Friday, October 29, 2010

BLACK CATS!

At Halloween you always see lots of pictures of black cats because people think they are scary.  But this is just a dumb superstition, and it is not true that black cats are scary.  Mostly, black cats are as nice as any other color of cat, and it's not their fault that they were born black.  In fact, black is a very excellent color for an animal, as I have mentioned several times before, and if the black is trimmed with white, that is even better!

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.

But later on, in Europe during the Middle Ages, people started getting nervous about cats, especially black ones.  And this seemed to be because cats were very independent and sneaky, and also they made tons of kittens, so there were cats everyplace.  And old, lonely ladies sometimes felt sorry for the cats, and they fed them.  And then people started thinking the old ladies were witches and that they could change themselves into black cats and sneak around at night and do bad things.  So these nice old ladies and their cats got burned at the stake.


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.

Anyway, in America, even today, there is a superstition that if a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck.  And some gamblers believe that if you are on your way to the casino, and a black cat crosses in front of you, there is no point in gambling that day because you will lose.  The Irish have an old superstition that if a black cat crosses your path in the moonlight, you will die in an epidemic.

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.

Sailors have always thought that cats are lucky to have on their ships, and black cats are especially good to have.  Fishermen's wives will sometimes keep black cats in their homes because they think the cats will bring their husbands home safe from the sea.

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.

Most people nowadays won't admit to believing any of these superstitions about black cats, but the sad truth is that when black cats are in shelters, they have a harder time getting adopted than cats of other colors.  So maybe, somewhere in the back of people's minds, they are still thinking about black cats and witches and bad luck and evil stuff.  Or maybe it's just because black cats are harder to get a good picture of to put on Petfinder.  And it's not that black cats never get adopted.  It just takes longer for somebody to adopt them.  Which is also true of black dogs, I am sad to say.

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.

Ralphie


Sophia

Hilary

Jack

21 comments:

  1. I can tell you from personal experience,black, male kittens are the biggest flirts of all. I love them. Thank you for this blog!
    Aunt Lynn

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  2. Hello - this is Dodi. I was sitting next to my mom on the couch and decided to start "whining." I have found if I whine, but just a little, mom gives me extra attention. I must be very careful because if I whine to much, mom gives me a strange look and rolls her eyes. Anyway, I liked today's blog and think it's goofy that some people don't like cats because of their color. My mom explained to me, that's true with people too, not liking someone based on their color. How stupid!!

    Anyway, mom, Di and I were looking at the black cats available at the Humane Society and I was thinking mom was serious of which one she would get....apparently, she was just thinking.

    Talk later, mom says it's time to get ready for bed and it's not even 10:00pm...that's a bit early in my opinion.
    Love, Dodi

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  3. i have a bkack cat... she played with a important scew i lost and i found it very lucky :)

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  4. It's great that your black cat found the screw you lost! I guess that means your black cat isn't unlucky for you at all.

    I, Piper, am a basenji dog, and I am 8 years old. I will be 9 in November.

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  5. lol i have 2 black cats! they r brothers n they love to cuddle n sleep with me, but they r very smart too. they know how to open doors together. lol they r named Indigo and Cole. but they kinda think they r dogs. lol

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  6. they r both 2 yrs old.

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  7. Dear Anonymous,
    Your cats sound like a lot of fun, and if they think they are dogs, that makes them even better! LOL My kitty siblings like to sleep with my mom on her bed, but we dogs prefer sleeping on our dog beds on the floor. I think that in the summer it is too hot to cuddle with anybody, except sometimes I sleep next to my brother the greyhound.
    Piper

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  8. I have a black cat and she's the sweetest thing :)

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  9. It's funny that when I found out there are so many black cat in the Human society since people don't like them due to the color, I was very surprised. I'm from a Chinese family and been in Canada for over 10 years. In china, we love black cats sooo much. I was moving back there and gosh! it was just so hard to find a black cat to buy or adopt. Chinese people think black cat can protect your house,well spiritually lol. and they can repel all the evil things. It will not bring you good luck but also good spirits. Black cats are considered a messager between good and bad spiritual world, kind on the boundry. If you show respect to them, they will bring you good things.

    anyway, I'm moving there in 3 month and I sooooo want a black cat there! yet it's just hard to find a pure black one. even if I buy from a pet store, their price is 2-3 times expensive than other colored cats... :( I wish I could just adopt black cat here and bring it over...

