Making Good Luck for Black Cats

In some cultures, black cats are considered good luck!

Most people have heard the superstition that black cats are bad luck, especially should a black cat cross your path.  However, in some cultures, black cats are considered good luck!

In most shelters, black cats are less likely to be adopted than other, more colorful cats. This is partly because black cats are simply more plentiful, and some consider them to be plainer or less interesting. Black cats can be more difficult to photograph, and so do not show as well on adoption websites.  It is common for shelters to limit or ban the adoption of cats during the month of October to ensure the safety of the cats, further reducing their adoption opportunities.

However, if you take the time to look closely at a black cat, you can appreciate their unique beauty; it is almost like having a small house panther! Black cats, with their striking golden eyes and satiny coats, are sleek, elegant and regal.  If you look closely, you will see that black cats come in many different shades, and in the sunshine, you may even be able to detect faint tabby marks.  Black cats are just as friendly and loving as other cats, and there is some research to suggest that black fur may be associated with health benefits to the cat, including resistance to certain diseases.

Why should you consider adopting a black cat? The best reason is simply because they are the most likely to be overlooked.  It might not change your luck, but it will certainly be good luck for the black cat that gets adopted!

What is your experience with black cats?

About author

Abby Rosenberg

Abby Rosenberg is a PetMeds employee and long-time cat lover. She was a volunteer for several years at a local no-kill cats only rescue shelter. This has prepared her for her most challenging role to date: secretary, photographer, social coordinator and treat dispenser for Daisy, and Daisy’s sidekick Harley. Daisy is a dilute calico Devon Rex cat, and Harley is a “cow-cat” who was adopted from the shelter where Abby volunteered. You can also find Abby on Google+

There are 5 comments

  • Karen says:

    My Snuggles is a black cat and she is the sweetest cat I’ve ever had. She’s was great compaly to me when my mom passed away and I was in the house alone.
    I love her dearly, she’s been good kuck to me.

  • Kristen says:

    Very interesting article! I think it’s a great idea to promote black cat adoption. I think it’s important to make people aware that they are more likely to be overlooked. Hopefully some people will think twice before passing by that cage. Sometimes the “less adoptable” pet can be quite a treasure.

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  • Kate says:

    The first cat I remember my family having moved with us when I was two. He was a black cat named Sherman (he was a serial mouse killer). He was followed by Tom (who always beat me at tag), Mister Smarty-Pants (The only one in his litter to survive), Knot-head (My dad’s sarcastic name for him which he sadly answered to), Rotten (He liked to bring me home live snakes), and Lili-she was MY cat. Lili lived to be 17 years old, survived many others, and had three litters of kittens-but no black daughter for me to keep when she died. She saw me through most of middle school, all of high school, and my 20s. One of those superstitions is that if a black cat comes toward you it is VERY good luck. I loved her dearly and I still miss her, right now I have a very loving calico cat but I still look with longing at every black cat I see. I hope that the very good luck of all those black cats coming toward me is the coming of another good luck black cat into my life.

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