Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Black Cat, Good Luck!

This morning, I took my black Maine Coon cat Maeby to the vet. I had to leave her there for her "comprehensive" exam, and I am missing her already:( So, I'm going to blog about black cats...because, my emptiness is now your emptiness...

While black cats are often considered bad luck, that's not necessarily true throughout the world. I certainly don't think that they are bad luck, but that's probably because I am the pet parent to the single most beautiful, perfectly behaved, smartest black cat in the world. Wow, I am a crazy cat lady.

Anyway, here's some intel on black cats:

  • In Great Britain, black cats are a symbol of good luck. In fact, in Scotland, the arrival of a black cat at your door symbolizes prosperity. They are also considered good luck in Japan.
  • In some areas of the world, a woman who owns a black cat is believed to have many "suitors"...wait, are they calling me a whore? Maybe they mean popular...let's go with popular.
  • The most common mythology of black cats is that they are the familiars of witches. I love using the term "familiar". I'm going to start to refer to Maeby as my "familiar. Oh, but I digress...back to the topic. The black cats' association with witches is one of the reasons they are considered bad luck. Whatever, haters.
  • In Germany, a black cat crossing your path from right to left is a bad omen; but if one crosses your path from left to right, then that signifies good fortune......Seems like a black cat could just pace back and forth in front of you and you would be Even Steven.
  • The belief that black cats were witches' familiars led to the killing of cats in the Middle Ages. Oh, and hey- guess what happened after that? The rat population boomed which helped spread the Bubonic Plague. Well done, haters. (insert sarcastic font).
  • But, sailors weren't haters- they believed that a black cat on board a ship was good luck.
  • Sad fact- black cats are not adopted as much as other colored cats. In fact, some shelters limit the adoption of black cats near Halloween to reduce the possibility of the cat being used as a "living Halloween decoration" then abandoning the cat. 
  • Awesome fact: August 17 is National Black Cat Awareness Day. 
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