Nine Myths About Black Cats
This Halloween, we thought it might be wise to help dispel some of the myths surrounding black cats or any cats for that matter. We found a great article offered by the RSPCA (UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) that busts nine of those myths. Here’s the cat myths they bust:
- Black cats are unlucky: This is a long held belief, but it actually varies from culture to culture with some cultures looking upon the black cat as a good omen. Wikipedia says: …in Western history, black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically being suspected of being the familiars of witches, and so most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck, especially if one crosses paths with a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death. In Germany, some believe that black cats crossing a person’s path from right to left, is a bad omen. But from left to right, the cat is granting favorable times.
…The black cat in folklore has been able to change into human shape to act as a spy or courier for witches or demons. When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, they brought with them a devout faith in the Bible. They also brought a deepening suspicion of anything deemed of the devil and were a deeply suspicious group. They viewed the black cat as a companion, or a familiar to witches.
- Pregnant women cannot live with cats
- Cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before being spayed
- Cats have nine lives
- Milk is good for cats
- Cats like to live indoors
- Cats purr only when happy
- Cats always land on their feet
- Cats are nocturnal
Other ‘cat’ myths:
We’ve busted some of these myths on SlimKitty already, but you can read the full mythbusting in the full article too.