Black cats were often left behind from a litter of kittens because (still, to this day) many people associated them with witches, or witches taken the shapes of black cats. They were often looked upon as a symbol of evil omens. For many, they're lucky and others think it's unlucky to cross their paths. There are so many superstitions and tales about them; it's lucky to own one, but unlucky to have one cross your path. Good luck to those living with one! I've had one for eighteen beautiful years and he crossed my path daily. I don't think my luck was that bad.
|Postcard received from a fellow Postcrossing member.|
What I love about black cats are their shinny coats. It is said that the all-black pigmentation is slightly more prevalent in male cats than female cats. Also, depending on the light or how the sun hits them, their black fur can turn somewhat brown. That could be why some say there are no true black cats.
Their high melanin pigment content causes black cats to have yellow eyes.
I've been told on more than one occasion, to be careful with my cat around Halloween. Supposedly, some people liked to kittynap black cats that time of year. If that would have happen, those people would have encounter a real witch, that's for sure!