Did you know that October is Black Cat Awareness month? Black cats are adopted 50% less than gingers, tabbies and greys, so animal shelters and cat rescue centres everywhere are trying to change the situation. Since the Middle Ages black cats have been associated with witches and supernatural events, and in many cultures people still believe that they bring bad luck. In 1843, the master of horror, Edgar Allen Poe, wrote The Black Cat; the story of poor Pluto, a black cat who was killed by his mad owner. Pluto returned to get his revenge but his terrifying tale didn’t help the image of other black cats.
However cats aren’t always a symbol of bad luck. For example, in ancient Egypt cats were worshipped like Gods. In Japan, you can see Maneki Neko cats inside shops, restaurants and businesses with one paw up, waving. Black maneki neko cats are symbols of protection against evil. Single Japanese women sometimes own black cats because they think it will help them find a boyfriend. In Britain too it’s considered good luck when a cat crosses your path, not bad luck like in most European countries.
Black cats are very powerful symbols (Why do you think we have one as our logo?!) and mean different things to different people. But take some time to think about it this month; is it really unlucky if a black cat crosses your path? Or does it just mean that the cat is going somewhere and it’s a different direction to you.