What’s Wrong With Black Cats?

Black Cats

Now this is sad news to me. The Toledo Area Humane Society and Planned Pethood, Inc. is offering a sort of sale on adopting black cats. It seems that black cats are less likely to be adopted and more likely to be euthanized.

Whether because of color preference or superstition, black cats have been found to be far less likely to be adopted than other cats. Shelters across the country have noted that black cats spend the longest in shelters and are also more likely to be euthanized.

Why would anyone think they are bad luck? How could anyone not think they are beautiful cats? Just to show how serious this problem is, here are the price discounts being given by the Toledo shelter (until July 13, if you live in that area).

The promotion offers black kittens for $30 each or two for $50, and black cats for $20 each or two for $35. Non-black kittens will be $55 each or two for $90, and non-black cats will be $40 each or two for $70.

They are offering the black cats for nearly half the price of the non-black cats. Even if you don’t live in the Toledo area, the next time you go to adopt a cat from a shelter, this is something to keep in mind. Adopt a black cat and save it from a having to live a long time in a shelter, or from not getting to live at all.

Black Cat's ProfileHere are a few superstitions from around the world about black cats, both bad and good:

  • The Scottish believed that if a strange black cat shows up at their home, it signified prosperity.
  • The Japanese considered a black cat to be good luck. They also believed that if a lady owned a black cat, she would have many suitors
  • In Germany, they believed that if a black cat crossed a person’s path from right-to-left, that is a bad omen. But if it is from left-to-right, the cat was giving the person favorable times.
  • The Irish believed that if a black cat crossed one’s path by moonlight, it meant they would die in an epidemic.
  • In Egypt, they used to believe that they could gain favor with Bastet, the “cat goddess”, by having black cats in their house.
  • Western culture believed that black cats belonged to witches, and were of the devil. And having a black cat cross your path, from either direction, meant bad luck would befall you.

Even animal shelters have their own superstitions. Some of them won’t adopt out black cats around Halloween, for fear they will be tortured, or because someone might just want them to add to their “decorations” for the holiday and will abandon them afterwards. But, there has been no real evidence of either of these things happening.

 

How could anyone think this little furr-baby is anything but adorable?

Black Kitten

Whether a person thinks good things or bad things will come to them through a black cat, it isn’t true. Black cats don’t have any super powers, they are just cats. They are beautiful cats, and they can give you love, and purrs, and someone to cuddle up in your lap.

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Comments

  1. Reply

    no problem with me they are beautiful loving creature of Gods

  2. Reply

    no tengo problema aunque jamas he tenido uno, pero me gustaria tenerlo

  3. Reply

    I love black cats

  4. Reply

    This is Miji, our black cat!

  5. Reply

    Cats are cats color doesn’t make a difference.

  6. Reply

    nice.

  7. Reply

    Black cats are beautiful! I have one!!!

  8. Reply

    I’ve had 4 and I think they are beautiful. The long haired ones look so silky!

  9. Reply

    I have a black cat…who is just too adorable..

  10. I have a black cat and i love it.

  11. Reply

    I have black cat,and I am proud on her!

  12. Reply

    It doesn’t matter. They’re just beautiful and God’s creatures. I have one, and he’s a beauty!!!

  13. Reply

    no, I have one…

  14. Reply

    No. I do have a lovely black cat.

  15. Reply

    this is my black cat, Mollie!!

  16. Reply

    but i love black cats

  17. Reply

    The black cats are very very sweet! We should forget the old myths.

  18. Reply

    my favorite cats

  19. Reply

    Cecilia says:
    “The black cats are very very sweet! We should forget the old myths.”
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/whats-wrong-with-black-cats/comment-page-1/#comment-1655

  20. Black cats and dogs are so beautiful

  21. Reply

    Love black cats! I already had two of them, they were both the loveliest creatures ever

  22. Reply

    Love my black cat; super intelligent

  23. Reply

    My cat is also black♥♥♥

  24. Reply

    Anything isn’t wrong at black cats,only it can be wrong behaving to cats in people.

  25. Reply

    Christian Camilo David mira!

  26. Reply

    I love cats, all cats, black or not. I used to own a solid black cat named Lucky and he was as sweet as he could be. I’ve also had a mostly black cat, with white paws like socks and a white splotch on the tip of his nose named Max. He was sweet and playful. Black cats rule!

  27. Reply

    Amanda Matheny says:
    “I love cats, all cats, black or not. I used to own a solid black cat named Lucky and he was as sweet as he could be. I’ve also had a mostly black cat, with white paws like socks and a white splotch on the tip of his nose named Max. He was sweet and playful. Black cats rule!”
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/whats-wrong-with-black-cats/comment-page-1/#comment-1670

  28. Reply

    I adopted a long-haired 7 year old black cat at the Denver Dumb Friends League. He is the most loving, cuddly cat I have ever had.

  29. Reply

    I have 7 black cats. Have had more. Anyone with supers$#%&!@*ions about black cats certainly shouldn’t come here!!

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