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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  • carol kaine

    I have a beaitiful black cat and she is so sweet and loveable. She is 13 now & I hope she"s around another 13!!! There is something very special about black cats. I worked for a vet many years ago & every black cat that came in was so sweet & beautiful, I decided that I definately would get a black beauty of my own!!!! Love all cats, but black ones are VERY SPECIAL!!!


  • NancyBrighteyes KeislingMiller

    I am so angry to think some people could think Black Cats are bad luck , its just another color , like brown , red , white !!! Really , i have had 11 pure black cats so far and each one luckier then the last one , if thats true then people with bkack hair , blonde hair and everything in between in unlucky


  • Sherrilee

    I loved black cats I own 2 so far. One has passed and he was the most easy going cat nothing bother him, never scratched or cried. Now, the one I have now just a hellion. He scratches the door jams, windows, climbs the walls, He’s boss if you don’t feed him fast enough he’ll slam you in the leg. But I love him and wouldn’t trade him for anything. He makes me laugh life’s never a dull moment with him.


  • Diane

    I love black cats. I have one now and I had one for 14 years.I found this one to be remarkably alike to my other one and in fact joke all the time how TJ is channeling the spirit of Black Bart as they are identical in behavior but they never knew each other. I find Blacks to be special personalities. Somewhat stand offish til they trust completely but once they do, they bond with us like glue. Don’t believe the old wives tales about them being evil . They are a pure delight.


  • Diane

    I love black cats. I have one now and I had one for 14 years.I found this one to be remarkably alike to my other one and in fact joke all the time how TJ is channeling the spirit of Black Bart as they are identical in behavior but they never knew each other. I find Blacks to be special personalities. Somewhat stand offish til they trust completely but once they do, they bond with us like glue. Don’t believe the old wives tales about them being evil . They are a pure delight.


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