Many people still believe black cats are superstitious. In this edition of Pet Pointers, YNN's Lisa Chelenza tells us how those myths are still affecting black cats in the modern world.
Throughout history in just about every culture, cats have been at the center of folklore and superstition. However, black cats have been specifically singled out as omens of doom.
Hundreds of years later, people still fear black cats. Although, in some parts of the world, black cats are known to bring good luck. In Asia and the United Kingdom, a black cat is considered a symbol of luck or fertility. According to Scottish folklore, a strange black cat on your porch will bring prosperity to the homeowner.
Statistically, cats and dogs with darker coats are less likely to be adopted. As a result, some shelters and animal rescue groups promote the adoption of black cats during the summer and winter months. They purposely avoid the Halloween season though, in fear that the animals will be adopted as a novelty, or end up abused.
When adopting any pet you will likely have to fill out an adoption application and provide references. Some shelters will even ask for a home visit and may want to talk to your vet about your pet parenting style to be sure you are the right forever home for the animal.