Black Cats: The Myths Worth dispelling…No more Fraidy Cats Here!

Published by Erin Edwards on

Given what August 17th is all about: We have a few myths to debunk for you about Black Cats…….

Casting that SPELL!

Black cats are often considered a “superstition” and are often less likely to be adopted from shelters……WE ARE NOT okay with that!

While many cultures have different beliefs about black cats, it still is a prevalent myth in many areas in today’s societies to not “cross the path of the black cat”, for example as it is “bad luck”. We know this to be ridiculous as all kitties are worth our time. WE recommend that YOU DON’T PASS on a chance to adopt a black cat however….as we at Pet Treater have said before, they will change your life for the better and have AMAZING benefits!

Seeing a black cat has been associated with luck—both good and bad—for thousands of years. As we prepare to celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day on August 17th (ADOPT DON’T SHOP for Black Cats), Pet Treater wants to make some of those common stereotypes about these lovable kitties….disappear. 

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Beauty comes in every shape, size and color!

Those precious sweet black fur babies are amazing to see, hold and love. The contrast between the dark black fur and ever-illuminating eyes is overwhelmingly beautiful to say the least. So why the myths that haunt us even into the 21st Century?

Honestly, there are too many “myths” at how all this began to be 100% certain…..but for sure we know this, they are myths we want to send permanently into orbit….

For those wanting a little back “furstory”: Black cat superstition in Western culture dates back to Ancient Greece. According to Greek mythology, Zeus’s wife Hera once transformed her servant, Galinthias, into a black cat as punishment for impeding the birth of Hercules. Galinthias went on to become an assistant to Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, and black cats have had unique meanings in various cultures ever since.

OKAY, so they DO put a SPELL on you……a wonderful spell. But what about those myths???

MYTH: SEEING A BLACK CAT BRINGS BAD LUCK

You’ve probably heard that it’s unlucky if a black cat crosses your path. Although the origin of this common black cat myth is uncertain, it may have to do with the cat’s slick demeanor. A black cat’s sly movements might suggest to some superstitious spectators that he’s up to no good.

Myth BUSTER 1): So how many times has a black cat crossed your path–how many had a doomed life after that? For those that do not see that cats, of all colors, possess amazing prowess and grace, that is on them! If a strange cat shows up on your door step in Scotland, it is indeed a FURTASTIC day! Guess it depends on your purrspective!

MYTH: BLACK CATS ARE WITCHES

Many early American settlers believed in witches who could take the form of black cats. This would allow them to sneak around unnoticed as they performed magic spells. It was also believed that a witch could shape-shift into a black cat up to nine times, which may have something to do with the belief that cats have nine lives. Too often black cats are portrayed as witches and “familiars” in movies and pop-culture.

Myth BUSTER 2): If you’ve ever had a black cat purr up against you, you’d know he’s way too cuddly to be a witch. We’re going to go out on a limb and say the wickedess thing yours has ever done is scratch up the sofa or maybe bed sheets????

Too Cute—-Video Credit Lau Charlotte

Undoubtedly there are more myths that need debunking, but as we celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day do it for the right reasons…..to save and love the black cats…..ADOPT THEM, LOVE THEM, NEED THEM!

We LOVE THEM ALL!!!

At PET TREATER, we DO NOT discriminate against any dogs or cats….we treat them all the same–one month at a time and with all the LOVE we can put into each box!!!

With many PURRS and PAWS,


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