We are the proud owners of a black kitty whom we adore, but we hear a lot of chatter about how black cats are unadoptable and even people who are scared of them! Can you explain why people are hesitant to adopt black cats and help convince them otherwise?
Black cat obsessed in Woodland Heights
Dear Black cat obsessed,
Clearly, I don’t have to tell you this, but black cats are the best! Unfortunately, though, black cats have gotten a bad rap over the years. Superstition as well as misinformation has created a whole host of ideas that many people believe about these beautiful creatures.
Most animal shelters can confirm that black cats (as well as black dogs) tend to be adopted at a slower rate than other colors of animal and it’s a shame because black cats have personality to spare and make exceptional companions.
Here are some more black cat facts:
Good luck in some cultures
When the Pilgrims landed on the East Coast, they were staunchly against introducing anything even remotely related to witchcraft to their newfound colony and those found with anything tied to witchcraft in their possession were harshly punished (often put to death). This included having a black cat–which probably explains where some of the fear of black cats originated in our culture.
While you’ll often hear people lament if a “black cat crosses their path,” in some cultures, black cats are considered good luck instead of bad. In Japan, for instance, a black cat crossing your path is an indication of good fortune. And while the ancient Egyptians worshiped cats of all colors, they had a special affinity for black cats.
Halloween can be dangerous
Black cats can be especially vulnerable to attacks and abuse around Halloween. If you have a black cat, be sure to keep it safe around Halloween — this means making sure that it is safely inside and out of harm’s way. In fact, some animal shelters have a ban on adopting black cats around Halloween just to keep people from procuring cats and doing horrible things to these innocent creatures.
Healthier than others
There are more black cats than any other color of cat, according to the ASPCA. The genes that cause a cat to be black are most dominant, so this results in more black cats. These same genes that cause a cat to be black also make their immune systems stronger, so they are healthier and possibly even more resistant to feline diseases such as FIV.
Black cats are not only eye-catching, but can be lovely pets for most anyone. Oct. 27 is designated as National Black Cat Day to bring awareness to these oft-misunderstood felines. With the help of shelters across the country and people like you, who know and love these cats, hopefully we can change the luck of black cats in our communities.
Pet of the Week
Meet Theo. This 1-year-old handsome boy is chatty, playful and just an all-around awesome dude! Theo appears to have some Bombay blood in him as he has the sleek, shiny coat and loves to “talk.” Theo would love a home with another kitty to play with or an owner who is an expert at playing with active cats. Theo is very smart and deserves a home where he can be properly spoiled. To learn more, go to www.animaljusticeleague.org.