Did you know that superstitions about black cats have been around for centuries? Different cultures have varying beliefs about the hidden meaning behind the black cat.
The pilgrims were very superstitious when they arrived in North America and viewed the black cat as part demon, part sorcerer and a companion to witches.
Pirates in the 18th century had very specific rules to indicate whether a black cat was an omen of good or bad luck. They believed if a black cat walked toward a person it was a sign of bad luck, but if the cat walked away from a person it was good luck. They also believed if a black cat walked onto and then immediately off a ship, it was a sign that the ship would sink on its next voyage.
In more modern society, many sailors believe that black cats are a sign of good luck and prefer to have them as family pets.
In Great Britain and Japan black cats are considered good luck; Scottish culture views a black cat as a sign of prosperity.
Some cultures in western and southern Europe view black cats as evil omens which indicate bad luck, especially if the black cat crosses a person’s path.
Black cats have become popular signs of Halloween; we also recognize these sleek and shiny felines on August 17, which has recently been named “Black Cat Appreciation Day.” We agree that black cats can be excellent pets and furry family members!
Sadly, many beautiful black cats languish in shelters because of outmoded negative superstitions. To protect them against Halloween pranksters, many shelters will not adopt out black cats at this time of year. We would like to remind all pet owners to keep their dogs and cats indoors, safe and sound, on the spooky night. www.newtownvets.com
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