Monday, 17 August 2015
Black is beautiful!
Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day, and in honour of these misunderstood felines, I've compiled a list of 10 fun facts about black cats. Enjoy!
1 The superstition surrounding black cats stems from folklore of the Middle Ages when they were thought to be witches' familiars.
2 Many people also thought that black cats were evil because of their glowing, golden eyes. In fact, many black cats have eyes this colour because of their high melanin content.
3 In Scotland, a strange black cat visiting your home means that you may win the lottery as its appearance signals good luck and prosperity.
4 Head to Japan, and black cats are considered lucky for single women, and owning one is thought to attract potential suitors.
5 Despite common views, in parts of England and Ireland, a black cat crossing your path is actually a symbol of good luck...
6 ... While in Germany, this only counts if the cat crosses your path from left to right. Right to left is seen as bad luck...
7... As is if the cat is walking towards you, if you're a pirate. If the black cat is walking away from you, it’s good luck, and if it the cat walks onto the ship and then back off, it means that the ship is going to sink.
8 But fishermen and their wives always saw black cats as good luck, and many kept them on their ships and in their homes resulting in them becoming so highly valued that many people could not afford them.
9 There's a theory that the colour of their coats helps make black cats formidable hunters.
10 Black cats are only half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colours because of their bad reputation, which is all the more reason for days like today!
This post is dedicated to Jasper, a black kitten with a kink in his tail and a coat like Bournville chocolate who my family adopted from the SPCA. Sadly, he was taken away from us far too soon, but I hope that he had a happy life with us, as short as it may have been.