Yesterday was Black Cat Appreciation Day and here’s why everyone should have their very own Bagheera.
A lot of people still think of black cats as being unlucky or some such nonsense but truly, having my own bundle of fluffy coal-coloured amazingness in my darling Akira (the eldest of my five rescue cats), I can honestly say what total nonsense. Black kitties are the cat’s whiskers! I kid you not.
My life has improved massively thanks to Akira – and his siblings, of course. My little black panther sleeps with me EVERY night, is loyal and loving to a fault and just generally keeps me company and is the most loving of all of my five strays.
So where did this silly superstition come from?
Wikipedia reports that “in Western history, black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically being suspected of being the familiars of witches, and so most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck, especially if one crosses paths with a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death”.
Black cats are associated with witches and viewed as demonic with some viewing them from folklore as being companions of Satan, and part of sorcery practices.
I know that Germany has its own turn on the superstition that if a black cat crosses your path from right to left, it’s a bad omen, but if they walk in the opposite direction – from left to right in front of you – then that is a good omen.
Thankfully, here in the UK, being different from everyone else, we believe that a black cat crossing a person’s path is a good omen!
Are black cats dangerous at all?
It may surprise you to learn that black cats are actually the most meek and mild of all of the kitty breeds. They may be built like King Kong size-wise, exactly like my rescue cat Akira, but black cats wouldn’t hurt a fly and are actually very timid creatures.
Akira’s breed of cat – the Bombay Black – is very attached to their families and crave attention. Although they like to be around people generally, Bombay Black cats also tend to have a certain person whom they pay special attention to in their lives aka me, mummy, in my Akira’s case.
Bombay Blacks are attention-seeking particularly with that specific individual but are also excellent around children as they love TLC and are gentle kitties. They also have a very distinctive purr and love to snuggle – which is definitely true of my Akira. He has the best deepest, loudest purr of all my Furry Babies.
Other black cat breeds
Other black cat breeds from the American Bobtail and Burmese to the Sphynx and Turkish Angora are also reported to be especially affectionate felines, that are also friendly and playful but soft. So why exactly is it that most cat centres and sanctuaries struggle to rehome these Bagheera-esque kitties?
It makes me so sad!