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Sunday, October 14, 2018

15 Fun Black Cat Facts

Halloween conjures images of pumpkins, bats, witches and, of course, black cats. But how much do you really know about them? Test your black cat knowledge with our 15 fun black cat facts!

1.  The Ancient Egyptians revered all cats as sacred, helpful and lucky. They were the symbol of Bastet, the cat-headed goddess of protection.

2.  Sometime during the Middle Ages, Europeans got the idea that black cats were associated with witchcraft. Some elderly, solitary women who often fed and cared for stray cats were misidentified as witches and the cats as their conspirators.

3.  In parts of England and Ireland, a black cat cross your path signifies good luck.

4.  Speaking of Great Britain, giving a cat to a bride in the English Midlands should bring good luck.

5.  In Scotland, a strange black cat arriving at your home means you may win the jackpot! A stray black cat arriving on your doorstep signals prosperity.

6.  If you’re German, you have to pay attention. If the cat crosses your path from right to left, that’s bad; left to right is good.

7.  If you’re a pirate, it gets even more complicated. If the black cat is walking toward you, it’s bad luck. If it’s walking away, that’s good. If the cat walks onto the ship and then back off, get off the ship because it’s going to sink.

8.  Fishermen and their wives saw black cats as good luck, with many keeping them on their ships or in their homes. Black cats became so highly valued that some could not afford them.

9.  In Japan, black cats are considered symbols of good luck, especially for single women. Owning a black cat is thought to attract potential suitors.

10. In Russia, all cats are viewed as lucky.

11. There is no one breed of black cat. There are 19 cat breeds in the Cat Fanciers Association directory that list “black” as a color option.

12. Many black cats have golden eyes, which is the result of their high melanin pigment content.

13. Black cats can be boys or girls, but more are male than female.

14. Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17.

15. Black cats go with every d├ęcor, and, best of all, you can’t see their fur on your furniture!

Bonus round: It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder that a black cat just passed. However, we would also suggest that it’s just good common sense not to walk under any ladder, whether or not a cat of any color is nearby.

If you’re interested in adopting a black cat, know that many rescues suspend adoptions of black cats around Halloween. Many also advise keeping your black cat indoors on or near the Halloween holidays. It’s actually a good idea to keep all pets indoors on Halloween; the increased foot traffic, noises and costumes can be frightening to many pets.

Looking for the cat of your dreams? Adopt today!