Appreciating Black Cats

 

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Today, August 17, is Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Black cats are often feared, mistrusted and misunderstood.  For centuries they have taken on a soiled reputation and are often thought to bring bad luck. This theory seems most prominent in the United States. Perhaps because of Puritanical roots, or perhaps because of the color black itself — these cats have long been associated with all kinds of willy-nilly superstition.

It is time to dispel these myths! In truth, black cats are loyal, affectionate, funny and fantastic pets.  Historically,  black cats have been celebrated and revered in many cultures. In fact, these ebony beauties were thought to bring good luck in many parts of Great Britain and Asia. Consider the following:

 Seafaring Cats:

In Yorkshire,  it was believed that a black cat kept in a fisherman’s home would ensure his ship’s safe return from sea.  It was also believed that a black cat aboard ship would bring a bounty of fish.  If the cat was banished from the ship, the supply of fish would run out as well.  Cat ahoy!

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Doctor Cats:

In Cornwall,  it was believed that passing a black cat’s tail over one’s eyes would cure soreness and headaches.  In Wales, it was believed that  a black cat could ensure good health.  Modern day scientists have proven that  keeping a cat can actually lower one’s blood pressure, so there may be some truth to these theories.

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Wealth and Love:

“Whenever the cat of the house is black, the lasses of lovers will have no lack”  — Scottish Folk Saying

In Scotland, it was believed that a bride seeing a black cat on her wedding day would ensure a happy marriage.  Scottish folklore also states that a black cat found on your porch will bring financial prosperity. In Japan, a black cat was considered an all around good luck charm.

In Ancient Egypt, black cats were worshiped and revered because of their association with the goddess Bast.  Many pharaohs and queens owned black cats.

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21st Century Cats

In modern times,  the engineer and professor of animal science Temple Grandin has spoken praises of black cats.  Grandin claims that there is a relationship between fur color and animals’ behavior.  Black cats, she says, are known to be more sociable and adaptable. A stray black cat is often more likely to make friends with strangers. In groups of cats, the black ones will often be more affectionate.

If a black cat has graced your life, you already know they are smart, with a great sense of humor!

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Despite all of this, black cats are still the last to be adopted out of animal shelters. If you are in the market for a pet, please consider one of these dark lovelies.

Famous black cat owners include Frank Zappa, Marlon Brando, Joey Ramone, Morgan Freeman, Brigitte Bardot, Vincent Price and John Lennon.  (And maybe even smart guy Groucho Marx…)

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” — Groucho Marx

Take time to appreciate a black cat today!

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37 comments on “Appreciating Black Cats

  1. I had a black cat growing up, I miss him 🖤

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  2. Great post! (cat scan hehe) My subconscious must have known about Black Cat Appreciation Day. I had a dream about a black kitten yesterday! 🙂

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  3. I still fear, mistrust & misunderstand my black cat. He’s a psychopath.

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  4. hehe some of these made me laugh, esp. the tail across the eyes. As a cat owner I get this treatment pretty much every night, completely free ; )

    Meno<3

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  5. toutparmoi says:

    I frequently find a black visitor on my front porch or peering in the back door. Fingers crossed and touch wood that financial prosperity will follow!

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  6. We are adopting a cat soon and we really want a black one (or grey)

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  7. poeturja says:

    I had two: Karma and Toonces. Both were so affectionate and I miss them…

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  8. Those cat-owners are a classy bunch …

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  9. Vicky V says:

    Great cat stories and images! I love the Groucho Marx line 🙂 I was stunned when I heard black cats were the least likely to be adopted. How silly. I love black cats. That’s interesting about fur colour. Some people swear that French bulldog personalities are influenced by fur colour. Most pug owners also say there is such a huge difference between fawn and black pugs that they almost consider them different breeds. Fascinating stuff.

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  10. tonytran2015 says:

    Black Vietnamese cats are definitely better than non-black in ambushing mice.

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  11. Years ago we had a black cat named Kit Rock. My mornings would begin with me making coffee, then hearing his voice through the overhead kitchen vent to the roof. I’d go outside and he’d leap off the A-frame into my arms. It all began when, one day as a kitten, he jumped from our backyard tree to the roof, but could never get down by himself. I eventually coaxed him from the front yard A-frame to just within my reach. From then on it was a daily ritual, which always brought joy to my mornings.

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  12. I often thought that if I ever own a house of my own again, I’d buy a cat.

    And if black cats are the last to be adopted at the animal shelter, maybe I’ll adopt a black cat.🙂

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  13. Lilly Bug says:

    Lilly Bug here, a calico cat. Passing through to say hello and I came across your blog. My hooman had a black cat named missy.

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  14. samba2017 says:

    I love black cats so much! We lost our beloved silky black Lenny back in January to Saddle Thrombosis. We miss him so much. We adopted three rescue cats Ziggy (tabby) and his two black sisters Ebony and Nera and they provide us with a lot of comical interludes at home! I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and some of my poems are about cats in case you have time to look? Have a good day, Sam 🙂

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  15. I love black cats! My sister and I want to run a black cat sanctuary! LOL

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  16. lovemyavonlady says:

    My Prince Kitty (Black Burmese) is one of the most intuitive animals I have EVER had! He has been with me since the day he was born and is now over 10 years old. He has helped me through many rough times in my life, including laying with me day in and day out when I was bedridden after chemotherapy! He is very tuned into the physical pain that my family suffers from from time to time and is always the first one to lay on the affected area to attempt to heal it! AMAZING! Would not trade him for the world!

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    • He is an amazing cat! This is what I mean about doctor cats and cat healers — their intuitive power helps them tune into feelings and sensitivities. Some are more inclined than others, and yours sounds like a ‘top cat’ indeed!

      Glad you are on the mend, and thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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