Tuesday, October 14, 2008

On The Island With Ernie

Hi everyone! Since it's getting close to Halloween, the holiday for black cats, I thought I'd share some info about black cats (oh, yeah, my mom helped me a little bit with this).

You know, there's a myth about us black cats -- that we're bad luck and evil. But this myth is a bunch of hooey! Did you know that it's only in the U.S. that black cats are considered bad luck and evil? Here's a few facts about black cats you may not know.
  • black cats are considered good luck in England, Japan and Australia
  • some believe a bride will have good luck on her wedding day if one of us black cats sneezes near her (I'd like to sneeze on a bride some day!)
  • some believe stroking our fur brings health and wealth (you'd think us black cats would be getting a work out these days!)
  • having a black cat enter your home is thought to bring good luck
  • Fishermen's wives kept black cats while their husbands went away to sea. They believed that black cats would prevent danger from happening to their husbands. Black cats were considered so valuable that they were often stolen. (I hope no one tries to steal me!)
  • black cats tend to be the most overlooked in shelters. They're more difficult to adopt from shelters despite being sweet, friendly and well-adjusted. (I'll vouch for that!)

Yep, us black cats are purrty special!

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Dianna said...

Hey Earnie...you've got thumbs! I'd hate to see the trouble Tris could get into with thumbs...

Anonymous said...

Mom almost brought home a stray black kitten yesterday, Ernie. If she could have caught him/her, we'd be three!

Whimpurr said...

So very true! Black beauties are FURRY special!

Mickey's Musings said...

Excellent post!! Naturally I agree ;)
Tillie does too :)
Purrs Mickey

Cory said...

What a great post! I'm the only black kitty in my house now that Lewis and Jonathan are gone...they were the smartest, coolest cats around...and I know that's why I was overlooked because my momma and kittenmates were all siameezie types...but my mom and dad knew a good luck charm when they met me! Purrs and sweet cat songs to all special black cats out there.

Mr. Hendrix said...

these are great facts about black cats. i too would like to sneeze on a bride someday ha ha ha