It is time to celebrate our black cats and kittens! August 17th is National Black Cat appreciation day. Black cats have gotten quite a reputation over the years. Whether a symbol of bad luck, omens, misfortune, or even witchcraft, it is time we give black cats a new reputation. The history of this day comes from a man named Wayne H. Morris in honor of his late sister and her black cat named June. He created this day to remember his sister and the bond she shared with her black cat. This day symbolizes the bond between cat lovers and their furry four-legged friends.
Why Do Black Cats Deserve Their Own Special Day?
Unfortunately, black cats are statistically the least adopted and most overlooked animals in shelters. Because of this, they are more likely to be euthanized if they cannot find a loving home. Aside from their association with bad luck and witchcraft, black cats are overlooked for adoption for several reasons. Some people, unfortunately, refuse to adopt black cats because a solid coat is considered boring. On top of that, in our world where social media is so highly prioritized, people shy away from black cats because they do not always photograph well. Even though black cats are beautiful and often sport piercing eyes in contrast to their coat, they can be hard to see in dark lighting. In addition to not showing up well in pictures for social media, this can mean they do not photograph well for online adoption sites. Since many people use the internet as a reference, they are more likely to overlook black cats posting online in shelters.
Black Cats Are Special!
Black cats are loving and playful cats, each with a unique personality. In many countries, like Japan, Scotland, and England, black cats are considered good luck. For example in Scotland, it is stated that a black cat arriving at your home will bring good fortune and prosperity to you. These furry friends are beautiful and would make a wonderful addition to any home. Some researchers even claim that black cats are more resistant to diseases. This means they will live a long and healthy life by your side!
How Can Your Celebrate National Black Cat Appreciation Day?
August 17th is right around the corner and there are numerous ways to celebrate this holiday. If you already own a black cat, it should come as no surprise to you that you should give you cat extra love and affection today! Make sure your cat is healthy and happy. Cats are usually very simple to shop for. A new treat, some catnip, or even an extra cardboard box you have lying around should do the trick! If you don’t already have a black cat in your life and you have the space for a furry friend, consider adoption! Some animal shelters run specials for black cats on this day and you can give a black cat a loving new home. If you do not have the room for a furry friend, spreading awareness, volunteering, or donating directly to your local shelter can help too. Helping where you can give a black cat a better life or even some extra love for the day!
At Main Street Veterinarians, our staff loves pets of all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions about adopting a cat, we can help. We are here to take care of your furry friends and make sure they are living a healthy, happy life. For more information and to meet our friendly staff, call 770-498-4620 or contact us today!