Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17th

Black Cat Art Doll Couple in honor of Black Cat Appreciation Day
Black Cat Art Doll Couple
by Sandy Mastroni on Etsy
I love that there are so many special days to celebrate cats. Today, August 17, is one of my favorites, Black Cat Appreciation Day. It's the day when cat lovers like myself give special attention to black cats, those felines that sometimes get overlooked in the kitty cat crowd.

Black cats have held a special place throughout history. During the height of the ancient Egyptian civilization, black cats were held in high esteem. Kill one and you'd be killed, too, as doing so was a capital crime. Travel forward in time to the Middle Ages in Europe and the black cat's reputation had switched from goddess to witch or even devil.

Black cats are famous for arched backs and yellow eyes, although many have green eyes and most don't arch their backs any more than their gray, white, orange striped, or other feline counterparts. Their silhouettes, though, do look nice when used in Halloween decor.

Some people count on their black cats to bring them good luck. Others avoid black cats at all costs (especially when the cat happens to cross their path) due to the fear that bad luck and misfortune travel with them.

It is said that black cats are less likely than cats of other colors to be adopted from an animal shelter and if that's true, those who pass up these beautiful animals simply don't know what they're missing. Many owners of black cats (though who really owns a cat, but that's a topic for another day) often report that these distinctive felines are special indeed with the extraordinary ability to keenly sense their owners' moods and feelings even more so than the average cat.

Black Cat With Pumpkin Art Doll for Halloween by Sandy Mastroni on Etsy
Black Cat With Pumpkin Art Doll
by Sandy Mastroni on Etsy
Personally, I've never had the pleasure of living with a solid black cat, but I know for sure that I'd never turn one down based on myth or superstition. And if I had one, I'd treat him to an extra-special treat today, perhaps a massage, to celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Here are a few articles to check out if you'd like to learn more about black cats.



So tell us, are you owned by a black cat? Know one? Would you choose or pass on a black cat if you were looking for a feline companion? Sylvia and I would love to know.

P.S. I love folk art and have totally fallen in love with the handmade cat dolls that illustrate this article. If you love black cats, or know someone who does, please check out these cat art dolls and their friends on Etsy. There are so many that would make a unique and wonderful addition to a cat collector's wall or shelf. (Note: I receive a commission for purchases made through the cat art doll links in this post.) Thanks for sharing with your cat-loving friends.

Primitive Black Cat Folk Art Doll by Primitivewishfuls on Etsy for Black Cat Appreciation Day
Primitive Black Cat Folk Art Doll
by Primitivewishfuls on Etsy
Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article.

16 comments:

  1. I have never lived with a black cat. None have ever chosen me as their provider. However, I have always adored black cats. I do think they are simply beautiful. I have to admit that I never knew there was a black cat appreciation day. I also did not know that there was ever a time when you would be killed if you killed a black cat. This entire article was very interesting indeed.

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    1. Glad you found the article interesting, Cynthia. The black cat really has played quite a role in human history. I think they're beautiful, too, and would love if one crossed my path. Thanks so much for your visit and thoughtful comment!

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    2. I love black cats. I have had one previously for many years called Ms. Hissie--what a character. I now have Katie who has medium long hair and is very pretty and somewhat aloof. She seems to be the pet of my alpha cat, Timmy. Loved the article!

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    3. Tildetx, thanks so much for your kind comment! Your cats sound wonderful - love their names! I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Appreciate your visit!

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  2. Another visitor who did not know about Black Cat Day today though I am not really surprised. There's a day for everything! Interesting article and I love the folk art pieces from Etsy that you have illustrated your page with, Susan.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! I'm glad you found the article interesting. There are so many folk art cats out there and I really think black cats fit that style so very well. I thought they were a perfect choice for illustrating Black Cat Appreciation Day.

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  3. Indeed they are! Love them. I can see you having a lot of fun with this blog, Susan.

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    1. It's a hoot, Brenda. :) Love the black cat mugs. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Susan, I love cats of all colors and stripes and splotches and dots, yellow ones, red ones, black and white or plain either or....grey and mottled in all colors. I haven't met a cat I didn't like....

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    1. Grammie O, I think you and I have a whole lot in common. Like Sylvia, I believe every day should be cat appreciation day!

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  5. I was completely distracted with the adorable Etsy items.

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    1. Aren't they cute? The artisans on Etsy are amazing - and so many of them love cats!

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  6. Most of the cats who have lived with me over the years have been black cats, beginning with my special Spooky. The last cats in our household were a pair of sisters from the same litter -- two darling little black kittens who became adorable big black cats! Miss them all.

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    1. Aww, they all sound adorable! So glad you have an appreciation for the kind of beauty that is possessed only by a black cat!

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  7. all cats work for me, doesn't matter the color :) - but ok, maybe I won't step on a crack and walk under a ladder while one is crossing my path..just in case

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    1. Seems like a good rule to follow, Barbara!

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