My very first pet was a black cat, so I’m not all that scared of these adorable Halloween animals. And he never brought me any bad luck, either! Interestingly, black cats are actually considered to be good luck in the United Kingdom and in Japan. It’s primarily in the rest of Europe and here in the USA that they are considered to be bad luck. In the middle ages, these poor creatures were commonly killed out of fear – the ironic result was that the rat population got worse and spread even more of the bubonic plague.
Since black cats are most commonly associated as a witch’s best friend, these cute cuddlies are now a fixture as a Halloween icon. I just hope it means that more black cats get adopted from animal shelters. Because sadly, black cats are generally the last to be adopted and first to be euthanized because people still believe that the color of a kitten’s fur can actually make or break their casino winnings. BOO on that!