Black cats are often associated with all things spooky and don't regularly get the positive press that they deserve. Superstitions relating to black cats being "bad luck" or associated with witchcraft stem all the way from the middle ages. Such ancient and baseless claims regarding our feline friends deserve to be put to rest once and for all, and that's where National Black Cat Appreciation Day comes into play!
Both August 17th and October 27th are nationally (and internationally) recognized as days meant to celebrate black cats for the lovable companions they truly are. Here are just a handful of the many reasons why we should always celebrate our black cat buddies!
There are many conflicting statistics regarding the rate of adoption for black cats. Some stats reflect a higher percentage of black cats being adopted from shelters each year. However, that is countered by the fact that black cats enter shelters at a higher rate and their stay in shelters is statistically longer, resulting in higher rates of euthanasia. This alone should be reason enough to consider a black shelter cat as your next furry family member.
If high-fashion is more your style, then you know that the "all-black" look is always chic! Much like in the world of Vogue and Cosmopolitan, cats rocking a jet black coat appear to be much more sleek, stunning, and overall fashionable. Not to mention, a black cat's extra dark coat really makes their gorgeous eyes pop!
Having an all-black coat is not breed-specific! There are actually 22 cat breeds that are known that have solid black coats, some of which have coats that can even change color over time! Black cats containing the tabby stripe gene are known to have coats that morph into a more rusty brown pigment if they spend a lot of time in the sun. It's like having a mood ring in cat form!
Cats containing the genetic mutation that causes a black coat can often assist in making them more resistant to different diseases. Increased fitness and longevity are often associated with black-coated felines as well. Not only can black cats generally stay healthier for longer, but they can also help us better understand diseases found in humans as well.
Since cats can experience many of the same health problems that humans do (cancer, HIV, Alzheimer's, etc.), studying exactly how our feline friends have evolved to resist certain diseases could potentially help researchers determine how to prevent those diseases in humans.
While some superstition suggests that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck, that is actually quite the opposite in more cultures than not! Scottish lore boasts good tidings accompanied by a black cat's visit to your home. While in Britain, sailors were known to keep black cats on their ships for good luck (and maybe to catch a mouse or two). As for Japan, single women who own black cats are believed to be more attractive to potential suitors. Black cats are even the ideal wedding gift in the English Midlands, as they are said to bring good luck and happiness to the bride. Now if that isn't the total package, I don't know what is!
So, whether you are looking for your good luck charm or just a *strikingly beautiful* feline friend that is prone to living a longer and healthier life, then a black cat is the purrfect fit for you! Celebrate National Black Cat Appreciation Day by adopting one of the countless black cats that are need of a forever home at a shelter near you!
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