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Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 15 2019

Do you have a black cat? If so, you may want to put a pawprint on your calendar for August 17th: it’s Black Cat Appreciation Day! While we think black cats should be appreciated every day, this is a great time to show your kitty some extra TLC. A local Carolina Forest, SC vet discusses Black Cat Appreciation Day in this article.

Fluffy’s Reputation

Black cats have a bad reputation, which really isn’t fair. They’re just as sweet and lovable as any other feline! Sadly, they often have a hard time getting adopted. This is due to old superstitions. These old wives’ tales date back to medieval times, when black cats were unjustly suspected of being witches’ familiars. Unfortunately, the superstitions persist to this day. It doesn’t help that many Halloween and witch-themed items incorporate black cats. These myths make black cats attractive to people with sinister motives, which is one reason many shelters refuse to adopt out black cats around Halloween. If you have a black cat, we strongly recommend keeping your furry pal indoors, especially around Halloween.

Other Myths

Not all myths surrounding black cats are bad. In Japan, they are thought to help single women attract suitors. In parts of Great Britain, they are often considered great wedding gifts, as they are believed to bring new brides both happiness and good luck. (Note: while we can’t vouch for the luck, we definitely agree on the happiness part!) Other myths are a bit more complicated. Pirates, for example, thought a black cat approaching you was bad luck, but a black cat walking away was a blessing.

Black Or Brown

Most black cats aren’t actually black. If you look at Fluffy in the sun, you’ll notice that her fur is actually a dark brown. You may even see traces of a pattern! And, while many different breeds can have black fur, only one-the affectionate, lovable Bombay-is always black.

Health Benefits

Did you know that black cats actually have some distinct health advantages? A recent study done by the National Institutes of Health revealed that black cats have some natural protection from certain diseases. This is due to the genetic mutations that make their fur black in the first place. Please contact us, your Carolina Forest, SC vet clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to offering great veterinary care!

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