In Support of Black Cats
31 August 2017
Black cats are as delightful as any of their colourful cousins, yet are sadly often overlooked. Black cats are just as sociable, playful, cheeky and adorable as any other shades of feline. Black cats’ coats are sleek, handsome, stunning, and beautiful and set off their striking bright eyes. Yet, these poor maligned moggies are always harder to home than any other coloured cat or kitten. On average they stay in our care much longer than those perceived to be ‘prettier’ colours.
Is it because of superstition? Depending on your origins you may believe that black cats are either unlucky or lucky! Witches familiars were often said to be black cats. Those witches must have known what great companions they make. In Britain, Scotland and Japan, a black cat crossing your path, or dreaming of a black cat, is said to bring you good luck. A black cat’s presence has been credited with bringing about show-stopping performances in theatres; in Scotland, finding black kittens sitting in your porch is a sign of riches and happiness to come!
According to popular legend, black cats can symbolise good luck and fortune. In years gone by, sailors’ wives kept black cats as they believed their presence would protect their husbands from the dangers of the seas. It is also well known that if a black cat enters your home uninvited and settles on your hearth, then any business in the family will prosper.
King Charles I of England is probably the most famous person in history to have owned a black cat. He believed his black feline brought him good luck so he made sure it was guarded every day. In a strange twist of fate, the day after the cat died the King was arrested by Cromwell’s troops.
Some say black cats don’t stand out as much when people visit adoption centres; perhaps they disappear into the shadows more. They are harder to photograph so may not stand out as much on adoption websites. In this digital, cat-crazy-age we have even heard it said that people don’t like black cats because they don’t show up well in ‘selfies’.