Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Black = bad luck?

Someone just wrote in to say that she picked up a cat that she wanted to adopt out. She said that her parents will not allow a black cat because black cats they felt, were inauspicious. I told her chances are much slimmer when it comes to adopting a black cat out as her parents aren't the only ones who feel this way.

It is still very hard to adopt out black cats - and many people still feel that black cats are unlucky and will not take them. I think it's high time that this superstition is put to an end because black cats are just as lovely as any other cat. In fact, some people feel that cats of certain colours have certain character traits - and people who live with black cats often tell me that they have the most gentle, sweet natures.

The funny thing is that in some countries, black cats are considered lucky - so maybe we should import that custom over :)

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21 Comments:

Blogger Yu Yan said...

Yes yes. Black cats can be very sweet and affectionate too!

11/9/07 1:59 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Black cats are beautiful and are just as loveable and adorable as the rest. Infact, i find black, + black/white cats to be more independent.

11/9/07 3:15 PM  
Anonymous bmx said...

i have a young black female community cat which i feed every night. She is sterilized last month. She is hostile when approach by human. In fact, should have been defensive and tense when being approach.
i think her reaction is due to her being born black which has caused superstitious people here to be unfriendly and hostile towards her. The local superstitious people here are generally disliking black cats.

Although there aren't many black cats around my place in the past, they are always seen 'running' from one area to another. They are like mouse already - so frighten of human.

11/9/07 3:35 PM  
Anonymous no patience said...

I have 4 black cats and they are jusy like any other cats. I don't get involved in the colour stuff, if we don't stand by them, they will be more rejected esp during adoption.

11/9/07 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

try wearing a gold trimmed scarlet collar with a bell that wards off bad luck?
Koratmao

11/9/07 5:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

koratmao - interesting suggestion :)

No patience - I'm glad to hear that!

11/9/07 5:25 PM  
Anonymous starsky said...

I own a black cat and I find him very lovely though he's quite attitude hee (hv character :p). Initially when I adopted him, I was quite worried that my parents will reject him cos he's black as my parents are Buddhist. But eventually my parents also fell in love with him. After adopting him, a lot of good things happened to my family e.g. my dad at age of 55 can find a good job, I received scholarship and get offered in local uni. Who said black cats are unlucky! Since we dun wish others to judge us by our looks (which we've no control), should we judge animals by their color?

11/9/07 5:45 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said Starsky - and do you think you could start a rumour to the contrary? :)

11/9/07 6:05 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

That's so primitive and superstitious thinking. I'm left handed so that makes me a devil to these same people.
There's a sweet black tabby who loves sleeping in my laps that I'd love to bring home except I already picked up a mother cat and her 2 kittens.

11/9/07 8:33 PM  
Blogger southernoise said...

I have an "evil" looking black cat that I adore. Probably the ex owner dumped her cos of her bad skin.

Its impossible to change human superstitions. If we could, we won't have so much problems due to ignorance

11/9/07 11:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hopefully that will change with time - and people will learn to love cats of every colour.

12/9/07 12:30 AM  
Blogger calsifer said...

I'm envious! I have a thing for black cats, but not one of the lot lounging at home is black, instead we landed with a white one and a half-black one. I guess black cats aren't meant for us. *SOB*

12/9/07 9:26 AM  
Anonymous J said...

it is so conincidence that u post this black cat issue becoz yesterday, my colleague also said that black cat are this , that... but i said it is just old mother tales. i had two black lovely cats at home.

12/9/07 10:43 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Glad to see so many people love black cats!

12/9/07 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a black cat that literally leaps into my arms or back when he is hungry or naughty. He also likes to leave his pawprint on my face. I find him so adorable but can be quite stubborn. But I must admit that i never did like black cats till my dad found him as a kitten mewing and clinging from a canal in a downpour. Dad wanted to release him after but I fell in love with him...

12/9/07 12:24 PM  
Anonymous apple said...

black cats are cuter then pure white cats.-.-

12/9/07 1:23 PM  
Anonymous starsky said...

dawn>> I can spread "Black = good luck" ha... wait only my black cat = good luck, then everyone eyeing on my cat, how? :p

Personally, I feel selecting pets are more to feelings than colors. I salute those people who don't even mind to adopt pets when they've disabilities or sick. So when does color come to play?

12/9/07 3:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - those who are willing to open their homes to cats with disabilities are wonderful people :)

12/9/07 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's change Deng Xiao-Ping's quote a little : "Black cat or White cat makes no difference as long as it ...captures your heart."

Yes, i love black cats - so sleek...but i also love tabbies, so homely & I do love gingers & calicos & anything that is feline.

I came across several adoption websites for cats with disabilities. I like one tag line:
You don't a whole life away just because it is banged up a little.
http://www.petswithdisabilities.org/catadopt.html

http://www.bemikitties.com/felv/cgi-bin/suite/classifieds/classifieds.cgi

12/9/07 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amendment: ....& anything that is feline is divine.

12/9/07 5:20 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Lovely quote - and I see it's from Seabiscuit, which is a great movie about a 'disabled' horse.

12/9/07 5:54 PM  

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