Do you turn around when a black cat crosses your path for fear of bad luck? Why do we do this? For centuries, people have been afraid of black cats. It started in Europe when most religious folks associated the color black with danger or evil. Cats are nocturnal animals by nature, but when the fear of witches spread like wild fire, black cats were linked to the supernatural as well.
This is the exact opposite of how cats are pictured to the rest of the world. Many cats are though to bring good luck. In Scotland, if a black cat appears on your doorstep, it is a sign of good things to come. In Asia and Japan, owning a black cat or simply having one cross your path is a symbol of luck to come. Many countries around the world consider a black cat sighting as a sign to take control of one's luck.
Selkirk Rex, American Curl, and Exotic are just a few breeds of black cats. The Bombay cat is colored black exclusively. These are great companion pets and can even be leash-trained!
Black cats have a bad rap in the United States. Many are frightened by the lore associated with the colored kitty. Shelters have been known to defer black cat adoptions until after Halloween. They also advise black cat owners to not let their pet out on Halloween night, due to safety concerns.
If you are in the market for a furry friend, black cats make excellent pets. Do not let superstition skew your opinion on these lovable guys! Remember, Adopt, Don't Shop!