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  10. This is really interesting information about black cats and what the Chinese people think of them. Thank you for writing the comment in my blog to tell me this. I think the Chinese people have the right idea about black cats! It is unfair when people think they are spooky and evil. My mom is fostering a little tiny kitten now, and he is all black without any white on him anywhere. I wish you could take him to China with you because I am sure he would like living there. It is too bad that you cannot take a black cat with you to China from Canada or the U.S.
    Sincerely, Piper

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  11. I have a black cat, who does not meow(Yet) anyway I was afraid to adopt him at first but I have always said that I wasn't superstitious so I got BlackBerry(BB), Let me also add that since I have gotten him some things in my life has changed for the better, situations that seemed hopeless for a while. Let me also add that BB is a very handsome little fella and Im glad that I got him

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  12. I think Blackberry (BB) is a really cute name for a black cat, and I'm glad you got him. I'm sure he will bring you lots of good luck!
    Piper

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  13. I have a totally black cat and we named him Ringo. He came to us one day at our backyard and I heard him meowing for at least 2 days before we realised he was in our property. He was scared at first but when i took out some water it came up and had a drink. It even let me touch him and sit near him. I closed my back grill door and left him alone but within minutes he climbed in and started meowing and rubbing himself all over my feet. He was the cutest and friendliest thing ever. We then decided that if he does not leave then we would keep him. And sure enough he did not and we kept him.

    He gave us so much laughter and joy since he adopted us. He is the cheekiest fellow and can be the most adorable when he wants something. Friends commented that he is a handsome guy and also his meows when he sees me sounds a little like 'Mom'. He has his own specific meows for my hubby too and also when he wants to play or eat. He is a great cat and we love him dearly.

    Everyday, he would go out and play when we are at work but the moment he sees us coming to the front gate he would race across the park or our wherever he is and come welcome us. He loves to climb up on my hubby when he lies down on the couch and he lies on his chest. He loves it when I carry him like a baby with both his front paws on each of my shoulder and carry him around. He loves it also when we stroke his face back towards his ears.

    He would play with the neighbourhood children every evening and even keep the old couples company who are sitting in the park. He sometimes head over to their house too to just keep them company and comes home when we do. The whole neighbourhood loves him and always comment what a friendly and lovely cat he is.

    I can go on and on about him and what a lovely, handsome, friendly to children, old folks or anyone at all, fellow he is. However, about 4 days ago he has not come home and we had been searching for him all over. The neighbours were very helpful as well and help to search. The children will go around looking into drains, trees and calling out to him. We are still hoping and praying that he would come home.

    If he does not we just hope some nice people has adopted him after seeing what a lovely cat he is. We miss him very much and I had been crying multiple times everytime I think of him or see pictures of him.

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    1. He sounds like a great cat, affectionate and lots of fun. Before you decided to keep him did you make an effort to find his owners? You might not see him again if someone else finds him and decides they want to keep him. Did he have a collar with id? Was he microchipped? And although you make it sound like it was all so much fun it doesn't seem very responsible to me to simply let your cat come and go as he pleases. No doubt that's why he hadn't come back "home"...just think of all the things that could've happened to him

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  14. Oh my! I hope your lovely black kitty comes home again! He sounds wonderful, and I think you will really miss him if you can't find him and bring him home. I will keep my paws crossed and hope that you get Ringo back!

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  15. black cats arent that scary... but i find them cute...

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  16. My cousin (who'a cat lady) told me that the more ugly your cat fur is , the more smarter it is

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    1. the black cat is so cute

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