A History of Black Cats – the good. the bad. the thoughtfully creative.

Here is a great little blog about a Black Cat Rescue group out of Boston. There are lots of stories and pictures of cute black cats young and old. My own two black cats are healthy and happy – 13+ year old short haired Shadow cat and 8 year old long haired Spider cat. Black cats rule!

Black Cat Rescue

Author: Samantha M.

In the wake of The Boston Globe’s fear factor article, we’ve been scouring the interwebs (you know, like Wikipedia) and seeking input from fans, followers and friends all over the globe in search of black cat tales – from anecdotes to legends. Black cats are famous, you know!

the black cat edgar allen poe

From Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat“, the Marvel Comics character and Coraline to Neil Gaiman’s short story, “The Price” (thank you Beth E. & Ethan S.) and Janet Jackson’s famous-ish song the symbolism of a black cat is found throughout American (and global) culture. As Freeman J. Dyson once stated: “Our thinking is permeated by our historical myths”.

Although some of these stories are spooktacular (great for those of you who do not want to say goodbye to Halloween), others portray the faithful, loving, strong and overall amazing furry friends that…

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3 thoughts on “A History of Black Cats – the good. the bad. the thoughtfully creative.

  1. Fab post! Being British I grew up under the impression that black cats were lucky and that it was particular good luck for a black cat to cross your path – it was a real surprise to me to find out that some people thought that this was unlucky! Mind you one of the North East football teams (that I won’t name for reasons of regional rivalry LOL) is nick-named the Black Cats – I’m not sure its been entirely lucky for them if their position in the league table is anything to go by ;0)

    • i think starting in the distant christian past almost anything black, whether animal or even a dark skinned human (Arabs, AmerIndians, Africans), was considered “of the Devil”, especially from our superior Colonial conquest periods, and this unfortunately continues even today. It all probably goes back even farther to fear of the dark and what might harm you in the night when human’s can’t see clearly. Black dogs and cats always seem to be in ghost stories and such as something harmful. In the old American cowboy movies the good guy always rode a white horse and the bad guy a black horse, lol.

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