Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

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Do you love black cats? Well, today is your day, then!  Today is the U.S. recognition day for these beautiful felines. It is also a day shelters use to encourage adoption of black cats.

How did black cats become associated with Halloween?

Of course, cats are nocturnal, can see in the dark and black cats probably seem more spooky than other cats. In Celtic traditions, black cats were considered sacred and lucky. Elsewhere, particularly in England and Germany, they were associated with bad luck. The Pilgrims who came to America associated them with witches and believed they were the Satanic familiars of witches. That is likely how black cats became associated with witches and Halloween.

The truth is that black cats tend to make loving pets and are typically healthy animals, as well as good mousers. So if a black cat crosses your path, consider yourself lucky!

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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