Black cats are beautiful, they are mini house panthers, sleek and mysterious. They hold a special place in the hearts of many including myself and Black Cat Appreciation Day is a day to celebrate all things black cat while helping dispell the negativity and myths that still surround them.
- People believe black cats are unlucky, this is an old superstition that still exists
- Black cats are often overlooked for adoption in shelters around the world and have a much harder time finding homes
- Black cats have been linked to Witch Craft and became the unfortunate targets of cruelty throughout history because they were thought to posses supernatural or demonic powers. Today, during Halloween they can still become targets and most shelters do not adopt them out during this time
Of course today we know better and most people realize that demonizing a cat because of their color is complete rubbish. So what about the benefits of adopting black cats?
- They go with everything because black never goes out of style
- They are like having tiny panthers running around your home and that’s pretty cool
- In some cultures black cats are considered lucky! The Scottish believe a strange black cat’s arrival to the home signifies prosperity, while Pirates of the 19th century believed if a black cat walks towards you, it’s a sign of bad luck, but it’s good luck if it walks away from you. In the English Midlands, a black cat as a wedding present is thought to bring good luck to the bride!
- Black cats have the ability to be just as sweet and loving as any other cat and make wonderful companions
In honor of this day I went through some old photos, including the film kind, of my black cat Simon who I had to let go of 5 years ago this month. I still get sad and even teary eyed when I look at some of these and my one regret is the I didn’t have a digital camera or iPhone early on to capture more of him. Simon was an old soul, gentle and very loving, he loved and greeted everyone who came to our home. He always put Spinner and Cleo first when eating and loved to sit at the dinning room table during the holidays, this earned him the nickname gentleman Jim. Although he is gone he is never far from my mind or my heart.
Simon – (1992 – 2010)