Myths and mistreatment: black cat is not bad luck

Unfortunately there are still myths and superstitions around black cats and Friday the 13th

Myths and mistreatment: black cat is not bad luck

During the Middle Ages, some people believed that black cats were witches turned into animals and that meeting them in the street was a sign of bad luck.

This is an unfounded injury. The color black occurs naturally in cats (as well as dogs) and is linked to the accumulation of melanin pigmentation. This is a genetic characteristic and has no influence on the behavior of the animal.

Unfortunately, many maintain this superstition today. In times like Halloween and Friday the 13th, cases of abuse and violence against these animals increase, which are not to blame for being born with the color black and who cannot protect themselves.

If you are up for adoption, follow some tips:

  • When someone calls you to adopt, offer them cats of various colors and see their reaction. If the person persists in the color black, be suspicious. Tell him that the cat is spayed or has a white patch on its fur, since cats that are neutered or not entirely black are often not good at rituals.
  • If the adoption is complete, you can still go to the adopter’s house and carefully observe everything.
  • The best way to avoid problems is not to give black cats in the weeks where Friday the 13th or October 31st known as Halloween is next. If you have any doubts or mistrust, don’t take the risk.

Do your part

Guides people who still have some kind of superstition about black cats. Explain that this is unfounded prejudice and that it brings suffering to animals – often abandoned, abused and even killed.

During the Middle Ages, some people believed that black cats were witches turned into animals and that meeting them in the street was a sign of bad luck.

This is an unfounded injury. The color black occurs naturally in cats (as well as dogs) and is linked to the accumulation of melanin pigmentation. This is a genetic characteristic and has no influence on the behavior of the animal.

Unfortunately, many maintain this superstition today. In times like Halloween and Friday the 13th, cases of abuse and violence against these animals increase, which are not to blame for being born with the color black and who cannot protect themselves.

If you are up for adoption, follow some tips:

  • When someone calls you to adopt, offer them cats of various colors and see their reaction. If the person persists in the color black, be suspicious. Tell him that the cat is spayed or has a white patch on its fur, since cats that are neutered or not entirely black are often not good at rituals.
  • If the adoption is complete, you can still go to the adopter’s house and carefully observe everything.
  • The best way to avoid problems is not to give black cats in the weeks where Friday the 13th or October 31st known as Halloween is next. If you have any doubts or mistrust, don’t take the risk.

Do your part

Guides people who still have some kind of superstition about black cats. Explain that this is unfounded prejudice and that it brings suffering to animals – often abandoned, abused and even killed.