Why Are Black Cats Considered Bad Luck?

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Go to any store selling Halloween decorations and I guarantee will see a black cat looking scary somewhere. Have you ever wondered what the deal is? Why are cats 'bad luck' and associated with Halloween?  

Turns out, black cats were considered a symbol of bad omens or being part of the which family. They claimed witches transformed themselves into black cats in order to prowl streets unobserved. So unless you still consider witchcraft a thing or believe humans can change themselves into animals then you can stop believing black cats are bad luck. That age old tale is over and they actually are even considered lucky in Australia and a few other countries.  

why are black cats bad luck? Meowingtons black cat facts

Here are some amazing black cat facts that will most hopefully change your view on this so-called 'spooky' pet!

why are black cats bad luck? Meowingtons black cat facts

1. They can  rust. 

why are black cats bad luck? Meowingtons black cat facts

Well, if they sit in the sun too long their fur changes to a reddish dark brown. They  call this 'rusting'. It usually goes back to normal black once the cat's melanin levels return to normal levels. This likely happens with outdoor cats or window lovers.

2. They are super cats.

why are black cats bad luck? Meowingtons black cat facts

According to research, black cats tend to have a higher resiliency against illness and diseases.

3. They have fire eyes.

why are black cats bad luck? Meowingtons black cat facts

These cats have so much melanin that it causes their irises to be golden/yellow! 

4. They are not bad luck! 

why are black cats bad luck? Meowingtons black cat facts

Hug a black cat this month ! 

 

why are black cats bad luck? Meowingtons black cat facts


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  • Gale

    I have a black long hair female cat which is my second black cat. I love the way they talk to you and answer you back. My first black cat was long j
    Hair domestic that lived 18 1/2 years. He was very spoiled and was leash trained for when we went out side. Never allowed out alone. My two that I have now are leashed trained also.


  • Carol
    I have a beautiful black cat named Ottiscat. He turned 16 in June and is so healthy ! He has been one of the coolest cats that I have had the pleasure of knowing. I hope this spry old man hangs around for another decade! Black cats rock!

  • DMR

    Thank you sooo much, Linda Clukey, for posting your comment. If I may take it to the next level, such poor editorial discretion dishonors our kitties of ALL colors!


  • Chaos Kat

    I adore my little black kitties. if you have not known and loved one of these guys, you are missing out. I have gone from kitten/cat rescue of all kinds to mainly black babies because of the bad press they get. I have bottle babies through teenagers and they are all wonderful. It is true that you must earn these little one’s love but once you do, they are totally, trustingly yours. I’m not supposed to have favorites but I have one who demands attention. If I’m to busy with the tiny babies, he will come up and gently “bite” me to get my attention. I will keep him forever.
    At this time of year, I stop adoptions of black cats and invite those interested to return after November 1st. unfortunately, I’m in an area where people are cruel and have done very bad things to ebony babies at Halloween.

    Please keep your kitties (of all colors) safe from cruelty at this time of year and every day.


  • Lynne

    I LOVE BLACK CATS AND I CANNOT LIE!!!!!!! The Black Cat Appreciation Group on Facebook knows that I say this a lot. I also mean it. If anything, I have had great, astounding luck with black cats. I could envision having a black male cat and naming him Prince, after the late singer. We have a black female cat, Mitsy. Affectionate in her own quiet way, and purrs all the time. Black cats are GREAT! :-) :-) :-)


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