Black Cat Appreciation Day

by Anne Middleton, on August 18th, 2015
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Is your ebony feline the lady of the house?  August 17th was Black Cat Appreciation Day.  Inky-hued cats are often misunderstood and maligned and so this day in August is perfect for standing or purring in solidarity with our black cat fur babies.  There are superstitions abound about our ebony felines, like being sidekicks to haggy witches. 

Here are few superstitions that still manage to follow black cats:

A funeral procession meeting up with a black cat is believed to forecast the death of another family member.

In 16th century Italy, people believed that if someone was sick he would die if a black cat lay on his bed.

Folklore has it that if a witch becomes human, her black cat will no longer reside in her house.

Hoodoo formulas for black cat oil give gamblers good luck. 

There are a host of others strange cat omens spanning across the globe, but as the leaves change to reflect autumn, you will also find that shelters won’t let you adopt black cats because of malefactors who want to harm cats on Halloween.  If you, a friend or a family member want a furry friend, set the cultural hooey aside and see if you can warm up to black cat.  I raised two black cats from feral kittens and five years later, though some may call me a witch from time to time, there’s not much about me that’s hag-like.  Using the codes are like magic when I want new shoes, but that’s about as witchy as I get!  For standing in solidarity with your black cat, here are my favorite shoes for your paws;

1.  The Shoe that Doubles as a Cat Toy:  the Fringe Sandal in Black by Boston Proper.  Witchy and fun for kitty with the fringe, you won’t need sorcery to get a good price on this boot.  Get 10% off when you sign up for email from Boston Proper. 

2. The Shoe for the Barn Cat:  Flocculent, rustic UGGS, especially the Bailey Button Boot are soothing to cats, because of the wool.  In jet black, you won’t notice the ebony cat hairs that have accumulated.  Get free shipping and free returns on your order using our codes.

3. Le Chat Noir:  The Converse All Star Vintage Letter sneaker is perfect for the feline muse in the urban art studio.  Channel the bohemian ambiance of the Moulin Rouge with these edgy sneakers.  Starving artists and their pets will appreciate free shipping on any order.

Cats are magical.  Black cats have been enshrouded in fearful superstitions for centuries and it’s time we appreciated the magic of black cats without penalizing them for old-wives tales.  Stand in solidarity with your obsidian-coated cat and see if you can ameliorate the condition of black cats in your area, especially as Halloween draws closer.