Black cats have been wrongly vilified in numerous parts of Western society for centuries, for a variety of reasons. For one, they have long been associated with witchcraft, bad luck and even death.
In the U.S., their bad rap can be traced back to the days of the Salem Witch Hunts of the late 1600s, when it was believed that those accused of witchery could transform themselves into black cats so that they could roam the streets undetected under cover of night.
While this superstitious nonsense has long since been disproven, black pets in general and black cats in particular are still getting a bad rap. In fact, black cats are the least likely to be adopted and the most likely to be euthanized in shelters because they are still highly unpopular.
Worse yet, some very cruel people will use black cats in unspeakable rituals during the Halloween season, which you can learn more about in my article Halloween Safety Tips for Pets.
But as a mom to two black kitties, the late Omar (the love of my life) and now Murphy (pictured above), I can attest that black cats are wonderful animals. They are inclined to be uniquely beautiful, sweet, loving and amusing. Perhaps that’s because they have to try harder to gain acceptance.
So in honor of your special day, I salute black kitties everywhere. And I hope that all of you find the loving homes that you so deserve.
Photo by Alissa Wolf