Over the years black cats have become a symbol of bad luck, especially for those who are superstitious.
It is believed that superstition began around the Middle Ages in Europe and spread to America. People started to see black cats as a sign of death, witchcraft and bad luck because of mythical stories and their black fur, just like ravens and crows. Sadly, mass killings of black cats spread as people tried to rid the streets of these bad omens.
Today, superstitions surrounding black cats has gotten so out of control that animal shelters indicate black cats are less likely to be adopted than other cat breeds. During Halloween when black cats are more likely to be adopted to fit the holiday mystique, shelters are wary to adopt them out. Often after the Halloween holiday passes many black cats become abandoned and end up back in shelters.
But not everyone hated Black Cats
In ancient Egypt, cats were highly admired, and Egyptians believed that gods lived within them. Cats of royalty were known to be dressed in golden jewellery and allowed to eat off their owners’ plates.
In Celtic mythology, it was believed that fairies could take the form of black cats, and that their arrival to a home or village was sign of good luck.
Today, pop culture loves black cats. There is a recognised New Zealand short film about a dead black cat seemingly gallivanting across the globe called “Madam Black” who won an award at the world’s largest short film festival in France.
Don’t forget about the sarcastic Thackery Binx in “Hocus Pocus”, Salem, in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, Pyewacket in the classic “Bell, Book and Candle,” and the classic cartoon black cat, Luna in “Sailor Moon.”
The top five reasons why you should adopt a black cat
5. They are considered lucky
4. You can always find them in the snow
3. They never have bad hair days
2. Black cats are friendlier and naturally sweet natured
The number 1 reason:
They are the least likely to be adopted.
So, who’s to blame for this negative black cat spin? Superstition, mostly! Hopefully, these days nobody really believes black cats are witches or demons in disguise anymore, yet view black cats as, loving, and sophisticated animals.
Adopt your favourite cat from one of Petplan’s many preferred charities or shelters. Give yourself peace of mind and show them the love they deserve by taking out Petplan pet insurance to protect them against life’s incidents and accidents.