It’s almost Halloween, the time of year for ghosts, goblins and, you guessed it, black cats. Black cats are known throughout America for being bad omens, bringing bad luck to anyone that crosses their path. We’d like to clear up some common misconceptions about our black-coated feline friends. Let’s look at the history of black cats and you can decide for yourself whether or not to believe in the superstition.
Cats in modern times have often been associated with bad luck, but in ancient times, as far back as 3000 BC, they were revered for their grace and ability to deal with pests. Some cultures, such as the Egyptians, modeled certain gods or goddesses after cats and even mummified cats. It was even considered a capital crime to harm a cat (as it should be)!
So what went wrong? Well, our feline friends started to get a bad reputation when they became associated with witchcraft during the Middle Ages. One of the main reasons that cats were associated with witches is because older women accused of witchcraft would often care for the stray cats in the area. The link between black cats and witches became so strong that many during that time believed that witches turned into black cats to cause trouble! That’s why people fear seeing a black cat crossing the road; they believe supernatural mischief is soon to follow!
Fast-forward to modern times where fortunately, not all cultures believe that cats are bad. In Scotland and Japan, a black cat’s arrival signifies the coming of prosperity and good luck! In the English Midlands, giving a black cat to a couple is thought to bring good luck to them in the future as well.
Now that we’ve laid out the facts, you can see that the black cat’s bad reputation is based entirely on superstition and witch hysteria from our forefathers! Want to make up for all of the bad publicity that your black cat has picked up over the years? How about putting some Precise Hollistic Complete in their trick-or-treat bags this year! Wicked!