Facts and Fun about Black Cats:
>Black cats are often feared by people.
>Some black cats are not really a true, solid black.
>Black cats are considered lucky in some cultures (and unlikely in others).
>The only recognized Black Cat Breed is The Bombay Cat.
>Black cats have been written and talked about for centuries in folklore, superstition, and mythology.
>Black cats and witches are commonly linked to each other. Some believe the cat was in fact the actual witch – transformed.
>Halloween and black cats go hand in hand.
>Depending on which region of the world and the timeframe in history, you will find connections to black cats and “luck”…good and bad luck.
>In Asia and the United Kingdom, a black cat is considered lucky.
>Some say if you own a black cat you are lucky, but it’s unlucky when one “crosses your path”.
>To dream of a black cat is lucky.
>If a funeral procession comes across a black cat, there could be another death in the family.
>In 16th century Italy, if someone was ill and a black cat jumped on the bed, the sick person would die.
>If you find a white hair on a black cat, that means good luck.
>In Scotland, a stray black cat on the porch means prosperity.
>If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune. If it walks away from you, the cat takes the good luck with it.
>In the Middle Ages, black cats became associated with evil.
>Old folklore claims that if a witch becomes human, her black cat will no longer be found anywhere.
>Some believe black cats are witches’ familiars who help the witches in performing their craft.
>For several centuries, those thought to be witches were hunted and taken in by the locals, given a trial (which almost always found them guilty of witchcraft), and killed by burning or hanging. Many times their familiars were killed along with them.