There Are Many Things To Fear…
A black cat isn’t one of them. Over the years, black cats have been surrounded by myths and superstitions, especially during the Halloween season. We’re breaking down some of the myths and playing a little game of true or false.
TRUE OR FALSE: Black Cats Are A Sign Of Good Luck In Some Cultures
This is totally TRUE! While commonly known as a bad luck charm in history, black cats are actually a sign of good fortune in some cultures. For example, if a black cat crosses your path in Japan, it’s a sign of good luck with love to come. In addition, Egyptian culture also has shown an affinity for black cats.
TRUE OR FALSE: Black Cat Adoption Rates Remain At An All-Time Low
The reality might surprise you. This one is FALSE! According to James Yeates at Cats Protection, since they launched their Black Cat Day, they have found that black cats or colored cats now spend “11 days less on average in care than before moving to their loving new homes.” As a way to celebrate these adorable misunderstood cats, National Black Cat Day was formed on October 27th every year. “Around 65,000 black or black-and-white cats have been homed through our adoption centers in the decade since the campaign started, a remarkable 44% of all cats homed through our centers during that time,” said Yeates.
TRUE OR FALSE- They’re Eyes Are Always Green
While the reflection of their eyes can be beautiful, it doesn’t mean that all black cats have the same eye color. This one is FALSE. According to a DVM at Royal Canin, Black cats typically have yellow eyes. This is due to higher amounts of melanin that contribute to their overall appearance as well.
TRUE OR FALSE: Black Cats Tend To Be Healthier
If you guessed TRUE, you would be correct! According to the ASPCA, there are more black cats than any other cat. This is due to the dominant genes which cause a cat’s fur to be black. This same trait also tends to make their immune systems stronger so they can ward off feline diseases such as FIV a lot easier.
Have No Fear!
We hope the game of true or false can have you resting easy should you spot a black kitten. These beautiful animals are not only eye-catching in appearance but can also be a great pet should you be looking to add a new family member to your purrfect home.