Halloween represents many things: trick or treating (free candy and bellyache to follow), costumes, ghosts, goblins, Mike Myers, bats, witches, and of course, black cats.
Black cats have become an icon of Halloween.
Black cats have historically been associated with many superstitions – both good and bad.
In our culture, black cats are considered bad luck, symbols of evil, and companions of witches. If a black cat crosses your path, it is considered an omen of misfortune and/or death. A black cat crossing one’s path in Yorkshire, England, is bad luck. A black cat seen from behind is not a good omen either. In German, it is believed that a black cat crossing one’s path from right to left is an unfortunate event while a black cat crossing from left to right, is the opposite. Gamblers are said to be afraid of black cats. If a gambler encounters a black cat on the way to a casino, it is a premonition of bad luck.
If a black cat crosses the path of a funeral procession, it is believed to be a prediction of another family member’s death. In 16th century Italy, a black cat laying on the bed of a sick person meant that person’s death.
However, in other countries, black cats represent symbols of good luck as in Asia and the United Kingdom. Finding a white hair on a black cat is lucky but probably unlucky if it is removed! A strange black cat on someone’s porch will bring that person good fortune according to the Scottish. Dreaming of a black cat is also lucky. A woman owning a black cat will have many dates.
Black cats have long been affiliated with witches. Black cats are thought to be witches’ servants, witches in disguise or reincarnated witches.
In the Middle Ages, black cats were often feared because they were considered creatures of the night, and therefore, evil beings.
Black cats in reality are just cats that have black fur. They are not evil beings that hang with witches or turn into witches. They do not bring bad luck or good luck to anyone any more than any other colored cat. Unfortunately, due to negative connotations, black cats are often overlooked by potential adopters.
The good news is that there are many positive reasons to adopt a black cat. For one, black fur won’t show up on black clothing. Black cats are never lost in snowstorms. Everything goes with black so black cats match any type of décor. Black is very slimming especially a black cat draped on one’s lap. Black cats are naturally happier because they look slimmer than other cats and therefore, have better personalities. Black is always sleek, stylish, and elegant so black cats are appropriately dressed for any occasion. Plus, every woman should own a little black dress and a little black cat. Owning a black cat is like having a precious gem of black onyx. Black cats look like panthers – cool and sleek. And, the most important reasons for owning a black cat is that love knows no color and black cats are the least adopted and therefore, need the love of a forever home the most.
On Saturday, October 27th between 1 – 4 p.m. PT Pet Supply will be celebrating its eighth year anniversary. Jose and I are honored that we have been invited to join the festivities.
We will be featuring beautiful black kitties from our shelter that have been patiently waiting for their forever homes as well as other cats and kittens. Applications will be accepted at the event for our furry felines. In addition, PT Pet Supply will feature free samples, 50/50 raffle, customer appreciation gifts, pet massages and more! Come join the fun and consider adopting a new best friend – a furry (black) feline!
Till next time, appreciate and respect each other as well as all the wonderful critters that share our earth – especially black cats!
- Wednesday, 24 October 2012
- Posted in Categories: : Four-legged Friends