As the Halloween season pulls around the corner, so do many superstitions and myths. Black cats, for a very long time, have been mistreated around the world due to the belief that they are unlucky.
“Black cats are unlucky. They live with witches and Satanists. They embody evil. And heaven forbid one ever crosses your path,” are popular misconceptions.
In some European countries, like Britain and Ireland, black cats are seen as a sign of good luck while other countries are the complete opposite. The stereotype started in the Middle Ages. Not only did people think black was the color of evil, but also they believed that ownership of a cat meant the person was a witch.
In Egypt, on the other hand, black cats were worshipped as gods. Killing black cats was punishable by death in Ancient Egypt. In Japan, black cats are thought to bring good luck.
Black cats are the least likely cats to be adopted in shelters. Of all the animals that are euthanized in shelters, 71% of them happen to be black cats. During Halloween, pranksters like to target these animals, which is why many shelters and cat organizations recommend that all cats be left indoors for their safety.
Some shelters and rescues across the United States won’t adopt out black cats. There have been cases where people adopt them during the holiday season and make the cats victims of Halloween pranks and ritual sacrifices. Black cats aren’t the only victims of prejudice in the animal kingdom. Black dogs receive just as much hate during the Halloween season. Don’t let the color of an animal’s fur influence your behavior this upcoming Halloween.