You would think that Defy Superstition Day would be October 31st. Instead it was last Friday, September 13th. What the heck?
Many people are frightened by black cats because of the old superstition. Many black cats remain in shelters not only because of this superstition but because black cats do not photograph well so their features are very hard to make out, thus defying the purpose of taking their photo in order to put their mug on an adoption site.
Some people actually believe the opposite about black cats and that is if you pet them you will receive good luck. Unfortunately this may only be limited to the select few that find black cats appealing and have one for themselves. It is one really super marketing ploy though in order to get these raven beauties into forever loving homes.
Actually though, in countries like Great Britain, Australia and Japan, black cats are considered to be good luck. Black cats have sailed the world over with English ships. It was thought to be bad luck NOT to have a black cat onboard. The black cat was the weather controller and provided the crew with the protection that they needed for a safe passage. If a member of the crew hurt the cat or, for Heaven’s sake, threw it overboard, they would, at the minimum, be flogged. There was even a possibility that they could be executed! Black cats were their lucky charm and they took that luck quite seriously!
This is the time of year that many rescues have an abundance of black cats sitting around their rescues or in the hands of some fine foster families, but these cats would seriously like to have a loving home to call all their own. Try as they might these organizations cannot seem to get the point across that there is nothing sinister or ugly about a black cat. In fact, they are absolutely beautiful felines!
So, when you see all of the advertisements for your local rescues and shelters, and if you are in the market for a new furry kitty companion, don’t rule out the black cats. They are sleek, beautiful, tasteful animals that take pride in their ebony coats. They have not underlying task to accomplish, they only want to be loved.
Remember that the superstitions were for a time, they are not real. And, although Defy Superstition Day has past, you may hear rumors about the cats anyway. Don’t believe the rumors, go with the 18th Century view of the English sailors, and grab yourself a little good luck this Halloween season!