Celebrating Black Cats

October 29th is Black Cat Day! We love kitties of all colors and patterns, but black cats can use a bit of extra appreciation. They’ve gotten a bad rap over the years, which really isn’t fair. Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet discusses black cats.

Superstitions About Black Cats

Black cats have been considered unlucky, and they’ve also been unfairly associated with witches and witchcraft. These superstitions date back to the Middle Ages. However, even though there is no truth to these old wives’ tales, the myths are still sticking around today. Black cats are often part of Halloween motifs, along with ghouls, goblins, and other scary stereotypes. In fact, as many as 13% of Americans are superstitious about black cats to this day!

Opposing Myths

Not all cultures consider black cats to be unlucky. They are actually thought to bring good luck in Ireland, England, and Japan. In Germany, many people think that it’s good luck for a black cat to cross your path. And in Scotland, if Fluffy shows up on your doorstep, you may be about to win some money!

Breeds

There are actually 22 different breeds that can be solid black, according to the Cat Fancier’s Association. However, only one of those breeds is always black: the cuddly, playful Bombay.

Helping Black Cats

Sadly, because of old superstitions, black cats have a much harder time getting adopted than other kitties. This is very unfortunate, because they are typically very sweet and lovable. There are now some rescue groups that are solely focused on helping black cats.

Halloween

Do you have a black cat? If so, you’ll want to keep Fluffy indoors around Halloween. Cats are always better off staying indoors. However, around Halloween there are increased risks to kitties that go outside. For one thing, there’s more traffic than usual. Unfortunately, pranksters also threaten black cats at this time of year.

Appreciating Black Cats

There are actually a few different days set aside for black cats. August 17th is Black Cat Appreciation Day, and November 17th is National Black Cat Day. Having more than one day is purrfectly fine with us: these sweet furballs need love every day!

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Please reach out to us, your local Marietta, GA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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