Saturday, October 8, 2011
Cats Are People Too
Superstitions surrounding black cats go way, way back in history. In early Egypt cats were worshipped and you could be killed yourself if you killed a black cat. Just like today, cats were considered a member of the family and when one died, the family was very sad.
By the 17th century black cats began to be associated with witchcraft and instead of being a good omen, black cats became a bad omen. It depends on what part of the world you live in because in some countries, like Japan, having a black cat cross your path is considered a good thing while here in the good ol' USA, it is considered bad luck.
Here are some other superstitions about black cats:
It's Good Luck
To own a black cat
Have one greet you at the door
Have one come i to your home
See three black cats in succession
To pet a black cat
It's Bad Luck
To meet a black cat early in the morning
Have a black cat turn its back on you
To walk under a ladder that a black cat has walked underneath.
Because black cats are a popular symbol of Halloween some people think it would be fun to have a black cat of their own so they go to the shelters and get one only to realize that a black cat, like any pet, is a lot of responsibility and they need to be treated with love and respect.
So please, if you are dressing up as a witch for Halloween and want to have a black cat to carry around, get a plush one in the toy department of Walmart or Target. Plush animals are soft and cuddly but don't need as much LTC as real ones.
Have a Happy Halloween
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