Black Cats and Halloween 2017

Black Cats and Halloween 2017

Black cats have been heavily victimized for years as being labeled “bad luck” or “creatures of black magic”. During the Halloween season, black cats and witches go hand-in-paw. Now, that we are only two days away from Halloween, the holiday with its roots stemming from pranks and hijacks, the concern for the safety of our black furry companions loom large as soon as jack-o-lanterns begin lighting the streets, our neighbors are seen digging out skeletons and fake tombstones from their attics, storage sheds and garages and children excitedly get ready for a night of sugary treats.

We are all happy to see everyone so excited around this particular holiday. No one wishes to take the fun out of Halloween. However, we have all seen and heard of the consequences brought on sometimes when people become caught up in the moment and are overly inspired by the horror flicks such as “The Legend of Hell House” [1973] where a black cat prowls outside the haunted Belasco House and when a paranormal investigator kills the seemingly devil-possessed black cat, or so she thought, the black feline reappears to seek revenge.

Perhaps one is not swayed by the ample horror films portraying black cats as evil, but just need a black cat to complete the final touches to their Halloween costume masterpiece. That is all well and good, but unlike dogs who are easily trainable and will gleefully go along with whatever their owners want, cats have a far different view on things. As anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will tell you, a black cat, just like any other cat, will do what it darn well feels like doing and if she does not wish to participate in your Halloween festivities by being a sidekick to your costume masterpiece, then so be it. And what should happen if the black kitty’s wishes are not well-received? Someone who is hell-bent on winning first place in that Halloween costume contest and impressing his date whom he spent weeks working on the nerve to ask out, may not take too kindly to that black kitty’s refusal to play along with his plan.

There are any number of reasons why we should be extra cautious with our black furry companions around this time of year. So, please take care to protect your beloved black beauties and keep them inside during the Halloween season and keep a look out in your neighborhood for any suspicious or unsafe activity or Halloween-related animal abuse. Let’s all do our part to keep our four-legged friends safe, happy and healthy during the holiday season.

Friday the 13th and Black Cats

Friday the 13th and Black Cats

Whenever Friday the 13th rolls around, pictures of black cats begin popping up everywhere. Black cats over the years have been doused with a witch’s brew of superstition. The many myths surrounding black cats have resulted in things like cult horror films. Do you remember the Anna Faris vs. black cat fight scene in Scary Movie 2?  Society’s unending portrayal of black cats as unlucky or evil continue to flood the media.  But here is one of the facts regarding black cats:

There are currently over 80 million black cats who belong to a U.S. household. Thus, millions of people love and happily share their homes with black cats.

If you stretch your claws and scratch beneath Hollywood’s horror-filled black cat depictions, you will discover silky black kitties curled up in the laps of some of our most famous celebrities….
Elizabeth Taylor snuggling her black kitty cat
Robert Redford and his black cat

Elizabeth Taylor headline

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)  was considered one of the last, if not the last, major stars to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system.  She was one of my idols and she too had a special affection for cats as well as other animals since she was a little girl.

Robert Redford had a black cat

Robert Redford who in 1995 was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history and founder of the Sundance Film Festival.  In 2016, Redford turned 80 years old but that was slowing him down as he promoted his new hit movie Pete’s Dragon.

Morgan Freeman loves black cats too

Having been raised with both cats and dogs in his home, Morgan Freeman is a huge advocate for growing up with animals. Freeman quotes, “I think that it’s more than important for kids to grow up with pets”, he says, “A loving pet is the most loving you’re ever going to get.”

John Travolta and his gorgeous black cat

I like the picture of John Travolta and his black cat because in a way, the cat’s expression on his face resembles Travolta’s movie persona as being the “cool dude”.

If celebrities can pay no mind to the black-cat-as-evil myth, so can the rest of us.  So the next time you watch a movie or TV show where the featured black cat is associated with witchcraft, remember how movie stars like John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford and Elizabeth Taylor care nothing what superstitious people say about black cats.

So, if you are in the market for a new kitty, go down to your local animal shelter and adopt a black cat, so you can say, “I am as cool as John Travolta, because I too have a black cat just like he did.”

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