Black Cat Facts

30 Oct
The Grayer-Anderson Cat is s bronze statue dating back to 664-332 BC, when cats, especially Black Cats, were considered sacred. It is almost as famous as Felix the Cat.

The Grayer-Anderson Cat is s bronze statue dating back to 664-332 BC, when cats, especially Black Cats, were considered sacred. It is almost as famous as Felix the Cat.

Happy Day Before Halloween SK fans,

If all goes according to plan, My Pub will have by now convinced MAD to dress up for tomorrow’s festivities. He’s not a big fan of costumes and masquerading around as Fred Flintstone and the like. She has her work cut out for her.

While she undertakes this fool’s errand, I’ll share with you the little I’ve gleaned about Black Cats and the misinformation that surround them. Now, we all know that I, Louisa May Alcatt, am a svelte and gorgeous Tortie, donning a shiny coat of earthy tones. We also know I’d still be the cat’s meow in a coat of black, or white, or black and white, or tabby, or whatever color I graced with my presence.

No superstition surrounds Torties, except that sometimes they possess the spirits of long-dead bestselling 19th-century female authors and keep blogs on women’s rights and such. But my Black Cat friends, such as Felix,  face a whole world of discrimination that dates back to Before the Common Era and the Pharaoh and probably Fred Flintstone himself.

The very famous Felix the Cat.

The very famous Felix the Cat.

Some – as in most – cultures believe Black Cats represent Bad Luck. Yet others – the Irish, Scots, Japanese and sailors’ wives, believe Black Cats symbolize Good Luck. Then others, i.e. the Germans and Pirates don’t know what to believe.

For instance: Germans believe that if a black cat crosses your path from right to left then BAD, BAD, BAD things are in your future. Take care of that bucket list. Du bist fertig!

However – if the Black Cat crosses your path from left to right, all is well. Good times ahead!

It is not clear if you must be in Germany when the cat crosses or just German or hanging out with a German for the above to hold true. What is true is that Germans must carry a cheat sheet around with them to remind them which way the curse cometh.

flintstones-fred1Pirates are as confused. They believe that if a Black Cat walks towards someone, that person is shark bait. If the Black Cat walks away, that person is sacred. If a Black Cat walks on board a ship, then suddenly walks off, that ship is sure to sink.

On the subject of Pirates, let’s talk about Sailors’ wives, who presumably adopt a Black house Cat as a way of protecting their husbands at sea. The practice is very effective.

Thanks to our SF reader BT, we remember that Chicago Cubs fans blame a Black Cat for never making it to the 1969 World Series. In a game against the evil NY Mets a Black Cat ran circles around Ron Santos while he was in the on deck circle, and a 9-1/2 game lead was lost forever.

santo-shea

The Pilgrims, who we celebrate next month, identified Black Cats as agents of Satan and witch craft, and would harm and even kill anyone who kept one. In Pirates’ speak, the convicted Puritans underwent the Hempen Halter, aka, the noose.

Harsh!

Let me tell you a little something about my fellow ebony felines:

The Goddess of all Cats (yes, we have our own Goddess) is almost as famous as Felix,  is Black and is named Bast.

Bast, the Goddess of domestic cats, though I think I will succeed her, you watch!

Bast, the Goddess of domestic cats, though I think I will succeed her, you watch!

  • More Black Cats are male.
  • Black Cats tend to have gold eyes.
  • Indeed, a Black Cat is completely responsible for the Chicago Cubs not getting to the 1969 World Series.
  • Black Cats linger longer in shelters, as some people are still reluctant to take their chances with one.

How sad! 😦

A Black Cat is just a Cat that is Black!

That’s it. Nothing more. Black Cats do not determine our fate and destiny. They purr like other cats. They eat like other cats (maybe not as much as I do). They scratch furniture as much as all the other cats, and if they’re lucky Black Cats, they even have a pet mouse to play with. And if they’re really lucky Black Cats will spend less time in shelters and more time with loving families.

lots of love, xo, LMA, MAD, Fred, Felix and Bast

You can friend me on Facebook at Louisa May Alcatt!

