Amazing Facts About Black Cats


You will get a variety of answers if you ask people what they think of black cats. They are cunning and sneakily wicked. They are sneaky and unlucky. They make ideal pets as they are affectionate and gentle. These black coated cats are definitely misunderstood, that’s for sure.

Cersei is a six-pound, four-year-old cat who loves baking cookies with her favorite blanket, furparents Eileen and Dibayn explain.

The depiction of a black cat can be found everywhere during the height of the Halloween season. However, our favorite ebony furry friends have a lot more to offer than meets the eye. The dark, velvety coat of a black cat against the bright orange of a pumpkin is striking.

Here are some fascinating details about black cats that may alter your opinion of them.

1. Black cats were worshiped as gods.

The goddess Bastet, who had the head of a black cat and watched over women, the hearth and the harvest, was represented in ancient Egypt by the black cat, which served as her bodily incarnation. On Earth, cats served the same purposes and were often decked out in bling and treated like kings and queens. Every house had a cat, shrines were dedicated to it, and it was illegal to kill one without being executed. It is clear how important cats were to the ancient Egyptians since they were also mummified in the same way as humans. (Megan, The Story of the Domestic Cat, Tuxedo-Cat.co.uk)

Celtic civilizations gave birth to the legend of Cait Sidhe, a mythical black cat with a white patch on its chest, nicknamed the king of felines. According to legend, Cait Sidhe would bless your house if she had milk left over on Samhain or Halloween night. (Megan, explanation of the spiritual meaning of the black cat, Tuxedo-Cat.co.uk)

2. Black cats were NOT always associated with bad or bad omen.

Black cats have romantic and lucky meanings in Japan and other countries. Having a black cat as a gift will ensure a happy marriage for an English lady, while finding one on your doorstep in Scotland portends impending fortune. Treating black cats with respect can bring wealth; the French call them “Money Cats”. Although British sailors frequently took cats on board to control vermin, a black cat could also guarantee a safe return ashore. For the same reason, fishermen’s wives kept black cats inside their homes. (Megan, Spiritual significance of the black cat explained, Tuxedo-Cat.co.uk; Ameera Mills, Interesting features about black cats, July 27, 2022)

An old Greek story that became popular during the turbulent Middle Ages is perhaps where the notion that black cats are unlucky first appeared. The cat helped Hecate, the goddess of sorcery, after the goddess Hera punished one of her servants by turning him into a black cat. As Christianity moved through Europe, it attempted to condemn the rituals of pagan cultures because it considered them to be in cahoots with the devil. Pope Gregory IX embraced the association of black cats with witchcraft and declared them symbols of Satan in 1233. Since then, people have believed that black furry cats were either demons in disguise or servants of those who worship the devil. Now, as you can see, that’s a downright ridiculous thing that the Pope said at that time. (Dina Fantegrossi, Myths About Black Cats: The Good Ones, The Bad Ones, and The Dumb Ones, https://petinsurer-staging.azurewebsites.net/Content/white-label/ihcats/img/svg/ihcats.svg)

3. There are 22 different breeds of black cats.

There are 22 breeds known to be capable of producing a solid black coat. These black cats can be quite different, ranging from the luxurious coats of longhaired Persians, Norwegian Forest Cats and Ragamuffins to shorter Scottish Folds and Japanese Bobtails. The Bombay is undoubtedly the breed with the most recognizable image.

By combining Sable Burmese and Black American Shorthairs, the Bombay was developed in the 1950s to look like a tiny black panther. With its sparkling eyes, this elegant short-haired cat is undoubtedly a spitting image of its larger relative and the only breed that is always solid black in color. (Ameera Mills, Interesting Features About Black Cats, July 27, 2022)

Kyujo and Cersei from #teamitimph are cats who found their homes through social media posts on Facebook. Kyujo was from the Antipolo pound, while Cersei was an adopted kitten from a Facebook group. They were adopted by Eileen Macalincag and Dibayn LeaƱo.

4. The most common fur color is black.

The black color gene is the most dominant when it comes to coat color, even though the tabby coat gene is the most common pattern in feline DNA. This means that if two cats with the black coat gene conceive kittens, the black coat gene will override the tabby pattern gene to produce a solid black coat. If both parents carry the black color gene, even if one of these genes is recessive, there is a greater likelihood that their offspring will be black. According to this, there are more black cats than any other color! (Ameera Mills, Interesting Features About Black Cats, July 27, 2022)

5. Black cats change color.

The black color gene may have suppressed this tabby pattern, but it may still be present. Many black cats are actually tabbies because it takes another gene to totally replace the tabby pattern in a cat. If you’ve ever noticed stripes while your cat was enjoying the sun, the tabby pattern hasn’t been completely removed.

The more time these hidden tabbies spend in the sun, the more their black fur will rust or turn brownish red. How is it possible? The black pigment can be broken down by the sun to expose underlying colors and patterns. (Ameera Mills, Interesting Features About Black Cats, July 27, 2022)

6. The black coat may have developed to help cats survive.

Researchers are finding evidence for a different reason why black coats may have evolved in jaguars and leopards, the ancestors of many domestic cats. The melanism gene, which creates the black coat, also influences the cat’s immune system. According to the researchers, the immune system of these cats is stronger and they are more resistant to certain infections such as FIV (feline immunodeficiency disorder). The same genes in people are affected by these alterations, and they may even hold the key to curing HIV. (Ameera Mills, Interesting Features About Black Cats, July 27, 2022)

7. The most difficult felines to photograph are black cats.

It’s no surprise that taking a good photo of a black cat can be difficult for both amateur and professional photographers. Their dark features frequently blend together to form a hairy, black glob. Perfect lighting is essential to bring out the magnificence of these furry cats.

Black cats in particular are believed to be associated with deep magick and protection that have the power to remove negative energy from dwellings.

Black cats are highly regarded by Spiritualists as they are believed to have the greatest spiritual connections and are fiercely protective of their homes and families.

Black cats make great backdrops for photo shoots! Pictured is #teamitimph’s Tyrion. He was adopted by Eileen and Dibayn as a kitten from the streets of Makati.

About the Author: Mariana Burgos is a freelance artist. She has been a single mother for 14 years now because she is the wife of a desaparacido. She and her daughter are animal lovers and are active in the defense of not only human rights, but also animal rights.