Black cats could use a good spin doctor. They seldom get positive publicity even though they’re just as adorable as other cats. So, show your love August 17 on Black Cat Appreciation Day. Superstitions play a big part, of course. Long ago, many linked black cats to to witchcraft, and the reputation stuck. People still think it’s bad luck if a black cat walks in front of you. On the plus side, many owners believe them to be more empathic and instinctive than other breeds. Pop culture, at least, seems to love black cats. Check out the cartoon Felix the Cat, the sarcastic Thackery Binx in the Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus,” and Salem in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
National Black Cat Appreciation Day - History
"Hocus Pocus" premieres, and one of its stars is a black cat named Binx.
Cartoon cat debut
Felix the cat is introduced in "Feline Follies."
Black cats are associated with witchcraft.
National Black Cat Appreciation Day Activities
1. Visit the Nekobiyaka Cat Café
This Japanese café pays tribute to black cats, letting them roam throughout the restaurant for guests to enjoy. Pay $10 to spend an hour with the kitties, and order some soda or beer while you’re there. Guests are not allowed to pick up or hold the cats, but can pet them. Each cat wears a different color bandana to tell them apart.
2. Adopt a black cat
Black cats are about half as likely to be adopted as other cats. Contact your local animal shelter to find one in need of a good home.
3. Read Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat”
The Saturday Evening Post originally published Poe’s short story back in 1843. It's one of the author's darkest tales — dealing with the psychology of guilt.
5 Myths About Black Cats
Why We Love National Black Cat Appreciation Day
A. Good luck charm
Luckily, many cultures cherish black cats. Scottish lore said good tidings would follow if a black cat came to your house. Fishermen often kept black cats on their boats, believing them to bring good luck.
B. They're unique
They have yellow eyes, and their hair can gray with age. Studies have found that the cat’s black hair can help their immune system. Seems the genetic mutation that causes the color makes the cat less likely to contract feline immunodeficiency virus.
C. Easy to imitate
Black pants? Black top? Homemade or store-bought black ears? Then you, my friend, have got yourself a Halloween costume. You can kick it up a notch by drawing on a nose and whiskers, or making a tail. Black cat costumes are good for those last-minute, need something-to-wear situations, and yet look put together and fun!