So how did all this stuff about scary black cats get started? Well, it didn't start with the Egyptians, because the Egyptians pretty much worshipped all cats, no matter what color they were. And when the family cat died, everyone was very sad, and they wrapped the cat up like a mummy and buried it very lovingly.
In France, thousands of cats were being burned up because people were afraid of them, but finally in the 1630s, King Louis XIII made them stop doing that. But people in other parts of Europe killed off their cats, too, and then guess what happened. There started being lots more rats! And then the rats brought the Plague, and a bunch of people died. Which seems to me like it was sort of a punishment for killing the cats.
But some people actually have good beliefs about black cats. In Japan and Britain, people think that black cats bring good luck, not bad luck. In Scotland, if a black cat comes on your porch, you will have prosperity.
In the 19th century, pirates believed that if a black cat walked onto a ship and then off again, that ship would sink on its next trip. And they also thought that a black cat walking toward you was bad luck, but a black cat walking away meant good luck.
Anyway, if you want a black cat of your very own, you can find one at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, where my mom volunteers. Or if you don't live in Kansas City, you can probably find a black cat at your own local shelter.
Here are a few of the black cats at the Humane Society. If you adopt any one of these cats, I promise that you will have very, very, very good luck.