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 !
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 !
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!