When it comes to pets, the rate at which black cats are adopted is not as high as it could be, no thanks to an old pet stigma of black cats. This may have started in the medieval times, where black cats and other pets (even cats of other colors!) were associated with being a witches familiar (in laments terms, the black cat was the witches assistant). Black cats are also the pets that are highly associated with various evil practices, Halloween, and bad luck.
The stigma on the black cat is much higher as it is amongst other pets. Other pets who are close to this stigma could be Pitbull’s or Rottweiler’s. Black cats, specifically, are viewed as bad luck in the United States, but are viewed as good luck in the United Kingdom. Each country has their own pet stigma, but the black cat stigma stretches across the world.
The most popular black cat superstition is the presence of bad luck if a black cat is to cross your path. As we move from medieval times and medieval folklore, this superstition is becoming less and less popular amongst populations. However, the black cat is still associated with Halloween and the Wiccan year of Pagan through Samhain. During this time, black cats are the pets who are commonly associated with evil or wrong-doing. Black cats are the pets who are popular amongst Halloween decorations and Halloween costumes, portraying a frightening persona. As if the black cat stigma was not bad enough, being associated with a Wiccan holiday does not good for an innocent black cat who just wants to be adopted.
It is now known that black cats are portrayed with evil, witches, superstitions, folklores, and so on. They adopt a frightening person around Halloween and Wiccan holidays, due to these superstitions and folklores. However, what these superstitions and folklores fail to tell you about black cats, is that they are actually a fantastic pet.
Black cats are just like any other pet: they just want a companion, food and water, and for someone to entertain and love them. Unlike other pets, black cats do not get adopted as frequently—which is probably due to the black cat stigma. They are very curious pets, lovable pets, and have spunky personalities that may seem different from other pets.
If you are unsure about adopting a black cat, even though that little black kitten and the pet shelter was just the cutest thing, then ask someone about it. Many people own at least one pet, if not more, and will be able to help you come up with a decision. Another way to decide if you want to adopt a pet, specifically a black cat, is to discuss it with those who are working in pet shelters, pet stores, and even veterinary clinics.
To conclude, black cats make wonderful pets. Their stigma is becoming outdated and old-fashioned, and more and more people are starting to adopt black cats. Be sure to check your local pet shelter for one of these furry cuties!