Black Cat And Superstitions

October 21, 2010

in Cats

Have you heard that black cats are related to witches and magic? How about that a black cat crossing in front of you cause bad luck? In America, negative old wives tales and black cats are connected.

Ironically, black cats are the most prevalent color in rescues and shelters. Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate? For whatever reason, black cats are statistically less likely to be adopted than more brightly colored felines.

These negative connotations are most problematic in the month of October when shelters and rescues all across America place black cat adoptions on hold. They fear that this is the month when people everywhere are looking to do ill things to cats that have an all black coat. Of course, this means that throughout October the euthanasia rates are even higher for black cats.

All rescues and shelters have an adoption process that they utilize throughout the year, with the exception of October. For some reason, during this month animal welfare agencies stop using their common sense and their gut to let even loving families adopt a black kitty. Unfortunately, the reality is that if someone intends to do an cat harm they can certainly find many free strays or adopt in another month.

Lately, there has been research regarding black cats vs. other colors. This has yet to be verified, but as someone who is owned by a black cat and has helped many black cats get adopted I can tell you this: Black cats have outgoing, playful personalities Black cats are smart- mine opens doors, opens cabinets, and sometimes shuts doors. When my bedroom door slams in the middle of the night and the only cat in the room is my black one, I have tried to blame it on the open window, but I wonder… Sometimes it seems as if they know they are the undercat so they try harder to get attention and show off …and isn’t it said that black goes with everything?

Next time you hear the phrase that a black cat crossing in front of you is bad luck tell them this: A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. – Groucho Marx

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