cats looking for their forever homes.
Why the focus on black cats? Research shows that on average, it takes 13 percent longer for black cats to find a new home compared to cats of other colors.
Black cats get a bad rap
Superstitions regarding black cats vary depending on the culture, but it seems the negative ones are the ones that are given the most weight. Predominantly, black cats are associated with bad luck and historically many people have considered black cats to be a symbol of evil omens and the familiars of witches.
However, there are many cultures that consider black cats to be lucky, sacred and protective beings. Here are just a few of the positive beliefs about black cats:
- In Australia and Britain and other parts of the world where black is a protective color, black cats are thought to be lucky. It is believed that their color gives them the power to ward off negative forces.
- In Britain and Japan, having a black cat cross your path is considered good luck.
- In the English Midlands, a black cat as a wedding present is thought to bring good luck to the bride.
- In the south of France, black cats are referred to as “matagots” or “magician cats.” According to local superstition, they bring good luck to owners who feed them well and treat them with the respect they deserve.
- In Scotland it is believed that if a black cat crosses your path it will mean good things to come. And a black cat on your porch will bring prosperity.
- In Ancient Egypt, cats were sacred and protected by the Goddesses Sekhmet and Bastet. A home that kept a cat was blessed. Egyptians believed that cats captured the glow of the setting sun in their eyes and kept it safe until morning. Killing or harming a cat was a horrible crime in their culture, and was punished by death.
Go ahead, adopt a black cat
You’ll love the feel of my soft velvet fur; You’ll love the sound of my rumbling purr; Once I have loved you; You’ll never look back; The reason for this…I am the black cat!
If you’ve been looking for a rescue cat yourself, why not consider a black cat? Not only are the superstitions about them bringing bad luck completely untrue, but you might find a black cat to be a fantastic feline companion for you!
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