National Black Cat Day

October 24, 2022
By: Adriana Valle
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Every year, cat lovers celebrate the beautiful black cats in the community on October 27th. According to DaysoftheYear.com, “National Black Cat Day was created in 2011 by Cats Protection in order to celebrate beautiful black cats. When the campaign was first launched, it was revealed that it took black cats an average of a week longer to find a home when compared with other colored cats. Because of this, the campaign was set up to celebrate black cats and to help promote them as beautiful pets that deserve as much love and attention as other cats.” Today, we’re breaking down National Black Cat Day and how to make a positive difference in the lives of black cats. 

Dangerous Stereotypes

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The stereotypes associated with black cats have a long history. Black cat mythology dates back to Ancient Egypt, during which black cats were revered. Thanks to a black cat-shaped goddess by the name of Bastet who guarded against evil spirits, black cats were adored. In the early middle ages, black cats were considered good luck charms for sailors and fishermen. They kept rodents at bay and helped voyagers safely reach their destinations.

At some point, however, the idolization and appreciation of black cats turned to fear. During the middle ages, black cats became a symbol of evil. Celtic mythology painted black cats as soul thieves and shape-shifters. When the Puritans settled in the new world, black cats became feared as a witch’s “familiar.” A familiar is a disguise a witch would take when practicing black magic, which is why black cats are often seen as Halloween icons near witches and their brooms.

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Concerns for Rescues & Shelters

Due to the above stereotypes and their subsequent impact on the safety of black cats, many rescues and shelters pause black cat adoptions during the month of October. Animal advocacy organizations fear that black cats will be adopted only to be harmed in dark rituals. Unfortunately, while rescues and shelters do their best to vet adopters, it’s impossible to prevent all dangers. For this reason, it’s best to simply pause black cat adoptions until after Halloween.

Black Cat Realities

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While black cat mythology continues today, it’s important to recognize that black cats make wonderful pets like any other. Black cats have NEVER been shown to be any more aggressive, unfriendly, or untrainable than other cats. In fact, black cats have a special superpower: they may be overall healthier than other cats. According to PDSA.org, the gene that causes their fur to be black also protects black cats against certain diseases. In fact, scientists are using this research to help study human diseases.

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At Shoreline Happy Paws, we love all cats – no matter their color, age, personality, or special needs. Our professional pet sitters cater to our cat clients by scooping their litter boxes during every visit, engaging them in much-needed play and socialization, refreshing their water bowls, feeding them, and providing them with all the attention they need while you’re away. Check out our drop-in services or contact us to learn more about our cat-specific services.

By Adriana Valle

Adriana is the owner and Chief Pet-Loving Officer at Shoreline Happy Paws. She has been a Professional Pet Sitter for over 10 years.

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