Lucky Black Cat

Superstitions are strange.

You get some people who will swear that if you break a mirror you will have seven years bad luck…

Then you get some people who won’t step on cracks on the pavement… it’ll break their mothers back!

Have you heard about the one about the unlucky black cat? Don’t let it cross your path!
Also the one about black cats being associated with evil and witches and witchcraft?

Did you know that in the UK (where I live), according to folklore, a Black cat crossing your path is actually considered lucky?

Not a lot of people do.

In fact black cats still have a tough time!

According to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), black cats are “the least likely to be adopted” – in fact approximately 70% of cats awaiting adoption are black or black and white.

I find this really disappointing, because I am lucky enough to own a lovely black cat called Toby –  he is the softest, soppiest, kindess soul.

Not evil at all (unless you’re a housefly or bug )

My husband and I adopted him and his (nonbiological) brother from the RSPCA nearly 2 years ago, and they have become part of the family.

So why are black cats so “unadoptable”? Surely no one really believes that a little black cat is evil?

Unfortunately there are a few reasons why people don’t want to take a black cat

Myth: Black cats aren’t photogenic
Truth: While you may have trouble taking a photo of a black cat in a dark room, they definely ARE photogenic

I mean come on look at this face !

Toby the black cat with a red collar

Myth: Black cats are evil

Truth: Really? Evil? Animals aren’t inherently evil, they survive on their natural instincts – if you treat an animal kindly it will treat you with the same respect. If you are scared of it, it might be scared of you ?

Myth: Black cats are boring / aloof

Truth: Nope! Black cats are like any cat, they all have different personalities. Some could be laid back and relaxed, some could be kittenish, some could be crazy.

Myth: Black cats are unlucky

Truth: In the UK they are considered good luck! Imagine how much good luck you’re missing out on! The ancient Egyptians even thought they were a good omen. Maybe some cultures will consider a black cat to be “unlucky” but really, how unlucky can one little kitty be?

Myth: It’ll look like my neighbours cat, I won’t be able to recognise it

Truth: Although they may look similar, not all black cats will look the same – some have patches of white, some look a bit brown in the light, some are super fluffy… you will always be able to recognise your own cat, and they will recognise you!

(Also cats have different miaows, you can always hear the difference)

Myth: Black cats aren’t as affectionate 

Truth: Totally untrue !

Exhibit A)

Cuddles with Toby black cat
Cuddles with the Tobe-ster
There are many other reasons to adopt a black cat, (or any cat) but don’t let silly superstitions stop you from getting to know one. 

Right now, there are lots of kittens, and older black cats awaiting adoption, being overlooked for many silly reasons… if you are thinking of adopting a cat, why not make it a black one?

The next time you see a black cat, or it walks across your path, you never know, it might just be your lucky day!

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  1. Stefanie

    June 12, 2017 at 13:36

    Love this post! I actually do believe that black cats (and other things) bring me luck 🙂

    1. Jenny

      June 12, 2017 at 14:12

      Thank you ! I always think it’s better to believe in good luck than bad 🙂

  2. Lea

    June 12, 2017 at 20:07

    Cool post, never thought of most of these myths. Just the one that seeing a black cat is unlucky (evil).
    Lea, xx

  3. Claire

    June 12, 2017 at 20:28

    Omg, i love black cats. They are so adorable, makes it even more prettier I think. I didn’t think of some of the myths you put up there, but I think it’s great you did, in case others might have thought like that.

  4. Melissa

    June 12, 2017 at 23:08

    This is so cute! Actually, my boyfriend has a black cat. He is adorable! He’s also 13, so a little crumpy because he’s old hahaha. The first time I met him I thought about all this. But I know many people with black cats so I really don’t belive in that one.
    xx, Melissa

  5. gina

    June 13, 2017 at 08:17

    In my country if a myth that if a cat really loves you that cat will die for you so if your about to die the cat will mysteriously get missing or will die in your place so you can live

    1. Jenny

      June 13, 2017 at 09:42

      wow ! i have never heard of that before – how sad but lovely x

  6. Jenny

    June 13, 2017 at 09:41

    wow ! i have never heard of that before – how sad but lovely x

  7. Should you Groom your Cat?

    July 18, 2017 at 10:57

    Its is wonderful ! I love black and I love Black cat.

  8. A. J. Sefton (@AJSeftonAuthor)

    August 31, 2017 at 11:40

    Sad. I took my daughter to the RSPCA shelter to cheer her up (boyfriend trouble) and was overwhelmed by how many black kittens were there. I mean kittens. Had to take one on and he is the most gorgeous thing. He has made our house happier, if messier! He is four months right now. Good natured, affectionate and yes, lucky. Sill waiting for that bit to rub off on us though.

    1. Jenny

      August 31, 2017 at 15:56

      It is so sad to think people don’t adopt them due to the unlucky stigma! I’m glad to hear you’ve got one though 🙂

  9. Gloria

    August 31, 2017 at 11:44

    We always love to see a black cat cross our path as we believe it’s lucky. Well, I love black cats. I think they’re very elegant and mysterious!

  10. Hot Mess

    August 31, 2017 at 12:50

    Your cat is beautiful! I must admit, I cringe a little when a black cat crosses my path. I’ll have to get into the mindset that black cats are good luck!

    1. Jenny

      August 31, 2017 at 15:55

      Thank you, he is a softie, they are lovely to have around no need to fear them x

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