You may have seen my recent blogs on black cats with photos of my Norie. This post 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;. They ate the rats that could contaminate their food supplies, carry fleas which could also carry diseases. The wives of sailors also wanted black cats around the house as a sort of talisman to protect their sailor husbands away at sea.
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.
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?
Let’s get in the 21st 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!!
Since she was young she loved to hide under a rug, in a cloth bag, or a box. If I don’t give her attention, she trills until I start “play looking” for her. She still loves my laptop computer case and even falls asleep in it.
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.
Sometimes I am sitting in my recliner and look down to see Norie lying on her back with her front paws relaxed on her chest and her hind legs sprawled open, just looking around. She does this often just to get a different view of the world, I guess. Often after I take a shower, get dressed and sit on the side of the bed to put my shoes on, she comes and plops down in front of me like this. She makes me laugh every day!
Norie is quite a huntress. If she sees a shadow on the wall or a speck of dust she doesn’t recognize she checks it out. I caught her several times faking chasing a bug in the bathroom. When I step on the scales in the morning she looks all around the scales and the wall, where we have seen a silver fish in the past.
If I see a bug, usually a silverfish, rarely a cricket, I call, ” Norie there’s a bug!” She rushes in and starts looking for it. She is my little bug zapper. I praise her every morning for this routine to let her know I appreciate her.
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 sits on my screened in porch and watches 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. Sometimes she will sit and watch me load the dishwasher from the counter.
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.