No matter if you are a cat owner or not, black cats are considered unlucky in many states and cultures. The strange thing is that most of those people don’t even know the reason why that is. They are typically associated with Halloween, witchcraft. But, we know that there is more to these creatures than what people say.
The Story of The Unlucky Black Cat
The story is that there was a village which didn’t have that many cats generally, and once any cat appeared they considered it bad luck. Over time, the number of cats grew and they couldn’t even count them so they decided to associate the black cats with this ‘trend’. From what we heard, it’s how this started.
On the other hand, there are many rumours about this, and we would really like to know what you’ve heard. There are also stories how they became Halloween icons, and how they even became a symbol of good fortune. Moreover, they are even mentioned in stories how they heal and prevent certain diseases.
For example, in the middle ages, black cats were frequently associated with Satan, witches and similar. People went so far to think that they actually were cohorts to witches who took another form.
Today, there is still fear of black cats. Many shelters would not accept black cats in homes during October for some weird reason we suppose.
Some Cultures Do Appreciate Them
Japan – single women who own a black cat are believed to attract more men and more suitors.
Great Britain’s English Midislands – a black cat is the ideal wedding gift. They bring good luck and happiness to the bride.
Scotland – For those in maritime profession, a black cat arriving at the doorsteps signals prosperity.
Ireland (and England) – a black cat crossing the street is good luck.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered that the genetic mutations that cause cats to have black coats may offer them some protection from diseases. In fact, the mutations affect the same genes that offer HIV resistance to humans.
A True Story of A Hero
We found this great true story told by Helen Jones from Pflugerville in Texas:
I was deploying overseas so I decided to leave my black cat with my mother. My mother had been feeling alone lately, and I hoped he would change that. After two years, I was ready to get him back. Before I could do that, I got a call from my mother. She said she had fallen asleep earlier and woke up to him on her chest, meowing and pushing her face. He had never done that before. She smelled something funny, jumped out of bed, and found the kitchen on fire. My mom is alive because of him. He’s hers now…
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