During the month of October, I like to do Halloween-related crafts with the boys. This week we're doing Black Cat Week and I have 5 different projects lined up. One is a black cat made from black beans, so that should be interesting. On the subject of black cats, however, did you know ...
Black cats are considered good luck in England. In Scotland, a black cat coming back home is a sign of prosperity. Also, a woman who owns a black cat might have many suitors.
In Western culture, black cats are considered an evil omen, often being associated with witches. Gamblers were afraid of black cats. If a black cat crossed their path, they thought it was best to avoid the casino.
Black cats have a lower chance of being adopted. Some shelters won't adopt black cats out around Halloween in fear they might be abused.
Pirates used black cats to determine a person's luck. If a black cat walked towards a person, that person would have bad luck. If the cat walks away from them, they will have good luck. If a black cat walks aboard a ship and then walks back off, the ship is doomed to sink.
If you want to read some really cool things about cats, check out Desmond Morris' books Catwatching and Catlore. I'm not sure if they're still in print, but you might be able to find them at your local library or online. Very interesting reading, especially the parts about black cats and their history.
Question -- have you ever owned a black cat? If so, was it 100% black, or did it have a tuft of white under it's chin or maybe white hairs mixed in with the black? There's a story behind that, too!