Celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day with us on August 17, 2015! You ask why are we celebrating the black cat? You might not realize that black cats are sometimes associated with bad luck, superstitions, are hated and feared. Shelters and rescues have a hard time adopting out black cats. Have you ever heard “Don’t let a black cat cross your path, it will bring you bad luck”? The fear of cats most likely stem from folklore held over from the middle ages. Black cats have been a scary symbol of Halloween which causes people to fear them.

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I hope by reading this it will encourage you to adopt a black cat. It could be the perfect cat for you! They are loving, beautiful, and intelligent furry companions. If you adopt a black cat you will receive love beyond your expectations.

Black is one of the three basic colors of cats which some would call “pure”. The other two colors are red and white. All other colors and color patterns are a combination of any two or three of these basic colors. The Bombay cat is the only recognized cat breed whose only acceptable color is black. Due to years of selective breeding to develop a black “Parlour Panther”,  a stunning sleek black cat with mesmerizing copper eyes. The Bombay cat is adaptable as a pet who will play fetch, guard your house, or even be taught to walk on a leash.

5 Fascinating Facts

Some cultures view black cats as good luck such as the UK and Asia.

Black cats are “melanistic”.  Melanism is a development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism. Melanism produces yellow irises due to the high levels of melanin in the pigment of the black cats. 11 of 36 wild species of cats has this trait and it is seen mostly in males.

Not all black panthers are panthers, the term is used to describe any black jaguar, leopard or juguarundi.

Black cats might have a stronger immune system. Melanism may enhance the immune system of black cats, strengthening the resistance to pathogens.

Solid black color is permitted in 22 cat breeds that are registered by the Cat Fanciers Association.

The SPCA says some reasons you should adopt a black cat are:                      2014-08-29 19.24.33

Their fur won’t show on your little black dress.

Carrying a black cat around will make you look slimmer.

You can tell your friends and family that you adopted a mini-panther.

Black cats are stylish because they go with everything.

If you own a black cat or dog you know what wonderful companions they make. If you are considering adding to your fur family please don’t overlook the black cat or dog. Though the black cat gets a bad rap they really are just as loving as any furry feline.

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