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Why Are Black Cats Considered Bad Luck?

Halloween is right around the corner, and the black cat is symbolic of this holiday. Perhaps the most common superstition, many people believe owning a black cat or even seeing a black cat can bring them bad luck. Sadly, because of their association with bad luck, black cats are only half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colours.

But where did they get the bad reputation from?

It is believed to have started in the 17th century when black cats were associated with witchcraft. The belief of witches transforming themselves into black cats to prowl the streets discreetly became a central belief in America, during the Salem witch hunts. Even today, the myths of black cats and witches hold strong, especially during the Halloween season. However, black cats weren’t always the face of bad luck. In fact, in the early Egyptian times, as early as 3000 BC, black cats were worshipped and were thought to bring you good luck!

Black cats have been given an unfair reputation, and unfortunately, many people believe the hype. Truth is black cats are beautiful creatures and are just as loveable as the next furry feline. Black cats make PAWsome companions, and you’d be lucky to have one!

Written by Leanne Radcliffe, Receptionist

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