The creation of International Black Cat Awareness Month, founded back in 2013, came about after it’s creator, Layla Morgan Wilde, noticed that while there were two days dedicated to black cats, one in the UK and one in the US, there was nothing dedicated to them on a wider level. Such a dedication was (and still is) desperately needed, as superstitions surrounding black cats have become so out of control. Too often the cats were being adopted as part of the Halloween holiday mystique, and were abandoned after the holiday had passed. Even for the rest of the year, it can be more difficult to get them adopted. How much more difficult? Black cats adoption rates are some 50% lower than any other color of cat.
For years, black cats have been neglected, faced suspicion, hostility and even death as a result of superstitions. Research from Cats Protection has revealed, on average, it takes 13 per cent longer for black cats to find a new home compared to others while, between the years 2007 and 2013, Blue Cross saw a 65 per cent rise in the number of black cats they took in annually.
Superstitions regarding black cats vary depending on the culture. While black cats are traditionally considered to be good luck in Britain, historically countries in Europe have considered black cats to be a symbol of evil omens and the familiars of witches. In Germany and parts of Africa, a black cat crossing your path from left to right is considered to be a bad omen.
‘National Black Cat Day’, 27th October, is a day designed to promote black cats and bring awareness to those who might be looking to purchase a kitten or rehome a cat. As part of the day, black cat owners on social media show off their pets, hoping to disprove the superstitions and show black cats make as good a pet as any other cat. If you can do anything to dispel the culture of superstitions that relate with the black cat, please do.
“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere”- Groucho Marx