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13 Responses to “Black Cat Facts”

  1. Bruce Thiesen October 30, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    LMA with another delightful and educational SK blog post. Black cats. As you now know, there is one NYC (Queens) black cat who left a deep mark on my childhood with its left to right path crossing in front of the Chicago Cubs visiting team dugout. As I understand it, MAD has a history with the Cubs. He may have a story about the spell cast by that mysterious beast. He may agree with me that there was clearly more than “just purring” going on there.

    Best of luck with Pub’s Halloween venture. Will she be dressing as Wilma?

    • Louisa May Alcatt October 30, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      How could we forget??? Yes, of course MAD brings that up.

      According to “Chicago Cub Curses,” the Black Cat ran circles around Santos on the on-deck Circle. Ooooooh, all those symbolic circles!!!

      Here is what the site had to say: The 1969 Cubs was a team consisting of Cubs legends like Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, and Billy Williams. It was considered to be the greatest Cubs team ever assembled.

      With a late season lead of 9 1/2 game lead over the Mets, nothing looked like it could stop the Cubs from returning to the World Series.

      The curse is said to have reared its ugly head again on September 9th, 1969 when a black cat ran onto the field as the Cubs played a crucial series against the Mets at Shea Stadium. After running circles around Ron Santo in the on-deck circle, the black cat quickly disappeared underneath the stands.

      Spooky!

      Glad you brought it up and glad you are well ensconced in SF, where the team knows how to win Game 7. Congratulations! xo LMA

      MP may go as Wilma, as the days of her going as Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island are long gone.

  2. Carol Jamison October 30, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Thank you for your black cat post Ms Alcatt! Informative, and shared! Around Halloween, black cats are especially at risk. Many shelters will not adopt them out around this time, and for those in homes, their humans should make sure they are safely inside.

    • Louisa May Alcatt October 30, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      Hi Carol, true, it is quite disgusting to acknowledge that anyone would harm an animal any time of year, never mind consider it holiday entertainment, xo LMA

      MP wants to know where you’ve been?

      • Carol Jamison October 30, 2014 at 10:04 am #

        For MP, I’ve been sidelined with an injury. Hope to be back soon.

  3. roughwighting October 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Feline fascinating! I never knew all the black-cat history (or herstory), but I wonder why black cats got such a bad rap? I’ve never met a black cat I didn’t like. And I think you, L M Alcatt, are just terrific.

  4. Unconfirmed Bachelorette October 30, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    LMA, thank you very much for educating people about us. We are most fascinating, aren’t we? Love and purrs, Sadie, Sally, and Sophie–the Three Black Cats. xxooxx

    • Louisa May Alcatt October 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Hello Sadie, Sally and Sophie! No doubt you’re fascinating. Thanks for checking in. We love your mom’s blog too, hugs to her and you from us, xo LMA

  5. LB October 31, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Excellent post!!! The left to right / right to left, walking toward / walking away cracked me up. And oh those Chicago Cubs stories ….
    Sharing on FB.
    Happy Halloween and good luck with those costumes!
    Me? I lack in creativity and will therefore be dressing as either Hoda or Kathie Lee (ie. only carrying a wine glass!)

    • Louisa May Alcatt October 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      Thanks LB! We like your style and may plagiarize it tonight as we are having no luck with MAD and costumes, xo LMA

  6. Boomdeeadda October 31, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    I have two black kitties, both female! We’re one big happy family, nothing dubious going on except the odd howl at the dish.

    • Louisa May Alcatt October 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      So thrilled you stopped by! Come again, xo LMA

      • Boomdeeadda October 31, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

        Oh thanks so much, I just popped back to follow. I don’t seem to keep up well but shall pop in again! cheers!

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