October has a unique feeling of fall, magic and all things spooky. It marks the beginning of the long dark days of winter, and many people believe the vail between the spiritual world and the physical world becomes thinner. We celebrate the darkness all over the world and throughout history with events like Halloween, St. Michaelmas, and  Dia de los Muertos.  We talk about the dead, the occult, magic, curses and superstition.

The Curse of the Black Cat

witch and black cat

The black cat has many lives and have taken on many stories, both good and bad, throughout history and cultures. Stories that can get blurred between fact and fiction. In Western history, black cats have been looked upon as an evil omens, a spy of the devil, a companion of witches, or shape-shifting into witches themselves. The most infamous of curses is, that if a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck. 

However, many cultures hold black cats in very high regard. Egyptian Goddesses favored them for their grace and elegance. In some cultures fishermen’s wives believed that that a black cat could hold the power to bring their husbands home safe from sea. The Japanese believe a single woman who owns a black cat will attract more suitors. In Great Britain’s English Midlands, a black cat is the ideal wedding gift, as they are meant to bring good luck and happiness to the bride.

Modern Day Black Cats

Sadly, because of their perceived bad luck qualities, black cats have a lower rate of adoption. In America, most shelters suspend adoptions on black cats around Halloween for fear that they will be tortured or be used as “living decorations”. Other times of year some shelters will have “Black Fridays” giving deals on adoption rates for all black animals. 

Why should you consider adopting one of these mystical creatures?

black catResearchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered that the genes that cause cats to have black coats may offer them protection from diseases. In fact, they are the same genes that offer HIV resistance to humans. So besides possibly being healthier and living longer, they are beautiful, mysterious, reverent and powerful, and loving.  And as every cat lover knows, love is boundless and blind. 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Curse of the Black Cat?

  1. Melissa says:

    I have a black cat named Tank. Wonderful and wise ..alot less tanky at 14 than he was at 4 when he was adopted from a shelter in montana.. love him… quite the lovebug..⭐️❤️

  2. Kathy Myers says:

    My black cat is Midnight Blue, Boo for short. He was my first cat of 3 that I currently have. I found him as a tiny baby along the road. I drove by and saw a little head come up. I stopped and went back to him. He ran to me crying and has been mine since. That was about 9 years ago.

  3. emilie says:

    I adopted my black cat from SPCA and she is very feisty and lacks of security.. I went through her documentation and figured out she used to be a stray cat. Another thing is she attacked my 18 month old baby simply because my baby loves cat so much and wants to play with her and of course, she screams a lot too. My black cat got scared and scratched her face and legs… A lot of people told me to give her away, but I said No. I wouldn’t abandon my furry family member. I believe as time goes on, with all my love for her she would regain trust in humans and would eventually behave better. 3 months have passed, turns out she is a needy little baby and gradually showing her gentle side 🙂

  4. Peter Thomas says:

    Black cats are very misunderstood! My first 2 named Tiger and Cuddles were my “best friends” and I was very sad when they passed!

  5. Starla R Glasgow says:

    My black cat found me at the end of 2012. I would see him around my apartment hungry cold and wet. I took him inside and fed him then found out he live at the bottom of my apartments. It was him and his sister. They got fed once every few days. 1 small can if wet food on a paper plate and one small Dixie cup of water. That made me so sad. So I took both of them in one night cause it was snowing and they were only about 3 months old. Next day I took them back and told thr owner they were hungry and cold. So they said thank-you. And then threw them back outside. I was in tears. I noticed the same paper plate with same wet food spot was shoved in the corner. They haven’t been fed in a few days snd had no water. Well by the time I said screw it I’m gonna take the cats, the female had disappeared. So I took the male. Named him MR. MIYAGI. NOW 5 YEARS AND 3 MONTHS LATER, Mr Miyagi has some firm of sarcoma and needs his back right leg amputated. I’ve asked for help from the vet and from family and friends cause I can’t afford it and don’t qualify for credit. No one can help. But my mom sent me this link and I’m so willing to try anything that could help my kitty. He’s a mamas boy and I can’t lose him. Any ideas? most people I talk to say that I should just put him down or let him be but I feel that’s it’s not right I know he doesn’t want to leave. I noticed a lump on his back leg back in July but thought it was an abscess and then it ruptured and I took him into the vet and that’s when I found out it was cancer now he is spending pretty much all day chewing at his flesh eating away the mass exposing his bone I need to try to find something to help him ASAP for I cannot afford the 2500 to $4,000 to amputate his leg

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