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The Black Cat Superstition

The Black Cat Superstition

13 percent of American people have the black cat superstition.  They are often seen as being spooky or scary, which is why they have become a Halloween icon. Maybe you’re even a little bit superstitious yourself. Both good and bad luck can be categorized under superstition. Let's explore behind this superstition after I introduce you to my solid black Maine Coon beauty.

One of my favorite and most elegant of all colors of Maine Coons is the solid black!  We have a Solid Black Maine Coon Queen named America. When she is married to one of our Maine Coon Studs, she can produce solid black and black smoke kittens. These are certainly some of the most beautiful kittens you'll ever see with your eyeballs.

black maine coon

When I embarked on my journey as a Maine Coon Breeder, I didn't quite have a focus on which colors I'd like to produce. The more I studied and researched genetics over my first year, I realized that I wanted to focus on producing CERTAIN colors instead of "every color in the rainbow".

Sassy Koonz has Solid Black Maine Coons

By choosing top quality breeding cats that have splendid coats and patterns in the colors that I wish to produce, I can really perfect the color and coats that come out of my cattery.  For example, if my goal is to produce very beautiful black smoke kittens, then my best choice for a breeding pair is a male and a female with beautiful coats in that color.

One of my choices for color perfection in my cattery will be Solid Blacks.  They are so strikingly beautiful, especially with a true shiny solid black coat. They're sleek and sexy.  This solid black girl of mine has quite the personality!

If you're looking specifically for a solid black Maine Coon kitten, then Sassy Koonz will be the breeder for you!  Alot of other people tend to stay away from solid blacks due to the nonsense of black cat superstition.  Let's learn more about how the black cats got a bad rap.

 

This is me [Tracy Caywood, Owner of Sassy Koonz] with America, our Solid Black Beauty

The Story Behind Black Cat Superstition

If you're enthralled by the black cat superstition, and you're not sure why, then this article will educate you on where the myth began.  Then you can finally rid yourself of those silly thoughts and appreciate the glorious beauty of a solid black cat.

Well, where did this all begin anyway? There are a few main myths about the black cat superstition, which have contributed to their overall unpopularity.

One of the reasons that black cats may be linked to evil began in the Middle Ages. This is partially because cats tend to roam or wander at night because they are nocturnal. This was believed to be a sign that black cats were servants of witches. Some people believed that black cats were witches themselves.

In Italy in the 16th-century, it was believed that, if a black cat laid in a sick person’s bed, the person would die. Wow that's certainly one heck of a theory.

Over in Yorkshire, England, it’s bad luck to have a black cat cross your path. In North America, the same is believed. It is also seen as good luck if a white cat crosses your path. If you see a black cat from behind you, it can be a sign of a bad omen.

Please Keep Your Black Cats Safe on Halloween Night

Black cats may also be associated with witchcraft or satanic rituals. People view black cats as being witches’ best friends. Throughout the Middle Ages, it was thought that black cats were a witch’s incarnate. This is why they have become such a prominent Halloween symbol.

In the past, Christians have been suspicious of anything that was potentially linked to Satan. Black cats were seen this way. If someone was caught with a black cat, they would be punished or killed. In some parts of Europe, this led to “satanic” cats being burned at bonfires.

Another issue is that people tend to play pranks around Halloween. Feral, stray, or outdoor black cats can be the victims of torture or abuse for this reason. This is a perfect reason to keep your beautiful cats indoors at all times.

Some people may also adopt black cats just to use for Halloween pictures and costumes. They may then return the cat to the shelter or simply dump them on the side of the road. For this reason, some shelters refuse to adopt black cats out during October.

Black Cats Are Good Luck to Some

Solid Black Male Kitten from HissyFit Coons

Did you know that some people actually see black cats as good luck instead of bad luck? Now, this is not necessarily true in the United States, but it is elsewhere. In other countries, they see solid black cats as being good luck charms. Solid black cats are sought after so that their owners or anywhere around can receive good luck.

In Yorkshire, England, it’s good luck to own a black cat. In some places, it’s lucky to dream of a black cat. It shows that you are believing in your intuition. It’s also good luck to find a white hair on a black cat. If a black cat arrives on your porch, it brings you prosperity.

In the past, sailors who were looking for a ship’s cat would look for a black cat. This is because black cats would bring them good luck on their travels. Fishermen’s wives had a similar practice by keeping black cats in their homes while their husbands were away. This was thought to protect the fishermen.

black cat superstition
Beautiful Solid Black Maine Coon

Solid Black Cats Improve Your Love Life [So They Say!]

Black cats are known to improve one’s love life. In Japan, women with black cats may have more suitors. In Great Britain, a black cat is a wedding gift, which brings happiness to the couple.

Black cats are just as stunning as any other cats that you may see. Take a moment to admire their unique looks. Did you know that their gorgeous coats can help to protect them from diseases? This is because of the genetic mutations of their coloring. These strengthened immune systems often lead to black cats living longer.

The color black symbolizes silence, fidelity, and elegance. Black cats are playful and affectionate. They can be calm and shy until they warm up to new people. They bond with their owners end usually enjoy sleeping with their owners too. Many cultures celebrate panthers for their magical spirit and black cats are distant relatives of the panther.

Sassy Koonz does NOT believe in the black cat superstition! No WAY! In fact it's quite the opposite. We love the solid black Maine Coons so much that we plan on breeding them as a regular part of our program and working to perfect the beautiful elegant look of the solid black Maine Coon.

Are you interested in having an elegant Black Maine Coon tromp around your home and bring you good luck and an exciting love life? Then become an Approved Guardian! We're certain you'll fall madly in love with your black cat.

Comment if YOU Love Black Cats!

Do you love solid black cats as much as we do? Do you own a solid black Maine Coon? Leave us a comment and show us a photo of your beautiful black panther.

On the opposite spectrum of our Solid Black Maine Coon is the Solid White. Just for fun, check out our article about the solid white Maine coon.

1 Comment

  • Kim on February 20, 2019 6:20 am Reply

    Always had black cats although never lucky enough to own a Maine Coon. Just love black cats and the Maine Coon and couldn’t think of a better combination.

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