Fun Facts and Myths around Black Cats

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Today’s Guest post comes from Karenr Robinson:

Fun Facts and Myths of Black Cats

A good number of people in the world are cat lovers. A lot of people used to buy and sell some gorgeous cats. For a lot of people, fostering cats is a business but for others it’s a passion. In general terms, a black cat is a domestic cat with black hair that may be a varied or particular breed. Black cats are just as impressive and affectionate as every other cat. A lot of people have different opinions about black cats. Some cultures are superstitious about black cats, attributing either good or bad luck to them. There are indeed some interesting and less well known facts about black cats.

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Important Features of Black Cats

There are numerous reasons to take home a black cat. Generally, black cats are acknowledged for their black coat, black toes, black nose and yellow eyes. They are also illustrated as clever, playful, and attention-seeking.  Black cats often look as if more empathic and instinctive than other cats.  These cats are also affectionate, tender and very chatty.

Golden Eyes

A lot of people love to have black cats in their home due to their golden eye. Black cat’s eyes are naturally golden or yellow and it adds a lot of new people to the black cat loving group.

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Love and fear

Black cats pose fear to people who have never been close with them mainly because of their colour. However, people that are owned by a black cat love them beyond measure. Black is one of the basic colours of cats and there is no need of becoming fearful of black cats.


A lot of people and cultures relate black cats with luck. The myths regarding black cats differ from culture to culture. A lot of people especially consider that a black cat’s coming to the home indicates prosperity. Black cats stands for good luck in many of the cultures around the globe. It is supposed that a lady who has a black cat will have scores of suitors. People in almost all the cultures consider that a black cat crossing a person’s path is a good sign and brings them good luck. In some of the societies, it is assumed particularly good luck to own a black cat, to have a black cat cross your path, and to dream of a black cat. However some cultures see this in the opposite way (see further below)

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Myth of Luck in Ancient Days

Some of the reports mention that during the Egyptian times of 3000 BC, black cats were truly held in the highest respect and to hurt one was measured as a capital offense.  As far as the Sailors are concerned, having a black cat onboard their ships fetch good luck to them. It is also seen that fishermen wives used to keep black cats at home for the safe and comfortable come backs of their husbands.

Bad Luck

On the other hand myths about black cats vary from culture to culture, century to century. There is a lot of people that think that black cats are a symbol of bad luck and they never bring black cats home.  Plenty of people have the belief that if a black cat crosses once path, you should stop journeying to that place since it is thought to be a sign of bad luck. There is a strong Irish folklore asserting that a black cat crossing one’s path, by moonlight, normally denotes death by epidemic.

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Symbol of Evil Omens

In a number of cultures, black cats have often been regarded as a sign of evil omens. Black cats are being accused of being the familiars of witches. There are in fact a lot of movies that portray black cats as a sign of evil omens. The movie, Bell, Book and Candle which was directed by Richard Quine, portrayed witches with black cats. Some of the myths demonstrate that black cats act as a spy or messenger for witches or demons. These false notions have gone as far as leading people to kill black cats in ancient times.


Even in contemporary times, we can still hear of black cats being connected with superstitions, black magic, and Pagan holidays such as Halloween. These days, the sign of a black cat is often linked with the feast of Halloween. Black cats are a comparatively new addition to the Halloween season due to their dark colored hair.

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Black cats are often discarded in the modern age since people believe that they are not suitable for Selfies. A lot of people say no to black cats because they do not photograph well as their lighter and brighter-colored counterparts. A heavy number of black cats being forsaken being less aesthetically lovely in the eyes of some owners in this Selfie age (Despite the fact that this is not true… As proven by the many lovely photos of black cats out there!)


I am Karenr Robinson and an independent author who takes delight in composing for various purposes. I am a full time essayist who continually anticipates things of remarkable thoughts and contemplations. I used to focus on a wide range of scholarly composition particularly with respect to best college paper composing. My experiences with best thesis writing service have allowed me to concentrate on both insightful and non-academic topics.

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54 thoughts on “Fun Facts and Myths around Black Cats

  1. GettingrealwithPTSD says:

    I’ve been loved by two black cats and they were wonderful attentive pets. People should reach out and adopt them since I have read that they are often difficult to place because of the silly bad luck tales.

  2. grannyK says:

    We have three black cats (one on purpose, one a stray that decided to live in our yard, and one I inherited from my mom when she passed away). LOVE them! But, we have to be careful on Halloween. Some people will torture or kill black cats on Halloween. It happened a lot when I was young. I haven’t heard about it for years, but we shelter them and keep them safe anyway, just in case!

  3. weggieboy says:

    My two black kitties are indoor cats because I don’t want ignorant, mean people harming them. Regardless or color, though, I would want them to be indoor cats simply because they are not exposed to road accidents, disease, parasites, and harm.

  4. John Holton says:

    We’ve had several black cats over the years, and they’ve all been wonderful companions. I can’t imagine why people are so against them. It can’t just be because they don’t look good in selfies.

    • Marc-André says:

      Superstition… but according to surveys in the U.K. The biggest problem is difficult to take photos. I know it’s sad… but this is what the world has come to!

      I always tell my local shelters to send people my way to show them that black cats look just as beautiful on photos. 🙁

  5. Laura (PA Pict) says:

    The selfie factor. Really? People are that superficial. Ugh. I’ve owned (or been owned by!) a few black cats in my years and they were all wonderful. Now I want to go and adopt all the black kitties.

  6. Paul says:

    Very good article! I have a beautiful, intelligent and lovely black cat, and will adopt another black cat very soon… I love black cats. Thanks for this post, I will share it on my blog.

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