Zionsville Times Sentinel

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October 30, 2013

Black cattin' around

I saw an article last week about black cats and how they are less than half as likely to be adopted as gray cats. The story appeared in the Weird News section of huffingtonpost.com.

The column had some interesting statistics, such as some animal shelters won’t allow black cats to be adopted in October for fear of animal cruelty, or that giving a bride a black cat is considered good luck in England. And, of course, there is the superstition about a black cat crossing your path being bad luck.

Black cats are usually associated with witches and other evildoers. According to cats.about.com, black cats were often thought to be “witches familiars (beings that aid witches in performing their craft).” The familiars thing didn’t work well for black cats during the time when witches were being burned at the stake, because helpers were often burned alongside their witches.

Personally, I have shared living space with three black cats. The first one was a male cat named Ashley my sister brought home. He was beautiful, but not overly endowed with intellectual prowess. He ran away when she tried to take him to the vet in her arms instead of a cat carrier. He was smart enough to know he didn’t want any part of a vet visit.

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