Black Cats and Their Superstitions
With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it was a great idea to educate some of you on the history and the superstitions associated with the black cat. In some parts of the world, black cats are considered bad luck. However in many other parts of the world they are actually seen to bring good luck. Genetically speaking, there are actually more black cats in the world than any other colour due to the fact that the colour black is a dominant gene trait! It is important that we cat owners overcome these out-dated stereotypes, as black cats can use all the help they can get (black cats are the most commonly found cat at the pound or other animal rescue shelters!) Keep reading to find out some of the craziest superstitions associated with the black feline.
Black cats, around the world are either portrayed as good or bad luck. In 16th century Italy, people believed that if a black cat were to lie on your bed you would die. However today in the United Kingdom and Asia, a black cat is actually considered lucky! In parts of England it is good luck to own a black cat but bad luck for one to cross your path. This is similar in North America, where it is still bad luck if a black cat crosses your path however if it’s a white cat it is considered good luck.
There are many more interesting beliefs around the world associated with the black cat, some of these include:
- Finding a white hair on a black cat brings good luck
- An unknown black cat on a front porch brings prosperity to the owner of the house
- A black cat walking towards you brings good fortune, a black cat walking away means it is taking the good luck with it.
- Dreaming of a black cat is lucky
There is however a darker side to this fascination, black cats have long been associated with witches and witchcraft, and you will still see black cat symbols and costumes around Halloween as they have become iconic to the holiday. Because of this, some people believe that black cats are affiliated with evil (due to their witchy beginnings and nocturnal habits). The most shocking fact is that people are still targeting these poor creatures, particularly around the 31st of October.
Veterinary professionals suggest black cat owners keep their feline friends safe and comfortable inside on Halloween, as well as limiting their time outside in the week leading up to it, just to be safe!