Stories about black cats bringing bad luck are known all over the world. It is one of the most popular international folklore stories, one that many people still believe in.
Myth, superstition, or just great pets? It’s time to discover the truth about cats.
Negative Myths about Black Cats
The myth is they bring bad luck, it dates all the way back to Ancient Greece and their mythology. Apparently, Hera turned one of her servants, Galinthias, into a cat, for impeding the birth of Heracles. But Galinthias became an assistant to Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft.
The result was early settlers in the United States believed that witches can take the form of black cats. Allowing them to sneak around without being noticed.
There is also the belief that when a black cat crosses your path it will bring you bad luck. The good news is that they are not associated with bad luck, genetic mutations, and witchcraft everywhere.
Positive Myths about Black Cats
In some parts of the world, they are considered to bring good fortune. For example, in Great Britain, finding these animals at your doorstep brings prosperity. In Ireland and England, a black cat walks across your path and you’ll have good luck.
Historically, cats were brought aboard ships for both companionship and to hunt mice, presumably not in designer carriers. But British sailors also believed that black cats bring good luck to the ship.
Unlike them, pirates thought that having them walk away from you brings good luck but they also believed that if they boarded their ship and jumped off, it meant that the ship would sink.
Black Cat as a Pet
These cats are actually one of the most common domestic cats and many keep them as pets despite these long-lasting myths. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) acknowledges 22 cat breeds that can have solid black coats. Some of these breeds include Japanese Bobtail, Scottish Fold and Norwegian Forest Cat.
In fact, there was a big surge in the adoption of black cats after the superhero movie Black Panther came out in 2018. Unfortunately, they still have the highest euthanasia numbers in shelters. They also have the highest number of adoptions, perhaps there are just more cats with a black coat than other colors.
The popularity of them is also evident in the fact that they have annual holidays. National Black Cat Day is celebrated on October 27, while the ASPCA also celebrates the Black Cat Appreciation Day on August 17. So, if you own any cat, these holidays are the perfect time to get your pet a new toy as a gift.
Black cats have been followed by many different superstitions for years. But, whether omens of bad luck or lucky charms, they are great companions and one of the most popular pets in the world.
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