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?