Black Cat Legends and Superstitions

Myths and Superstitions About Black Cats

If you merely pet a black cat for a second, you'll make a lifelong buddy. However, for generations, these black, gorgeous, and friendly felines have been associated with cultural and historical myths, superstitions, and legends that either adore or dread them.

It's a fallacy that black cats are less likely to be than other cats. However, due to persisting stereotypes, shelter staff may observe a bias against black cats. You might be shocked to learn that there are good ideas about black cats among the bad tales. You could even consider it lucky if one of these majestic beasts crosses your way at any time of day or night.

Why There Are Tons of Black Cats

There are more black cats than any other color because the black gene is most dominant for felines.

Superstition #1: Black Cats Are Witches in Disguise

If you become scared when you encounter a black cat, it's usually because of medieval superstition that continues to cloud their reputation. Witches and witchcraft have long been connected with black cats. The myth is claimed to have started when a black cat was observed racing inside a house believed to be haunted by a witch. Dark cats were associated with black magic throughout the Middle Ages. Witches in disguise, witches' pets, or animal-shaped demons dispatched by witches to spy on people were all considered to be roaming nocturnal black cats. Black cats were executed with witches from the early 13th century in Europe to the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts in the 17th century. Black cats have become symbols of all things occult, particularly during the Halloween season.

Superstition #2: Black Cats Are Bad Luck

A black cat is also linked to ill luck and, unfortunately, death. This dread of black cats believed to have originated in medieval times, when any animal with dark feathers or hair, such as crows or ravens, was thought to be an omen of death. If a black cat rested on someone's sickbed in 16th-century Italy, it was thought that death was impending. In modern-day North America, black cats are still associated with bad luck: crossing paths with a black cat is considered bad luck, whereas crossing paths with a white cat is considered good luck. If you see a black cat during a funeral procession, another family member is almost certain to die. If you see a black cat wandering away from you, it's a terrible sign. Thankfully, all of these beliefs are really superstitions.

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Why are Black Cats Associated with Bad Luck?

Superstition #3: Black Cats Are Good Luck

Black cats are also said to bring good fortune in a variety of ways. Black cats were revered in ancient Egypt because they resembled Bastet, the cat-headed Egyptian goddess of home, fertility, and illness prevention. Black cats are also regarded lucky in various regions of the world.

  • In Asia and the U.K., you're going to be lucky in life if you own a black cat.
  • In Japan, you'll have luck in finding love if you spot a black cat.
  • In parts of England, a bride will have luck in her marriage if she receives a black cat as a gift.
  • In Europe, sailors will have a safe journey if they bring along a black cat on the ship.
  • In Scotland, you'll have coming prosperity if a black cat appears at your doorway or on your porch.
  • In France, something magical is about to happen if you see a black cat.

In other cultures around the world, it’s a sign of good luck if you dream about a black cat, see one walking towards you, or if you happen to find a stray white hair on its gleaming ebony fur.

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