You may have seen my recent blogs on black cats with photos of my Norie. (Links provided below.) This article I wrote for Candid Slice explains why black cats have been maligned and how beautiful and smart they can be. I hope that these words and photos will introduce black cats for the wonderful pets they can be. In my experience with Norie, I find her to be intelligent, playful, inventive, curious, energetic, trusting , full of energy and full of love. What do you think?
Why should there be an appreciation day for black cats? They have a long and varied history thanks to the cultures who labeled them as good or evil. In ancient Egypt, all cats, and especially black ones were treasured because of the Egyptian Cat Goddess, Bast. In Great Britain and Scotland, they were considered good luck for brides and for homes. During the shipping era, black cats were desired on board by the sailors; their wives also wanted black cats around the house as a sort of talisman to protect their sailor husbands away at sea.
The USA has not been kind to black cats
Unfortunately the USA, has not been kind to our black cat friends. When the pilgrims arrived with their religious culture, suspicion of anything unexplained also arrived. They blamed black cats, witches and other chosen scapegoats for their fears. Anyone who performed mysterious deeds, sometimes including healings, were considered sorcerers or witches. Black cats were implicated by association with these unfortunates. Their black color and mysterious golden eyes, linked these beautiful creatures, in the “ignorant’s” minds with the devil or witchcraft.
Black cats are put to sleep 5 times more often
Now some of these beautiful creatures are suffering just because of their color.
- Did you know that in rescue and pet adoption agencies, black cats are the hardest ones to place?
- Did you know that Black cats are 5 times more likely to be put to sleep in these sites than other colored cats?
- Did you know much of this is from prejudice founded on ancient superstitions?
- Did you know that many people think all black cats look alike?
Black cats are no different than other cats
Let’s get in the 21 century folks! Black cats are no different than other cats, (well, in my opinion they may be more beautiful). They eat, play, sleep, are curious, loving, intelligent, hunters, just like most other cats. I have a confession to make. I am prejudiced for my black cat and I’m not evil!!
Norie has many interests
I have seen Norie grow from a 6 month old skinny little cat to a full sized adult. She has such a delightfully funny, curious, affectionate, opinionated, and intelligent mind. She collects straws and little knick-knacks under my refrigerator, as well as under a rug on the floor.
When she was younger one of her favorite things was to hide under a rug or in a cloth bag. If I don’t give her attention, she trills until I start “play looking” for her. She still loves my computer case and even falls asleep in it.
Another game she loves is to lie on her back in front of Sister and wave her front paws in Sister’s face without touching her. Then she will ever so gently touch Sister’s face and Sister will tear into her for 2 seconds and run away! This happens as often as twice a day. Sister sits for a whole minute every time. Nobody gets hurt but Norie just wants to play.
Before I moved Norie loved to venture into the garage for a change of scenery or to “meditate” while sitting on top of my car, in the dark. Now she will sit on our screened in porch and watch birds, bugs, lizards or whatever is moving. Her intelligence often amazes me.
The old saying about curiosity killing the cat can’t be true! Norie has an amazing curiosity about everything and she is still very much alive. Water flowing from a faucet is one of her curious subjects. Bubbles cause her to sit and stare with eyes wide open as they fall.
I always close the curtains to the living room at night. One morning I came and found the curtain twisted and Norie sitting with the curtain partially around her body, looking out the window! Accident or planned? I don’t know. If it was an accident she saw opportunity in it to have a look out the window.
I can’t imagine why anyone would hate black cats or associate them with evil. I see nothing in my black cat but intelligence, curiosity, playfulness and love. She has been my friend, entertainment, and made me laugh many times. I can’t see anything evil in her, only a little mischievousness.