Their unfair stigma should not be associated with horror fans.

Black cats didn’t always bear the burden of superstition; they were once a symbol of grace and poise.

In ancient Egypt all cats were considered sacred, and killing one was even a capital crime.

A mass hysteria of witches and the practice of witchcraft hit Europe during the middle ages.

The irrational association of black cats and witches began around this time. Some of the women who were known for feeding and caring for stray alley cats were suspected of being witches.

A folktale exists that is believed to be the reason why black cats crossing ones path is bad luck.

A father and son were walking through an alley and a black cat crossed their path and dove into a crawl space. The pair threw rocks and injured the cat who then retreated into a woman’s home who was suspected of being a witch.

The woman was seen in town limping the next day.

It was then believed that witches could turn into black cats at night in order to prowl the streets unnoticed.

The idea that black cats can turn into witches crossed the Atlantic with European settlers. During the Salem witch hunt, being seen near a black cat was enough suspicion to put an accused witch on trial.

To this day black cats are still a symbol of sabotage, bad luck, and anarchy.


Many black cats have been featured in American comedy, drama, and horror films and television.

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Black cats have been mistreated, blamed, and associated with evil for centuries. Their unfair stigma should not be associated with horror fans.

In fact, most fans of horror are animal lovers and have cats themselves. One of the biggest donations given to the Los Angeles Animal Shelter last year came from those who run a haunted house in Santa Monica.

These wonderful creatures reciprocate the same love you give to them, and should be a positive symbol not a negative one.

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  • Josh Millican
    2 February 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Great article. Thanks for including me and Posie! You’re absolutely right that cats are completely reciprocal. A cat’s love has to be earned and it is very special.

  • virginia
    3 February 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I own a black cat – adopted from a shelter – and he is the most fantastic, wonderful, loving and best-ever cat I have ever owned! there is definitely something different about their personalities which makes them unique among all other cats. Midnight is nothing less than a blessing and a wonderful gift from God as far as I’m concerned!

    • Matthew Myers
      3 September 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      That is awesome Virginia! My cat is black and white, I found her abandoned in an alley and she was in really bad shape. I nursed her back to health, and after a few weeks her personality started to shine. As of last week, I have had her one year. She is very interested in other cats, there is a feral on in my neighborhood that comes up my fire escape often to visit and they get excited when they see each other. When I get a bigger place I am going to the shelter and save a black cat so she can have a play mate.

  • Melissa
    7 February 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    I love my black cat! He’s very unique and easy going. Scariest thing about him is how much he eats, lol. He loves to fetch, cuddle, play with the dog, rub on just about everything and announce when he’s about to go number 2 by meowing at the top of his lungs. We adopted him from the Humane Society and I didn’t know till afterward that black cats have the lowest chance of being adopted out more than any other color of cats. It really saddened me at the thought that he may have been euthanized just due to his coloring had we not adopted him.

    • Matthew Myers
      3 September 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      That is a great story Melissa! Black cats unfortunately do have the highest rate of being euthanized at the shelter and it is very sad.